Social Tech Startup Network Series


Who is this program for?

For this program, we are looking for startups with innovative and scalable technology that contributes to the welfare of society. Solutions that help save costs or make the work of healthcare professionals more effective are of particular interest. 

Both early- and later stage startups are welcome to apply as long as they are past the ideation stage and are looking to further develop their solution for the market. 

A key prerequisite is for startups to offer a solution for the municipal social domain, specifically for: home – care and support. For all people, from youth to elderly, who need support to live independently for longer and to participate in society. Including but not limited to welfare work, personal care and guidance at home, daytime activities, parenting support and domestic help. 

A total of 5-10 startups will be invited to join the SocialTech Startup Network Series. Another 3-5 startups may be selected for YES!Delft’s Validation Lab or Accelerator Program, with access to the SocialTech program in The Hague.

What is in it for you?

  • Workshops, masterclasses & speeddate sessions
  • Access to the YES!Delft ecosystem
  • Discover a potential new market for your startup in the Social Domain
  • Get connected to experts and business decision makers in The Hague
  • Receive guidance in applying for Innovation Quarter’s funding opportunities

Win a pilot with The Hague Municipality!

The most promising startup in the program will get to apply their solution in the market straight away. The Municipality will award the winning team with a pilot in the area of youth care, elderly care, physical- and mental health, prevention or home care.

TIMELINE

Apply NOW

A SOFT LANDING IN THE HAGUE

The SocialTech Startup Network Series is only one of several initiatives that The Hague is supporting to help boost innovation in the social domain. The Hague invested 2,3 million in IQCapital one of InnovationQuarters investment funds, and is encouraging the exchange of data between businesses, healthcare providers and insurance companies for the benefit of citizens. As IQ’s fund is closely linked to the program, the selected startups will get the necessary knowledge, skills and preparation to apply for it at the right stage of their development. 

 

SOCIALTECH EXPLAINED

With our population expected to grow in the coming decades, the Netherlands is bound to face an increasing need for more resilient and effective healthcare. Already today, the system is experiencing the strain of fewer healthcare professionals and resources, which can eventually have a negative impact on the welfare of citizens.

To tackle the challenges before they become an issue of the future, municipalities are looking towards innovation as the way forward. The Municipality of The Hague is strongly committed to bringing startups into the social domain to develop the products and services that are most needed. 

They are especially interested in solutions that focus on home – care and support. For all people, from youth to elderly, who need support to live independently for longer and to participate in society. Including but not limited to welfare work, personal care and guidance at home, daytime activities, parenting support and domestic help.


THE PROGRAM

Together with YES!Delft, the Municipality of The Hague is running the SocialTech Startup Network Series, giving you exclusive access to The Hague’s social domain ecosystem and dedicated investment fund by Innovation Quarter. 

The Hague invested 2,3 million in IQCapital one of InnovationQuarters investment funds. The investment is dedicated to innovative technology that allows The Hague’s social domain to become smarter and more affordable. 

If you are a startup (past the ideation stage) with an innovative and scalable technology that addresses one of the challenges above, then it is your moment to apply. Join the SocialTech Startup Network Series and prove why you should be our newest partner in this endeavor.

FOCUS ON STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

The social domain is complex and somewhat traditional. For a solution to become successful and have an impact it is essential to have a good understanding of the problems of people and institutes involved. Therefore the Social Tech program will be about navigating the social domain and funding opportunities as much as stakeholder engagement. 

The selected startups will not only get to further develop their product-market fit, but they will also build on their understanding of the market and work closely together with local partners, allowing for new collaborations to arise.

APPLY NOW TO THE PROGRAM

If you are working on a Social Tech solution in the field and you are up for the challenge, then wait no longer and apply for the network series. It’s your chance to work together with a wide range of stakeholders in the social domain – from entrepreneurs and investors, to healthcare providers and the municipality – to create real impact for the future. 

ONLINE INFO SESSION 14 October

Want to get to know YES!Delft from the inside? Join the Online Info Session and get a taste of what it is like at the tech incubator and ask all your questions.

Where

Online.

Zoom link provided after registration

During the Online Info Session with the YES!Delft’ Event Manager Pablo Beneitez you get the chance to get inspired, ask all your questions and connect with fellow (potential-) entrepreneurs!   

PROGRAM

During the Online Info Session you will learn about YES!Delft and all the services provided to startups and scaleups. Event Manager Pablo Beneitez will be available to answer all your questions about YES!Delft and the facilities for startups. With 80% success rate of the incubated startups, you will get a boost of motivation for your startup idea.

TIMETABLE:

  • 16.00-16.05: Introduction
  • 16.05-16.25: YES!Delft Presentation
  • 16.25-16.40: Q&A

 

FOR WHO

YES!Delft online info session is open to everyone interested in joining our incubator.

ATTENDING AN INFO SESSION

Joining an Online Info Session is free, but registration is necessary.

 

ONLINE INFO SESSION 23 September

Want to get to know YES!Delft from the inside? Join the Online Info Session and get a taste of what it is like at the tech incubator and ask all your questions.

Where

Online.

Zoom link provided after registration

During the Online Info Session with the YES!Delft’ Event Manager Pablo Beneitez you get the chance to get inspired, ask all your questions and connect with fellow (potential-) entrepreneurs!   

PROGRAM

During the Online Info Session you will learn about YES!Delft and all the services provided to startups and scaleups. Event Manager Pablo Beneitez will be available to answer all your questions about YES!Delft and the facilities for startups. With 80% success rate of the incubated startups, you will get a boost of motivation for your startup idea.

TIMETABLE:

  • 11.30-11.140: Introduction
  • 11.40-12.00: YES!Delft Presentation
  • 12.00-12.30: Q&A

 

FOR WHO

YES!Delft online info session is open to everyone interested in joining our incubator.

ATTENDING AN INFO SESSION

Joining an Online Info Session is free, but registration is necessary.

 

AIRLab Stacking Challenge


CHALLENGE

TIMELINE

FOR WHO

PRIZE

REGISTER

 

Robotic research on an academic level is focused on specific domains such as human-robot interfaces, mobility, manipulation, programming, and sensors. However, application of this generated knowledge can only be done by combining it for a general purpose. At AIRLab we put this into practice by combining the different research domains of robotics and build knowledge on the intersection of retail, AI and robotics.

AIRLab is always actively monitoring and researching in the field of robotics to see what the future has to bring and contribute to our mission: Redefine retail through technology. We believe that technology can assist associates in the future, making their daily jobs more enjoyable and sustainable.

We’d like you to join us on this mission! To drive the field of robotics research forward, we are organizing the AIRLab Stacking challenge. Within the AIRLab Stacking Challenge students and research teams from all over the world are invited to join us on our research on retail and robotics.

If you are a research team working on robotics, this challenge is for you. Join the AIRLab Stacking Challenge, in collaboration with YES!Delft, and help explore the future of retail. Winning teams will be awarded a cash prize. The focus of the challenge is to share knowledge and deep dive into the tech to better understand the ground principles of robotics.


The AIRLab Delft is the joint industry lab of Ahold Delhaize and the TU Delft, driving innovations at the intersection of retail, AI and robotics. It recently opened a test site where PhD researchers – supported by RoboValley and tech incubator YES!Delft – can work with partners, students and startups to build and test prototypes of robotic solutions. 

Help improve retail operations with smart robotic assistance

Retail processes are constantly evolving. Ahold Delhaize and AIRLab need the help of academics who have knowledge of human-robot interactions, mobility, manipulation, programming, and sensors to accelerate the introduction of robotics in retail. 

In the AIRLab Stacking challenge, teams will work on algorithms that focus on smart retail applications, for example, automated product stacking. Algorithms will be coded using a simulation that can later be deployed using the TIAGo robot developed by PAL Robotics. TIAGo is a mobile robot platform that is used for research in universities and innovation centers all over the world. It has a 7 DoF arm, a liftable torso, and a pan-tilt head. Its open-source software and modular hardware architecture make TIAGo highly customizable and adaptable to different purposes.


Software will be developed for the existing simulation TIAGo platform, so no large investments in resources and hardware are needed.

In-depth explanation of the platform will be given at the start of the challenge.

PAL Robotics will be available for technical support during the challenge.

During a briefing session, specific requirements for the assignments will be explained.

The programming assignments will be doable in a time span of 4 weeks. 

TIMELINE

Who is this challenge for?

Students, researchers, and professors in the field of robotic automation are invited to participate in this challenge. Teams of 2-6 people can enroll.

The research teams should consist of enthusiastic people who have academic knowledge of robotic automation and want to use their knowledge to improve retail processes. Experience with similar challenges or the robot simulation tool ROS Gazebo is helpful, but not necessary.

Non-academic interests may be considered on a case-by-case basis

What to win?

Winning teams of the AIRLab Stacking Challenge will be awarded a cash prize to spend on a joint project with AIRLab Delft . There are three prizes:

REGISTER NOW FOR THE CHALLENGE

Are you ready to deep dive into coding for robotics in retail? Then we are looking for you. Apply for the AIRLab Stacking Challenge and join one of the world’s largest retail groups in its research into robotics. 

Do you need more information? Ask your questions to our Head of Scouting, Andreea Bota, via andreea@yesdelft.nl.

ENNATUURLIJK SUSTAINABLE HEAT CHALLENGE

 

 

DATE EVENT

DEADLINE APPLICATIONS

Where

YES!Delft
Molengraafsingel 12 | 2629 JD Delft

(Providing the COVID-19 regulations allow this, otherwise the event will be online)

Register now

The Netherlands wants to be gas-free in 2050 in order to reduce CO2 emissions. Currently heating causes a lot of CO2 emissions, especially when provided by gas boilers. The heating of most households and industrial buildings in the Netherlands is, however, still provided by gas boilers. District heating networks aim to produce heat in a more sustainable way to lower carbon emissions. However, in small district heating networks heat comes from Combined Heat and Power plants (CHP), using gas to generate heat and electricity. As it is the goal to become gas-free by 2050, this is no longer a sustainable option, as the electricity mix in The Netherlands is changing to more renewable energy, the energy created by the heat network is less renewable compared to other solutions.

Ennatuurlijk and YES!Delft organise the Sustainable Heat Challenge to accelerate the transformation from gas-fuelled heat-producing systems to carbon-free solutions.

If you are a company working on sustainable hardware solutions for district heating networks, this challenge is for you. Join the Ennatuurlijk Sustainable Heat Challenge and contribute to a more sustainable heating system in The Netherlands.


Ennatuurlijk is a heating company that wants to accelerate the reduction of gas-fuelled solutions and reduce carbon emissions in the Netherlands. Ennatuurlijk implements modern solutions that transform the heat grid into a sustainable system and fit the needs of future generations. Tech incubator YES!Delft partnered up with Ennatuurlijk to collaborate with companies that are developing future-proof and sustainable heating solutions.

THE CHALLENGE

Carbon emissions can be reduced by more sustainable solutions for heat production. Ennatuurlijk is looking for ideas and solutions that increase the sustainability of district heating networks. The solutions must:

  • Be more carbon-neutral or cheaper than the existing solutions.
  • Be a hardware solution. Software or AI solutions will not be considered.
  • Provide easy integration in the current infrastructure and in existing technical rooms.
  • Be reliable and provide sufficient availability during the year.

The sustainable hardware solution must be innovative, scalable, and be competitive with current CHP (combined heat and power) or gas boiler solutions. The solution can be a prototype or MVP, but needs to be ready for roll-out.

WHO IS THIS CHALLENGE FOR?

In this challenge, you will be contributing to more sustainable and carbon-neutral heating that fits the future sustainability goals of The Netherlands. We are looking for European startups, scale-ups or other companies that have a sustainable hardware solution for heating generation and want to pilot their solution in a local neighbourhood withEnnatuurlijk and partners.

We appreciate ambitious and motivated teams that are really committed to making this project successful. The company must consist of a minimum of two co-founders and have a focus on the Netherlands. A consortium can also apply for this challenge if collaboration is beneficial. Don’t forget that the quality of your pitch will play a big part in the evaluation. The ability to communicate your idea or solution is therefore very important.

WHAT TO WIN?

The teams pitching the most sustainable, scalable, or competitive hardware idea will win his challenge. There are two types of awards.

The big promise award: for radical technologies that need more development before they are commercially viable. The team winning this award will further develop their idea together with Ennatuurlijk.

The ready for tomorrow award: for technologies that are ready for deployment in the field. Teams winning this award will do a pilot project with Ennatuurlijk. If successful, the solution might be implemented and scaled to more locations.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE CHALLENGE

Do you accept the challenge of a more sustainable heating system? Apply now and join Ennatuurlijk’s journey to reducing carbon emissions by heating.
 
For more information, you can contact Andreea Bota, our Head of Scouting, via andreea@yesdelft.nl
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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

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

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

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

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
  • Tuesday 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

Register now

ONLINE INFO SESSION 26 August

Want to get to know YES!Delft from the inside? Join the Online Info Session and get a taste of what it is like at the tech incubator and ask all your questions.

Where

Online.

Zoom link provided after registration

During the Online Info Session with the YES!Delft’ Head of Marketing Edoardo Repetti you get the chance to get inspired, ask all your questions and connect with fellow (potential-) entrepreneurs!   

PROGRAM

During the Online Info Session you will learn about YES!Delft and all the services provided to startups and scaleups. Head of Marketing Edoardo Repetti will be available to answer all your questions about YES!Delft and the facilities for startups. With 80% success rate of the incubated startups, you will get a boost of motivation for your startup idea.

TIMETABLE:

  • 12.00-12.10: Introduction
  • 12.10-12.30: YES!Delft Presentation
  • 12.30-13.00: Q&A

 

FOR WHO

YES!Delft online info session is open to everyone interested in joining our incubator.

ATTENDING AN INFO SESSION

Joining an Online Info Session is free, but registration is necessary.

 

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