Cleantech Startups in Delft

TOP 10 TECH START UP SUCCESS STORIES: OCTOBER

CleanTech startups in Delft are taking over the country, if we look at Kitepower, aQysta, and Physee Technologies. And this is even with three months less until we round up 2019. One could think there would be fewer awards granted, but check out all the achievements from this month’s startup success of our tech incubator in Delft. 

 

1. VideowindoW

The Accelerator alumnus is implementing their dynamic blinds at Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Concretely, from now on, the passengers can see the transformation of glass into media content at the departure hall between the gates seven and eight. Hopefully, all airports will have VideowindoW instead of regular glass in the future!

 

2. Circularise

The Blockchain startup, a resident in our Digital Hub in The Hague, announced two new partnerships. They are collaborating with Domo Chemicals and Covestro to create a circular economy for the plastic industry. This could have a major impact on the sustainability standards for plastic materials. 

 

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3. Mythronics

The AI/Robotics startup Mythronics received a donation of 20,000 Euro from Rabobank Delft Innovation Fund. They will use the funding to accelerate the development of their technology.

 

4. PHYSEE Technology

The CleanTech startup won the first prize in the category ‘Top 100 innovation’ by KVK (Dutch Chamber of Commerce) with their SmartSkin technology. This innovation generates renewable energy from fully transparent windows, thus generating green energy and contributing to a sustainable future.

 

 

5. aQysta

The CleanTech startup competed in the Social Impact Lab 2019 organised by PwC Nederlands. Over 125 startups and scale-ups applied with a social mission! 13 finalists got selected and aQysta is one of the four winners! They presented their sustainable hydro-powered pump that uses juust water to create an alternative energy source. Yes, you read that well, this means it works without the use of fuel or electricity!

 

6. PATS

The Accelerator alumnus just got featured in the AD newspaper. PATS is creating small indoor drones that can fight against vermin in greenhouses. Farmers can stop using pesticides and eliminate pests in a sustainable manner.

 

7. Kitepower 

The CleanTech startup located in Delft is back in the news! The public poll, created by KVK Innovatie Top 100, resulted in enough votes for making Kitepower be amongst the Top 22 of the most innovative companies in South Holland. Their Kitepower system generates renewable energy by only using wind power. In addition, the votes got them to be amongst the Top 80 most innovative companies in the Netherlands.

 

8. Momo Medical

This MedTech startup won the Smart Solution Award 2019 organised by World of Health Care 2019. Their innovation BedSense can detect a person’s movement and send signals to the caregiver when no movement is detected. The award is granting them to join any international trade mission organised by Task Force Health Care. 

 

9.  Braindrop 

During the Dutch Design Week 2019, Braindrop will be present. How? One might wonder, since they’re no design company. Their chemical fire protection, TNF, is used on one the showcased building – The Growing Pavilion! This is a pilot cooperation with Stichting Nieuwe Helden (Company New Heroes). You can visit The Growing Pavillion from the 19th to the 27th of October in Eindhoven!

 

10.  Meld een Vermoeden

The resident of our Digital Hub – Meld een Vermoeden, one of our startups in YES!Delft The Hague, announced that the Gemeente Alphen aan den Rijn is using their platform. This makes them the 15th municipality in The Netherlands to do so! Together, they improve communication to fight against crime to create a safer environment for society.    

 

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Starting a business in the Netherlands

Top 10 Tech Startup Success Stories – September

Starting a new business in the Netherlands can be challenging. Nevertheless, in Delft and The Hague, our startups are fielding successes. For example, we are welcoming a new startup at our Digital Hub, while others are expanding abroad. Furthermore, there are startup successes for female entrepreneurs and many awards won.  Curious to see which startups were successful in September? Read on!

 

1. Vibes.technology

The ComplexTech startup is expanding abroad! To better serve their customers and be present in the heart of the German automotive industry, they are taking their first step towards internationalization by opening a new office in Munich. From there, they will service and expand its customer base in Germany and Austria.

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2. Nowi

What is the impact of the Internet of Things on the environment? And will 5G help or hinder Britain’s target of net-zero emissions by 2050? As the implementation of 5G is projected to consume nine times more power than 4G the Accelerator alumnus’ power harvesting solution might be the way forward.

3. Somnox 

The Robotics startup is continuing their upward trajectory: the Somnox sleep robot is now available in the world-famous Harrods flagship store in London. Moreover, the UK national newspaper The Telegraph put the robot to the test to cure insomnia. Curious to see how Somnox fared? 

4. STIL 

IJsbrand de Lange, the founder of the MedTech startup, received the Inspirational Award 2019. The EIT Health Validation Lab and Accelerator alumnus is developing a brace that tackles tremors or uncontrollable rhythmic movements, common in Parkinsons patients. IJsbrand received the award at the opening ceremony of the TU Delft academic year.

 

5. Feedback Fruits and Solar Monkey

The AI and EdTech startup Feedback Fruits and the CleanTech startup Solar Monkey are nominated by Deloitte in the category Technology Fast 50. The nomination recognizes the fastest growing technology companies which were founded no more than four years ago. Moreover, the nominees will compete in Amsterdam in October for the Rising Star 2019 award.

6. FWDpay

Starting a new business in the Netherlands might be a challenge, but the FWDpay team is taking on two challenges. They have joined the ranks of our Digital Hub YES!Delft The Hague. This startup is grasping the opportunity that Open Banking offers: by enabling customers to simply create SMART contracts and thus control money flow. Moreover, the founders have also kicked off Project.BB. Together with students from TU Delft Robotics Minor and Haagse Hogeschool Blockchain Minor, they are developing a beach cleaning robot!

7. Meds2Go

The Validation Lab alumnus has been selected as a finalist for this year’s HealthTech Challenge. This is the European leg of the worldwide Women Startup Challenge, organized by Women Who Tech. The finalists will compete for a $50,000 cash grant on October 7 in Paris. Meds²Go develops innovative cooling containers for people who use temperature-sensitive medicines.

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8. Web Summit

Envision, Solar Monkey and Urbandine, three of our startups located in our Digital Hub YES!Delft The Hague were selected to join the Web Summit this November in Lisbon. They all pitched at the Fast Forward competition at The Hague Tech earlier this month. Ultimately, the jury was so impressed by the quality of the startups, they selected ten winners instead of six.

9. Digital Entrepreneurship

The MedTech startup STIL and the Robotics/AI startup Mythronics kicked off the Digital Entrepreneurship course for 70 students at the Delft Center for Entrepreneurship. During the course, they presented challenges, problems, and issues that come with tech entrepreneurship. Students then could try their hand at being an entrepreneur by pitching their ideas.

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10. Smart-Ship

The ComplexTech startup and Accelerator alumnus is participating in the Antwerp Port XL program. They are matched to the DEME Group to do a use case with the aim of getting a paid contract. Additionally, they announced a new partnership with Maxon Benelux. Together they aim to develop a new generation of haptic ship controls.

 

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Vacancy: Graphic Design Intern

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Do you want to grow in graphic design and branding and want to learn fast? We offer a Graphic Design internship where you are able to develop your skills and discover the different fields within marketing (UX/UI design, branding, graphic design & more). Check out our workplace!

You’ll have professional guidance and room to grow your skills. Your most important asset is your growth mindset: you’re always looking to learn with enthusiasm.

If you are interested in starting your career in an innovative, entrepreneurial environment then this is an all-round marketing opportunity for you!

ABOUT US

YES!Delft is the start-up incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 14 years YES!Delft has become one of the leading incubators in the world! YES!Delft offers guidance and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and corporate professionals in their entrepreneurial journey. Our services turn promising tech-ideas into solid startups and help them grow into successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience. Basically, we support entrepreneurs and connect them to the world!

WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • Assist in producing artworks from concept to creation
  • Help with producing graphics from concept to creation for social channels, ensuring accurate and timely completion;
  • Create and maintain a solid, consistent and high-quality visual message across all design
  • Design and edit PowerPoint presentations, email campaign and print materials
  • Support the marketing team with branding, web development and UX/UI project

REQUIREMENTS

  • Education: You are currently enrolled in an HBO or WO Bachelor;
  • Ambition: You have a “growth mindset”, meaning that you don’t need to know everything (yet), but are willing to proactively learn as you go;
  • Fluent with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (Premiere and After Effects are a plus!);
  • Familiar with UI prototyping tool like Adobe XD (or similar);
  • Interest in User Experience design and web development;
  • Good photography skills are a plus;

 

WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP

  • Coolest office in the Netherlands: check out our workplace here
  • Freedom to develop: you will be part of the Marketing team of 4 people, who are experts in their field, and you can learn from them directly from day 1. Not to forget the opportunity to work within the YES!Delft team of 30+ entrepreneurial, passionate people
  • Startups: discover the world of tech startups and innovation
  • Afternoon drinks: every Friday, whenever you want!
  • You will work with a driven and ambitious team that goes above and beyond to support startups and builds a thriving ecosystem, day-in-day-out. YES!Delft offers a truly unique opportunity to contribute, learn and grow in the world of tech entrepreneurship.

PRACTICAL DETAILS & HOW TO APPLY

Start date:
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We look forward to your application! Please send your CV, portfolio and motivation letter to edoardo[at]yesdelft.nl to the attention of Edoardo Repetti before September 15, 2019.

For questions please contact: Edoardo Repetti (UI & Deisgn Specialist) via edoardo[at]yesdelft.nl.

YES!Delft startups are in bloom

Top 10 tech startup success stories: August

YES!Delft startups in full bloom in August: PATS Indoor Drone Solutions, Nurt.io and Mythronics all had exciting news to share. Moreover, the startups from our digital hub in The Hague have been taking off: LexIQ landed on the front page of Trouw and got an interview in BNR! Curious about their stories? Read on in this month’s top 10 tech startup success stories!
1.LexIQ

The AI legal startup collaborated with the national leadership of the Openbaar Ministerie. Concretely, they designed a search engine for various criminal cases together. The national newspaper Trouw reports that this has shown that prosecutors ask for different sentencing for the same crimes depending on the region.

2.PATS Indoor Drone Solutions

The Accelerator alumnus of the 2018 batch is in full bloom this month and has signed an agreement with Koppert Cress. This results in their collaboration on automating part of the crop protection process with drones. In conclusion, the aim is to ensure a sustainable future and socially responsible cultivation. 

3.Gerrard Street

The leasable headphones as a service startup and Accelerator Alumnus has started its first international adventure! This means they are bringing sustainable and high-quality headphones to music lovers in the UK. Moreover, the complex tech startup is featured as in the newest YES!Delft startup stories!

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4.Momo Medical

This MedTech startup was named Startup of the Week by Sprout! They are the developers of the Momo BedSense. This medical device provides insight into the prevention of pressure ulcers and makes prevention easier. In addition, they could help cut the costs associated with pressure ulcers, which runs into 15 billion euros annually on a European level. 

5.SeaState5

This robotics startup and Accelerator alumnus aims to reduce the ecological impact of offshore wind. Concretely, they are developing underwater noise mitigation systems. Curious? Listen to their pitch on BNR Zakendoen (from 49:30). 

6.Nurtio Technologies

YES!Delft startups in full bloom: the ComplexTech startup has started collaborating with our partner Studio Mango, an industrial design and engineering company. Concretely, Mango is going to help the virtual gardeners design the new generation of sensors with significantly extended functionality. In addition, they will prepare for mass manufacturing together.

7.Mythronics

The Accelerator alumnus presented their autonomous inspection & monitoring platform for produce to the specialist publication Groentenieuws. Read how deep learning technology checks 2600 paprikas per hour on ripeness. 

 

8.Delft Circuits

CEO Sal Bosman talked to Sifted about how he secured VC funding for his ComplexTech startup. However, he decided to walk away from the deal, even when they had almost run out of money. Why did the Accelerator alumnus turn down the funding? 

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9.SD-Insights

The ComplexTech startup’s product NEXTdriver was featured on RTL transportwereld. Specifically, their client talks extensively in the about SD-Insights’ driving behavior coaching solution NEXTdriver and the added value that this offers them.

10.YES!Delft startups

YES!Delft startups in full bloom! Online publication Silicon Canals listed the top 10 fastest-growing tech startups in Delft. Above all, let’s just say we were not surprised eight out of ten startups listed were from YES!Delft!  Curious to see who made the list? 

 

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Gerrard Street story YES!Delft

Gerrard Street: The leasable headphones for music lovers

Listening to music on the go is, for many, the best way to spend time getting from A to B. Heavy use of headphones comes with the risk of breaking them – and we all know they can be quite the investment. Dorus Galama and Tom Leenders, founders of Gerrard Street, know this too. They’ve developed high-end, leasable headphones that are completely modular in design, which makes it possible to repair parts individually and to recycle easily. And more importantly: they come with a subscription plan, so forget about saving up!

FROM A SIMPLE IDEA

Dorus Galama and Tom Leenders are both music lovers: a good playlist and a set of headphones are the two things they will never forget when they leave the house. Yet, like any other heavily used product they tend to break often. “I break headphones two to three times a year,” says Dorus, adding that throwing away the entire set is “a huge waste”. 

So he and Tom set out to find a solution. Looking more closely into sustainability and the circular economy, the two friends realized that nobody was focusing on circular consumer electronics at the time. It was an opportunity: they took it in their hands to develop leasable high-end, leasable headphones, whose modular design allows for the easy recycling and reusing of parts. 

“To find out more about the market we interviewed a lot of sustainable startups. What we learned is that sustainability doesn’t sell,” Dorus remembers. “Yes, you can scale in the green niche, but you hit the ceiling rather quickly… That’s when we knew we wanted to target a mainstream audience.” 

With an initial capital boost of 10K euros from the first stage of Climate-KIC’s accelerator, Dorus and Tom were able to test the potential of their idea on the market. The interest was there: customers were willing to pay a subscription fee for quality headphones. Next thing they knew, the two were going full steam ahead towards developing their very own product. 

 

THROUGH YES!DELFT

Dorus and Tom reached an early milestone with their admission into Climate-KIC Stage I, after which they proceeded to the next two stages of this accelerator. Moreover, they ran a successful crowdfunding campaign and are planning a new one to help fund their latest models. And if that weren’t enough, they secured a pre-seed loan from YES!Delft and were accepted into its Incubation Program.

“[The program] has been very helpful for us,” says Dorus. “YES!Delft has a huge network, so whenever we have a question, there’s always a person to talk to. […] We also got a really good coach during the Incubation Program, and she is, to date, our most committed mentor.”

Currently, the startup has around 1,600 clients and is already making revenues. 

 

TO A GROWING COMPANY 

After YES!Delft, one of the scaling up hurdles was to find reliable production partnerships. When they partnered with Fresh ‘n Rebel in October 2018, their production went smoothly thanks to the experience in R&D and the supply chain of their partner. This made a huge improvement in the quality and performance of their leasable headphones. 

With a core team of three, Gerrard Street is now looking towards a busy future. After successfully completing a second crowdfunding campaign, the startup launched a new line with a strong marketing campaign. 

The team is busy expanding the business in the UK now and they will launch an ANC (active noise canceling) model by the end of the year. Right now this is the focus of the team, which proves to be both a challenge and their biggest success so far. “We copied our marketing strategy from The Netherlands to the UK and we already see the first client subscribing,” Tom Leenders said. 

On the list for the coming year is also building more partnerships and going for a Series A funding round of around 500k. For team Gerrard Street there’s no challenge they’re not willing to tackle.

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Milestones: 

Summer 2014 – Admission into Climate-KIC Stage I 

January 2015 – Company founded

July 2015 – Prototype ready 

September 2015 – Admission into YES!Delft Incubation Program

November 2015 – Launch of crowdfunding campaign; first customers

June 2016 – First products delivered

October 2018 – Start partnership with Fresh ’n Rebel

February 2019  – Launch of new models The Boss and the DAY

Mid-2019 – First 1,000 customers 

August 2019 – Launch in the UK

Summer is not slowing the YES!Delft startups

Top 10 Tech Startup Success Stories: JULY

Certainly, summer is not slowing YES!Delft startups! Are you curious to see what everyone has been up to? Read all about it in this top 10 tech startup success stories. Featuring among others: Hardt Hyperloop’s first functional hyperloop in Europe, aQysta’s brand new pump in Spain and last but not least, Envision and Dutch Analytics at Startup Tuesday in YES!Delft The Hague.
1.Hardt Hyperloop

Not too long ago we celebrated Hardt Hyperloop for their grand achievement of the first functional hyperloop in Europe. But summer is not slowing down the Validation Lab and Accelerator alumnus: CEO Tim Houter has been nominated by EIT for the Innovators Award.

 

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2.Effect.ai 

This AI/Blockchain Validation Lab alumnus just launched the first phase of their decentralized AI platform. Consequently, data science teams can upload their vast quantities of data – for example for a chatbot. Finally, ambassadors around the world then structure, enrich and annotated it. In this aspect, it works similarly to Mechanical Turk. 

3.Skel-Ex 

Commercial Director Jaap Hoogland received the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for the design of the Skelex360. The design for the exoskeleton with its high ergonomic wearability was made in collaboration with Van Berlo. Above all,  The Red Dot jury praised the way the Skelex360 supports ­wearers without limiting their freedom of movement.

 

 

4.Physee 

Opened its doors for the GESTE summer school, which aims to make tech accessible to everyone. The Validation Lab and Accelerator alumnus believes age, nationality, gender or education systems shouldn’t be limiting factors of learning. Therefore, they welcomed twenty children between the ages of 10 and 12 during the summer school program, and help them get enthusiastic about tech! Gemeente Delft, TNO, YES!Delft, TU Delft, Designathon Works & Kids Akademie support this inaugural edition.

 

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5.AidX Medical 

Last year’s EIT Health Validation Lab winners — AidX Medical got the chance to pitch on national radio, in BNR Zakendoen. Co-founder Mirte Vendel represented the MedTech startup and impressed the jury of entrepreneurs with her pitch. Their product makes malaria detection cheaper, faster, accessible to all and more reliable. Finally, their goal is to enable malaria diagnoses to be executed without the need for medical expertise, to be implemented in rural areas. 

 

6.KVK Innovation Top 100

Four YES!Delft startups, Physee, Envision, CloudCuddle, and Kitepower, have been nominated in the Innovation top 100 by the KVK (Dutch Chamber of Commerce).  Finally, the exact raking will be presented by the jury on September 25. Moreover, Robotics startup Somnox and CleanTech startup Qlayers were featured in the KVK YouTube series Beyond Business. 

 

7.Startup Tuesday in YES!Delft The Hague

On the 25th of June YES!Delft The Hague was proud to host Startup Tuesday! This weekly event is a collaboration between the innovative hubs in The Hague with the aim to strengthen connections and support impact-driven entrepreneurship. Certainly, it’s the perfect occasion to learn from experienced startup founders! Therefore, YES!Delft The Hague had local AI startups Envision and Dutch Analytics to pitch to the visitors. Startup Tuesday is a collaboration between The Hague Tech, Impact City, The Hague Humanity Hub, Apollo 14, and World Startup Factory

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8.aQysta 

The CleanTech startup operates in 19 countries worldwide already, but now they have broken new ground with their brand new HyPump. This second-generation hydro-powered irrigation-pump is stationary and specially designed for large volumes of irrigation. Furthermore, HyPump in Lliria (Spain) is estimated to pump 6 liters of water per second. So that comes to 500m3 per day up to the height of 35 meters or to a distance of 3.5 km, all without any fuel or electricity.

9.Nowi & VSParticle 

INSEAD Summer Start-Up Tour (‘SSUP!) is a discovery tour of the top entrepreneurial hot-spots around Europe and Asia. They interview entrepreneurs, angels, and VCs – and on their stop in the Netherlands they, of course, visited YES!Delft.  Therefore, our startup trainer Ruben Kranendonk took them on a tour of our incubator, and introduced them to Nowi and VSParticle, who for them exemplify inspired (deep) tech solutions at YES!Delft. 

 

10.VSParticle 

More good news from the NanoTech startup! They welcomed the EU Science, research and Innovation in Petten as a new customer. Therefore, the new customer will use VSParticle’s equipment to study the behavior of nanoparticles under ion and neutron bombardment, in view of radioisotope production studies. 

 

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Summer is not slowing YES!Delft startups, what about yours? Tip our PR Coordinator Nan de Bruin on nan@yesdelft.nl for the next top 10 tech startup success stories.

Talent Lead Vacancy YES!Delft

Vacancy: Talent Lead (Startup Scout)

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS? YES!Delft is hiring a Talent Lead (formerly known as Startup Scout)! (1,0 FTE)

YES!Delft – Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms

YES!Delft is the startup incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 13 years YES!Delft has become one of the leading incubators in the world. YES!Delft offers distinctive services to graduates, scientists, engineers, professionals and corporates in their start-up journey. Our services turn promising technology ideas into solid startups and help them grow into successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience. Basically, we support entrepreneurs and connect them to the world! 

You, your purpose & the ideal outcome 

Your purpose is to get the best tech entrepreneurs of the country (and Europe) to YES!Delft. You basically headhunt tech entrepreneurs. You constantly look for new and efficient lead generation tactics and strategies to find promising founders, technologies, teams, and startups. We expect a data-driven and structured work approach. Together with our marketing team you explore and test on and offline channels to see which scouting tactics help you achieve your goal. With the campus of the Delft University of Technology nearby, you identify our most important sources of contact and professors within the TU Delft, Dutch field labs and other technical universities in the Netherlands, in order to secure a close relationship and collaboration. You inspire tech-minded people to explore the world of entrepreneurship. You keep in close contact with our student board, as students are the next generation of entrepreneurs! You will also be working on screening & selection of the teams for our corporate programs and challenges. Most important: You are the first point of contact for tech startups, you represent YES!Delft and explain our purpose, and our services to entrepreneurs. The ideal outcome would be a database containing high-quality startups which converts to high-quality applications consisting of enthusiastic & committed teams for our incubator and our services. 

Competences:
  • You’re a hustler and highly energetic. You define your target, a strategy, potential tactics and go at it full-speed. 
  • You are able to check if a tech startup has potential (from a business, a technical, but most important from a team perspective).
  • You are data-driven, you have the ability to work with large databases, structure them and get the right insights. 
  • You are solution-oriented, proactive, flexible and a real team player.
  • You work structured, organized, well-planned, and you master Microsoft Office suite. 
  • You understand online and offline marketing, especially lead generation tactics and tools.
  • You also understand the world of recruitment, HR and startup funding.
  • You are able to make fast connections and introductions.
  • You can level with people who have technical ideas and you are able to understand difficult high-tech ideas and concepts (from Artificial Intelligence to Robotics, Aviation and more).
Job requirements:
  • You have a completed WO education (for example in the direction of HR, psychology, commercial business, or tech) or have obtained this level through work experience.
  • In addition, you have at least five years of relevant work experience.
  • You are experienced with dealing with startups (either by working at a startup, founding a startup, or from a VC or corporate perspective)
  • Fluent in both spoken and written Dutch and English. 
We offer you

A world-class incubator: An inspiring startup environment where you have the opportunity to develop yourself in a unique way and where you are able to implement your ideas and improve our services wherever you see fit. You will work with a diverse, driven and ambitious team that goes above and beyond to support startups and builds a thriving ecosystem, day-in-day-out. YES!Delft offers a truly unique opportunity in the Netherlands to contribute, learn and grow in the world of tech-entrepreneurship. Of course, a one-year contract, laptop, and mobile phone are a given. Two electric BMWs which you can use for client visits, a Swapfiets for visits within Delft, and vrimibos on location are a bonus. 

More information and application procedure

We look forward to your application. Please send your application to robertjan[at]yesdelft.nl to the attention of Robert Jan van Vugt before Sep 19th (17:00), 2019. Keep a slot open on 23 or 24 September for the first interviews. For questions please contact Robert Jan van Vugt at robertjan[at]yesdelft.nl

GETTING INVESTOR-READY AND BRIDGING THE VALLEY OF DEATH?

Getting investor-ready and bridging the Valley of Death? Jan Geert van Hall answers

Getting investment as a startup is such a challenge that there are specific hurdles, one of which is the Valley of Death. YES!Funded team from YES!Delft aims to demystify this challenge during the Rotterdam Capital Days with a dedicated event. During September 18th – 22nd, the three-day event aims to demystify the world of capital, boosting access to funding for startups and scaleups. Ultimately, with the goal of connecting entrepreneurs and investors. Anyone with an interest in how to attract and raise capital in the area of Rotterdam is invited. Mainly, there will be investors – angels, corporate venture, venture capital, impact, public, and more. YES!Delft service YES!Funded will host an event about the so-called Valley of Death in funding. 
What is the Valley of Death?

Jan Geert van Hall, the investment director at YES!Delft describes the Valley of Death as a European problem – the funding gap startups almost inevitably run into. This funding gap usually comes about around the time they have a well-working prototype and some paying pilot customers but need a financial boost to start production and activate sales. At this point, the startups are too advanced for government subsidies, and at the same time too early stage for VC’s. At least in Europe. During the YES!Delft dedicated event at Rotterdam Capital Days, Jan Geert and guests will share the experiences of YES!Funded about the Valley of Death and explore possible solutions to this problem.

Through the YES!Delft service YES!Funded startups can get help with financial lifecycle planning and securing the right funds. The initiative is lead by YES!Delft investment director Jan Geert van Hall, who employs his decades of experience in tech and finance to help tomorrow’s leading firms. Is your startup is looking for its first investment or your startup is further down the road? Here Jan Geert shares his top five tips that are essential to make and keep your startup investor-ready. Join YES!Funded at the Rotterdam Capital Days, and learn about bridging the Valley of Death.

1. Financial forecasting

“The ability to look ahead and anticipate for the future is a basic entrepreneurial financial skill. The lack of such a vision within a company is a definite red flag as it shows a lack of financial discipline.”

2. Top team

“This is a big one. First off, the chances of receiving investment are very low if you are a single founder. Ideally, you have a team of people with different disciplines. Secondly, there is a shared long term vision in the company. Especially the founders should be on the same page and have the same ultimate goals, whether that is an acquisition or scaling up.”

3. Intellectual property

“IP is another facet investors will look at, and for several reasons. First, to make sure you will be able to defend your product from infringement. But parallel to that, they want to understand what it is your product is capable of and the problems it claims to solve. Why is your product unique, and why hasn’t it been invented before?”

4. Checking important milestones

“Having a roadmap with milestones and a clear vision is essential. It shows your estimated worth at each milestone but also the amount of money you need to get there is invaluable when presenting yourself to investors. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it demonstrates you understand your product, your market and you have thought about de-risking your proposition.”  

5. Quantify the risks

In conclusion, everything comes down to this. When you look from the perspective of the investor, you want to be able to assess the risk of your investment. Sure, you can never completely eliminate risk, but startups who can at least show an understanding or can quantify the risks and milestones, have a stronger case for investors.” 

 

Make sure not to miss the event Bridging the Valley of Death during the Rotterdam Capital Days!

Project Manager YES!Delft

Vacancy Project Manager

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS? YES!Delft is hiring a Project Manager (1,0 FTE)

YES!Delft – Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms

YES!Delft is the start-up incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 14 years YES!Delft has become one of the leading incubators in the world! YES!Delft offers guidance and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and corporate professionals in their entrepreneurial journey. Our services turn promising tech-ideas into solid start-ups and help them grow to successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience. Basically, we support entrepreneurs and connect them to the world!

You, your mission & the ideal outcome

Your mission is to make sure our corporate programs go exactly like planned and the ideal outcome would be that our corporate partners find solutions for their challenges, are able to connect with start-ups in our ecosystem and everyone in our community is able to find the right partner at the right time. You work within our Innocubes team which is responsible for all our corporate offerings and as a project manager you will work together with our event, marketing, communication, and program teams. In short: you are a true project manager!

You are familiar with Agile working, and are structured and pragmatic. As our Innocubes proposition is growing you are able to juggle 10+ projects at the same time without dropping the ball. You have a few years’ of experience within a similar position (project manager, innovation manager). Ideally, you are familiar with corporate innovation trajectories and know their pitfalls and how to cope with them. YES!Delft is expanding rapidly, that’s why life at YES!Delft is a rollercoaster, and it is important that you have a flexible attitude in general.

Competences:
  •  A true, practical multitasker
  • You are solution-oriented, pro-active, flexible and a real team player
  • You can show you know how to organize (large) projects (like challenges, hackathons, ideation workshops, masterclasses) and you have a representative image
  •  You are able to make fast connections and introductions and are able to manage corporate stakeholders
  • Work structured, organized and well-planned
  • Experience with managing (small to medium) budgets
  • A love for technology & startups and the possible impact of those on society
Job requirements:
  • You have a completed WO/HBO (+) education or have obtained this level through work experience
  • In addition, you have at least two to five years of relevant work experience
  •  Proficient in both spoken and written Dutch and English
We offer you

An inspiring startup environment where you have the opportunity to develop yourself and where you are able to implement your ideas and improve our programs wherever you see fit. You will work with a driven and ambitious team that goes above and beyond to support start-ups and builds a thriving ecosystem, day-in-day-out. YES!Delft offers a truly unique opportunity to contribute, learn and grow in the world of tech-entrepreneurship. We offer a one year full-time contract, or the option for a ZZP structure.

More information and application procedure

We look forward to your application. Please send your application to david[at]yesdelft.nl to the attention of David Beijer before August 22nd (17:00). Keep a slot open on 26 or 27 August for interviews. For questions please contact: David Beijer via david[at]yesdelft.nl. 

NOWI: A startup story about connecting the future

Twenty-three billion. About this many were the connected devices in the world in 2018, and this number is not here to stay: In less than a decade, it is expected to triple. That is a good 75 billion devices, connected and in need of constant supply of power.

The team of NOWI figured that using cables and changing batteries would soon become overwhelming – to say the least, so they created a solution – a small chip that enables Internet of Things devices to live forever. Instead of needing to continuously bring energy to connected devices in the form of cables and battery changes, NOWI’s technology enables companies to use the energy that is already available around the devices. This can be light, heat, movement or even radio waves.

The power of IoT technology

For co-founders Simon van der Jagt and Omar Link, the idea behind NOWI shaped up gradually while they studied Strategic Product Design at the TU Delft. The program gave them a kickstart: It taught them how to give meaning to technology and use it to solve problems. And so, Simon and Omar decided to apply their knowledge to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Today, technology is getting better, smaller and as energy efficient as ever before, so powering devices requires only a fraction of the energy that was needed decades ago. The question of how to harvest that power is one that Simon and Omar seem to have an answer to: by using the signals that are all around us.

“Energy is all around us. Even the light from lamps in an office, or the temperature difference between our skin and the air can generate enough power to sustain low-power devices. At the moment, frequencies [such as WiFi] are mostly used for communication, but they also send out power,” says Simon.

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Growing with the help of industry experts

After a bit over a year of founding their company in July 2015, Simon and Omar became part of Yes!Delft’s program. At the time, their team consisted of five people, including a professor from TU Delft. Since then, they have won several international innovation awards and completed an investment round. Most recently, the company has secured a 1-million-euro investment from RVO – The Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

“YES!Delft is one of the highest rated incubators in Europe, and especially when it comes to hardware startups. It is really about problem-solving. There’s [also] so much knowledge walking around here, and that has been very valuable to us,” says Simon.

Since August 2015, the company has developed their proof-of-principle to a product-ready chip that has recently been combined with Huawei’s NB-IoT chip at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai.

Finding the right partners to collaborate with

From a startup, NOWI has grown to be a high-tech company with several pilot projects and collaborations established with market-leading companies in smart city applications, smart wearables and NB-IoT sensors.

In the fields of smart wearables, NOWI has caught the attention of Swiss watch manufacturer MMT. The world’s first Plug&ForgetTM smart watch which never requires user-charging can be achieved when the NOWI Power Module is integrated in the MMT smartwatch module.

Recently, NOWI also announced its collaboration with Huawei to create the first energy autonomous NB-IoT solution.

Together with seven patents in energy harvesting, NOWI has won several international innovation awards including the Accenture Innovation Awards, the Semiconductor Innovation Award from Chinese Advanced Semiconductor Association (CASA) and the IoT Innovation World Cup 2019.

A story with the potential to get bigger and better has just only started.

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MILESTONES

  • July 2015: Company founded
  • March 2016: Demo and proof of concept
  • August 2016: Prototype ready
  • November 2016: Won the Accenture Innovation Award
  • May 2017: Won the Smart City Innovation Award
  • August 2017: Smart City Pilot project with DEWA – Dubai
  • October 2017: Smart Road Pilot project with BAM and T-Mobile
  • March 2018: Received €5m Venture Capital investment
  • October 2018: Collaboration with MMT to create the first hybrid smartwatch
  • November 2018: Semiconductor innovation award from Chinese Advanced Semiconductor Association (CASA)
  • January 2019: Raised €1 million from RVO – The Netherlands Enterprise Agency
  • February 2019: Won the 2019 IoT Innovation World Cup Series – Industrial Category.
  • March 2019: First hybrid smartwatch PMIC prototype
  • June 2019: Collaboration with Huawei to create an energy autonomous NB-IoT Solution
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