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Top-10 Startup Success Stories: December

December is a very significant month since it includes a variety of crucial days and occasions. And the startups of our community make this month even more special by sharing their incredible achievements and closing huge deals just before entering 2023. Read more and find out how our startups received funding, accomplished new collaborations with strategic partners, and released new product updates, among other news, in our top-10 startup success stories in this December edition.

1. Aquablu

Aquablu introduced its newest innovative product Aquablu REFILL+ designed to un-bottle the beverage industry. Technology dispenses purified chilled and sparkling water enriched with flavours, vitamins and minerals. More information about the product can be found here. The team of Aquablu is expanding. Find some of their vacancies on the Startup job board.

2. Breeze social

Chat-free dating app Breeze has raised 1.3 million euros in funding. The capital injection came from well-known startup entrepreneurs such as Kalo Bagijn, Thomas Plantenga (CEO of Vinted), Thijs Verheul, Thijs Slijkhuis and Sjuul Berden (founders of United Wardrobe), Chris Zadeh (Ohpen) and JC Heyneke (Smarter AI). You can find more information here.

3. Dawn Aerospace

Dawn Aerospace raised $20 million in funding. The $20 million will allow the company based in New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the US to expand its offering of satellite propulsion systems and spaceplane development. The funding will support new endeavours, including developing the Mk-III, an orbital spaceplane, and delivering in-space propulsion products to GEO, lunar and higher-thrust customers. They are grateful to Icehouse Ventures and other investors for backing the future of the company and space technology. The press release can be found here.

4. Envision AI

Envision is excited to share that they are one of the winners of the 11th annual AppleVis Golden Apple Awards. Envision AI empowers people who are blind or have low vision by providing access to everyday visual information. Utilising the iPhone camera, the app can speak out written information, describe surroundings and objects, and even tell you who’s nearby. It became completely free with the release of version 3.0 in July 2022.

5. Mapiq

SaaS scaleup Mapiq extends Series A to 17 million euros! The company specializes in the design of smart offices. With this funding, a scale-up will be able to meet the growing demand of a worldwide organization that is in need of hybrid working models, develop new products and expand its market-leading position on an international scale.

6. Qlayers

Qlayers is raising €𝟭 𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻 through the NPEX stock exchange to further develop its innovative robotic technology for coating large-scale industrial assets. With the proceeds of €1 million, Qlayers aims to scale up faster in the coming years and provide the best service to customers globally.  You can now become an investor of Qlayers and support the company’s mission to make industrial coating processes safer and more sustainable. Discover more here.

7. Sense Glove

Sense Glove, a startup from YES!Delft community were announced as the winner of the KVK Innovatie Top 100! SenseGlove has developed a ‘robotic hand’ that allows you to touch, feel and manipulate a virtual object as if it were a real object. The innovation offers countless application possibilities that entail dematerialisation, financial savings and sustainability.

8. Smart Ship

Smart-Ship and D&A Electric® join forces to increase fuel efficiency, safety and operator performance on all D&A Electric vessels. It will help to optimize ship operator performance and make it easier when combining traditional propulsion with battery-powered and even wind-assisted solutions. More about the project of Smart-Ship can be found on their website.

9. Maeve aerospace

Maeve Aerospace has been selected for a final injection of 17.5 million euros from the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA). Maeve will receive a grant of 2.5 million euros and possibly 15 million euros in co-investments. In addition to the investment from the EU, Maeve expects to be able to complete a successful investment round with interested private investors in the short term. More information can be found here.

10. Maeve aerospace, Somnox, Whiffle, CleVR, Hardt Hyperloop

Julian Jagtenberg (Somnox), Remco Verzijlbergh (Whiffle), Guntur Sandino (CleVR),  Tim Houten (Hardt Hyperloop) & Jan-Willem Heinen has been nominated for the Changemaker Impact Award 2022. Let’s all vote for them and reward them! Click on this link to vote until January 8th!

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: November

2022 is heading towards the end. The days are getting shorter, and the temperatures are falling. However, startups in our community are busy finalizing this year’s accomplishments and preparing for the next year by setting new goals. Let’s deep dive into how YES!Delft startups have been nominated for global awards, received funding and more stories about what November has brought to our community members in this top-10 startup success stories edition.

1. AgriData Innovations

AgriData Innovations is happy to share that in a partnership with CambridgeHOK and SEC Storage, they will develop breakthrough vertical farming technology for Harvest London’s upcoming farm! Together they have the combined expertise necessary in the fields of vertical farm engineering, logistical automation, and smart vision technology to answer a significant and unmet need. “We aim to simultaneously track the growth and health of all the different batches throughout the entire vertical farm,” says William Simmonds, founder & CEO of ADI. You can find an article about it here.

2. Aquablu

Aquablu has been nominated in the Challenger50. This prestigious nomination is awarded to the most innovative and promising companies that are not afraid to think outside the box. Aquablu got into the list along with companies like Crisp, Picnic and VanMoof. They hope to change existing business practices by showing companies how to evolve using a more sustainable approach. More information about the nomination can be found here.

3.Bi/ond

Bi/ond is celebrating its 5th birthday! During these years, they have achieved: 12 employees; 6 different nationalities among our team; 22 mentored interns; 4 Million in funding; 3 awards received. Congratulations to the team and success in the future!

4. BeeSage

BeeSage, a startup that has joined the YES!Delft community, via the Accelerator program this year October, is happy to share that they have won a pre-startup prize (€10,000) during the annual Haagse Vernieuwers challenge by ImpactCity.The challenge focuses on scale-ups to solve social issues around the topics such as sustainability, energy climate, food and safety. BeeSage aims to ensure that The Hague becomes the first city in the world with fully connected urban beehives, enabling data-driven beekeeping for productivity and sustainability.

5. Circularise

Circularise won the Automotive Global Awards 2022 in the sustainability category at the Destination Zero Live, organized by automotiveEV and Automotive purchasing and supply chain. Also, a company secured €11 million in funding to advance its mission and bring a circular economy to industrial supply chains.

6. Micro-Cosmos

Micro-Cosmos has placed its developed bed hood in the dutch VVT sector at the Nursing Alerimus in Oud-Beijerland. It is a unique opportunity for startups since this is the first healthcare organization in the VVT sector to try out the bed hood in the Netherlands. During the test placement, this location will get acquainted / gain experience with the working method and benefits of the bed hood. More peace, fewer stimuli and a safe environment for the resident!

7. Nowi

Nexperia, the expert in essential semiconductors, on the 11th of November, announced a broadening of its portfolio of power management products to include energy harvesting solutions and acquired Nowi. The manufacturing capacity and capability of Nexperia, as well as its global infrastructure, will ensure that together, Nowi will be able to speed the production of these solutions enabling higher volume production and shipping by the end of 2022 and early 2023.

8. SenseGlove

SesnseGlove is proud to share that Team Nimbo from Germany, using the SenseGlove DK1, has won the $5M prize after intense competition in Long Beach, California, USA. ANA Avatar Xprize is an event that takes place over the span of four years, with teams competing from all over the globe. The participants are tasked with creating an avatar system to transport human presence to a remote location in real time. Read the full article here.

9. Praxa Sense

Most visitors at the G100 exhibition at Dutch Design Week indicated the heart monitor Afi, developed and designed by Praxa Sense, is their favourite industrial design! Therefore the product has been nominated as the top 1 in terms of design. 

10. Tiler, Ubiqu, Villari, Circularise

The dutch delegation to the Sluch event is growing each year! This year four, YES!Delft startups also participated. Tiler represented its charging tile for e-bikes that inductively charges via the kickstand. Ubiqu represented its innovative solution to provide the highest digital security for the business’s essential information. Villari represented its wireless structural health monitoring technology that aims to help make a data-driven maintenance decision. And circularise represents its software platform that provides end-to-end traceability and secure data exchange for industrial supply chains.

Meet the Accelerator Batch Fall 2022

We are proud to welcome the following companies to our Accelerator batch this Fall! 

With the help of our experts and mentors, through workshops and one-on-one sessions, the startups are more than ready to change the world with their innovative ideas. Learn more about their goals, aspirations and cutting-edge technologies in this article.

Shore Systems

Shore systems were founded by Victor Sooneveld, Thom van den Homberg & Ralph Krook, who aimed to develop hydrogen-powered drones that inspect industrial assets remotely. Their developed technology enables drone operators to inspect offshore wind turbines from shore, removing the need for personnel to go offshore. A startup has a young team building this innovation and specializes in control software and the production of lightweight composite airframes.

BeeSage

Beesage was founded by Ru Wikmann & Girts Kagis, who developed a modular beehive monitoring system that boosts productivity and honey yield to benefit the Earth through data-driven pollination. Software and hardware designed by BeeSage, such as Smart Beehive Scales, help beekeepers mitigate risks and enable informed decisions while turning every apiary into a weather station. They’re also building HiveMap as a data analytics product that enables beekeepers’ associations, environmental organisations and other stakeholders to turn beehive and satellite data into valuable insights.

Starnus Technology

Starnus Technology is a robotics startup built by researchers and students of the Technical University of Eindhoven. Their dream started with a student team, two founders, and an ambition to create the most flexible robot in the world. Since then, more people have trusted in a startup dream, and now, they have developed the most flexible indoor robot for internal logistics. Their product represents a highly flexible and incredibly affordable robotic solution that any logistic company, irrespective of their size of operation, can implement and benefit from the unique capabilities of Starnus Technology robots.

Conical Systems

For a world with safer and more inclusive urban mobility, Conical systems introduce Swing, a zero-emission driverless pod for short trips. Designed for sharing from scratch to navigate freely on bike-lanes away from traffic.

CyberHydra

CyberHydra offers automated sampling and data-rich experimentation solutions for fine-chemical R&D laboratories. The company aims to make chemistry a high-tech data-driven field. There is a long way from the discovery of a certain molecule in the laboratory to the moment it can become a new super-effective drug, a safer food ingredient, a more effective fuel, or a game-changing material. This process requires years of research and thousands of experiments. All this translates into enormous investments and even an environmental footprint. Each one of these experiments hides a lot of valuable data which is currently not used. With the new data-rich experimentation and automation tools, CyberHydra can access and use this information to accelerate the development process. 

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SHE LEADS in TECH | 17th of November 2022

Press Release | SHE LEADS in TECH | 17th of November 2022

Date: 11-10-2022

YES!Delft launches a new conference: SHE LEADS in TECH with a focus on female-led impact startups. A co-production with Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship and Erasmus Enterprise.

The annual SHE LEADS event of the Erasmus Enterprise Community in Rotterdam gets a Delft-based partner event: With SHE LEADS in TECH, the leading tech incubator YES!Delft in collaboration with Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship and Erasmus Enterprise, launch a new conference platform for (future) female founders and leaders in tech. SHE LEADS in TECH focus on impact-driven female founders with a focus on impact by technology: health tech, climate tech and deep tech.

With SHE LEADS in TECH YES!Delft, we want to showcase outstanding female tech leaders and female-led startups from YES!Delft and the wider ecosystem, as well as connect future (female) talent to tech startups through YES!Talents. YES!Talents is a new service by YES!Delft that helps to build winning startup teams and recruit the right talent.

Anna Handschuh, Managing Director, YES!Delft Rotterdam about the new conference:

“You cannot be what you cannot see. We have two goals with SHE LEADS in TECH: First, we want to inspire the next generation of female tech entrepreneurs by showcasing the startups of great female tech leaders. Secondly, we want to build a community around this outstanding female talent. From my experience, female founders are substantially more driven by creating a significant impact on health and climate through tech. We want to give these female tech trailblazers a stage with their great companies and technologies. The challenges ahead of us are gigantic – they range from the age of pandemics to the escalating climate crisis. These women add a much-needed, new perspective to the male-dominated tech sector and make sure that we have fantastic high-impact technologies, health tech, climate tech and deep tech.”

With SHE LEADS in TECH, we would like to create an inclusive community for (emerging) female tech leaders. And SHE LEADS in TECH is for anyone interested in impact-driven entrepreneurship in health tech, climate tech and deep tech and who is looking for outstanding talent in this space.

SHE LEADS in TECH is jointly organised by the Erasmus Enterprise community consisting of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, YES!Delft, ERBS – Erasmus Research & Business Support, and in collaboration with partners from the innovation ecosystems from Erasmus University Rotterdam and TU Delft.

Visit the website: SHE LEADS in TECH for more information and a detailed program with speakers and startups participating.

Contact Details:

Anna@yesdelft.nl

Event location SHE LEADS in TECH |  November 17th: 

YES!Delft

Molengraaffsingel 12

2629JD Delft

Event location SHE LEADS Annual Event | November 10th:

Erasmus Enterprise

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50

Erasmus Enterprise buildings (Q&N)

Rooms NT-02 to NT-05

3062 PA Rotterdam

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: October

In October, autumn comes into full swing. As we enter the fourth quarter of this fiscal year, startups often think of new ways to reach potential customers that allow their businesses to continue growing and thriving and, of course, end the year with fantastic memories and achievements! Read more and find out how YES!Delft startups received outstanding awards for being the most promising deep tech companies, have been selected and represented as the top 100 best-designed products and many more beautiful accomplishments in our top-10 startup success stories in this October edition.

1. CleVR

Virtual Reality has proven to be effective in the treatment of (social) anxiety, panic complaints and suspicion. Therefore CleVR, together with MET ggz kicked off the virtual reality (VR) exposure therapy pilot! Seven practitioners have followed a training course provided by CleVR and will now work for a year on using VR during anxiety and phobia treatments. More info can be found here.

2. DuckDuckGoose

DuckDuckGoose AI  won the Digital Innovation Award 2022 at IDnext! DuckDuckGoose uses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to detect deepfakes in a fast, reliable, yet insightful and explainable way. Their developed technology met all the assessments of the nomination criteria taking into account technological and commercial innovativeness, respect for privacy, potential impact, and added value for users and other stakeholders! Want to know more? Read the article about the DuckDuckGoose journey here!

3. IMSystems

The European Innovation Council (EIC) invests € 9 million in IMSystems with the goal to commercialize the Archimedes Drive. IMSystems invented the Archimedes Drive, a new highly precise speed reducer technology which is fundamental to enable the creation of more accurate robotic technologies. With this funding, EIC shows the importance of automation improvement in further strengthening the position of Europe. More about this can be found here.

4. AgriData innovations

AgriData Innovations will be the autopilot for farms of the future in order to future-proof food security and agricultural production. This will be realised by deploying imaging systems and crop monitoring AI, modelling crops to extract insights and intelligence and driving automation of controlled environment agriculture. Also, this year a startup had the privilege to be 1 of 8 outstanding deeptech startups that are making great strides in the Agri & Food sectors. More information about it can be found here.

5. Qlayers

Josefien Groot, CEO and co-founder of Qlayers, has won EY‘s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year of 2022 award! The independent jury was impressed by the enormous drive and vision of the young entrepreneur! Josefien will also be one of the speakers at the SHE LEADS in TECH event that will take place on the 17th of November at YES!Delft. Curious about the journey of Qlayers? Stay tuned! Next week we will release an article about it!

6. Respyre

Auke Bleij, a co-founder of Respyre, out of 9 Top Talents that focuses on concrete initiatives, on how we can green our cities, remove CO2 and nitrogen from the air, among others, has been nominated as the Top 1 ‘Most Innovative Student of the Netherland 2022’. Respyre developed a concrete and a concrete plaster that accommodates moss growth on its surface. With the bioreceptive concrete, Respyre turns any unused surface into an opportunity to bring vegetation into the urban environment. If you are interested in hearing all 9 pitches, you can find them here. Would you like to know more about Respyre’s journey? Read the article here!

7. Momo Medical

Momo Medical was announced as one of the winners at the Oranje Handelsmissiefonds! The winning startup will be invited to major national events aimed at international business, receive workshops in financing, tax, and legal affairs, tailor-made interviews with representatives from the Oranje Handelsmissiefonds International Network and more! Also  through NPEX, it was possible for everyone to invest in Momo Medical at the end of July. Within a week, a startup reached its target, and that is why Rudmer Hoekstra and Alan van Griethuysen visited their office on Wednesday to present an award and to reflect on this moment together.

8. Loop, Scoozy, Tiler, Super Sola, Hable one, Praxa Sense

YES!Delft startup products such as Praxa Sense, Loop, Scoozy, Tiler, Super Sola, and Hable one, a startup that participated in the SocialTech validation Lab, have been selected and represented as the 100 Best Dutch designed products that are not only a solution to the real problem but are also innovative and/or original, well designed by a Dutch designer or for a Dutch company and not older than 2 years.

9. Villari

Villari is excited to announce that it has secured EUR 350.000 in funding from UNIIQ – Finance for the Future. These funds will allow a startup to further develop its technology, install its sensor base and expand its team. They have several open vacancies that can be found here! Feel free to contact Villari if you’re interested in becoming part of the next leading company in structural health monitoring!

10. Tiler

Tiler is happy to announce that last week they launched a new product – Tiler UNO! The new design of the TILER Charge Tile and Charge Stand is even more robust, sleeker, and made with an eye on sustainability. The new Charge Stand is an accessory for a bike and is very easy to install. The Stand and the Tile are easy to maintain and repair when necessary and are designed for end-of-life recycling! The product is displayed on the Dutch Design Week in hall three at the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven.

Vacancy: ImpactLab working student – Interested in innovative projects

YES!Delft is hiring a student to work on various ImpactLab projects in the selected domains. (0,3- 0,4 FTE)


YES!Delft – “Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms”

YES!Delft is a tech startup incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies. YES!Delft offers guidance and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and professionals in their start-up journey.

Our programs turn promising technology ideas into solid start-ups and help them grow to successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience. We also help corporate organizations innovate faster. We are licensing our programs to corporate partners and other organizations nationally and internationally that want to accelerate the growth of startups.

The YES!Delft community consists of 200+ companies (and even more founders and employees). All with their own network of customers, suppliers, investors and advisors.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

ImpactLabs offers teams of students the option to work on a variety of projects in selected domains. We are located in Rotterdam, Delft, and The Hague and are managed by a team of professionals. Your mission is to serve our Impact Labs, existing out of multiple innovation projects for clients in the chemical, energy, logistics, and government sectors. You will be working in a multidisciplinary team with other Innovation Lab students, contributing to these projects, each with your specific background. You will build innovative solutions for companies like Nobian, RotF, or Technische Unie.

COMPETENCES:

  • You are at least in your second or third year of Sustainable Energy Technology, Chemical Engineering, Business Analytics and/or Management of Innovation, Electrical Engineering, or Logistics.
  • You are a self-starter and self-motivated person.
  • Extremely proactive.
  • Critical thinker and creative problem solver.
  • Strong project management and analytical skills.
  • Willingness to learn more about innovative solutions and projects
  • A love for technology and its possible impact on society.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Having organized student association activities, committees, or similar experiences is a pre.
  • Dutch knowledge is a plus.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • You are available 1,5 or 2 days a week.
  • Willingness to work as a contractor.

WE OFFER YOU:

An inspiring startup environment where you will have the opportunity to develop yourself and where you are able to implement your ideas and work on innovative solutions for corporate and societal challenges. You will work in the best learning environment related to entrepreneurship. You will be involved in multiple projects and get 24/7 guidance from a team of ImpactLab professionals throughout the year. You will get the flexibility to work when this fits your schedule and an average of 2 days throughout the academic year. Competitive compensation of 15 euros/hour. You will work with a driven and ambitious team that goes above and beyond to build innovative solutions. YES!Delft and the ImpactLab offer a truly unique opportunity to contribute, learn and grow in the world of tech entrepreneurship. Last but not least, you will be able to attend our legendary Friday Afterwork Drinks!

MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Please submit your CV and motivation letter here or via the button below, or send it to Lotte Vandewalle at lotte@yesdelft.nl

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: September

For some people, September might not be the most exciting month since it is a clear sign that autumn is back. Yet, for our startup ecosystem, it is a month full of new exciting stories and achievements. This time our top 10 startups’ success stories include the news about the startups that made it into the finals of the outstanding competitions, product releases and exciting pilot launches, among other developments in this September edition.

1. BBBLS

After a successful online pitch, BBBLS has been selected as one of the 15 most outstanding startups out of 37 countries competing against each other in five regional contests at the Start.up! Germany Tour! This means BBBLS received an entry ticket to the finals and will travel to North Rhine-Westphalia in October to compete! Success!

2. Circularise

Circularaise is excited to announce that, together with ISCC – International Sustainability and Carbon Certification launched a pilot with 10 companies to test blockchain technology to complement mass balance certification!  The pioneering companies in this project were material suppliers such as Asahi Kasei, Borealis, Neste, Trinseo and Shell, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), brands Arçelik Global, Philips Domestic Appliances and EVBox, as well as trading companies Marubeni Corporation and ITOCHU Corporation.

This is the first time ever that so many chemical industry players and appliance companies got together to test the ISCC Plus certification to make auditing of certified parties more efficient and to strengthen the integrity of certified data. Read the full Press release here.

3.DAWN Aerospace

Dawn Aerospace has been awarded as 1 out of 5 finalists for the New Zealand International Business Awards 2022. The winner will be announced on the 27th of October. Success!

4. Kitepower

Kitepower is proud to share that with the €4.1 million raised funds from the previous investment rounds, a startup has been able to develop its mobile airborne system into a mature and applicable system. After three successful pilots – including a pilot with defence – and 9 versions of the Kitepower system, the Delft startup is ready for the next phase: marketing the first mobile airborne wind system (AWES). Therefore,  they are starting an investment round via the crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. More information can be found here.

5. Momo Medical

Menno Gravemaker, the CEO of Momo Medical, went to Netherlands Consulate in San Francisco and pitched for Queen Maxima and the Netherlands delegation, including Ernst Kuipers, Vivianne Heijnen, Liesje Schreinemacher, Robbert Dijkgraaf! The goal of the visit was to start a collaboration with healthcare organisations in the United States to solve a staffing shortage that is an immense challenge and to introduce how the Dutch system can be an example in showing how innovation does contribute to future-proof healthcare systems. The pitch was perceived very well, which, in return, brought some amazing new introductions to Momo Medical!

6. Mythronics

Mythronics is proud to announce that after several months of hardcore development and validation in an operational setting at their customer’s site, a startup finally launched its first commercial product – Skout. The Skout robot is an autonomous scouter that moves around in the greenhouse every day and night. It inspects every individual subunit for diseases and tracks crop growth rate and forecast yield providing real-time data analysis to the grower through a cloud dashboard.

7. Qlayers

Josefien Groot , a co-founder and CEO of Qlayers has been selected for the EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year award. Qlayers is a fast-growing high-tech hardware scaleup with unique robotic solutions that allow overcoming the limitations of manual coating of large industrial surfaces by creating an environmentally friendly, safe and reliable coating application process. Read more about the co-founder here. Also, Qlayers are selected as finalists in PIER71™‘s Smart Port Challenge 2022!  You can visit the startup showcase page here.

8. Tarnoc

Vincent Wijdeveld a co-founder of Tarnoc, was selected as the best young entrepreneur of the year by the MT/Sprout’s 25 under 25  jury and votes. Tarnoc, with its innovative technology, aims to make homes gas-free! Tarnoc’s disruptive turbine boiler makes the conversion to all-electric houses many times cheaper compared to conventional solutions. In contrast to regular heat pumps, the device can be installed without cutting or breaking work and does not require an outdoor unit. More about this can be found here!

9. Vibes.technology

Vibes.technology is proud to announce that its partnership with MÜLLER-BBM has been strengthened, as Müller-BBM AG acquired a 40% share in VIBES. Next to that, Vibes.technology welcomed Dennis de Klerk to its board as CEO.  Read more about the partnership here!

10. VideowindoW

VideowindoW has welcomed  Francisco Ayala Le Brun as a co-founder. VideowindoW is very happy to have him on board as CTO and looking forward to further developing its mission to reimagine public spaces through the glass & art and set new standards for sustainable media platforms. Have you already seen the VideowindoW we have at the entrance of YES!Delft?

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: August

All around the world, August is named to be one of the favourite months as it brings so many good things to cherish! If you would translate Augustus from Latin, it means “the great one”!  And it is a great one, especially for our startups and the community! Read more and find out how YES!Delft startups have been nominated for various awards, received an incredible € 4,000,000 in funding, achieved their set goals and more exciting news in our top-10 startup success stories in this August edition.

1. Aqysta

Aqysta, a startup from YES!Dellft , recently installed their developed Barsh Pump at the highest altitude (4.1 km) in Ladakh, India! For this project, four Barsha Pumps have been used to irrigate the adjacent lands to transform them into pasture lands for grazing local cattle such as Yaks, Pashmina goats, and local cow breeds. See the post here!

2. Bi/ond

Bi/ond was included in the Sifted startups’ selection to watch in their nanotech section. Sifted is the platform backed by the Financial Times to cover Europe’s startup and tech world, on a mission to become the essential, trusted, and independent resource for European tech by building a diverse community of founders, investors, and corporate innovators. It is an outstanding achievement which, in return, supports Bi/ond mission and encourages them to grow even further! Check out the full briefing here.

3. Isispace

Last month Isispace successfully handed a multi-spectral imaging satellite to their customer! Together with their partners, Simera Sence and Pinkmatter, Isispace were able to provide a complete turnkey solution. Also, they presented their first images and in-flight results at the Small Satelite Conference. You can find all the pictures here!

4. Unpluq

Unpluq innovation has been featured on TechCrunch. You can read the full article here. Next to that, Unpluq officially completed its crowdfunding campaign, and all Unpluq Tags were shipped out last week all around the world. And one more exciting news is that Caroline Cadwell is joining  Tim Smits and Jorn Rigter as co-founder and COO at Unpluq! Unpluq is starting a research product to investigate the impact of smartphone on work, if you are interested in participating you can sign up here.

5. Respyre

Respyre has been invited to show their test panels on the national NOS news. Their developed moss panels are attached to typical 1970s houses. A minimum of 30 panels will be added to the current 9 panels to test on a large scale what a startup can do to combat the heat in the built environment. Respyre moss panels contribute to water retention and cooling in the built environment. You can watch the news video here. Also, the co-founder of Respyre Auke Bleij has been nominated as a most promising entrepreneur under “25 onder 25”  Auke Bleij at MT/Sprout. You can leave your vote here

6. Sense Glove

Sense Glove partnered up with a BSD company in Canada, and their developed innovation will be integrated into the XR simulations. In this way, training for enterprises will become more advanced as people will be able to feel and interact with virtual objects.

7. Solar Monkey

Solar Monkey has raised € 4,000,000 in growth capital from investors such as  Eneco Ventures, Helen Ventures, InnovationQuarter and 4impact! With the raised funds, the company plans to invest heavily in their smart software for solar energy and international expansion. In return, it will help Solar Monkey customers to accelerate the transition to more solar energy even more effectively. You can read the full press release here!

8. Somnox

Somnox is excited to announce that they are listed in a Top 250 Scaleups list in the Netherlands for 2022. The Top 250 Scaleups list is one of the main research projects of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) and is a leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe. Somnox represents one of 14 Dutch Health & BioTech companies that made it onto this year’s list. The company is eager to grow further and help 100 million people sleep better by 2030! You can find the complete list here. Somnox is expanding to the US market, an interview about that with Julian Jagtenberg can be found here.

9. Tiler

Tiler is happy to share that they have received an MIT R&D subsidy from the province of South Holland. With this subsidy, TILER, in cooperation with X.Bike, will develop the Charge&Lock solution, with which users of shared e-bikes can see in the App on which charging Tile they can park and be sure that the e-bike is charging before ending the reservation. This integration ensures that there are always fully charged e-bikes available and that the fleet manager spends less time and costs on charging-related activities. You can find the announcement here!

10. Envision

Envision is partnering up with Aira to create a unique combination of assistive technology with the potential to enhance the independence of blind people in unprecedented ways. From now on Envision Glasses customers with an Aira account can now place hands-free video calls to Aira Agents whenever and from wherever they choose. You can read more about the new partnership here.

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: July

July is one of the warmest summer months and is regarded as the best for swimming, tanning, holiday planning, and ice cream. But even during this holiday season, our startups are working hard and doing their best to grow tremendously and bring the most technologically advanced services and products to the market. Read more and find out how our startups received funding for their projects, accomplished new collaborations with strategic partners, and released new updates for products in our top-10 startup success stories in this July edition.

1. Magneto

Last month Magneto received € 1 million in funding for their unique innovation from UNIIQ (Delft Enterprises), SHIFT Invest, Graduate Entrepreneur Fund and Rabobank. With this investment, Magneto will build a portfolio of 3D-printed magneto-calorific materials to make the first functional cooling systems. With this material, heat pumps for cooling systems can be made that no longer run on gas but on non-harmless liquids, such as water which makes the system up to 30% more energy efficient. More information can be found here.

2. Momo Medical

Momo Medical stocks were available on the NPEX stock exchange, and in 8 days, they were sold! Starting from € 500, investors who invested in Momo Medical be in the first rank to follow all the latest developments, receive monthly interest, and help Momo Medical continue its rapid growth. The BedSense App developed by Momo Medical provides caregivers insights and an overview of all memory care community residents. The App is linked to a bed sensor that is placed underneath the mattress. With the App, caregivers can work more effectively and ensure a comfortable and safe night for all residents. Find out more information about the Momo Medical stocks here!

3. PerClass

In July, Headwall Photonics, a world leader in high-performance hyperspectral imaging systems and OEM devices for remote sensing and industrial machine vision applications, announced its strategic growth investment in perClass BV. The investment and new partnership will facilitate PerClass’s ability to provide best-in-class solutions to the market for any sensor! For more information, the joint press release can be found here.

4.Praxa Sense

Praxa Sense is proud to announce its success in the most recent Eurostars, a European innovation program and an initiative of Eureka Network and the European Commission,  round, where the company ranked number 1 out of all 428 applications. With the AMBULAS project, the company will further develop its sensor system. An additional revolutionary sensor will be developed that overcomes problems of inaccuracy due to motion sensitivity, one of the biggest obstacles in reliable remote monitoring. In addition, The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat), together with RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)), made funding available for innovative solutions like Afi. The funds will be used to expand further the possibilities of Praxa Sense medical device, which is now suitable for long-term monitoring of arrhythmias, to be able to be used for the monitoring of Heart Failure patients. More information can be found here.

5. STIL B.V.

STIL has received its ISO13485 certification! It is a formal approval that the startup Quality Management System complies with one of the highest quality standards. It is a big step for a company towards the CE mark of the medical device that can help millions of tremor patients worldwide.

6. Vertigo Technologies B.V.

Vertigo Technologies was nominated recipient of the Top Sector Horticulture and Starting Material International Innovation Prize 2022. Vertigo has been judged as the best candidate for improving the value chain in horticulture. The company will use the prize to optimize its solution and accelerate their unique innovation quickly. If you want to know more about Vertigo Technologie and how we contribute to innovating the fresh fruit value chain, visit their website or follow their journey on Linkedin!

7. AgriData Innovations

In July, AgriData Innovations delivered the new version of our Germination Analysis system to Schoneveld Breeding. This new system is equipped with a handheld scanner to register batch IDs and is designed to make the user experience as smooth as possible. If you would like to learn more about our technology and how it can help in your production, please check out this video: https://lnkd.in/eeV6YA7w

8. Bird Control Group

Bird Control Group installed 7 automated laser bird deterrents at a Hyundai Steel warehouse in South Korea and reduced pigeon presence by more than 90%. Read the full story here.

9. Mangostone

Last month, a mangostone team, together with Opnieuw en Co, installed the first batch of fill rate sensors in the Gemeente Dordrecht  (HVC ), Gemeente Barendrecht, Gemeente Alblasserdam, Gemeente Albrandswaard, Gemeente Ridderkerk, Gemeente Zwijndrecht and Gemeente Papendrecht. Installed fill rate sensors in the difficult-to-predict textile containers allow each collector to make their collection more efficient by up to 50% with a minimal investment. More information can be found here.

10. Physee Technologies

PHYSEE together with Gemeente Delft, Technische Universiteit Delft and YES!Delft had a wonderful summer school! About 30 children from 10 to 12 years old worked in groups for three days on various assignments, experiments and prototypes. This year’s summer school topic was the Sustainable Development Goals. Kids were introduced to the sustainability concepts and came up with the idea of a toilet for a cow! It is an idea conceived and developed only by children to create a more sustainable society. Read more here.

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: June

Happy Summer to Everyone! We know that you are all looking forward to enjoying picnics in the park and the fresh air at the sunny beach but this month, our startups have a bunch of powerful stories to share! Read more and find out how our startups have been nominated for impressive awards, celebrated business anniversaries, signed valuable agreements and much more exciting news in our Top 10 startup success stories in this June edition.

1. Aquabattery

Aquabattery is proud to announce that they have launched a new pilot unit with Waterschap Rivierenland at a sewage treatment facility in Gorinchem! The cooperation drives battery innovation, which the startup considers instrumental in achieving energy neutrality by 2030. AquaBattery pilot unit increases the facility’s self-consumption of solar-generated electricity, further saving costs and reducing CO2 emissions. It is a big step forward for a startup towards achieving its mission: developing sustainable,  low-cost and easily scalable long-duration energy storage to enable 100% renewable energy penetration.

2. Aquablu

Aquablu has been nominated for the Green Product Award of 2022 in the consumer’s good category. The startup is excited to be included in the “Top 100 Best Green Products of 2022” category that stands out in the market while seeking a sustainable option.

3. Circularise

In the middle of June, Hannover Mess Event 2022 took place, where Circularise won “The Best Pitch” nomination! Every year the event gathers innovators and industrial transformers from more than 53 countries around the world in Germany, where companies can share their knowledge and introduce their technology to a broader market! Their team is growing and looking for more developers.

4.Elemental Water Makers

Euronews interviewed YES!Delft scale-up Elemental Water Makers in their latest episode of “Rethink” to answer the question: is solar-powered desalination the solution to the world’s growing water crisis? Watch this inspiring episode here and learn more about how the founder came up with the idea to find an innovative solution for people who are suffering from water scarcity and deep dive into his developed technology.

5. KE-chain

On June 1st, Ke-chain signed a letter of intent with the KLO and the excavation chain. Together they want to set a new standard to help organisations in further digitisation to ultimately have the right information at the right time in the trench. It is a wonderful step forward in digital collaboration in the excavation chain. The startup is very thankful to the board and members of the KLO for their trust.

6. Kitepower

Kitepower’s proposal was awarded by the EU Horizon Commission! The company is one of the industry partners in a Meridional research project led by TU Delft. The proposal was submitted to the EU Horizon Europe call on physics and aerodynamics of atmospheric flow of wind for power production, and they are very happy that the European Commission recognises the importance of developing the toolchain and associated models and supports the airborne wind energy community in achieving its goal of making an impact. More information can be found here.

This month Kitepower started a crowdfunding campaign, more information on that can be found here. If you want to learn more about Kitepower Jurney, read our latest startup story here!

7. Mainblades and FeedbackFruit

This month two of our startups celebrate business anniversaries! 

This June Mainblades celebrates its 5-year anniversary. They have shared their journey and story in the special anniversary video. Watch it here! 

Feedbackfruits celebrates an amazing 10-year anniversary. They say that it was 10 years of incredible dedication and persistence to drive pedagogical innovation, improve higher education, boost lifelong learning and help educators provide organised feedback and effectively convey their knowledge. 

Congratulations to both startups, and we wish them to celebrate many more anniversaries in the future! 🎉

8. ParkBee

ParkBee, for the second time, was nominated as one of the top 250 fastest-growing companies in the Netherlands. Every year Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and nlgroeit research the Dutch landscape and come up with interesting insights about success factors and the growth recipe. You can find a report Here!

9. Qlayers

Qlayers is proud to announce its expansion into the Asia Pacific region and the launch of the APAC subsidiary in Singapore. With this strategic move, Qlayers has also appointed Emiel Lubbers as its Commercial Director to spearhead the company’s expansion. With Emiel’s hands-on experience and track record in building markets and driving strategic growth, a startup is looking forward to bringing the company to its next expansion chapter.

10. Maeve (Venturi aviation)

This month Venturi Aviation changed its name to Maeve Aerospace B.V and has concluded its latest fundraising round with €3.4M. Their team is growing rapidly, which is why they moved to a bigger office in the YES!Delft building. Read more about this news in this LinkedIn post.

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