Author: Solvita Mazeikaite

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: August

In August, we celebrate summer, enjoy a walk in the park, go to the beach or go on vacation. This month is also a dynamic month of achievements and breakthroughs in the startup landscape. From groundbreaking investments fueling revolutionary transportation concepts to collaborations elevating educational experiences, these startups are shaping the future. Get ready to get inspired while exploring these visionary startups’ remarkable journeys and strides in the August Top 10 Startups Success Stories edition.

1. Arceon-Novel Elements

Arceon received an investment of € 350,000 from Early Phase Financing powered by UNIIQ, to further develop and market its new heat-resistant materials, enabling engineers to innovate further. More can be found here.

2. Hardt Hyperloop

Hardt Hyperloop has secured an investment from private and public sectors of EUR 12M, marking a pivotal step forward in their journey to revolutionise the transportation industry. More information can be found in this press release.

3. FeedbackFruits

FeedbackFruits is happy to share that 27% of the universities in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings have been collaborating with FeedbackFruits to elevate their educational experience. The infographic of the research outcome can be found here.

4. Memsys

TU Delft spinn-off Memsys is proud to announce that they have received €350,000  investment from UNIIQ to develop a prototype further and carry out the first pilots. More info about this investment can be found here.

5. Praxa Sense

Praxa Sense successfully secured an investment round to enter the commercialisation phase. The funds will be used to finalize CE certification, further develop Praxa Sense’s unique algorithms and start of commercial roll-out. More information can be found in this press release.

6. Respyre

Respyre has refreshed its brand identity, which will lead to a step in its upcoming product release in the coming months. Follow a startup on the LinkedIn channel, watch this video and visit their website.

7. Scoozy

Scoozy is happy to share that they have been selected as a finalist for the Breda Startup Awards! Stay tuned because the final event will take place on the 21st of September.

8. VideowindoW

During the Glass Performance Days in Finland, VideowindoW introduced a new performance value: the E-value. Next to the known G-value and U-value, the E-value measures the Entertainment value of glare control. With its responsive content, VideowindoW turns pixelated tintable glass into experience platforms. Follow VideowindoW to learn more about groundbreaking glare control innovations.

9. Villari

Villari has secured a seed investment of €2.5 million from lead investor and co-investors IQCapital (InnovationQuarter) and Delft Enterprises. The investment will help Villari to accelerate the international roll-out of their technology. More information can be found here.

10. UbiOps

UbiOps released new functionality and made improvements to its UbiOps SaaS platform that helps with running, scaling, and managing artificial intelligence and machine learning workloads. Watch the video to learn more about the latest updates.

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: June

June is a vibrant and eventful month for our community. Startups have been creating waves and reaching remarkable milestones, showcasing their unwavering dedication to growth and innovation. From prestigious awards and breakthrough inventions to exciting collaborations and impactful product launches, these startups are leaving their mark on the industry. Get ready to be inspired by the latest achievements of YES!Delft community innovative tech startups in our top 10 startup success stories for the month of June.

1. AgriData Innovations

AgriData Innovations received Jury and Public Awards during the Start-Up Meets Investor Contest. Congratulations!

2. Dawn Aerospace

Dawn Aerospace is happy to share that they have been selected as a finalist in two award categories at the European Space Forum: Innovation in Space for its spaceline and Sustainability in Space for its green chemical propulsion system.

3. Hardt Hyperloop

Hard Hyperloop has won the prestigious Nieuwe Helden Prijs 2023 from Rotterdamse Ondernemersprijs because of the startup’s demonstrated level of innovation and societal impact.

4. Memsys

Memsys is proud to share that they have won a Pitch XL 2023 award. Among the winners, MEMSYS was recognized as the overall winner chosen by the jury, highlighting their exceptional contribution to energy harvesting technologies for IoT products. More information can be found here.

5. Natures Principles

Nature’s Principles has secured a Rabobank Innovation loan to further work on its mission of creating sustainable and circular Lactic Acid for its customers. More information can be found here.

6. Oasys Now

Oasys Now received a pre-seed investment with the support of a Graduate Entrepreneur. This investment is a co-investment with TenNine VC, Golden Egg Check and several angel investors. The funds will be used to expand the company’s workforce and accelerate the development of its services, bringing the company one step closer to its goal of making Personalized Medicine accessible to people globally.

7. Pats Indoor Drone Solutions

Together with Biobest Group PATS won the Innovation Award for Trap-Eye™, a wireless solution that replaces sticky trap scouting. It accurately identifies and counts insects, empowering growers with integrated pest management. More about this can be found here.

Division Q is investing in Pats Drones in order to stimulate technological development and scaling-up. More about this cooperation can be read here.

Also, The European Innovation Council (EIC) awarded PATS with more than €4.5 million in funding. The news can be found in this post.

8. Smart-ship

Smart-ship has launched a new collaboration with SEAFAR. SEAFAR navigates ships from a distance across different regions to tackle a growing shortage of skilled personnel and enable an acceleration of the modal shift. By using Smart-Ship force-feedback control levers, they will enable inch-perfect navigation from 100+ kilometres distance.

9. Somnox

Somnox and Annovating receive a grant for the fight against insomnia with artificial intelligence.

A startup is developing an innovative robot that combats insomnia together with Annovating in The Hague. The aim of the project is to provide the sleep robot with artificial intelligence to learn from previous results and thus better combat sleep problems every day. More can be found here.

10. Tiler

As of this month, everyone who works at De Binckhorst The Hague can use an electric shared bicycle to explore the area. The e-bikes are charged wirelessly using the smart charging tiles of the Delft startup Tiler. More about this can be found in this article.

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: May

In the month of May, innovative tech startups have been making waves and achieving significant milestones. From leadership transitions to product launches and strategic partnerships, these startups are demonstrating their commitment to growth and innovation. Read the newest top 10 startup success stories from May and get inspired by their remarkable achievements.


After Founder & former CEO Anton Paardekooper suddenly passed away in December 2022, which had a significant impact on the BBBLS team, they are now pleased to announce that Matthijs Plas is taking over the Chief Executive Officer position.

2. Beesage

Last week the founder of Beesage attended the Deep Tech Momentum event, where he pitched in front of the audience and took 3rd place out of 52 companies. Find more information here.

3. Carice Cars

On the 10th of May, Carice Cars released its newest product – TC2 – an electric convertible that weighs 630 kg and has a mile range of 300 km. You can find more information about the car in this TOP GEAR article or on their website. Also, you can watch an Interesting interview with De Ondernemer in this Dutch podcast here.

4. Denoize

Denoize, in collaboration with Schiphol, has created a test house to demonstrate active soundproofing technology for windows. This technology is capable of recognising, filtering, and mitigating ambient noise. In this video, you can find out more information. The test lab will be open to visitors in September this year. You can even sign up to spend a night in the house and try it out. Detailed information can be found in this press release.

5. Loop Biotech

Loop Biotech – initiator and builder of the world’s first ‘living’ coffin that enriches the earth – presents an improved, more organic version of the Loop Living CocoonTM. The new products were launched at an event with Andre Kuipers and Shawn Harris on May 22nd. The startup is also launching the first fully biodegradable “EarthRise” urn and “ForestBed” funeral carrier to answer the demand for more eco-conscious funeral product options. With the Loop Living Cocoon, a burial can have a positive footprint. Their slogan is: “Are you waste or are you compost?” More info can be found HERE.

6. Micro-Cosmos

Micro-Cosmos is happy to share that two brand new Micro-Cosmos bed caps are permanently installed at the Isala Hospital in the Department of Neurology. Especially the brain care department was very enthusiastic about the peace and security that Micro-Cosmos offers. More can be found in this post.

7. Sensible Healthcare Systems

Sensible Healthcare Systems announced their pre-seed funding round financed by a group of expert investors, including Glass Frog Ventures and Graduate Entrepreneur. They will use the funds to develop further and market its minimally invasive continuous biosensing platform, initially focusing on the diabetes care market with a Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) sensor. We celebrated this positive news with a champagne alarm in the YES!Delft incubator together with the investors.

8. Supersola

Supersola raised an investment of 1 million euros under the leadership of ROM InWest to scale up the production of solar panels with socket plugs. More information can be found HERE.

9. Nurtio

Nurtio has a new partnership with Vodafone Business. This partnership will enable Nurtio to leverage its extensive network infrastructure, cutting-edge technologies, and expertise in the IoT industry. From now on, every gateway will be equipped with a Vodafone SIM card providing seamless connectivity that transcends geographical boundaries. The Global Data Service Platform (GDSP) is Vodafone’s dedicated IoT-managed service engine, enabling devices and assets with a global SIM to communicate securely with the Nurtio back-end system. More information can be found here.

10. Momo Medical

Momo Medical has already raised 1,2 million euros via the NPEX platform. Up to €1.75 million can still be subscribed to the current issue. More information about it can be found HERE.

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: April

As we move into the second quarter of the year, April continues to bring exciting news and developments from the startup world. From advancements in space travel to digital well-being, this month has seen impressive accomplishments from a diverse range of startups. Don’t miss out on these top 10 success stories from April that showcase the innovation and potential of the YES!Delft startup community.

1. Dawn aerospace

Dawn Aerospace completed the first rocket-powered flight campaign of its Mk-|| Aurora spaceplane. They have completed 3 test flights in 3 days! This marks a significant milestone in Dawn’s Aerospace mission to redefine how we sustainably access and utilise space. More information can be found in this PRESS RELEASE.

2. Maeve Aerospace

On Thursday, April 13th, Maeve presented its design at the public event of its Maeve 01 fully electric aircraft. Also, Lucy – Europe’s first all-electric airliner and Maeve Aerospace signed the first intentional pre-order for the Maeve 01! More information can be found HERE.

3. Momo Medical

Momo Medical has some great news to share! Besides becoming a winner of the National audience award, now everyone can invest in a startup via the NPEX platform. Currently, more than 6,600 nursing home residents already use the Momo BedSense. In order to be able to support even more care workers in their work, a new investment round via NPEX is needed. Find out HERE how you can contribute to their mission!

4. Nature’s Principles

Nature’s Principles is proud to share that last month startup produced its first product sample that will be tested with one of its partners. Their organic acid blend uses fewer resources in the feedstock process and production, making it more sustainable. More about it can be found HERE.

5. Nurtio Technologies

Nurtio announced its new partnership with NextGen Living Walls. NextGen Living Walls provides the easiest and most efficient plant vertical systems. Clients can order sensors from Nurtio to help maintain the green walls. Nurtio is active in 9 countries, and this new cooperation will allow them to push the horizon further. More information HERE.

6. Sense Glove

Sense Glove raised  €3.25 million in a Series A funding round led by the Lumaux Tech Fund. This funding will accelerate startup growth, allowing them to innovate even more, develop new hand-haptic products, and expand its global reach. Find the full announcement post HERE.

7. Smart-Ship

Smart-ship received the formal approval of Bureau Veritas Group regarding its haptic control levers. In the upcoming weeks, they will start installing its technology on short sea vessels, a research vessel, electric ferries and a yacht!

8. Soundcell

Soundcell received a pre-seed investment from a graduate entrepreneur! Soundcel is developing a new diagnostic device capable of antibiotic resistance testing within hours rather than days. With this pre-seed investment, they will continue to fight against antibiotic resistance and hopefully become clinically relevant startups! More can be found HERE.


Stil has received €4.6 million of funding from the EIC Accelerator. The startup will use the investment to make STIL Orthosis – and their company – ready for scaling up internationally. The company’s mission remains unchanged: providing stability to over 30 million people worldwide with involuntary shakes in the hands. Read more HERE.

10. Unpluq

Unpluq, a digital well-being startup that helps people reduce their mobile screen time and improve their mental health, announced the release of its first-ever iPhone app. The Unpluq app was developed to address the growing concern around the negative impact of mobile screen time on mental health, particularly among young people. Find more HERE.

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: March

As the year’s first quarter comes to an end, March is a time of reflection, learning opportunities from others in the field and planning. Therefore our startup community is buzzing too! From drone mapping to VR therapy, rocket-powered flights to co-ownership opportunities! Dont miss out on these groundbreaking news in our top 10 startups’ success stories in this March edition.

1. Atmos

Atmos, a fast-growing drone manufacturer that develops high-end fixed-wing drones for mapping and surveying applications, is happy to share that its products from now on are also available in the USA market. Read more HERE.

2. CleVR

VR-CGT has been approved by the Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit (NZa) as an optional performance. Mental health institutions and health insurers can explore the benefits of CleVR’s innovative VR technology in psychological treatments. They can make mutual agreements for the surcharge on regular performance, which could lead to better mental health outcomes for patients.

3. Dawn Aerospace

Dawn aerospace received certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAA) for the imminent rocket-powered flight campaign. This will mark the first time a remotely piloted rocket-powered vehicle has been certified for the flight out of a civil airport. Read more HERE.

4. DuckDuckGoose

Parya Lotfi, a founder of DuckDuckGoose, has received an AI Entrepreneur award! More information about the nomination can be found HERE.

5. Micro-Cosmos

Micro-Cosmos started a trial period at the stroke care unit of the neurology department of Ziekenhuis Gelderse Vallei. Patients and nurses will gain experience with the benefits and working methods of the bed caps in the coming months. More information can be found HERE.

6. Nature’s Principles

Nature’s Principles are joining forces with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant to produce the first batch of lactic acid-based products! The DEI+ subsidy from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) supports the project.

7. Respyre

Respyre is excited to share that together with Innovatiefonds Noord-Holland and NWO, they have established funding for a runway of around 12 to 18 months. With this funding, Respyre aims to launch its new commercial product in the fourth quarter and expand its moss-growing facilities. More information can be found HERE. 

8. Somnox

Somnox launched its crowdfunding campaign! You can invest in Somnox and become co-owner of their mission to help 100 million people sleep better before 2030! More information about the crowdfunding campaign can be found HERE.

9. Sense Glove

Sense Glove released their first version of the new Unreal Engine Plugin on UE Marketplace! You can check it out HERE.

10. Nurtio

Nurtio is happy to announce its newest partnership with a dutch company LEAF! The first joint installation is present at the newest La Place Restaurants in HEMA Hilversum! See THIS POST for more information.

Meet the Accelerator Batch Spring 2023

We are thrilled to introduce the latest additions to our Accelerator program for this Spring! These startups are set to transform the world with their innovative ideas, aided by our team of experts, mentors, trainers, and one-on-one coaching sessions. Discover more about their ambitions, objectives, and cutting-edge technologies in this article.


Ivvest is on a mission to make the future of horticulture accessible through building a new ecosystem along with innovating smart, efficient, modular, profitable and affordable indoor farming solutions! Abdel R. Alzubaidi founded the startup.




Arkmon offers portfolio tracking and automation as a service and enables our users to create a diversified cryptocurrency portfolio with the click of a button. Maximilian Sachs and Tristan Nikolaas Mwinmaalo Somé founded a startup.



OASYS NOW provides security, transparency & data ownership to the patient, unlocking DNA and health data for usage beyond its primary use case in a privacy-forward manner. Nima Salami, Sara Okhuijsen and Viktor Koppenol founded the startup. 



Lobster – robotics developed a lightweight, low-cost, fast robot that makes high-quality, geo-referenced orthophotos for seabed explorers, researchers and users. Startup was founded by Stephan Rutten and Daan de Groot.



SoundCell developed a technology by which patients can be given the right antibiotic within one hour to reduce the time and severity of infections in patients and the cost of medical care. Aleksandre Japaridze and Irek Roslon founded the startup.



Coding the Curbs optimise the use of the curbside by transforming loading bays into multifunctional space. Their digital platform allows users, such as logistics, to book and access Smart Zones easily. Startup were founded by Iskandar Tange, Alwin Bakker and Martijn Pater.




SUPPLYZ is helping companies bring their physical assets into the digital realm, enabling companies to increase the value of their assets, reduce costs, and improve overall operational performance. Felix Wassmann, Fabian Oberndorfer and Isaac Kargar founded the startup.



NeoStove builds rocket-inspired cooking pans that capture heat efficiently from existing gas stoves and enables  Horeca kitchens to halve their cooking gas consumption and CO2 emissions. Surya Prakash Seshaiya Doraiswamy Chandrasekar founded a startup.




MEMSYS develops energy harvesting technology as a platform for autonomous IoT applications. Their first product is an onboard monitoring system for damages on the wheels of trains. Thijs Blad and Gerrit-Jan Mollink founded the startup.



Top-10 Startup Success Stories: February

February is the only month that has a length of fever than 30 days. But even that does not stop our startups from achieving significant milestones! Read more and find out about the startups that have gained new partnerships, closed investment rounds, nominated as young and enterprising talents, and more in our top 10 startup success stories in this February edition.

1. Aquablu

Aquablu exited is announce its new partnership with Insider. Both companies are on a mission to reduce single-use plastics in offices. Insider has noticed a trend: people increasingly switched from coffee to drinking water. Because Insider has a lot of clients visiting their office in Amsterdam, they looked for esthetically pleasant solutions and offered their clients the best water possible that is sourced from Aquablu.

2. Aqysta

Aqysta is happy to share about their newly raised investment round to expand the GROWN farm incubator. The investment comes from a group of investors, including Draper Richards Kaplan (DRK), Ecosia, GLS Treuhand, We4F and Angel Investors. More information can be found HERE.

3. DeNoize & Respyre

Every year FD presents an overview of young (under 35), enterprising talents. Aman Jindal (Founder of DeNoize) and Auke Bleij (Founder of Respyre) are part of this list this year! More information can be found HERE.

4. DuckDuckGoose

We are happy to share that Parya Lotfi, co-founder of DuckDuckGoose, has been granted the AI Entrepreneur award by Women in AI Netherlands! Women in AI is a nonprofit do-tank working towards inclusive AI that benefits global society. DuckDuckGoose is creating innovative and ethical AI solutions to combat the negative impact of deepfakes.

5. Envision

Envision introduced new Editions of the Envision Glasses, offering easy upgrades between editions and progressing towards a subscription-based model for feature updates. More about this can be found HERE.

6. FeedbackFruits

FeedbackFruits selected by Utah Education Network (UEN) as winners for three categories: outcomes and assessment, social annotation, and polling! With their new partnership with UEN, Utah institutions can now purchase FeedbackFruits with no procurement processes. For more information, click HERE.

7. Momo Medical

Momo Medical BedSense was nominated as a winner of the regional preliminary round of South Holland for the Healthcare Innovation Award 2023 by a jury! The Momo BedSense provides healthcare professionals with insights and an overview of nursing home residents. Care providers can see at a glance what attention is needed from the residents, who, in return, reduce the workload. 

8. Qlayers

Qlayers has signed a cooperation agreement with Confined Space Robotics, under which CSR has officially become one of Qlayers’ clients in the North American region to deploy its robot for tank refurbishment projects. More information can be found HERE.

9. Somnox

Somnox and Drake & Farrell, the leading sustainability solution provider for circular supply chains, announce a long-term partnership. Drake & Farrell will build the Somnox 2 and establish an aftermarket solution. With this partnership, Somnox aims to extend its products’ lifecycle by using Drake & Farrell’s knowledge and experience on the circularity of electronics. This supports Somnox in its rollout of its new “Sleep As A Service” subscription model.

10. Tiler

Tiler was a winner of the challenge that the municipality of The Hague launched for innovative and sustainable transport ideas for the Binckhorst. The challenge was part of the national Startup in Residence Intergov program. Therefore for the upcoming 6 months, you will see Tilers wireless charging plates at various Park & Ride locations of The Hague for testing purposes.

YES!Delft Awards 2022

Our startups achieved many great things in 2022, and that’s why once again, we rewarded some of the most outstanding startups with the YES!Delft Awards. The startups competed in four different categories such as:


Let’s see which startups and why won a trophy!

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD – Agora solutions

Agora Solutions enables kelp farmers to integrate high-tech IoT systems to monitor their crops. They combine satellite and in-situ monitoring data to create smart kelp farm management software. Last year they followed YES!Delft Validation Lab and successfully applied the insights gained. 

The startup has been awarded as the rookie of the year because they have managed to secure funds to conduct research projects and develop monitoring equipment, expanded the team and opened their new office! We are really excited to see the next steps of this promising startup!


MangoStone is enabling circular economies to emerge by improving waste collection operations. They reduce high logistical costs and the impact on the environment by creating efficient collection routes and data insights using a combination of hardware and software solutions

The startup has been awarded as the rising star because of the impressive growth of the market adoption of their solution in the textile industry in the Netherlands and Germany.


Qlayers is on a mission to transform the industrial coating of large assets by automating the process and reducing the number of hours that painters work at dangerous heights. Their unique robotic solutions allow to overcome the limitations of manual coating of large industrial surfaces by creating an environmentally friendly, safe and reliable coating application process.

Qlayers has received the scale-up award because of their growth and the global success of the 10Q and 7CS robots, including the fact that thousands of square meters of industrial surfaces were coated with high-quality anti-corrosion paint and nearly no paint overspray contaminating the environment.


Nurtio technologies provide the world`s first connected gardening technology designed specifically for corporate real estate. This startup received an inspirational journey award because of sheer perseverance, hard work and great implementation of the basics of entrepreneurship!

Big thanks to all the startups for being part of YES!Delft and creating an ecosystem to be proud of! 

Cheers to everything that will come in the coming years! Would you like to see the recap video of 2022? Just press play!

Top-10 Startup Success Stories: January

2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit. It is a symbol of longevity and prosperity. In our community, we can already see that startups start the year with exciting news that promises excellent results in the long term! Read more and find out about the startup that has been recognized as the most innovative in the Netherlands, how some of them received finding and more in our top 10 startups success stories in this January edition.

1. Chainels

Chainels, the tenant experience app, announced that it had closed a successful Series-A funding round, raising nearly €3,000,000 from Belgian Capricorn Partners through their Capricorn Digital Growth Fund and Aconterra. Chainels is a property management portal and community platform which enhances communication between all stakeholders, including landlords, tenants, occupiers, investors, owners, developers, operators, local authorities and public officials.

2. Hardt Hyperloop

Hardt Hyperloop is happy to announce its latest investment from key industry and investment partners. This funding comes from several of its existing backers and multiple new EU- and US-based investors. This follows the commitment from the European Commission’s EIC Accelerator Program of €15 million just last year. This investment will enable Hardt to start the assembly of the European Hyperloop Center tubes, pushing forward on the goal of achieving a commercial hyperloop line before 2030. More information can be found here!

3. Isisspace

ISISPACE Group is proud to confirm the successful launch of 47 payloads from 8 different countries during its ISILAUNCH38 mission on board Falcon 9 Rocket. The launch occurred on the 3rd of January from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) in Florida.

4. Mapiq

Mapiq is happy to share that its workplace experience platform is now available on Microsoft Azure Marketplace, making it easy for global enterprises to implement the solutions they need to improve how people connect and collaborate at work. More information can be found here.

5. Nurtio Technologies

Nurtio Technologies is happy to share that it has secured an undisclosed investment from the Amsterdam-based impact fund Shamrock Ventures. The received fund will help to accelerate the growth of its current product lineup, strengthen its market position and prepare to launch new products.

6. Pats Indoor Drone solution

Pats indoor Drone solution PATS-C system has won the silver medal in the Service & Software category of the Sival Innovation Awards of 2023PATS-C is an innovative device equipped with an infrared camera that records the flight movements of noctuids (moths) over an area of 100 m², representative of the pests’ activity in a one-hectare shelter.

7. Physee

Physee is happy to share that FOTONIQ, a spin-off company from PHYSEE, will further commercialise PAR+ horticulture coatings. During the first critical years of development, the product could mature under the wings of PHYSEE. Now that it has achieved significant traction in the market, it is time to spread its wings and continue as the independent company FOTONIQ. More information about it can be found here.

8. SenseGlove

SenseGlove is a winner of the KVK innovation Top 100 of 2022. The startup has been recognized as the most innovative company in the Netherlands. SenseGlove enables touch interaction in VR through some of the world’s most intuitive and affordable hardware and software.

9. Qlayers

Qlayers are one of the finalists in the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge! From over 4000 applications, Qlayers has been selected as one of the top six “Industry 4.0 and Autonomous Machines” finalists. The finals day will take place on the 9th & 10th of March in Paris. You can get a ticket with a 20% discount using the code “MEETUSINPARIS” via this link.

10. SuperSola

SuperSola won The Innovation price in the category “Home Appliances” at the CES 2023 Las Vegas.

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!

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