Startup Scout Vacancy

Vacancy: Startup Scout

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS? YES!Delft is hiring a 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), 2018. 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!

Vacancy: Marketing Intern

Are you our new marketing intern?

Do you want to grow in marketing and want to learn fast? We offer a Marketing internship where you are able to develop your preferred skills and discover different fields within marketing (UX/UI design, copywriting, content marketing & 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
► Brainstorm & create new cool content together with Andreea, our Digital Marketing Specialist (Think: cross-channel translation of content, interviews with startup experts, live coverage of tech events & more)
► Support Edoardo, the UI & Design specialist, in his branding & design work and develop UX/UI design skills on the job. Together, you will: build new websites, advise startups in visual branding, execute YES!Delft design requests
► Guided by the MarComm team, you will be responsible for our (online & offline) channels, and get the opportunity to develop your skills on the job

ABOUT YOU
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
► Medium skills in Adobe Illustrator. Basic Skill in Adobe XD or other similar prototyping tools and want to develop quickly
► Basic writing skills, and your English grammar is outstanding
► You are digitally savvy and use social media networks for yourself
► You have an interest in startups and entrepreneurship, but also in all that is digital. Also, Google is your number 1 “person” to ask for how to’s 🙂

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:
ASAP (Preferably Sept 2, 2019)

We look forward to your application! Please send your CV and motivation letter to andreea[at]yesdelft.nl to the attention of Andreea Bota before August 23, 2019.

For questions please contact: Andreea Bota (Digital Marketing Specialist) via andreea[at]yesdelft.nl.

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

Vacancy Intern Program Coordinator

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS? YES!Delft is hiring a Program Coordinator Intern
4 to 5 days a week from the end of August till the end of December (dates are flexible). Remuneration is available.

YES!Delft – Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms

YES!Delft is an international 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 guidance and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and professionals in their startup journey. Our programs turn promising technology ideas into solid startups and help them grow to successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience. At the moment there are 101 startups in the building and we host more than 100 events a year.

YES!Delft Programs

YES!Delft offers multiple start-up programs, based on the process most, if not all, tech start-ups go through.

  1. Co-lab is a workshop aimed at giving you the right tools, knowledge, and network to find your co-founder and team members to build your startup with;
  2. Co-founding teams continue towards our Validation Lab: a 12-week part-time program for graduates, scientists and (young) professionals with the ambition to start a tech business. Testing their ideas & finding potential customers is the core of the program. Validation Lab is all about finding customers and creating the insight that they are the key to a profitable business;
  3. Once the startups have a validated product-market fit they can enroll in our acceleration & incubation programs where the focus is on sales, scaling and funding. The basis of these programs is mentoring, one-on-one coaching and small masterclasses on subjects like negotiations, growth hacking or investments.
Function

You will learn to manage all of the programs planning. You work with the entire program team, as well as multidisciplinary. As the eyes and ears of the department, you are the general point of contact for all the participants of the programs trainers, experts, and mentors. One of your most important responsibilities is to help set up the programs we offer (organization, planning, and registrations). Besides our regular programs, you will also help coordinate corporate challenges and organize events together with the event manager. In the administrative field, you are responsible for keeping the CRM system up-to-date and to work with our online learning platform. Life at YES!Delft is a rollercoaster; therefore, it is important that you have a flexible attitude in general. You will be in contact with all kinds of people from different countries all over the world.

Competences

You are:

  • A true multitasker
  • Solution-oriented, pro-active, flexible and a real team player
  • Open and make fast connections and introductions
  • Structured, organized and a good planner: being organized is your # 1 skill
Job requirements
  • You are in the last phase of your hbo Bachelor (relevant studies such as office management, event management, or facility management are considered a pré)
  • Demonstrable experience is considered a pré
  • Good Dutch and English language skills, both verbal and written. English is the primary language for this internship.
We offer you

An inspiring international startup environment where you have the opportunity to develop yourself and implement your ideas. 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 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 application to programs@yesdelft.nl to the attention of Jasmijn Giohalas before August 16th. For questions please contact Jasmijn Giohalas or Laura de Meij (program coordinators) via programs@yesdeft.nl.

From one email straight into the largest tech incubator – Evelien de Vries

Evelien de Vries joined the YES!Delft incubator without even knowing at first, through Startup Corner platform. Then she tasted the power network of co-founders by attending the UNconference even without having her startup in YES!Delft’s portfolio. That’s when she knew she had to make it into one of the largest tech incubators in Europe. 

Evelien de Vries adventured in the entrepreneurship world little over a year ago. Having worked at StartupDelta previously, the name of YES!Delft was familiar to her.  

However, her first step of tasting this startup ecosystem was when she received an email with a call to action to join the platform Startup Corner — which promised to offer support to tech startups in areas such as legal, HR, finance, marketing and more. The email was from Marie José van den Boomgaard, Liasion Manager Startups at KPN. “I was already familiar with Marie José and KPN, so when she recommended Startup Corner I thought “Why not?”,” Evelien remembered. 

Through Startup Corner, she got in contact with one of the corporate partners – Arnold & Siedsma. Evelien got help for free from them, mostly through emails and phone calls. Having help from Arnold & Siedsma on patents, helped Evelien and her co-founder move with some decisions. 

Not long after that, another email landed in Evelien’s inbox: Startup Corner’s newsletter. In that newsletter, there was an invitation to register for the UNconference. She read that it was a bi-annual event in the YES!Delft community, where co-founders set the agenda of the event with topics that contain both challenges and successes to learn from their peers and this way speed the learning process.

UNconference

“One thing I learned in the last year is that it always helps to engage with different groups because you never know what inspiration you get,” Evelien remembered. “  That’s why I signed up to the Unconference. In the end, it totally paid off. A five hours event only with co-founders, where everybody shared knowledge”. 

It was at the UNConference that Evelien and her co-founder met David Cerda Salzmann, currently a partner at FORWARD.one and one of the co-founders of Ampelmann (one of the firsts YES!Delft incubated startups). After connecting with David at the UNconference, they went to his office to talk about the strategy of their startup where he helped them on the spot. When Evelien told him they were thinking to join YES!Delft, David said it would be very useful and suggested them to apply to the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab. “He specifically advocated for the network and support we would get access to”, she says. 

Register for the next UNconference Digital in our The Hague Office!

AI/Blockchain Validation Lab

This was the opportunity that Evelien looked for so she could join YES!Delft. Not even a month later, she and her then co-founder started the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab and became part of the YES!Delft ecosystem. From having access to YES!Funded and YES!Talents to having one-on-one sessions with experts from our incubator, the two co-founders entered a 10-week part-time program geared on helping them find their product-market fit. In the end, for her startup, the program revealed a team misalignment, resulting in the founders parting ways. 

On the 25th of July, the teams participating in the AI/Blockchain validation lab graduate with the Pitch Day event. This celebration will take place at the YES!Delft’s Digital Hub in The Hague, which opened earlier this year and focused on AI and Blockchain. 

Apply to the coming AI/Blockchain Validation Lab!

In the end, for Evelien, having access to Startup Corner, joining the UNconference, and later joining the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab, gave her not only 360-degree help on her startup, but it also shifted her entrepreneurship journey to 180 degrees, as well. “During the Validation Lab I have learned not only new business validation skills, but also valuable lessons on the foundation of a startup. Especially concerning what building a team really is. Although I’m disappointed that this startup didn’t work out, I’m really excited for new opportunities. Being part of the YES!Delft ecosystem reinforced that being an entrepreneur is want I want to do.

YES!Delft top 10 startups success stories

TOP 10 TECH STARTUP SUCCESS STORIES: JUNE

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

3.  Nowi Energy

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

 

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4. Manometric

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

 

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5. Nightbalance

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

 

6. Kitepower

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

 

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

 

7. DAB

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

 

8. VSParticle

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

9. Atmos UAV

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

 

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10. McNetiq

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

 

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

YES!Delft Accelerator Batch 2019

We are presenting the new YES!Delft Accelerator Batch! These startups finished the Accelerator program and are ready to take on the world and beyond. From drones fighting insect infestations in greenhouses to tech reducing noise pollution and the high tech treatment of skeletal misalignment. These seven startups are ready to change the world with their innovative ideas. Come take a closer look at the innovations that soon might be part of your home, or flying high, all the way to Mars.
Gyrafit makes skeletal misalignment treatment easy for all
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Justin Fourie – Co-Founder Gyrafit

Skeletal misalignment is surprisingly more common than most people think, misalignment in the feet alone affects over 45% of the world population. The feet are the foundation of the entire skeletal structure and if left untreated leads to chronic pain in knees, hips, lower back or legs, and if left untreated increases the chances of getting osteoarthritis in the knees and hip by 55%.

For a truly unique solution, they have combined hardware and AI enabled software to offer a complete solution.

Gyrafits G-Script is a fully adjustable insole orthotic that can correct misalignment in the feet up to 8 degrees and can be adjusted at the point of diagnosis. Their new full body digital measuring and diagnosis booth solution; G-Pod, promises to change the way we access and measure alignment correction, making the treatment available through new, alternate and more accessible sales channels.

The complete treatment solution promises to reduce end-user cost by more than 60% and take the time from diagnosis to treatment application from 2 weeks to under 30 minutes.

Making Gyrafits skeletal misalignment treatment solution; faster, cheaper and simpler.

 

ARCEON: Trip to the moon and beyond
Rahul Shirke – Founder & Director ARCEON

ARCEON-Novel Elements was established by Rahul Shirke and Bernhard Heidenreich in 2018. We are developing novel and advanced ceramic matrix composite (CMC). Our pilot project will travel to our one and only natural satellite- The Moon. This project allows us to prove the credibility of our innovation. The material is unique because it can withstand a wide range of temperature (from cryogenic to 1600 °C and above) at near zero thermal expansion, high specific strength, corrosion resistance and, most importantly: it is 25% lighter than aluminum alloys. Due to the lack of polymers, it is also stable for long-term in space environment, which is characterized by vacuum and irradiation.

“We believe that our material has tremendous potential, not only in the aerospace but also energy, high-tech, and automobile industry. ARCEON family includes scientific, engineering and business development experts in the field of innovative materials with international experience. Our vision is to push the limits and deliver high-quality novel materials.”

Rahul Shirke, ARCEON

 

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PATS Indoor Drone Solutions: Drones fight golden twin-spot moth in gerbera and chrysanthemum
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Bram Tijmons (Co-Founder, CEO)

Flying insects are getting a new and sustainable enemy. The control of insect pests now mainly takes place with the help of (bio) chemical and biological agents. PATS Indoor Drone Solutions, a spin-off from Delft University of Technology, is changing that with small drones that automate pest control and prevention. Through a pilot project aimed at combating the golden twin-spot moth (Chrysodeixis chalcites), a number of innovative gerbera growers are taking advantage of this development to remain at the forefront of sustainable cultivation and cultivation knowledge.

PATS sees its technology not only as a supplement to the current package of resources. In the long term, the system must also reduce substance use for specific pests and it is expected that the grower will have to spend less time scouting and combating pests. 

“The aim is to fully implement the fight against the golden twin-spot moth, for example, using our system, precisely because of the preventive approach we use. In addition, our solution does not conflict with the biological control of other pests through targeted control of the moth itself.”

Bram Tijmons, PATS Indoor Drone Solutions

 

Smart-Ship sets sail on the maritime market!
Brent Kok (Co-Founder, CFO), Roy Kok (CO-Founder, CEO) & Jelle Tiemensma (CO-Founder, CTO)

Smart-Ship is setting sail to disrupt the maritime market! Through the application of haptic feedback technology, Smart-Ship is aiming to optimize the interaction between man and machine. By making information transfer to the operators of ships faster and more intuitive, safety and sustainability in maritime operations can be improved. Applications range from small fast ships to offshore and dredging operations, tugs and simulations. 

 

Braindrop: Notre Dame Cathedral could have been saved originally!
Mustafa Torun (Director) & Ugur Kizilkaya (Founder)

“We, as Braindrop BV, Netherlands, June 2019, have released a revolution which avoids new “Notre Dame catastrophes” forever. It is the strongest and 100% nontoxic fire protection chemical agent which makes anything fireproof easily. So strong that one can apply to his hand and put his hand into the fire!

Every 88 seconds one person die because of fires and billions of dollars damage occurs to the global economy every year. We lose lives, environment, and prosperity like monuments.

The main concern of existing flame retardants is their toxic feature and that they destroy slowly even if they stop fires. Our product TNF now is the single best solution which assures these concerns and provides the lifelong durable fire resistance for people, companies, and governments.” 

 

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VideowindoW from Vintage to Future
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Remco Veenbrink (Founder, CEO) & Mark Oudenhoven (Founder, CFO)

Unlike most hardware startups these founders do not have a degree in engineering –one is an artist and the other an economist. All knowledge is self-taught by tactical learning: ‘to know just enough to challenge existing beliefs and rock the status quo on how to approach further development’ thus Remco Veenbrink. Their innovation is based on available parts engineering added with state of the art electronics and algorithms to create a minimum viable product. Mark Oudenhoven: ‘We implement continuous improvement and focus on strategic growth’ Their primary market segment is airports for which they recently contracted Rotterdam The Hague Airport as their launching customer. VideowindoW is a glare control system embedded into the exterior glass that doubles as a transparent video screen. He adds:’ This way glare control can even be a profit driver for airports’. With airports being their focus international expansion is a logical next step.

‘Passengers can enjoy artistic or commercial content and look outside when they focus beyond the glass layer’.

Remco Veenbrink, VideowindoW

 

DeNoize – “Active Noise Cancelling Headphones – For Buildings”
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Aman Jindal (Founder, CEO)

Noise is frequently cited as one of the leading causes of stress in city life. People living near airports and busy roads complain that they can never relax because of the intrusive sound. Their experiences are reflected in higher levels of mental ill-health, and physical problems like high blood pressure, strokes and early onset of cardiovascular diseases.

DeNoize, a complex-tech startup from the YES!Delft claims to have found a better solution. They have developed an active noise cancellation technology for building facades, promising at least 90% additional reduction against the outdoor noise. Their innovation paved their path to the finals of Philips Innovation Awards and a special feature in the BBC’s science podcast, “The Naked Scientist”. The DeNoize team is working hard to commercialize its technology and aims to finish the market-ready product within a year.

 

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Startup Story: IMSystems

Machines and, in particular, robots are increasingly aiding – if not even substituting – people with their work. Yet, those machines often lack the strength and precision necessary to create real impact. Or at least that was the case until IMSystems came around.

Led by scientist Jack Schorsch, a team of four Co-Founders – including Matthew Corvers, Thibaud Verschoor and Rory Deen – are working on the Archimedes Drive, an invention in mechanical power transmission that can make any electrical engine simultaneously stronger, more precise and more efficient than anything currently on the market.

FROM A SIMPLE IDEA

The idea behind the Archimedes Drive had been evolving in Jack’s mind for years, during which he did research in the fields of prosthetics and exoskeleton design. In his work, he often faced the challenge of making those wearables small, lightweight and easy to use.

The Archimedes drive is a compact gearbox that uses traction instead of gear teeth, allowing it to make electrical engines – and the machines they power – lighter, more precise, stronger and faster than ever before.

“We took part in a course [aimed at] turning technology into a business,” Matthew recalls, where they were given a patent by a TU Delft researcher, without knowing the exact application of the invention. “We had to brainstorm it ourselves, because inventions can often be used for much more than their original application.”

A few brief months later, Jack’s Archimedes drive had proven to have a market fit, and so the team set out to launch IMSystems.

THROUGH YES!DELFT

IMSystems’ product is the first drive to use friction instead of gear teeth as a means of powering electrical engines – and it seems to come with a list of advantages. “We can get to about half the size and a quarter of the weight [of our competitors’ drives],” Matthew explains. “What’s more, we are not limited by the gear ratios and how strong we can make an electrical engine.”

With multiple subsidies and a loan already secured, IMSystems has been able to develop its first metal prototype with a gear ratio of 10.000:1, which is about 25 times more than what most drives on the market can currently achieve. A relieve for robotic companies that are waiting for decades for this kind of precision. Other than this great achievement, IMSystems developed transmissions for multiple pilot projects. E-Bikes, prosthetics and robotics are one of the few we have designed and tested so far.

The team’s progress so far, however, hasn’t been without the help of YES!Delft and their Incubation Program, which Matthew describes as fantastic. “You’re here with about 80 other companies; there are always people who have been at the point where you are, so you can just walk up to their office and discuss how they did things. Having this network is very useful.”

In 2018, IMSystems did get the opportunity to move to the incubator of RoboValley. At this point, IMSystems has a team of 12 fte and expect to grow to over 20 fte by the end of this year using the Series-A investment they are currently working on.

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NEXT STEPS

From this point on, IMSystems is looking forward to growing. They have already signed with multiple clients, and are working towards adding more to their portfolio. Focussing mainly on robotics. Expanding the team is, thus, certainly among their next steps if they want to be able to deliver timely and quality results. By the beginning of 2020, IMSystems wants to deliver their first of the shelf R&D products to different clients. A great possibility for companies who want to try out this latest technology for reduced costs.

One thing is for certain: We will sure be hearing more from IMSystems in the future.

Milestones:

January 2015 – The team came together for the Master’s course (turning technology into a business)

February 2016 – Admission to YES!Delft’s Incubation Program

June 2016 – Founded company

August 2016 – First client signed

Q1 2017 – Pilot projects prosthetic elbow and an E-bike

September 2017 – Technical milestone: Archimede Drive had 10 million input cycles

Q1 and Q2 2018 –  € 300,000 UNIIQ investment. Pilot project with industrial robot giant started and moved to RoboValley

Q3 and Q4 2018 – € 600,000,- Lucros and Innovation Quarter investment. Pilot project with second robotic tech giant started

Q2 2019 – Launch of our first Archimedes Drive development kit

Q3 2019 – Series-A investment

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