YES!Delft The Hague moves to The Hague Tech

Tech incubator YES!Delft The Hague joins forces with innovation hub The Hague Tech. As one ecosystem the companies will collaborate on their combined mission: facilitate entrepreneurs in their growth and stimulate digital innovation.

For YES!Delft the move is an important step: “At YES!Delft The Hague we have three main activities. Obviously, we guide and support ambitious and promising tech startups in bringing their digital innovations to the market. Next to this we also support corporates in their innovation journey. And for the Public sector, we are rolling out an ambitious GovTech program to accelerate digital innovations in this domain. This resonates highly with The Hague Tech’s ambition and community. This is the reason why we moved to their location. Together with our joining startups and the local ecosystem we are confident to boost the broader adoption of innovative solutions”, Ras Lalmy, MD YES!Delft The Hague comments.

Olga Wielders, Co-founder of The Hague Tech is pleased with the move: “Together we can generate higher value and innovate faster. We ensure enrichment and a deepening of the program offered as part of the broad, innovative ecosystem. This program includes joint programs on artificial intelligence, diversity in tech, and GovTech; technologies designed for government purposes. We build a community around these programs by offering a location, getting partners involved, and work together on different problems. Jointly we can work on strengthening the digital startup ecosystem in The Hague and the IT & Security Campus.”

Saskia Bruines, Alderman and Deputy Mayor of the municipality of The Hague, welcomes the collaboration: “The coming together of these two organizations is a great step forward in further strengthening of The Hague ecosystem for innovative startups. The fact that they join forces will lead to an even stronger The Hague startup community”

Companies that are looking for a place to expand or accelerate their business, to co-create, or to cooperate in an innovative ecosystem are welcome to join. More information: www.thehague.yesdelft.com and www.thehaguetech.com.

 

About YES!Delft – leading tech incubator in Europe
YES!Delft helps to make a positive impact on the world through entrepreneurship and an extensive startup ecosystem. With its head office in Delft, YES!Delft The Hague opened in 2019, focusing on artificial intelligence and blockchain, and is about to open an office in Rotterdam, becoming the flagship incubator for the region of South Holland.

About The Hague Tech
The Hague Tech is a hub with a diverse and forward-thinking community and a platform for innovation. A vibrant community, co-working and co-creation options, meetings and events, and support in setting up business in The Hague are all part of the ecosystem.

 

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Manometric: The 3D-printed braces that make a difference in people’s lives

Tailor-made hand braces and orthoses are expensive and not fully tailored to the needs of the person using them. Not to mention, they are not the most beautiful pieces out there. Pieter Smakman came across this problem during his graduation project at the TU Delft and together with his friend and colleague, Robin Jones, took on 3D scanning and printing technology to design and create braces that people love to wear. 

It didn’t take long until the two of them founded Manometric, a Delft-based startup looking to make the above possible for people who need a brace. 

FROM A SIMPLE IDEA

“We believe that braces are a consumer product and the experience of wearing them is more comparable to wearing a watch than a bandaid,” Pieter says. “It enables you to work again and perform your job. A piece of plastic can make a huge difference to someone’s life so it needs to fit the person him- or herself.”

During his Master’s in Integrated Product Design, Pieter came up with the idea of using 3D technology to create 360-scans of a hand and based on them, design a brace that is fully tailored to the person who needs it. The first version of the scanner was far from perfect, but it bore the potential of what it could become. 

“The first time we tried to scan a hand was not easy at all,” Pieter remembers. “Someone had to put their hand up and sit on a turning plateau in front of the 3D scanner so we could capture every angle. You can imagine how hard it is to keep a hand in a steady position even for a couple of seconds, so this was definitely not a very viable solution to collect information.”

Today, close to four years after founding Manometric, Pieter, Robin and their team have made leaps both in terms of their technology and in running a successful business. They are accredited as an orthopedic company, which enables them to see patients and work directly with health insurers. Even during COVID-19 times, they have been able to continue doing that – under strict measures, of course – and it is something that gives the team not only new insights for their research and development, but also a lot of positive energy. 

THROUGH YES!DELFT

Supporting them along the way has been the community of experts at YES!Delft and their international network. Manometric joined the YES!Delft Accelerator Program in September 2017 and quickly learned what it’s like to run a business. 

“The first thing we had to get into our system was to stop being so busy with our technology and instead focus on validating our product. We had to find out if there was a market for it before we spent more resources and effort developing it,” Pieter says.

Their mentor wasted no time in throwing them into the deep. “We were advised to organize a demo day, promote it on Facebook and see if people were willing to participate and pay for it. We went for it, but we were terrified,” Pieter remembers. “It just didn’t feel natural to promote a product that was not fully developed yet.” 

And while the two co-founders were surely outside of their comfort zone, they quickly saw the benefits of approaching their target market early on. They communicated their demo day to a large group of patients and were surprised to receive more than 150 responses overnight. Eventually, about 20 people signed up and traveled from all over the Netherlands to experience Manometric’s technology 

 “That meant a lot to us and it was the point where we knew we were onto something,” Pieter says. 

Those initial insights were what they needed to continue developing their technology. Today, the startup has a 3D scanner that can perform a 360 scan in a hundredth of a second, a software that can automate the production of orthoses and works together with hospitals, clinics, health insurers and other orthopedic companies. 

TO A GROWING COMPANY

Starting out, Pieter and Robin’s goal was to leverage technology in such a way that they could provide patients with the best-fitting hand braces possible, which look good too. At the same time, they also wanted to make the design and creation of those braces more efficient and less labor-intensive. 

“If you look at the traditional patient journey, there is a lot of time from intake to delivering the final product. With our 3D technology, we can achieve results much faster.”

Manometric has been working together with Gerald Kraan, an orthopedic surgeon from Reinier de Graaf hospital in Delft, who has helped them immensely over the past years. With his support, they have been able to develop their software and algorithms, and to make sure that the braces they create perform as well as traditional ones, if not even better.

The startup’s goal going forward is to have their scanners placed in hospitals all over the Netherlands. “Our solution is scalable and we can’t wait to distribute this widely,” Pieter says. 

The process may take some time, but the team has already proven that there is great potential for their technology, across the country and beyond. 

Having been able to disrupt (in a good way) such a traditional industry has certainly brought Pieter, Robin and their team the feeling that they can change people’s lives with their work. What makes it all even more worthwhile, though, is actually seeing the impact of their technology. 

“Not too long ago, one of our patients brought her saxophone to our office, sat down and started playing,” Pieter says. “It was the hand brace that we made for her that enabled her to play her instrument again. You can imagine the surprise on all of our faces.

It is those moments that count the most. It is those moments that remind us of the impact we can make.” 

Milestones of 2020

 

  • A doubling of the team (now 11) with highly talented and experienced people
  • More than tripled the revenue of 2019
  • Accredited as official Orthopedic Company
  • CE Certification for the ManoX 3D Scanner
  • Contracts with all Dutch health insurers

 

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Voyc: Turning customer call analysis into a superpower, with the help of AI

Customer support has always been key to successful business strategies and plans, yet it is not always without misunderstandings. Startup Voyc is tackling this problem by ensuring that both customers and companies are treated fairly during verbal exchange. How? Voyc’s artificial intelligence (AI) software enables companies to gain deeper understanding of their customers’ needs and problems, and resolve issues as efficiently and fairly as possible.

FROM A SIMPLE IDEA

Call monitoring is essential in identifying potential risks, improving agent performance and enhancing the overall customer experience.

In their venture to ensure understanding between companies and customers, Matthew Westaway and his co-founder, Lethabo Motsoaledi, developed an AI-based solution that adds value to customer service. “We hope that one day everyone will feel trusted and that their voices will be heard,” says Matthew.

Currently focused on the insurance sector, the startup is working with more than 10 companies, enabling them to maintain strong and positive relationships with their customers.

The Quality Assurance (QA) team plays a key role. It is in charge of recording and analyzing all calls that take place, and providing insurance companies with relevant information that allows them to handle clients’ requests fairly and reliably. Voyc’s AI-driven software is able to transcribe and analyze calls within minutes, and deliver data-packed reports to the team. 

“We basically give our QA Team superpowers to protect both the company and the customer,” says Matthew. “That way we can ensure that there are no issues between them.”

THROUGH YES!DELFT

Delft-based incubator YES!Delft and their professional network of experts have been a part of Voyc’s entrepreneurial journey so far. As one of the startups in its Accelerator program, Voyc has enjoyed the wide range of expertise they have had access to and the good connections they have been able to make. 

“YES!Delft’s strong network has been very valuable for our company, especially in the early days,” Matthew says. “It employs amazing people that are ready to help and that want you to do well.”

Today, two years after being founded, Voyc has a team of 10 who share the same passion and energy for establishing equal relations between companies and their clients.

TO A GROWING COMPANY

During this journey, the startup has gone through periods of trial and error that have expanded its understanding of the potential risks that both companies and their customers have to bear in the business world. 

“Most of the issues usually come up on service calls when customers are just extremely unhappy”, Matthew says. “It is often the case that customers misunderstand what service they are being offered and end up receiving something they never asked for.”

He makes another point that while customers could misjudge some of the information they are offered, misinterpretation on the company’s side is also a possibility. 

“Our clients, mostly insurance companies, generally have a lot at stake so being able to analyze their customer service calls is crucial for them,” Matthew says. “On the other hand, their customers can also end up largely affected should it come to a misunderstanding.” 

In a way, both sides have a lot to gain from a solution like that of Voyc.

The past two years of running their company has taught Matthew and his co-founder a lot not just about entrepreneurship but about their industry as well. For the coming months, they have locked their sights on expanding to the UK and establishing a foothold in the market there. 

With a few investments from accelerators such as Techstars and several Dutch angel investors, Voyc is certainly on the right path. From this point on, the team will be venturing onto even bigger and better business opportunities, both in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Milestones

Mar 2018: Founded company

Sep 2018: Joined Techstars SAP.iO Berlin

Nov 2019: Signed first large insurance company

Jan 2020: Hired 5th Team Member

Feb 2020: Setup HQ in the Netherlands

Mar 2020: Joined YES!Delft

Nov 2020: Signed 4th large insurance company

Dec 2020: Hired 10th Team Member

Dec 2020: Monitored the call of 100 000’th end-customer

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Top 10 Startup Success Stories: December

It is almost time to jump into the new year. It’s been a crazy ride but nonetheless a ride with a lot of ups for the startups along the way! So just before we pop the champagne bottle to celebrate that we made it to 2021, we would like to share the last startup successes of this year! Read all about it in the Top 10 of December, with this month not 10 but 11 success stories!

1. KVK Innovation Top 100

aQysta and Somnox got nominated for the KVK Innovation Top 100. On the 21st of January, we will get to know who will take over PHYSEE, the winner of last year’s edition.

2. Qblox

Qblox got awarded € 4.8 million in funding from the European Innovation Council! The startup applied for funding from the European Commission Accelerator Program in August of this year. Qblox is amongst the 1% successful DeepTech startups, only 38 companies, who eventually succeeded.

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3. CES 2021

Circularise, Delft Circuits, Qblox, SenseGlove, Hardt Hyperloop, and Birds.ai are joining CES 2021, among the 80 most innovative Dutch startups and scaleups!

4. Loop

VICE Media has chosen Bob Hendrikx, founder of Loop, as one of the 20 Humans of the Year 2020! This is a list that honors scientists, engineers, and visionaries who are changing the world for the better.

5. Mapiq

Mapiq launched their brand new website. Paired with a fresh look and feel, and filled with new inspiration, the scale-up gets you ready for the next chapter of work

6. Supersola

The CleanTech startup Supersola installed four ready-made solar panels on the roof of the DreamHûs. This is a test house in The Green Village on the TU Delft campus where innovations are introduced first hand! The test results from this realistic usage situation will be used in a discussion to eliminate ambiguities in the legislation and regulations of solar panels.

7. UbiOps

UbiOps announced that BAM Energy Systems started using their platform for data-driven analytics. “We want to use UbiOps to further develop propositions for optimising energy consumption for our clients in both the utility and residential market.”

8.Effect.AI

Effect.AI has been recognized by the public and the Blockchain Netherlands (BCNL Foundation) being the best public solution made with blockchain technology in the Netherlands!

9. STIL

The startup that develops a wrist brace that suppresses tremor using the concept of noise-canceling won € 20.000, by making it to second place in the MedTech category of the EIT Health Catapult. 

10. Noria

Because of all the votes from friends, family, followers, and fellow fighters against plastic waste in our waters, this startup took home the Audience Award at the finals of the WIS Award.

11. Hardt Hyperloop

This month there were so many successes, so for once, we are adding an extra success! Just before the end of this month, Hardt Hyperloop announced the participation of the Dutch Government in their hyperloop development. Together with their partners Hardt Hyperloop have initiated the Hyperloop Development Program. This program is a public-private partnership to develop hyperloop as a high-speed, zero-emissions transport solution that could play a significant role in the climate transition. The Dutch Government grants a subsidy of € 4.5 million to these developments.

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2020 success

2020, a year of success

If you’re writing your year-end recap and your first chapter is about a global pandemic, then you may not have had a great year.

Then you remember that it is the hardest years that impose the greatest challenges. And 2020 was definitely one of them. In fact, despite the pandemic challenges, we all have worked very hard this year. 

Discover with us some of the greatest successes and the biggest results of our ecosystem.

DeNoize, UV Smart and PATS Indoor Drone Solutions won the Blue Tulip Awards

The Blue Tulip Awards aims to connect innovators, build powerful collaborations, and accelerate breakthrough innovation. After a three-month journey, the Blue Tulip Awards is awarded to the winning innovations, among those were three of our startups!

In addition, DeNoize also won the Academic Startup Competition, and the James Dyson Award 2020 with Ammos, their brand new home audio system that produces music through a sheet of glass.

Circularise raised €1.5 million in funding, won Get in the Ring Impact Competition, and joined the European Impact Competition at ImpactFest

With the global live stream that saw Dutch impact YES!Delft The Hague based startup Circularise walk away as one of the winners, Get in the Ring’s startup pitch battle show returned home to the Netherlands. The competition aimed at testing, proving and scaling promising Dutch impact startups internationally.

Envision officially launched their glasses

Now shipping worldwide, Envision Glasses are the most advanced AI-powered assistive glasses ever made for the blind and visually impaired. Envision empowers visually impaired people to become more independent by speaking out the visual world around them. Get to know more about the impact of their glasses in their introduction video.

VideowindoW has landed at Rotterdam-The Hague Airport

VideowindoW is part of the Display Revolution, merging tintable glass with modern transparent video displays. Currently building videofaçades of hundreds square meters which combine glare control and media platform functionalities. The company has inked a deal to give Rotterdam The Hague Airport an artistic and high-tech upgrade in an unusual area: the windows. More specifically, the airport has agreed to test and validate the start-up’s system for glare control in its terminal.

T-Minus launched the first commercial rocket from Australian soil

The 34kg, 3.4-metre-long DART rocket was launched from the Koonibba Rocket Range and carried a payload for the Royal Australian Air Force.

For this project the startup joined forces with Australian Defence and Australian companies Southern Launch and DEWC Systems.

2020 success

Bi/ond secured €1.4 Million from Eurostars and €250,000 from UNIIQ

Founded in 2017, Bi/ond has developed a computer chip and platform where biologists can place an individual’s cells. The microchip nourishes, stimulates and monitors the cells as though they were in the body. Bi/ond’s patented organ-on-chip technology allows treatment to be optimised for different applications, including heart, lung, brain and cancer tissues.

Together with Momo Medical, UV Smart, Praxa Sense, Medvice and Voyc, Bi/ond was also among the 200 Dutch Tech Heroes, a list by Techleap.nl.

Loop joined the ecosystem and had their first international shipping

Loop presented the world’s first living coffin made from mycelium. They aim to use living materials that enrich nature, instead of polluting the environment with dead materials. Things went super fast for them: they had their first international shipping!

 

Breeze organised more than 1.000 dates, launched in The Hague and closed their first funding round

The dating app that takes online dating offline again organised already more than 1.000 dates. Further, because of their growing number of users Breeze expanded their service, which means that since November it is also possible to plan your date in The Hague! And to top off their successes, the startups who only joined our ecosystem this year, already secured a €140.000 investment round. 

Gradyent obtained a €1.9 million funding

Capricorn Partners, Helen Ventures and energy innovation fund ENERGIIQ jointly invest € 1.9 million in Gradyent. This investment, which was obtained with the help of our service YES!Funded, will enable the startup to further develop its innovative software and commercialize its services.

Aquablu turned canal water into drinking water

Aquablu wants to show that by purifying water, the best water is local water: without CO2 emissions from transport, plastic bottles and other waste that contributes to the plastic soup. To make people more aware, they went to Amsterdam to turn canal water into clean and safe drinking water. Then, in August The CleanTech startup donated the proceeds of the Canals Water campaign to the Plastic Whale Foundation, an organization that fights for plastic-free waters worldwide, just like Aquablu.

Before we wrap up this article, we would also like to thank our startups who worked hard to fight the COVID-19 virus. VFA Solutions, UV Smart, Innovattic, Delmic, and Somnox, you did an amazing job! Read more about their contribution in our article about the YES!Delft startups solving the crisis.

We know we missed tons of successes of our ecosystem, so if you aren’t tired of celebrating 2020 with us, keep on reading all of them here.

For now, Happy Holidays from the entire YES!Delft team.
Stay safe, and get ready for next year!

 

 

Villari develops wireless sensors to monitor aging infrastructure

Aging infrastructure is a growing concern for authorities across Europe, requiring them to look for more innovative monitoring tools as time goes by. Moving steel structures, in particular, ask for regular inspections and, increasingly so, maintenance. Monitoring those manually can be a challenge, so Olivier Baas and Hugo Romer, co-founders of Villari, took it upon themselves to create a solution that automates at least part of the process. 

FROM A SIMPLE IDEA

Villari’s mission is rather straightforward – develop sensors and wireless monitoring systems that provide users with a 24/7 view of their assets and notify them of any possible structural problems.

“We build sensor systems that are able to monitor steel structures,” Olivier says. “If you have a steel structure that moves even a little bit – a bridge, ship, or an offshore platform, at one point it starts to crack and it becomes a problem. We can apply our systems to critical locations on such structures and monitor their state.” 

As a result, operators gain a clear overview and insights into the state of their structures and are able to easily plan (and foresee) maintenance work. 

Olivier and Hugo’s entrepreneurial journey started in late 2018 and goes back to their days at the TU Delft. They both did Offshore Engineering as a Master’s degree and graduated under the same professor. It was their professor, in fact, who had come up with the idea for the wireless monitoring sensors and as soon as all the academic research around it was finished, Olivier thought it might be a good idea to try and turn it into a business. 

He reached out to Hugo, who was then in China for work, and the two quickly agreed to do this together. “I called Hugo and he immediately said we should do it. He just needed a bit of time to figure a few things out first,” Olivier says. “Of the two of us, Hugo has always been the one to think things through. I usually tend to dive in headfirst,” he laughs and Hugo agrees with a nod. 

So, in early 2019 and with Hugo back from his project abroad, the two started thinking on how to turn an idea into a business success. 

THROUGH YES!DELFT

With both of them coming from a technical background, Olivier and Hugo were looking to learn more about what it’s like to run a company. In May 2019, they joined the YES!Delft Validation Lab and it all started rolling from there. 

“The Validation Lab was a real pressure-cooker,” Hugo remembers. “It’s a ten-week program of identifying your potential clients and finding your product-market fit. We went in Olivier’s little car, driving around and doing interviews all around the Netherlands. It was intense but it was a great way to validate the potential of our idea.” 

They often had as many as six interviews in a day, which left them with a lot of information to process day in and day out. Soon after finishing the Validation Lab, the two co-founders applied and were accepted into the YES!Delft Accelerator Program, which has helped them gain valuable connections and introduce their technology to the market. 

TO A GROWING COMPANY

If they need to point out one challenge that they have struggled with along the way, Olivier and Hugo would have to say it was the decision which market segment to focus on. They have come to learn that there are simply a lot of applications for their solution. For a startup, that is a good problem to have but it can also make it difficult to stay on track. 

“For now, we’ve decided to focus on bridges,” Olivier says. “They are easily accessible – especially compared to offshore platforms, have a lot of cracks, and need constant monitoring.” It is a good market for them to enter and test their solution in.  

“Most of our (potential) clients there are public companies and with our sensors, we are looking to make their work more time- and cost-efficient.” 

The startup is currently working with Rijkswaterstaat and is setting up more pilot projects. Expanding their portfolio is essentially what they want to achieve in the months to come. “By the end of the year, we will have a second prototype of our wireless sensor,” Hugo says. “We want to set up 4-5 new pilot projects next year with different clients and convert those into commercial projects. We are looking forward to getting our first bit of revenue with our technology.”

Olivier and Hugo have set themselves clear goals for 2021 and they seem to be on the right track to reach them. They’ve found their product-market fit and are ready to roll up their sleeves and go further into the market. 

Milestones

July 2019: Completed the YES!Delft Validation Lab

Dec 2019: Received €40.000 grant by NWO

Dec 2019: Company established

Mar 2020: Started the YES!Delft Accelerator Program 

Apr 2020: Raised € 350.000 funding by the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RvO)

Jun 2020: Received first sensor prototypes

Jul 2020: Successful laboratory trials showing above-expectation results 

Oct 2020: First field trials on a Rijkswaterstaat-owned bridge, successful

Dec 2020: Received the second series of prototypes to be deployed in several pilot projects throughout 2021

TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: November

The Holidays are around the corner, which means we are almost ready to wrap up 2020. One could think there would be fewer successes to share, but look at all the achievements from our startups that took place in November! Keep on reading and find out all about this.

1. VIKTOR

VIKTOR had successfully raised a Series A funding round from InnovationQuarter and the sitting Board of Directors. This new investment round will enable the startup to accelerate their developments and help their clients to realize their digital ambitions more quickly.

2. Breeze

The dating app startup closed its first funding round of  €140.000! This investment allows them to accelerate their growth and make keep on creating an impact on the industry by bringing online dating offline again. In addition, the startup also launched its app in The Hague!

3. Gerrard Street

Did you know that soundproof headphones are a must for a healthy home workplace? Gerrard Street was a guest at BNR Nieuwsradio this month to tell us all about this.

4. Circularise

Together with the School of Data Science, the blockchain startup Circularise won “From Plastic Pollution to Upcycling Economy” track of the Odyssey Momentum, the biggest blockchain hackathon in the world!

5. SD-Insights

This startup won the nationale verkeersveiligheidsprijs 2020, the ‘Olympics’ for road safety. This prize is an initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, ANWB, Veilig Verkeer Nederland, and the foundation for scientific research on traffic safety.

6. Envision

The Envision Glasses are available for everyone to buy. After a successful pre-order campaign the product can now be shipped worldwide.

7. PATS Indoor Drone Solutions

“By 2030, the use of pesticides in European agriculture and horticulture must be reduced by 50%.” This is one of the ambitious goals under the Farm-to-Fork strategy. PATS Indoor Drone Solutions got the opportunity to talk to Dutch news program RTL Z, to talk about their solution and how it contributes to making Dutch horticulture even more sustainable.

8. SLAM Orthopedic

The team of SLAM Orthopedic announced that they won the Venture Challenge Fall Edition 2020. The program challenged them to analyze all the aspects of their venture and helped them to focus on improving their strategy and message.

Did you know that SLAM Orthopedic is currently enrolled in our Accelerator Program? The applications for the next batch are currently open, so take the chance to follow in their footsteps.

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9. Nurtio Technologies

Nurtio Technologies is going international. The startup signed a cooperation agreement with Kenneth Freeman, an expert in interior landscaping and biophilic design, who will help them in their final stage of the product development, and also commercially representing Nurtio Technologies in the United Kingdom.

10. Plotwise

This startup, who develops innovative AI-based planning software is striving to improve the safety, sustainability, and efficiency of home delivery, has secured an investment from the South Holland energy innovation fund ENERGIIQ to further expand and scale up its services.

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[CLOSED] VACANCY: Program Manager – Startup Trainer

Are you ready to build tomorrow’s leading firms?

YES!Delft is hiring a Program Manager and Startup Trainer for our Digital Hub (0.8-1.0 FTE)

YES!Delft – Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms

YES!Delft is the leading tech incubator in Europe. For more than 15 years, we have supported entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Our services help founders accelerate and get access to talent, funding and the market. In addition, we offer a strong ecosystem for hardware and digital startups, consisting of our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, mentors, experts, fellow entrepreneurs, corporate and service partners, governmental institutions, and investors.

In 2019, we have opened a Digital Hub in The Hague specifically focused on digital startups in the focus areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and GovTech. We have the ambition to create a vibrant and strongly innovative ecosystem for tech startups in these domains.

Program Manager and Startup Trainer for our Digital Hub

As Program Manager and Startup Trainer for our Digital Hub, you will:

  • Be responsible for our Validation Lab for AI/ Blockchain startups which helps entrepreneurs to validate their business idea and focuses on the problem-solution fit. You will run this 10-week program, facilitate group sessions and workshops, coach startups in 1-on-1 sessions, and manage all involved stakeholders (startups, mentors, experts, and partners);
  • Co-develop and drive our GovTech program, aimed at innovation in governmental institutions and focused on validation of ideas and complex challenges together with Innocubes (our team focused on corporate and public innovation);
  • Contribute to building the YES!Delft-The Hague digital ecosystem and our focus areas AI, Blockchain and GovTech. You will grow the ecosystem, maintain relations, link startups to the right people in the YES!Delft ecosystem and initiate and contribute to new propositions for our startups and ecosystem.

You have:

  • A drive to support starting entrepreneurs and early-stage tech startups;
  • 5-8 years’ work experience in entrepreneurship & innovation, founder experience is considered a plus;
  • Affinity and experience within the domains AI, Blockchain and/or GovTech;
  • Strong presentation, facilitation and coaching skills;
  • Strong organizational qualities and stakeholder management skills;
  • Good knowledge of the Dutch & English language (both speaking and writing);
  • At least a relevant Master’s degree or level obtained through work experience.

We offer you

Become part of the largest tech startup ecosystem in Europe. We value an entrepreneurial attitude and hand you the opportunity to drive your own programs and ecosystem for our Digital Hub. You will be involved in the development of dozens of inspiring, disruptive innovations and work with smart, ambitious and successful entrepreneurs. In addition, you will join a driven and ambitious team that goes above and beyond to support startups and to build a thriving ecosystem. YES!Delft offers a unique opportunity to contribute, learn and grow in the world of entrepreneurship.

 

More information and application procedure
We look forward to your application. Please send your CV and application letter to Robert van der Heijden at robert@yesdelft.nl .

In case of any questions, please feel free to reach out to Robert as well.

Acquisition to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Meet the Investor Readiness Program Batch 2020

Meet the startups of our Investor Readiness Program

Six startups are currently enrolled in our Investor Readiness Program. In 10-weeks they get all the tools to be attractive from an investor’s perspective and to obtain the necessary funds to further accelerate! After previous successes, and numerous requests, YES!Funded also started to welcome startups outside our ecosystem to the program! Scroll down, get to know them a bit better, and find out how they experienced the program so far.

PATS Indoor Drone Solutions

PATS Indoor Drone Solutions is automating insect control for horticulture with their Bat-like Drones.

“Investor readiness is much more than a fancy slide deck. You have to make the switch from selling your company to building the case for investors such that they see the long-term potential and have no other want than to be part of this journey together with the startup team.

The program gives great insights into all aspects that are relevant to building this case, with great and detailed support and guidance by the YES!Funded team.”

Cuurios

Asset-intensive industries struggle to inspect, maintain, and repair their assets in a coordinated and timely way. Their business-as-usual collaboration solutions (e.g. E-mail, Microsoft Excel, Power BI) are reactive, highly dependent on human input, or lack data context. This leads to avoidable production losses, asset downtime, or quality issues.
 
The software product of Cuurios is a collaborative environment to organize, track, and manage asset related actions, turbo charged by data.
 
“The first three weeks of the YES!Delft Investor Readiness Program were inspiring and intense and it gave us valuable insights on the investors perspective, our elevator pitch, and much more… Cuurios is now 2 years successful in business and we believe this program will help us prepare and present an appealing investment opportunity!”
 
Interested to know more about this startup’s experience in the program? Read all about it in the extensive blogpost they wrote.

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Lynk

Lynk is embedding quality control intuitively into your projects’ digital workflow.
 
“Even amidst Corona, Carola, Jan Geert, and Bianca have managed to make the Investor Readiness Program feel personal and inclusive. The masterclasses have been on-point and have nudged us to look beyond technology and product metrics. We are looking forward to making our business case full-circle and getting in touch with investors.”

Mavin

The purpose of the media has always been to hold governments and organizations accountable. But who holds the media accountable? Mavin believes it should be you. Especially now! Mavin will be an ecosystem of crowd-sourced, reputation-based, rating, and commenting tools to enable internet users to instantly recognize the trustworthiness of content they read, share, or engage in. This will help to restore online trust, fight misinformation, bad bots, and trolls while offering publishers additional engagement, traffic, and revenue.

“We applied to join the Investor Readiness Program to improve how we target, present to, and connect with investors. The first weeks have been focused on getting the basics in order to target investors, while the second part of the program is more focused on the in-depth knowledge required when connecting to investors.

We received great feedback on our pitch deck, not only from the YES!Delft team, but also from the Entrepreneurs in Residence which are part of YES!Delft. Especially those connections, to seasoned entrepreneurs and investors are most useful and relevant to us and we are looking forward to a lot more inspiring conversations.”

BodyGraph

BodyGraph designed The Textile Coach, a smart undershirt that provides accurate body monitoring and gives actionable advice.

“During the first three weeks, we already got so many new insights from the YES!Delft team and the other participants. We now know what investor-ready truly means. We are looking forward to putting the things we learned into practice and pitch for the ‘friendly’ investors, later on in the program.”
 

Olivia

Olivia brings inexpensive wireless data fuels to the next wave of innovation. An explosion in affordable hardware makes gathering data possible in ways it wasn’t before. Communicating data wirelessly remains costly and painful. Olivia changes that, by becoming the world’s first mobile network operator for smart devices.
 

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Startups present their solutions at the Pitch Day of EIT Health Validation Lab

The EIT Health Pitch Day marked the end of this year’s EIT Health Validation Lab, and sent 17 early-stage MedTech startups into the market. The event was held entirely online on October 27 and gave teams a chance to pitch their innovation to our network. Lifelet Medical took the coveted first prize. 

“The Validation Lab was a great experience for Lifelet Medical, where we received excellent domain-specific mentorship and coaching. It was an honor to work with all of the startups, and we are delighted for the opportunity to advance to the central pitch competition and to accelerate our technology further”, says Elle Sander, co-founder of Lifelet Medical.

A partnership between EIT Health & YES!Delft

EIT Health Validation Lab is a partnership between YES!Delft and EIT Health. The two organizations join forces to offer early-stage companies an opportunity to validate their technology as best as possible, and combine YES!Delft’s startup expertise with the extensive knowledge and network of EIT Health. 

Over the course of eight weeks, the two parties provided the right tooling and coaching to startups to develop their skills to validate their riskiest business assumptions, to sharpen their problem-solution-fit, and find their product-market-fit. The Validation Lab is designed to help promising MedTech teams get in touch with mentors and industry specialists already early on. 

Solving a severe and relevant problem

Lifelet Medical, the winner of this edition, is on an ambitious yet very important mission. The team aims to improve the lives of patients with heart valve disease by developing fully synthetic durable and sustainable heart valve leaflets for life. 

“Lifelet is solving a severe problem that is very relevant worldwide, they have a unique innovation and an excellent team,” said Evert Jaap Lugt, Managing Director of YES!Delft, when he announced the startup as the winner. 

“We would like to thank all the startups and ecosystem partners for their ongoing enthusiasm throughout the program. I’m very curious to see what the future holds for these game-changers, I have very high expectations after everything we’ve seen so far”, says MedTech Program Manager, Claire Visser.

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