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
VideoWindoW - YES!Delft Accelerator
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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Apply before August 15

PATS Indoor Drone Solutions: Drones fight golden twin-spot moth in gerbera and chrysanthemum
PATS Indoor Drone Solutions- YES!Delft Accelerator
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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Apply before August 15

VideowindoW from Vintage to Future
VideoWindoW - YES!Delft Accelerator
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”
DeNoize - YES!Delft Accelerator
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.

 

Join the Accelerator Program!

Apply before August 15

 

Interested in these startups and their products? Get in touch with PR Coordinator Nan de Bruin on nan@yesdelft.nl

 

Robert Jan van Vugt Operational Director YES!Delft

Startup Expert Blog: Robert Jan van Vugt

Startup incubator YES!Delft has an amazing and vast ecosystem, with top experts from all fields. Everything from finance, to HR. Their knowledge can be accessed through workshops, mentorship and office hours for YES!Delft startups. To help you find your way to the expertise you need from our ecosystem, we shine the spotlight on our experts!

 

Robert Jan van Vugt is the YES!Delft Operational Director and is one of the initiators of the brand new workshop Co-Lab. Collaboration and the importance of team are central themes of the workshop. Robert Jan van Vugt is a startup expert has years of experience identifying the central needs of startups and businesses, and developing programs tailored to those needs. Here Robert Jan shares five points on how important a good team is for your startup and all the benefits it can bring you!

 

1. Size matters

“There is a tendency to attribute startup success to “lone geniuses” – research shows otherwise. There are plenty of examples out there – take Apple: Steve Jobs didn’t work alone, he had Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne to get the startup off the ground and make it into the company that is todayThe team size is tied directly to the probability of a firm’s success, and this is supported by almost four decades of research. Data has shown that a team that has two or more founders has an 83% higher chance of succeeding. On the other spectrum, having only one founder takes a startup on average 3.6 times longer to scale.”

 

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2. Diversity is crucial

“Team size ties directly into this – experience and diversity play a significant role in a startup’s success. It has been shown that having a team with people who have a diverse set of skills and different backgrounds, have 2.9 times larger user growth. This means a balanced mix of tech and business experience, but also hard skills and soft skills. Team diversity is crucial as it brings in a bigger network and helps to identify opportunities.”

“Steve Jobs didn’t work alone, he had Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne to get the startup off the ground and make it into the company that is today.”

Robert Jan van Vugt, startup expert

3. Caring is sharing

“Starting a business is hard. Not just from a professional point of view, but the personal toll is high too. Polls show that entrepreneurs experience significantly more stress and worry than other workers. However, it is important to remember that a shared burden is a lighter one and a celebration is much more fun together. A team is not only there to help you achieve your dreams, but just as important, they are the ones you celebrate your successes with, but also share your failures.

 

Join Co-Lab! Meet like-minded entrepreneurs.

 

4. The team is the issue

“When founders self identify why their startup failed, 23% attributed team issues as a cause, which puts it in the top three. Included in this category were lack of team diversity – from the business and personal side. The lack of professional expertise but also personal support were named a central to the failings of the business. However, more damning, research among VC’s showed that they attributed 65% of company failures to team issues.’  

 

5. VC’s perspective

“For investors not having a team is essentially a vote of no confidence, regardless of how amazing your product is. Balanced teams with one technical founder and one business founder raise 30% more money.

 

Does your startup need money? YES!Funded can help!

 

YES!Delft The Hague Grand Opening

YES!Delft The Hague is the new branch of the incubator YES!Delft focused on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. It is located in the HeadQuarter building on the Wilhelmina van Pruisenweg, and the doors for tech startups opened in March 2019.

YES!Delft The Hague was opened by StartupDelta Special Envoy Constantijn van Oranje, YES!Delft managing director Evert Jaap Lugt, the Hague Alderman for Education, Knowledge Economy and International Affairs Saskia Bruines and the Delft alderman for Knowledge Economy Bas Vollebregt. The new Digital Hub has been realized in collaboration with the municipality of The Hague. At YES!Delft The Hague, ambitious and promising startups will accelerate the development of their innovations in Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.

Experienced tech entrepreneur Ras Lalmy has taken up the position of managing director of YES!Delft The Hague:

“The focus of the new YES!Delft location in The Hague will be on two important technologies of the digital society: Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. The Hague is the perfect location; close to relevant organizations such as government, business and knowledge institutions. Together with these parties, we are going to create a vital and highly innovative ecosystem for tech startups that want to make an impact.”

Key technologies

In the new Digital Hub of YES!Delft The Hague, the emphasis is on the technologies of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, the two key technologies of the digital society. The tailor-made programs of YES!Delft The Hague are aimed at enabling startups to grow as quickly as possible. At the same time, YES!Delft The Hague, together with its ecosystem, offers innovative programs for local businesses and government. In this way the brand new branch of YES!Delft will become the hub for technological innovation in the Netherlands.

Alderman Saskia Bruines adds:

“As the municipality, we are delighted with the arrival of YES!Delft to The Hague. This is because we are working on a strong regional knowledge economy. Close cooperation with universities and colleges of higher education plays an important role here because the entrepreneurs of tomorrow are trained within these institutions. YES!Delft is, therefore, a good addition to the economy in The Hague. In Delft, the organization has shown that it can create a large number of successful startups. “

The vision for the future

Meanwhile, the first startups have moved into the building, and the first specialized Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain program started on 21 February. In the Validation Lab program, startups test and prepare their products for the market. In the last week of February, the Digital Hub YES!Delft The Hague staged a week-long hackathon in which 10 international teams competed for the best sustainable energy innovation. This grand start is defining for the vision and ambition of YES!Delft.

This is underlined by Evert Jaap Lugt, the managing director of YES!Delft:

“With the ambition of YES!Delft to become the best tech incubator in the world, it is necessary to have a strong regional basis. The talent, knowledge, experience and innovation drive are there. The opening of the Digital Hub in The Hague is an important step in building an extensive regional ecosystem in which we facilitate the connection between the right parties with the right circumstances, experience, and expertise.”

YES!Delft

YES! Delft has grown since 2005 into one of the most successful startup incubators in the world. The tech incubator came second in the world ranking of UBI Global, a European body that annually publishes incubator rankings. The more than 200 startups in the portfolio have access to the unique YES! Delft ecosystem of mentors, experts, investors, and corporate partners, which can be regarded as one of the most extensive ecosystems in Europe. In close cooperation with TU Delft, young talent is guided towards successful entrepreneurship. YES! Delft offers eight focus areas, each with its own specialized network, varying from Aviation, Cleantech, Robotics to MedTech. The emphasis in The Hague will be on software-related startups.

Tech Startup Case: Adeezy

Startup life is unpredictable. In the YES!Delft startup incubator we believe in sharing successes as well as failures. We want fellow entrepreneurs to inspire each other and learn from each other. By telling their stories on a case by case basis, you can learn about all the different (and sometimes wholly unexpected!) things you might encounter on your startup journey. 

 

Adeezy is a SaaS-startup from the YES!Delft AI/Blockchain Validation Lab. They are focused on building a platform where brands and agencies can plan and execute cost-effective social media campaigns. Adeezy uses the latest technological solutions such as Blockchain and Artificial intelligence to deal with problems in current online marketing, such as ad fraud, transparency and aversion to advertising.

 

The eleventh hour

After Adeezy’s initial investor ended up being unable to deliver right before the holidays, they had to re-start the arduous process of searching for new investors. Then, after the New Year, when Adeezy was in the process of finalizing a new investment, the deal fell through at the eleventh hour. This left the team without funding while developing their product – and the bills were due.

“It was a Thursday night, and things were looking pretty bleak for us. The next morning we were meeting with an investor, but we didn’t expect much of it – it felt like a last-ditch attempt. That Friday morning the rollercoaster began, and the one-minute pitch we perfected in the Validation Lab proved to be the key.”

Marco Berkheij, Adeezy co-founder

 

The Friday morning investor meeting proved to be successful, even though it didn’t provide all the funds Adeezy needed. However, because they were in the YES!Delft AI/Blockchain Validation Lab, Adeezy had access to all the YES!Delft services.

 

YES!Funded

One of those services is YES!Funded. On the advice of startup trainer Noor Figdor, Adeezy got in touch with Investment Director Jan Geert van Hall. They met on  Friday before noon, pitched their story, and Jan Geert immediately referred the team to an investor meetup in Amsterdam that same afternoon.

 

“While is it extremely unique to find funding so quickly- within the space of a day – it speaks volumes about the quality of the company, the team, and their pitching skills. At YES!Funded we have quick access to the right investor networks for our startups, a benefit of being with such a prestigious organization as Yes!Delft.”

Jan Geert van Hall, Investment Director

 

In the YES!Delft AI/Blockchain Validation Lab the Adeezy team had perfected their pitching skills with startup trainer Noor, and so was more than ready with a strong and relevant proposition for the investors. And it paid off – 12 out of 15 attending investors visited Adeezy’s breakout session and showed interest in potentially investing. The Adeezy team went home that evening, satisfied their startup journey would continue.

 

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“During our training in the YES!Delft AI/Blockchain Validation Lab the Adeezy team did great with their pitch – they worked hard, and we challenged them to condense their story and highlight the strength and relevancy of their proposition. This success goes to show the importance of a fantastic pitch, and how much of a difference it can make.”

Noor Figdor, Startup Trainer

 

About YES!Funded

YES!Funded is a YES!Delft service launched in January 2019. The service is aimed to assist entrepreneurs in planning their financial strategy and seeking funds. Do you want to know what YES!Funded can do for you? Visit the website!

 

About AI/Blockchain Validation Lab

The AI/Blockchain Validation Lab is a unique YES!Delft program, based in the brand new Digital Hub YES!Delft The Hague. During this unique two-month ‘pressure cooker’, aspiring entrepreneurs discover the business potential of their ideas. The part-time program helps participants to explore and validate their ideas, product/market fit, and business model while enabling them to continue to work on their business. Participants also get access to the extensive YES!Delft ecosystem of experienced mentors, investors, corporate partners and launching customers.

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Top 10 startup success stories: March

It’s has been a busy month for the startup incubator YES!Delft – we officially opened our new location, YES!Delft The Hague. And our startups have been hustling too!  
Here we have selected the top 10 startup success stories for March:

 

1. Envision

Not only has AI startup Envision made the move to the brand new YES!Delft the Hague Digital Hub, at its grand opening they celebrated having successfully raised 250 000 EUR seed investment. Of course, they did so in traditional YES!Delft style; sabering champagne like pros!

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2. Warp Industries

At Get in the Ring 2019, EdTech/AI startup Warp Industries wowed the 16 judges and came out on top in their battle. Out of 87 participants, this startup pitched their way to the top! This means they will be attending Global Meetup 2019 in Berlin, a huge networking event with other startups, investors, and innovation professionals.

 

3. VIBES.technology

Since 2016 the team has been developing intuitive and user-friendly applications that make complex sound and vibration levels analysis accessible. Now VIBES.technology have launched DIRAC, the first software of its kind and a breakthrough application for test-based modeling. DIRAC ensures traceability of results and indicates the quality of the measurement.

 

4. Smart-Ship

Currently in our Accelerator Program, Smart-Ship continues to make waves! Their ambitious goal of autonomous shipping has landed the team a feature in Maritime Delta. Their innovative technology aims for a harmonious collaboration between man and machine to minimize human error in the shipping industry.

 

5. NOWI

The Dutch Semiconductor innovator won first place at the 2019 IoT World Cup for its work on energy harvesting technology. NOWI technology enables companies to use the energy that is already readily available around the device. This can be light, heat, movement or even radio waves. There is energy all around us that can now be converted and used to power IoT devices.

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6. STIL

This MedTech startup, developing a brace to help stabilize the hands of Parkinson’s patients, has received funding from the Rabobank Innovation Fund. Moreover, Rabobank and STIL have joined forces so that the anti-tremor brace can be tested in a Clinical Study.

 

7. Somnox

This robotics tech startup dream team has landed (another!) feature by the BBC. Moreover, the first sleeping robots are on their way to the earliest backers of the startup! The first sleep robots started to reach their Kickstarter backers this week! A dream come true!

 

8. BI/OND

Big round of applause: BI/OND, one of our MedTech startups, has made it to the final of the Philips Innovation Award! On May 6, BI/OND are pitching against 4 other startups in the Innovator Award category grand final. And they’re not the only YES!Delft startup! DeNoize, part of the Accelerator Program, is in the final as well. The main prize is 50 000 EUR cash. Fingers crossed for both of these amazing startups!

Yesterday, the Semi-Final & Innovation Market took place in het Drijvend Paviljoen in Rotterdam. It was a day full of…

Geplaatst door Philips Innovation Award op Donderdag 21 maart 2019

 

9. Solar Monkey

The startup, whose innovative software maps the yield of solar panels, has raised 1M in funding. The money will be used to speed up the rollout, and breaking through in the international market!

 

10. Hello Tomorrow

We visited the Hello Tomorrow Summit in Paris, where we met many familiar faces! Rob Bedeuker, DSM Investment Director and one of the mentors from our upcoming BioTech Validation Lab, was a speaker in the summit. He talked during an investment panel focused on BioTech. Moreover, we were delighted to see some of our startups in attendance!

DeNoize, part of our Accelerator Program, ran a busy booth showcasing their noise-reducing glass solution.  

Nowi, incubated at YES!Delft, pitched in the Industry 4.0 track.

Munevo, EITHealth Validation Lab 2018 alumni, pitched in the Healthcare track. They also ran a booth where visitors could try out moving a scooter with smart glasses!   

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The Biotech Mentors from DSM for the Biotech Validation Lab

In February 2019, Biotech Campus Delft, its main stakeholder Royal DSM, and YES!Delft started a partnership culminating in a dedicated Biotech Validation Lab starting in May. As all the startup programs from YES!Delft, this one attracted many exceptional mentors that will guide the entrepreneurs in the program.

Specifically for the Biotech Validation Lab, the biotech mentors from DSM went down memory lane and looked back at their own early career experiences. Moreover, they took a moment to reflect on the impact of meeting the person whose mentoring influenced the trajectory of their careers.

Biotech and entrepreneurial mentors

Starting a biotech startup is exciting! You get to shape your idea into a business that solves a real problem in the industry and market. However, operating a startup in this field can represent a challenge due to the capital investments, scale-up hurdles and long development times related to it.

In the Biotech Validation Lab, the mentors have many years of experience in the biotech industry. Some of them have over 20 years of experience at DSM – the largest Dutch multinational in the fields of health, nutrition and materials –  such as Herman Wories, Will van den Tweel or Henk Noorman. Some others have started their own biotech companies, such as Arthur Oudshoorn, Christian Koolloos or Theo Verleun.

A good mentor can impact your whole career: “I started my career as a chemist in the R&D labs of DSM,” Gerard Hardeman (BU Director at DSM) remembers. “And as a student from the “roaring ’70s” anarchy and total freedom were very important to me. With this attitude, I entered in the corporate environment. One of my first bosses was a former refugee who fled with his family from the Balkans because of the war. He showed me how to deal with a different culture and requirements that go against various beliefs. The most important thing he taught me was how to see the other side of the truth. I still value this highly.”

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Career mentoring

The mentors in the Biotech Validation Lab are all people who experienced the power of having a mentor early in their careers themselves, “each of them valuable in their own way,” acknowledges Ruth Donners (Venture Development Manager at DSM Innovation Center).

“I started my career as a patent attorney, which is a rather specialized job. My mentor helped me understand that I am a generalist and I can use my skills in a multitude of different jobs. This experience has been an inspiration not only to start innovating products but also to keep innovating myself. Possibilities are endless; just put your mind to it,” says Ruth Donners, looking over 18 years of career in DSM.

Henk Noorman (Corporate Science Fellow Engineering Sciences at DSM): “Early in my career at DSM I had a mentor who played a crucial role in advancing my career. For several years, I doubted whether I should pursue my work in science or try to become an artist instead, as I have several skills and interests. One day we discussed this, and he stated: you will have to investigate these alternatives thoroughly. This simple remark gave me the feeling that my doubts were taken seriously, and I made some explorative steps. However, it became quickly evident that a career in science would be best, and I could still very well perform on stage outside my work. A simple question from a good and respectful mentor can help to make key decisions in life.”

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Mentors are timeless

The role of a mentor in someone’s career has grown in popularity over the last few years. But the term is deeply anchored in its purpose, recalls Herman Wories (VP Global Business Incubator at DSM).  “When I was younger, we didn’t have coaches or mentors like they are called nowadays, but I did have support from senior managers. Those managers with more seniority, with more experience, enable you to look at things from a broader perspective. When you are early in your career, you tend to look at things from your perspective only. Having this kind of support helps you to not miss out on opportunities.”

No matter how to call a mentor, the role and impact that a person can have on your career is crucial. Biotech Campus Delft, together with its main stakeholder Royal DSM, and YES!Delft, one of the leading tech incubators in the world, have joined forces to create the first Biotech Validation Lab.

Theo Verleun, Jan Hunik, Frans Koster, Henk Noorman, Theo Stikkers, Pim van Hee, Ruth Donners, Rob Beudeker, Christian Koolloos, Oscar Goddijn, Gerard Hardeman, Marianne Kentie, Herman Wories, Will van den Tweel, and Arthur Oudshoorn are all mentors in the Biotech Validation Lab. The ten biotech startups that are going to be selected in the validation program will benefit not only from the commercial validation expertise from the leading tech incubator in Europe but also from the professional guidance of the DSM mentors.

Share this article with people involved in promising biotech startups, tell them to apply to the program by the 5th of April!

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10 startup success stories from our tech incubator

Our tech incubator kicked off 2019 in absolutely stellar fashion, so even though it’s only February we have some amazing success stories from our ecosystem (yes, already!).
Here we shine a well-deserved spotlight on all of them:

 

1. Bird Control Group

The startup is implementing their innovative technology, the Agrilaser Autonomic, with great success in Belgium to protect crops from bird damage. This solution has now proven to completely prevent the loss of crops, and moreover has built-in safety features to prevent harm to humans and wildlife. Scaling globally is one step away!

 

2. Kitepower

They have been constructing their largest kite yet, a whopping 60m²! These kites are mobile airborne wind energy system that produces clean energy cost-effectively, making green electricity affordable for everyone! Fun cleantech innovations? YES!

 

3. aQysta

This startup is making waves – the video of their hydro pump Barsha in action is going viral! The pump uses energy from flowing water and so does not require fuel or any other energy source to function, meaning it had zero operating costs and is pollution free.

 

4. Somnox

And their sleep robot have been selected for the second stage of the RobotUnion Acceleration program! In this Product Acceleration Phase, they will receive 120 000 EUR in financing and assistance from Robotic specialists and a Technical Mentor to help perfect the development of their sleeping robot. They are really onto sweet dreams!

 

5. Physee

This growing team and their solar-powered windows are featured in a deep dive by ScaleUpNation, reflecting on their journey through last year’s Runway Program and their mastering of the art of scaling.

 

6. We4Sea

The off-shore startup received funding from ENERGIIQ, the energy innovation fund for South Holland to help realize the ambition to help save 1 million tons of CO2 in the maritime industry by 2020. We4Sea offers a unique solution in analyzing and reporting fuel consumption and the associated CO2 emissions of seagoing vessels based on a unique Digital Twin concept.

 

7. VSParticle

The startup was not only prominently featured in NRC, but now co-founder Aaike van Vugt landed a spot on the Forbes 30 under 30 for Europe in Manufacturing and Industry! Our tech incubator has been attracting ambitious youngsters since 2005!

 

8. Hardt Hyperloop

This team has been on an upward trajectory and recently they landed a well-deserved spot on the list 25 European IoT and hardware startups to watch in 2019.

 

9. Eternal Sun Group

The group welcomed ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund as their new shareholder, taking a majority stake in the group. This new shareholder structure and the additional funding will accelerate growth for the group. Eternal Sun Group is one of the first startups incubated at YES!Delft! Joining a tech incubator in the early stage of your startup pays off like this! 

 

10. Reboocon Bionics

The startup unveiled their innovative IntelLeg Knee (ILK), a powered knee prosthesis, that enables amputees to walk more symmetrically and also climb stairs in the natural step-over-step manner.

 

 

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YES!Delft launches YES!Funded

YES!Delft launches YES!Funded: a brand-new initiative to support startups in their quest for funding

Startups need substantial funding to develop their products, as it happens to all highly innovative companies. However, the ‘funding journey’ may be arduous and startups are not always able to complete it successfully.

This is why at YES!Delft we have just launched a new service called YES!Funded, which has a unique flavour among all those offered by incubators all over our country. In a nutshell, YES!Funded assists entrepreneurs in their financial lifecycle strategy and finds money to fund their companies tapping into the most appropriate (private or public) available sources.

An active role in seeking funds for startups

The YES!Funded team plays an active role in seeking funds for companies: it does not just connect you with prospective investors or point you out at the right public funding source, but it actually negotiates deals with investors and writes grant applications for you. This means that entrepreneurs can focus on the growth of their companies while our YES!Funded team seeks the adequate ways to fund them.

The seniority of our team is another distinctive feature of YES!Funded as we have selected two of the most experienced professionals in The Netherlands to assist our startups in their quest for funding: Giovanni Pazienza and Jan Geert van Hall. Giovanni holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and in the last two years he has consolidated his position as one of the most successful grant writers in The Netherlands, with success rates in the Horizon 2020 programme that possibly are unmatched in Europe. Jan Geert was the group controller and chairman of the investment board of KPN before becoming CFO of a group of Dutch tech companies; he has an extensive network and an impeccable reputation among private investors.

The business model of YES!Funded is simple to explain: startups that receive funding thanks to the actions of the YES!Funded team pay a small success fee (below market standards) so that the initiative can be extended in time and expanded in scope. This way, successful startups will contribute to the growth of YES!Funded so that more companies can use this service.

Planning companies’ financial lifecycle strategy and much more

YES!Funded is not only about securing funding, but also about planning the appropriate lifecycle financial strategy for the startups. Giovanni and Jan Geert are also available to review financial plans and answer any doubt related to financing in general. Furthermore, they will be involved in the Validation Lab, Acceleration-, and Growth programs at YES!Delft. All in all, they will contribute to turn ‘inventors’ into successful entrepreneurs.

On January 31st, these first 5 YES!Delft companies have been officially enrolled in YES!Funded.

Apart from these 5 YES!Delft startups, there is room for many more candidates. Are you interested in this initiative? Check out the website www.yesfunded.nl or send an email to yesfunded@yesdelft.nl.

Not a YES!Delft startup? No worries, YES!Funded is a national initiative that reaches beyond the borders of YES!Delft. Contact us and we will tell you more!

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