Author: Solvita Mazeikaite

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: April

April in the Netherlands is a month when tulips start blooming and nature gets greener. This moment brings excitement to everyone, giving extra energy and motivating them to work harder in order to reach set goals. It’s no secret that some of our startups have received special attention this month, both locally and globally, for their hard work. Read more and find out how our startups have been recognised in the news, became finalists in global awards, and helped others in need in our top-10 startup success stories in this April edition.

1. ENVISION

Last month Envision went viral across the internet after Stevie Wonder tested their glasses.. “Stevie Wonder can ‘see’ again with the help of a Dutch invention!” a quote that appeared in many dutch news and newspapers. What an incredible success and great marketing initiative! Next to it, Envision CTO and Co-founder Karthik Kannan presented their startup to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and President of India Sri Ram Nath Kovind (Government of India Official) in The Hague, The Netherlands. The startup was shown on TV in the Dutch press. Here you can watch a video with Vanessa on the NPO Radio 2 morning show https://lnkd.in/eYmRbj4R. In addition they started a free pilot program that allows you to test out the technology in-person with your visually impaired employees to see if it’s the right fit.

2. DuckDuckGoose AI

Deep fake videos are used more and more these days and can have serious consequences. Recently deep fake video’s of Zelensky showed up on the internet, and DuckduckGoose recognised these as Deep fake as you can read here. Detecting deep fake is very important. DuckDuckGoose AI co-founder Mark Evenblij was a guest on a live broadcast of Het Klokhuis Meet Up about image manipulation. In it, Mark tells children in grades 7 and 8 how deepfakes are made and how you can recognise them. Creator of the ‘Bad News game’ Rivka Otten was also at the table. Finally, online parenting expert Jacqueline Kleijer talked about the dangers of online deception. Curious about the broadcast? Watch the video!

3. Hardt Hyperloop

Tim Houter, a co-founder of Hard Hyperloop, presented the startup at the Mobility Congress in the Northern Netherlands. The region will be the heart of hyperloop development, with the European Hyperloop Center as an open test facility. Cooperation of entrepreneurs with the local, regional and national governments is key to making the future of mobility a reality.

4. FEEDBACKFRUITS

FeedbackFruits became a finalist in 2 categories at the 2022 Edtech Awards. Their tool “Automated Feedback Coach” earned a nomination for Artificial Intelligence Solution, while “Group Member Evaluation” was nominated for e-Learning, Blended, Flipped Solution or Remote Solution. Click on the link below to learn more: https://bit.ly/3r1rzwg

5. Fusion Engineering

Fusion Engineering, a Dutch flight control startup based in Delft, announced that it had raised €700k in its first investment round. Investors include the Dutch Graduate Entrepreneur Fund and a consortium of experienced angel investors. The investment will allow Fusion Engineering to bring their flight controller, the ‘brain’ inside every drone, to the commercial drone market. More information can be found in this LinkedIN post.

6. LOOP

The Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad spoke with Bob Hendrikx, CEO of Loop, about the nomination for the Earthshot Prize for their ‘Living Cocoon’. The Earthshot Prize is the most ambitious and prestigious – designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next 10 years. The prize celebrates new, collaborative action to meet the environmental challenges we face. Read more about this Here

7. PATS Indoor Drone Solutions

PATS Indoor Drones has been nominated for the Theme Award for robotisation and data-driven horticulture. Bram Tijmons, one of the three founders, sees a sophisticated balance between technology and biology as crucial for the future of horticulture. ‘We help growers control pests by combining smart software, high-quality mechanics and biological knowledge,’ says Bram. PATS is part of the Floriade in Almere this year. Here you can read more about the opening of this exhibition that is organised every 10 years.

8. STIL

STIL is featured in an interview by AD.nl about their aims and technology that helps people that struggle with tremors. STIL also achieved a big success. The device is currently being evaluated in the Reinier de Graaf ziekenhuis in Delft. Read more about their journey in this article. On May 19th, they will share their entrepreneurial journey during a Tech & Entrepreneurship event on the EUR, called YOUNITE. Tickets are still available on www.younite.me

9. TILER

Co-founder Olivier Coops of the startup Tiler went to the Ukrainian border to bring refugees to The Netherlands and help them with shelter. Olivier said that many people want to help somehow but don’t know how to do that. In the meantime, many people donated some money to support the foundation behind Olivier’s undertaking, Ukraine Run. This a breathtaking initiative started by two friends two weeks ago when the war started. You can read his story Here!

We interviewed Christiaan van Nispen and wrote a Startup story about their entrepreneurial journey. You can read the article here!

10. AQUABLU

Aquablu introduced an industrial water purifier. Since the war in Ukraine began, there has been a lack of all resources, including access to food and water. The developed purifier was sent to the centre of Ukraine to provide the people of Ukraine with up to 30.000 litres of clean drinking water a day! Watch the video in this LinkedIn post.

Tiler: Building the future of wireless electric charging for bikes

“We want to contribute to making cities greener, yet cities are largely built around cars,” says Christiaan van Nispen, founder and CEO of YES!Delft startup Tiler. “We have identified the need for creating a better infrastructure for electric bikes and are working on a solution that would provide new charging opportunities.”

Electric bikes need the right charging infrastructure

Having been in the business of building sustainable solutions for over a decade now, Christiaan knows what it takes to develop technologies that need time to develop and mature. It was back in 2009 when he started his first company with the goal of making buildings more sustainable. “Back in that day, such technologies were still very new,” he remembers. And while he ended up selling the company, it had taught him plenty on how to develop complex technological solutions and bring them to market.

His connection to the world of sustainability was perhaps most notably forged while working as an Innovation Manager for a German company. On behalf of it, he went to the US to set up the company’s footprint of electric vehicle charging stations, which is also where he got to know more about electric vehicles in general. 

“In a meeting that I had with Uber, they told me that light electric vehicles – electric bikes, in particular – will be a big thing in the future.” This was an important insight for Christiaan and what eventually got him thinking on how to build better infrastructure for this mode of transportation. 

Having been in the business of building sustainable solutions for over a decade now, Christiaan knows what it takes to develop technologies that need time to develop and mature. It was back in 2009 when he started his first company with the goal of making buildings more sustainable. “Back in that day, such technologies were still very new,” he remembers. And while he ended up selling his share of the company, it had taught him plenty on how to develop complex technological solutions and bring them to market.

His connection to the world of sustainability was perhaps most notably forged while working as Innovation Manager for a German company. On behalf of it, he went to the US to set up the company’s footprint of electric vehicle charging stations, which is also where he got to know more about electric vehicles in general. 

“In a meeting that I had with Uber, they told me that light electric vehicles – electric bikes, in particular – will be a big thing in the future.” This was an important insight for Christiaan and what eventually got him thinking on how to build better infrastructure for this mode of transportation. 

He started Tiler (at that time Fesla Charge) in April 2019 with the mission to offer a wireless charging solution for e-bikes and has been checking off one milestone after the next since then. While he was the sole founder at the start, he was later joined by founder Olivier Coops as COO. Joris Koudijs joined the MT as CTO in 2021. The startup has also raised more than 1 million euros from UNIIQ, Delft Enterprises and PVS investments, among others, which has helped it develop its technology fast and enter the market in the Netherlands. 

“Our solution is technologically challenging so we started with a pilot almost immediately,” Christiaan says. They partnered up with Ahoy to see how the technology would work and if it would meet the client’s expectations.

“It was a learning process on what it is like to build a hardware solution,” he says. “Perhaps the main lesson we learned is that it always takes a bit longer than anticipated. The first minimum viable product (MVP) for Ahoy was planned for September 2019, but instead it took until July 2020.” It was certainly not an easy endeavor to take on. 

The team also learned about how to make their solution as easy to use as possible, as well as durable and sturdy. Today, Tiler’s product is essentially a block integrated in a smart kickstand, which could also be used in other light electric vehicles. “The whole idea behind our solution is that users would have a seamless experience throughout – you come, you park, you go.”

On the path to making cities greener

While Christiaan started Tiler with the simple mission to create the necessary infrastructure for electric bikes to thrive in cities, they now have a team of six that are working tirelessly to make this possible. Yet, not without the support of fellow entrepreneurs and market experts.

Just recently, Tiler joined the Accelerator program at YES!Delft is looking to use that experience on several different fronts. “We have already been able to learn from other companies and gain insights into how to manage a hardware company,” Christiaan says. “We want to learn more about how to manage our supply chain as well as how to raise follow-on funding as a deep tech company.”

To date, the startup has delivered six validation pilots of its products, known as Tiles, with a corresponding smartstand. In March 2022, they launched their commercial solution with a bike rental company at an NH hotel with very promising results. There is another batch of 20 Tiles coming up in May to conduct more promising pilots. It is a time-consuming endeavour so the team will take the coming months to find their market fit with existing customers. “We want to make sure that the customers we currently have are happy and order from us again.” 

Further down the line, they will look into ways to scale up slowly while continuously iterating their product and will be looking for a larger round of follow-on funding starting in 2023.

If you ask Christiaan, the future for Tiler is an exciting one. There is a lot he and his team can achieve in making their solution ever better and smarter. “We will be looking into implementing strict safety procedures for our product,” he says. “We already get a lot of data from the batteries, but our goal for the future would be to collect even more of that data and leverage it in a smart way.”

There are ambitious goals ahead of Tiler and its team, and to make that even more tangible, they say: “We want to have 100,000 tiles by 2027 and be in 100 cities by 2040.” And so the targets have been set, may the hard work continue.

Are you inspired by this entrepreneurial journey and interested in giving your startup a boost? Then join one of the programs we offer at YES!Delft; Validation lab or Accelerator Program. If you would like to work at a startup in our ecosystem, check out the vacancies on our homepage!

Accelerator Program

Meet the accelerator batch spring 2022

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

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.

DuckDuckGooseFairm

Fairm BV develops natural and low-impact building materials based on biotechnology, enabling suppliers in the built environment to catch up with the growing demand for low impact and circular building products. Their main focus is to grow the future of buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tiler

Tiler develops the intuitive charging solution that helps to create a self-managing e-bike fleet. Park the e-bike with the Charging kickstand on the Charging tile and that’s it; the e-bike starts charging immediately. No more hassle and clutter with cables, or the risk that an e-bike isn’t charged, charging goes intuitively. Users will have an e-bike fleet that is always ready to go for their guests, employees or tenants.

Respyre

Respyre has developed and patented a new bio-receptive concrete product, which – when applied to existing structures – facilitates the spontaneous growth of moss. While enhancing beneficial ecosystems of moss the underlying construction is protected against weathering, effectively extending its lifetime. Respyre is working towards a final product that will be easy in application, cost-effective and low in maintenance. Their value proposition is to make vertical greening much more simple, sustainable and accessible by combining concrete waste and mosses into a self-sustaining vertical landscape.

Diwama

Diwama aims to provide the best image recognition of waste types and brands across the entire waste value chain, and therefore become the go-to company for big data on waste. Diwama’s vision is to make waste management seamlessly accessible and affordable by bridging the technology gap between developing and developed countries through the use of AI and data.

MangoStone

MangoStone is a company that develops software and hardware solutions to enable waste collectors to achieve the highest level of logistical efficiency and transparency. The company creates a fundamental piece of infrastructure on which circular economies can be built. This is achieved by significantly decreasing the costs of collecting waste through a dynamic collection process (up to 40% in cost reduction), monitoring the exact origin, destination, and quality of the collected waste, and bringing important data insights to light so that circular economies can be improved.

Civinc

Civinc is a customizable digital platform for civic education where students can engage in meaningful discussions with peers who think differently. In safe, anonymous, one-on-one chat-based ‘speed dates’ they can form their opinion, expand their horizon and develop vital civic skills, while the data gives teachers valuable insight on sentiment, language and performance.

BioFashionTech

BioFashionTech is an innovative start-up that makes use of a scalable biotech process to turn pre and post-consumer textile waste into valuable products that can be used for biocomposites and chemistry. Furthermore, the company separate polyester and dyes to create a closed-loop solution. The technology does not involve the use of any harmful chemicals and can process cotton, viscose, and poly/cotton blends. As a result, BioFashionTech brings 85% of textile waste that currently is incinerated or ends up in landfills to sustainable, circular biobased products. At the same time, a startup reduces the amount of fossil fuel used to make synthetic fibres, which account for 52% of the global fibre market.

Hoursec

Hoursec is founded on a breakthrough technology with a competitive advantage based on an innovative learning model architecture (HW/SW) which merges a completely new kernel architecture, allowing real-time, low power on device inference and training. Hoursec’s architecture is characterised by flexibility and robustness in non-linear dynamical inputs. Wider programmability and model-free applications for the Edge Computing Market.

 

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Top 10 startup success stories of March.

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: March

Spring has brought to the YES!Delft startup’s many new challenges as well as new experiences and exciting moments. Read more and find out how startups are introducing their companies by attending various events, releasing new products, signing new agreements, entering new markets and many more in our top-10 startup success stories in this march edition.

1. Flux Medical Systems

Because of the need to make the healthcare system more efficient Flux Medical Systems rolled out a solution to optimize the process of workflow. They currently have several paid pilot projects underway that provide initial revenues to the company and are a great way for the team to learn and improve their product. Next to these initial revenues, Flux has also been funded by family and friends and a loan from InnovationQuarter. The team is also in discussions with other parties. Read more about their story here!

2. Envision

Envision showed up on Omroep West last week in a show called ‘Zo doen wij dat’ hosted by Johan Overdevest. It reveals the story behind Envision and some practical applications of Envision Glasses. The glasses tell blind people what they are looking at. They presented their product at CSUN Centre of Disabilities in California. There, they had a chance to demonstrate Envision Glasses to the legendary Stevie Wonder. He was curious and enthusiastic about the possibilities of the glasses. MedCity news and Intelligent Living also wrote an article about their product.

3. BINKIES 3D

To give shoppers a reference point for the size of a phone, KPN‘s visitors now have the best shopping experience: they have the option to visually compare their future phone right next to a credit card. Check out the clean integration of our SizeWise feature in the video in this post.

4. NOWI

On the 31st of March Nowi will be launching its newest chip. The unique features of Nowi’s latest design unlock a wide range of applications and fit their company vision. Special guests will be joining us to tell us about their experience with the new chip and our collaboration evolution. They will cover everything about the new chip in the presentation. In case you want to know more, you will get a chance to ask us at the end of the presentation in a Q&A session. Check out the registration site.

5. QBLOX

This month QBLOX have attended two big events – the American Physical Society (APS Physics) March Meeting and tech conference with 60k attendees! QBLOX were invited to represent the best of the Quantum Flagship at 4YFN – 4 YEARS FROM now (Mobile world congress in Barcelona). Also, they have been able to join the dutch delegation organised by the Netherlands Business Support Office Barcelona (NBSO), TNW, InnovationQuarter, Netherlands Point of Entry and Techleapnl. These exceptional events helped them to learn from key stakeholders in awesome venues around Barcelona.

6. BI/OND

Bi/ond, one of the world’s leading Organ-on-a-Chip technology firms, announced that its commercial and clinical success working with two of Europe’s top 10 leading medical centres has led to a total of over $4 million in funding, including investment from the leading industrial venture firm FORWARD.one

Bi/ond’s technology has already been deployed across Europe, including at Leiden University Medical Center, where clinicians are making heart tissue using Bi/ond’s microchips and Erasmus University Medical Center where researchers are using patients’ own breast cancer samples to guide therapy. Bi/ond is led by Cinzia Silvestri, PhD., a leader in nanomaterials and silicon microfabrication for biotechnology who has also been acknowledged for advancing diversity in a male-dominated sector.

If you are interested to be part of a challenging and exciting environment, Bi/ond is looking for an inside sales specialist! Check the position via this link!

7. Whiffle

Pondera has entered into a license agreement to use Whiffle’s ultra-high-resolution atmospheric Large Eddy Simulation (LES) model for wind energy applications. The model will be mainly used to improve the wind energy modelling capabilities of Pondera in their consultancy projects, varying from wind resource assessments to advanced energy yield and wake studies, both onshore and offshore. Remco Verzijlbergh, Whiffle’s Director of Operations: “We are very happy to welcome Pondera as a client and to support them in making the break-through LES technology available for their clients. More information can be found in this post.

8. Sense Glove

CPO Gijs den Butter has co-authored a book about XR haptics together with Chris Ullrich from Immersion Corporation, Rafal Pijewski from Actronika SAS and Eric Vezzoli from Interhaptics

The book, ‘Haptics in XR: Design and Implementation is the result of hundreds of hours of interviews, discussions and pooling of knowledge of the four co-authors and their networks of expert colleagues, academics and industrial collaborators. It is a pragmatic step-by-step guide designed to enable real-world outcomes. Sense Glove is hoping that readers will find it useful to learn how to approach the implementation of haptics in a controlled way with clear milestones, deliverables, and risks along the way.

9. Praxa sense

Leonard Moonen is featured in an interview with Financieel Dagblad. The first wave of the corona pandemic made them realise their product had a wider purpose than originally intended. Their sensor helps doctors to monitor people at home. The company is growing and looking for staff, check out their available vacancies on their website!

10. FeedbackFruits

Feedback Fruits is proud to announce the new released updated and enhanced version of the Automated Feedback tool which is helping teachers save time and students improve learning with instant feedback on written work! Now automated feedback addresses errors in the citation, grammar and content structure, allowing teachers to spend less time correcting spelling mistakes and more developing cognitive skills and the critical argumentation of concepts. Students are able to develop their writing skills without having to depend just on the teacher’s time. Click on the link to learn more.

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