Bridging the Valley of Death

On September 18th, 19th, 20th + Weekend, Rotterdam Capital Days aim to unveil the world of capital in order to boost access to growth-capital for startups & scale-ups.

Where

CIC Rotterdam, Stationsplein 45, 4th floor, 3013 AK Rotterdam

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On September 18th, 19th, 20th + Weekend, Rotterdam Capital Days aim to unveil the world of capital in order to boost access to growth-capital for startups & scale-ups.

As part of the Rotterdam Capital Days, YES!Funded created an event geared up towards the famous startup financing  Valley of Death

WHAT

What is the Valley of Death? It’s always the toughest bit of the raising capital journey. It’s when a startup needs the outside capital at the beginning, prior to any sales. Since there are no sales, most of the investors decide to pass on investing in your startup! 

HOW

YES!Funded team – Jan Gert van Hall (Investment Director) and Carola Torrente (Funding Consultant) are bringing on the stage of this event startups, investors and more experts to tackle the problem from all its angles. 

The event is divided in two: the problem and the solution. 

First, two YES!Delft startups will pitch what is their current experience with searching for a funding boost to start the production and bring their current well-working prototype to the market. A third YES!Delft alumni startup will pitch its experience, and tell more about how they managed to survive the Valley of Death and successfully activate sales. 

The second and main part is a panel discussion on the current instruments available in the European landscape. Different parties who are involved on the investors and bank side to bridge the gap include RaboBank Direct Investments, Bert Oosthout as founder of WeShare Ventures, and Joarchim Blazer, expert in startup valuation and most importantly ambassador for revenue based financing. 

PROGRAM

13:00 – 13:15 Walk-in

13:20 – 13:30  Welcome

13:30 – 14:20 Three YES!Delft startups pitching

14:20 – 15:00  Experts debating


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in-house day

IN-HOUSE DAY JULY

Your opportunity to experience the incubator vibe from the inside, connect with the YES!Delft team and speak to our startup founders in person at the legendary VrijMiBo drinks! 

Where

YES!Delft

Molengraaffsingel 12, 2629 JD Delft

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BACK TO EVENTS

Have you always wanted to know what our incubator looks like on the inside? This second edition of our in-house day is your opportunity to learn about which services (funding, recruitment & more) we offer to early stage and later stage startups, and what upcoming startup programs best fits your interest. Connect personally with the YES!Delft team and our startup founders in an easy and informal way.

Our Startup Scout will welcome you and you’ll get a sneak peek into our incubator. You’ll hear the stories and experiences of a selection of our most promising startups, and you’ll get to ask all the questions you may have about what YES!Delft is offering.

Last but not the least, you will be able to join our legendary Friday drinks, which are organised every Friday by one of the startups. 

PROGRAM
15.45-16.00: walk-in
16.00-16.30: presenting YES!Delft & Startup pitches
16.30-TBD: Friday drinks & info tables. Connect personally with our team and startups 


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Pitch Day AI/Blockchain

Pitch Day AI/Blockchain is the closing event of the Validation Lab. All teams will showcase their progress and connect with the ecosystem.

Where

YES!Delft @ The Hague
Wilhelmina van Pruisenweg 104
2529 AN Den Haag

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Be sure not to miss PitchDay! Our most recent AI/Blockchain startups will get the opportunity to showcase the progress they have made on validating their business model and finding a launching customer! This event is your opportunity to add value within a small setting, where attendees are selected based on potential relevant connections.

On Pitch Day you are more than just a spectator: we will actively connect you to the Pitch Day startups, to lay the foundation for a successful cooperation. You will get the opportunity to get to know the newest companies and follow them on their road to success. Curious? Register now!

PROGRAM

16:00 – 16:30  Walk-in
16:30 – 18:00  Plenary Show
18:00 – 19:00  Network Drinks & Bites


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UNCONFERENCE

UNCONFERENCE is by an event by founders, for founders. Participants can experience a range of topics in an intimate setting,  forge new relationships, and connect with experience and expertise that you can benefit from immediately, but will also last a lifetime.

Where

YES!Delft

Molengraaffsingel 12, 2629 JD Delft

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BACK TO EVENTS

UNconference is a specially designed bi-annual event where tech startup founders can effectively build valuable connections with peers in an intimate setting, share challenges and successes with the wider startup community and speed up your learning progress and learn from peers.

WHAT TO EXPECT
The UNconference is made up of a set of short, targeted parallel running sessions, which are hosted by the participants themselves and are scheduled together at the event. It’s an opportunity select to experience a range of topics in an intimate setting, to forge new relationships, and connect with experience and expertise that you can benefit from immediately, but will also last a lifetime.

WHO IS IT FOR

The UNCONFERENCE is a peer event for founders, so please feel free to invite tech founders from your network to join as well. We invite special ambassadors to attend –  people who have walked the walk and want to share interesting stories and their experiences.

MEET THE AMBASSADORS

  • JOELLE FRIJTERS

    Cofounder, InspiringFifty

  • GERWIN HOOGENDOORN

    Growth Manager, YES!Delft

  • JELMER VAN AST

    CEO, Conference Compass

  • DUKE URBANIK

    Strategy coach

  • DIMMES DOORNHEIN

    Chairman advisory board, AsiaAssist

  • WOLTER WEFERS BETTINK

    Legal and Strategic Advisor, MAS

  • WOUTER ROBERS

    YES!Delft Alumnus

  • DAVID BEIJER

    General Manager NL of Maana Electric

  • JOACHIM BLAZER

    Founder of Venture Value

  • Aaike van Vugt

    CEO of VSParticle, Forbes 30 under 30

  • David Cerda Salzamann

    Partner at FORWARD.one

UNCONFERENCE THE HAGUE

UNCONFERENCE is by an event by founders, for founders. Participants can experience a range of topics in an intimate setting,  forge new relationships, and connect with experience and expertise that you can benefit from immediately, but will also last a lifetime.

Where

YES!Delft The Hague

Wilhelmina van Pruisenweg 104, 2595 AN, Den Haag

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BACK TO EVENTS

UNconference is a specially designed bi-annual event where tech startup founders can effectively build valuable connections with peers in an intimate setting, share challenges and successes with the wider startup community and speed up your learning progress and learn from peers.

 

This edition takes place in YES!Delft The Hague, where the focus is on AI & Blockchain co-founders, who can share their challenges in the digital industries. 

WHAT TO EXPECT
The UNconference is made up of a set of short, targeted parallel running sessions, which are hosted by the participants themselves and are scheduled together at the event. It’s an opportunity select to experience a range of topics in an intimate setting, to forge new relationships, and connect with experience and expertise that you can benefit from immediately, but will also last a lifetime.

WHO IS IT FOR

The UNCONFERENCE is a peer event for founders, so please feel free to invite tech founders from your network to join as well. We invite special ambassadors to attend –  people who have walked the walk and want to share interesting stories and their experiences.

MEET THE AMBASSADORS

  • JOELLE FRIJTERS

    Cofounder, InspiringFifty

  • GERWIN HOOGENDOORN

    Growth Manager, YES!Delft

  • NEIL SMYTH

    Blockchain Director at YES!Delft

  • NOOR FIGDOR

    AI Focus Area Manager at YES!Delft

  • WOUTER ROBERS

    YES!Delft Alumnus

  • RAS LALMY

    Managing Director at YES!Delft The Hague

  • ROLF RIJKMANS

    Interim HR Director, Rijkmans Interim Management

  • jasper wognum

    Founder BrainCreators

Pitch Day Biotech

Pitch Day Biotech is the closing event of the 8-week fulltime startup program. This program is a collaboration between Biotech Campus Delft, DSM, and YES!Delft. 

Where

Biotech Campus Delft, Alexander Fleminglaan 1, Delft, 2613 AX, Nederland

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We would like to invite you to the exciting PitchDay; the final pitch sessions of the first edition of YES!Delft and Biotech Campus Validation Lab. Six promising biotech startups will get the opportunity to showcase the progress they have made on validating their business model and finding a launching customer! This event is a nice opportunity to network and to close off the exciting period of their journey.

On Pitch Day you are more than just a spectator: we will actively connect you to the Pitch Day startups, to lay the foundation for a successful cooperation. You will get the opportunity to get to know the newest companies and follow them on their road to success. Curious? Register now!

PROGRAM

16:00 – 16:30  Walk-in

16:30 – 18:00  Plenary Show

18:00 – 19:00  Network Drinks & Bites


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YES!Delft top 10 startups success stories

TOP 10 TECH STARTUP SUCCESS STORIES: JUNE

On 26th of June, we celebrated the 5th edition of our signature startup showcase event – Meet the Startups. We welcomed over 250 corporate partners, investors, mentors, journalists, and entrepreneurs to take a look at the best cutting edge tech and startups YES!Delft has to offer. In an Innovation Playground, all the guests could try the prototypes of Warp VR, Somnox, Kitepower, Nurt.Io, Manometric, Momo Medical, Scoozy, Dental Robotics. Meaning they could even test-drive the mobility scooter of Scoozy, try out a VR experience with Warp VR or even sooth their emotions – almost falling asleep – by hugging the sleep robot of Somnox.

Afterwards, they were dazzled by the pitches of Momo Medical, BI/OND, VideowindoW, Qlayers, Dutch Analytics, and Warp VR. The captivated audience was entertained by MtS host Gerrit H – Mr. Red Sneakers – with an ongoing quiz about the pitches and calls to action presented. The sharpest audience member was awarded a Somnox sleep robot for his knowledge about the ecosystem. Even more, the latest batch of Accelerator startups was there with a stand and everybody could talk with them! Make sure to not miss the next edition!


As temperatures rise, Meet the Startups is not the only time when we show the success of our tech startups! YES!Delft startups celebrate soaring success as time passes by! Read all about it in the top 10 tech startup success stories of this month!
1. Warp VR

This Accelerator alumnus announced a collaboration with YES!Delft partner Tata Steel on stage at Meet the Startups. Together they will utilize Warp VR’s virtual reality training technology for safety in IJmuiden location. In spring, Warp VR developed a first virtual reality training after doing a workshop with the Tata Steel safety team. After the success of the first training, they will continue to develop several safety scenarios for training which will eventually be used to train large groups of up to 2000 Tata Steel employees.

YES!Delft – Meet The Startups | Erkan Goenee (Tata Steel) & Guido Helmerhorst (Warp VR) | © Verkijk
2. Aidx Medical

Last year’s EIT Health Validation Lab winner impressed with their technology. They aim to make malaria detection cheaper, faster, accessible to all and more reliable. And the AidX team continues to impress, as they were rewarded 50k EUR by EIT Health Belgium-Netherlands through their Headstart Funding program.

 

3.  Nowi Energy

Huawei has joined forces with this Accelerator alumnus and will be showcasing their energy harvesting solution at MWC Shanghai 2019. Nowi is a pioneer in novel energy harvesting technology. Their technology enables the capturing of ambient energy sources such as light, temperature gradients or radio frequency, with the highest efficiency.

 

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4. Manometric

Validation Lab and Accelerator alumnus Manometric was one of the startups on the Innovation Playground, where they showcased their 3D hand scanner. Moreover, the MedTech startup won the Vereniging Samenwerkende Topklinische Ziekenhuizen (STZ) Innovation Challenge. The impact and scalability of the product impressed the jury. There Manometric won 3500 EUR to support the further validation of their product.

 

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5. Nightbalance

Nightbalance founder Eline Vrijland-Van Beest, who was named one of the MIT 35 under 35, wrote about her seven biggest learnings for MedTech product development. Founded in 2009, the MedTech startup and Accelerator alumnus developed their Sleep Position Trainer (SPT). This device is a comfortable and easy to use treatment alternative for people who suffer from positional obstructive sleep apnea. Nightbalance was ultimately acquired by Philips in 2018.

 

6. Kitepower

You could hardly have missed the kite spanning almost 14 meters in the Innovation Playground. This CleanTech startup now announced the continuation of their collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Defense. In 2016 they won the ministry’s Innovation Competition. The Validation Lab and Accelerator alumnus can efficiently reduce the number of diesel generators deployed by Defence during field exercises. This means on a yearly basis, one Kitepower unit can save up to 150.000 liters of diesel and 400 tons of CO2.

 

YES!Delft Kitepower top 10 tech startup success stories
YES!Delft – Meet The Startups | Kitepower on the Innovation Playground | © Verkijk

 

7. DAB

BioTech startup and Accelerator alumnus DAB raised 2M EUR in Series A funding from FORWARD.one and InnovationQuarter to accelerate the production of bio-based chemicals and advanced fuels. As a result, DAB can continue developing innovative bioreactor technology that increases the productivity of fermentation processes and at the same time reduces operational costs. With the funding, the startup is looking to commercialize its proprietary bioreactor technology that accelerates the transition to a biobased economy.

 

8. VSParticle

ComplexTech startup VSParticle was named one of the ten winners in the Academic Startup Competition, out of the 28 startups competing. All winners first pitched at GES 2019. Now, all the winning startups will travel Silicon Valley, courtesy of the Dutch Ministry of Economic affairs, to learn how to scale their innovations faster.

9. Atmos UAV

The Aviation startup and Accelerator alumnus has announced that Rene Worms, former Managing Director of Topcon Positioning Europe, will be joining as Head of Global Sales. Together they will work on the international expansion of the professional vertical take-off landing (VTOL) mapping and surveying (fixed wing) drone Marlyn, which is known for its accuracy, ease of use, and highest wind resistance in its class.

 

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10. McNetiq

BNR’s annual Green Quest Award looks for the most sustainable entrepreneurs, and Accelerator alumnus McNetiq has been nominated. Their magnetic Controlock scaffold anchor can cuts costs by reducing energy usage, the anchors can be reused indefinitely and the application is toxin free. McNetiq is up for the Audience Award, and you can vote for them here! The grand winner will be announced at the grand life show on July 1st.

 

Do you want to share your own startup success story? Tip our PR Coordinator Nan de Bruin on nan@yesdelft.nl for the next top 10 tech startup success stories.

Co-Lab

A specialized workshop aimed at helping you find your co-founder to build your startup with.

Where

YES!Delft

Molengraaffsingel 12, 2629 JD Delft

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BACK TO EVENTS

There is a reason why people don’t climb Everest on their own. With a team, you can overcome obstacles that seem impossible just by yourself. Research over the past 4 decades has shown that startups that are co-founded by a team are more successful. In the Co-Lab workshop, as a single founder, founding team, or entrepreneurial minded person, you’ll get the tools and connections to find that new member of your dream team to help you reach the top!

THE WORKSHOP

A Co-Lab is a 0,5-day workshop at YES!Delft where we challenge you to collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs.

  • Workshop on business idea ideation & teamwork (a business idea or team not required!)
  • Get the tools, knowledge and connections to find your co-founder or newest team member
  • Introduction and sneak peek into YES!Delft’s services, programs and office spaces
  • Friday afternoon drinks with YES!Delft network including fellow entrepreneurs, our startups and the YES!Delft team
  •  Participation is free, but registration is necessary as we will select participants based on best potential matches.

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Co-Lab

A specialized workshop aimed at helping you find your co-founder to build your startup with.

Where

YES!Delft

Molengraaffsingel 12, 2629 JD Delft

Register now

BACK TO EVENTS

There is a reason why people don’t climb Everest on their own. With a team, you can overcome obstacles that seem impossible just by yourself. Research over the past 4 decades has shown that startups that are co-founded by a team are more successful. In the Co-Lab workshop, as a single founder, founding team, or entrepreneurial minded person, you’ll get the tools and connections to find that new member of your dream team to help you reach the top!

THE WORKSHOP

A Co-Lab is a 0,5-day workshop at YES!Delft where we challenge you to collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs.

  • Workshop on business idea ideation & teamwork (a business idea or team not required!)
  • Get the tools, knowledge and connections to find your co-founder or newest team member
  • Introduction and sneak peek into YES!Delft’s services, programs and office spaces
  • Friday afternoon drinks with YES!Delft network including fellow entrepreneurs, our startups and the YES!Delft team
  •  Participation is free, but registration is necessary as we will select participants based on best potential matches.

DOWNLOAD CO-LAB GUIDE

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