SocialTech: the way forward in solving the health and societal challenges of tomorrow

The past year has posed challenges that many of us had never even thought about. Challenges to our health, to the way we interact with each other, and to the way we go about our day-to-day lives.

Yet, with new challenges come new solutions, and the Dutch innovation ecosystem has not fallen short of that. SocialTech has gained vital importance, with entrepreneurs looking for smart solutions to today’s most pressing societal issues.

To clarify why we need SocialTech, our program manager Noortje van Sambeek and our partners explain more about the rise and potential of this new domain, and look into its role in the future healthcare system.

The rise of SocialTech

Over the past year, two main trends have come to the fore with regards to smart social tech solutions. One is focused on directly tackling the health and societal challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, while the other is more focused on prevention, ensuring that health and societal challenges do not become an issue in the future.

Both trends have played a significant role, and arguably, the prevention aspect may become even more crucial as we move forward.

For Peter Hulsen, Advisor and Changemaker at the Nederlands Centrum Jeugdgezondheid (NCJ) – the Dutch Center for Youth Health – the prevention of health problems is crucial, and it starts at a very early stage in one’s life.  

“We see a great urgency to tackle health issues in young children as early as possible in their lives. It is crucial to give them a strong foundation to grow up on so there is no need for interventions later on.”

And it is not just about health, he adds. “It is about how our cities and villages are organised and spatially arranged. How much space there is for children and young people to move around.” Fostering a healthy and nurturing environment both in and outside of one’s home is not just a nice-to-have. It is a necessity.

The potential of SocialTech

SocialTech has the potential to transform our communities to make us more resilient, and as a result, stronger, too.

For sure, technology and innovation can help bring positive change to society, but it is important to remember that it’s not all about tech itself. It is also about the context, identifying the gaps in our community and finding ways to close them using innovative technology. 

This is also the motivation behind launching the SocialTech Validation Lab, a program developed by YES!Delft in partnership with Erasmus University Rotterdam.

A new program for new challenges, says Noortje. “Our goal with this Validation Lab is to make innovation happen that can help society. We are bringing together people from many different backgrounds to create the best teams and the best solutions.”

The challenges we face today are global, but the solutions are to be found locally.

This is confirmed by Ed Brinksma, President of the Executive Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam. “The province of South Holland, particularly the Rotterdam region, is a rich breeding ground in terms of diversity and entrepreneurship. A multidisciplinary approach is vital for innovation and especially for solving the social issues in this region. In this way, together, we can advance inspiring SocialTech ideas and make a tangible contribution to a resilient and healthy society. “

Organisations such as EUR, NCJ, Social Impact Fonds Rotterdam and Health Holland are among the partners that would support the selected startups in developing the solutions that society needs the most.

There is a great relationship of trust between YES!Delft and its partners.“The past performance of YES!Delft and their recently started SocialTech Validation Lab both provide the essential moral trust and intellectual support for social technology entrepreneurs that strive to create positive impact,” said Nico van Meeteren, Executive Director and Secretary-General at Health Holland.

 

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Towards the healthcare system of tomorrow

A lot has changed concerning how our healthcare systems work. 

We are at the start of the transformation of healthcare, says Noortje. “We see it moving more and more towards people’s homes. Smart technology is making it possible to move towards the social domain and developing solutions that can make it more efficient.”

Today it’s clear that the pandemic has accelerated healthcare’s move in that direction.  

In the past year of having COVID-19 among us, we have learned that people don’t always need to interact directly with a healthcare professional. They are a lot more open to the idea of relying on websites and chatbots for information. This is a positive development given the fact that our healthcare system has been squeezed for resources during the pandemic,” Peter says.

In other words, innovation can help create solutions that take away some of the more repetitive and simple tasks that are still part of the day-to-day of medical professionals and instead help them focus on the cases that they are most needed for.  

There is still a lot that technology can bring to the medical domain.

“This past year we’ve had to leapfrog when it comes to the digital evolution of healthcare,” says Noortje. “There is a lot more potential to be discovered, and we want to create the right environment and ecosystem for that to take place.

The SocialTech Validation Lab is looking for promising startups that want to bring innovation to society. The program will help these entrepreneurs find their product-solution fit and develop the business case around their idea.

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Top 10 Startup Success Stories: March

Spring has arrived and our startups are in full bloom! Somnox, Breeze and STIL all made great tv appearances, and Manometric and Dawn Aerospace secured investments! Curious about these and other stories? Read on in this month’s Top 10 Startup Success Stories!

1. Somnox

Julian Jagtenberg pitched his scaleup Somnox in the first episode of the new season of Dragon’s Den. All the dragons were ready to join Somnox’s sleep revolution. Watch the full episode now (with Julian his pitch starting at 41.25) and check out the negotiations yourself.

2. Techleap

This was not the only success of Somnox! Techleap announced the 10 companies that have been selected for their Compass program! Both Somnox and Mapiq made it to the program!

3. Breeze

Not only Julian starred in Dragon’s Den this month also Joris van Doorninck and Marsha Goei pitched their dating app Breeze! And this was not without success! Check out their performance if you missed it. In addition, the startups received great publicity after their performance at the television show, like an interview with Marsha in LINDA.meiden!

4. Manometric

Manometric got two new great investors on board! The startup received a capital injection from NextGen Ventures and InnovationQuarter, to strengthen their team and scale up their unique technology!

5. Bird Control Group

Wageningen University released their research on a poultry farm that suffered visits from wild waterfowl, which are a source of avian influenza virus. The study, which was done with Bird Control Group, revealed that when the laser was in use a 99.7% wild bird reduction rate was recorded.

6. STIL

After more than 3 years of development, STIL proudly presents its anti-tremor. For this, the startup started a project together with the Hersenstichting, where they ask attention for people who suffer from severe tremors. Like, for example, with Parkinson’s disease. Check out the anti-tremor brace demonstration at RTL Boulevard.

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7. Loop

Loop had again a month full of great publicity! Founder Bob Hendrikx was for example interviewed by the BBC about the Living Cocoon and the use of mycelium.

8. Dawn Aerospace

The aviation startup has been awarded €116,000 by the province of South-Holland to further develop the company’s Mk-II Aurora Spaceplane for European certification. The goal of Dawn Aerospace is to make spaceflight affordable and commonplace by applying the operational model of aviation to space transportation. The Mk-II Aurora is the latest in a series of test vehicles that will one-day launch satellites into space.

9. Villari

This month Villari installed a large number of next-generation Sensor Units onto a Rijkswaterstaat bridge. This new type of Villari Sensor Units continuously monitors the integrity of steel joints in the bridge’s deck, transmitting data wirelessly such that manual interventions become unnecessary. With this installation, Villari is able to provide a meaningful contribution to Rijkswaterstaat in assessing the structural state of their steel bridges.

10. VideowindoW

After a fierce competition, VideowindoW came in second for the SXSW Lufthansa FlyingLab Pitch: Future of Travel.

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Praxa Sense: Leveraging smart technology to better monitor heart disease

What does it take for two product designers to create a medical device that may well be the future of monitoring cardiac arrhythmias? For one, it takes a lot of hard work, especially in times of uncertainty. It also takes commitment to develop a device that can detect possible heart problems with high accuracy.

Meet Leonard Moonen and Liselotte Stolk, the initial co-founders of Delft-based startup Praxa Sense and the two product designers from the paragraph above. With little business experience of their own (at least initially), they have managed to not only develop a product the medical industry needs but also find their fit in just the right market. 

The wearable that detects cardiac arrhythmia

Detecting cardiac arrhythmias can be somewhat of a challenge and new technologies are always welcome in making the process more hassle-free. At the moment, it requires a patient to undergo a thorough monitoring procedure, which may not even yield accurate results as arrhythmias often happen sporadically. 

“Atrial fibrillation is the most common sign of cardiac arrhythmia but detecting it is not always that easy,” says Leonard. “In fact, there are a lot of people out there that don’t even know they have it.” Because it doesn’t occur consistently, atrial fibrillation can sometimes be overlooked – unintentionally of course – by current monitoring methods. People with this condition are also five times more likely to have a cerebral stroke, Leonard adds. 

That is how he first came up with the idea of a wearable that would monitor heart rhythm in a simple and non-intrusive way. 

“We’ve developed Afi, a small, user-friendly device that can detect heart rhythm disorders with high accuracy. It requires little to no manual effort and extends the time frame, in which a patient can be monitored.” If worn continuously, it can essentially monitor a patient 24/7 without interruption.

From a university project to a business venture

For Leonard, it all started during his studies of Integrated Product Design at TU Delft. There, as part of CardioLab – an initiative by the university and de Hartstichting focused on using smart technologies to detect cardiovascular diseases, he designed the first prototype of what would later become Afi. 

He saw the business potential of the solution, but he knew that a good idea and a nice design were not going to be enough to run a company. “I knew I had to learn more about startup life,” Leonard says. “I also knew that I would need a co-founder and I had just the right person in mind.” 

It didn’t take much convincing to bring Liselotte on board. And so, the two of them were ready to experience what having a startup would be like. 

Almost immediately, they signed up for the EIT Health Validation Lab in Dublin and went through eight weeks of market validation and meeting potential clients across Europe. “It was an intense program but it really helped us understand what it’s like to run a company and match its offering to the needs of customers.” 

One of the stops was YES!Delft and Leonard remembers how nice it felt to be so close to home. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that Liselotte and himself later became a part of YES!Delft’s Accelerator Program. That was also the time when they were joined by Pourya Omidi, who became the third co-founder of Praxa Sense.

Positioning Afi where it’s most needed – in hospitals

One of the key lessons that the co-founders have learned along the way is that being a part of a strong network is invaluable. 

“The community that we have around us at YES! is a great asset,” Leonard says. “If I have an industry-related question, I can go downstairs and just have a cup of coffee with the founders of Momo Medical, another MedTech startup. Or if I need advice on strategy or funding, I could walk up to the team of YES!Funded. It’s really that easy.”

Today, Praxa Sense is a team of eight and they are about to launch their first clinical trial in the Netherlands. This is a big next step, as their solution will make its way to Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis hospital in Delft and be used to monitor patients. 

As the year progresses, the team will continue to iterate their product, especially as they receive feedback from the trial, and will work to set up more pilot projects. Hospitals are on top of their list as potential clients, followed closely by e-health companies. 

So far, Praxa Sense has grown steadily, including during the past year with COVID-19 around. With their first clinical trial coming up, they are about to gain more insight into the potential and application of their product. It is only a matter of time for them to implement it and further improve it.

Milestones
  • October 2017: Leonard Moonen graduated from Delft Cardiolab with first prototype of Afi
  • October 2017: Leonard showcased Afi at Dutch Design Week 2017
  • April 2018: Praxa Sense B.V. was founded
  • June 2018: EIT Health Validation Lab in Dublin, Liselotte joined as co-founder
  • November 2018: YES!Delft Accelerator Program, Pourya joined as co-founder
  • May 2020: Received Innovation Loan from Rabobank and funding from ZonMw
  • October 2020: Funding from Innovation Quarter for R&D of Afi
  • September 2020: Expanded team from three to eight
  • January 2020: A larger new corner office at YES!Delft

Top 10 Startup Success Stories: February

While we went from ice-skating to enjoying warm spring temperatures, our startups were also busy celebrating successes this mnonth! From being featured by big news outlets to getting a loan, entering new markets, and starting new partnerships. Read all about it in this month’s Top 10 Startup Success Stories!

1. Innovators of 2021

Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad presented the innovators of 2021! They are young, maximum 35 years old, and will set the tone in the Netherlands and beyond. Amongst these 50 talents are YES!Delft entrepreneurs Just Schornagel from SLAM Orthopedic, Lethabo Motsoaledi from Voyc, Olivier Baas from Villari, and Daan Hoek from UV Smart.

2. Companies we should keep an eye on

Besides the list of innovators there was also a list of start- and scaleups we should keep an eye on this year! A team of experts at Sifted made a list of more than 100 companies they think you need to know about, including Nowi, Somnox, Laevo, Delft Circuits, Parkbee, and Plotwise!

3. Aquablu

The Alumni Chain of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, highlights startups that make a positive impact. This month they shared the story of Aquablu! Check out the great video they made below.

4. Solar Monkey

Solar Monkey choose a female CCO! Annemarie de Jong will help Solar Monkey to conquer Europe in their highly competitive sector.

“Recently, I have already been able to take a look in the kitchen. The enthusiasm to contribute to the energy transition is overwhelming. I see many opportunities for rapid growth and for conquering Europe. Solar Monkey is really building the sustainable future.”, says Annemarie.

5. UbiOps

UbiOps announced a partnership with cloud solution provider Ekco. With this partnership, organizations can use UbiOps as an on-demand, scalable service on the Ekco Private Cloud, without having to think about the infrastructure.

6. Envision

Envision partnered up with Extra_Japan, which means that their glasses are now also available in Japan! The AI startup not only added Japan to the list this month cause they also entered Belgium, by partnering with Integra!

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7. VideowindoW

Out of more than 500 companies, VideowindoW was selected as a finalist in the Smart Cities category for the SXSW 2021 Pitch Event. The winners for each category will be announced on the 18th of March.

8. Sensible Healthcare Systems

The MedTech startup successfully applied for a Rabobank Innovation Loan. With this loan, Sensible Healthcare Systems is able to accelerate R&D on the world’s smallest glucose sensor and paving the way for the future of glucose monitoring.

9. Philips Innovation Award

Villari, XO Sight, Loop, and the startup who just joined our Validation Lab, DuckDuckGoose, made it to the semi-finals of the Philips Innovation Award. Eventually, five Innovators and three Rough Diamonds will be selected to compete in the Grand Final.

10. Circularise

The blockchain company Circularise announced their new partnership with Marubeni.

“By working together, Marubeni and Circularise will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society and over the years put all supply chain actors in the position to implement circular economy practices at scale,” says Jordi de Vos, co-founder of Circularise.

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Top 10 Startup Success Stories: January

2021 only just started but we already have so many great success stories from our startups to share with you! From new projects and products to investment announcements and winning prizes. Read on and find out all about the January Startup Success Stories from our tech incubator!

1. Somnox

Somnox won the KVK Innovation Top 100! Somnox is hereby the most innovative company of the chamber of commerce and took over from PHYSEE, the winner of last year’s edition.

2. PHYSEE

This scale-up secured €4 million in the first half of our Series A investment! This investment is the company’s first step in the global rollout of SmartSkin.

3. ARCEON

ARCEON got selected for European Space Agency’s (ESA) “Euro Material Ageing” Project. As a part of the project, the startup will be implementing 4 distinct samples of their material on International Space Station (ISS) and study the aging of the material for a minimum of 6 months.

4. Effect.AI

Effect.AI shared their brand new project: Effect Pieces! Effect Pieces is a blockchain-based crowdsourced art project founded with the purpose to raise money for displaced and disadvantaged people across the globe and connect them with impactful opportunities to change their lives for the better!

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5. SenseGlove & STIL

SenseGlove is bringing a new sense to your VR/AR Training by introducing Nova. This glove combines the most advanced haptic technologies and smooth hand tracking. Further, SenseGlove is also joining forces with STIL in a MIT R&D project, where they will develop a product that could aid both the tremor market, as well as the VR/AR and tele-robotics market. This project, with a budget of €515.000, was made possible by the Dutch Provincie Zuid-Holland.

6. DeNoize

DeNoize received an investment of €200.000 from UNIIQ – Finance for the Future! This investment will bring their technology closer to a market-ready product. Also, did you catch this startup on RTL Nieuws this month?

7. Aquablu

The first step towards sustainability at the Dakar Rally is a fact. In collaboration with the startup Aquablu, Dutch Team Coronel is the first Dakar Team to survive in the desert without bottled water!

8. Villari

Out of almost 50 contenders, Villari was selected as one of the eight parties to conduct a feasibility study for the continuous monitoring of bridges in Amsterdam.

9. Circularise

Circularise will be amongst the 20 best circular projects in The Netherlands in 2021, according to Versnellingshuis Nederland Circulair!

10. Mapiq

The COO of Mapiq, Lesley Fockema Andreae-Mulder, made it to the top 25 of Leaders in Software of Europe for 2021!

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Top 10 Startup Success Stories: December

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

1. KVK Innovation Top 100

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

2. Qblox

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

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3. CES 2021

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

4. Loop

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

5. Mapiq

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

6. Supersola

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

7. UbiOps

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

8.Effect.AI

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

9. STIL

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

10. Noria

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

11. Hardt Hyperloop

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

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New Year tech incubator

TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: December

The New Year 2020 is around the corner and our tech incubator is preparing for a short Christmas break. But before we pack our bags, there are some last success stories to share. Multiple startups received new fundings and secured new partnerships. Further, our tech startups are growing by manufacturing their technology and expanding their product line. Read on and find out all about the last success stories from our tech incubator before the year ends!
Circularise

The Blockchain startup presented their solution at the TNW in Amsterdam, which was organized in cooperation with the Financial Times. A total of 8 startups were selected to present their pitch at the Hard Fork Pitch Battle in front of a selected jury of journalists, investors, advisors, and corporate inventors. Circularise came out as a winner!

 

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2 Sense Glove, Nowi, Dutch Analytics

Multiple startups, from our incubator, have successfully secured investments and received funding before the end of the year. After the winter break, they can kick start into the new year. Find out about the startups:

Sense Glove, the startup behind the haptic glove, received undisclosed funding from Forward.one and Value Creation Capital. Now, they can accelerate their glove and are ready for international sales. Recently, they launched the second version of their haptic glove that provided tactile- and force feedback as well as accurate motion-tracking.

Nowi received $10m in a Series A round of funding from Distributive Technology Ventures, which made them reach a total of $14m in funding! They can now kick start in the first half of 2020 and commercialize their energy harvesting chip business globally. 

Dutch Analytics successfully raised €2m of investments led by Global Founders Capital and BAM. This investment makes it possible to continue developing their platform Xenia, which helps companies to bring their AI algorithm into operation and monitor the life cycle. 

3 Elemental Water Makers 

The community of Efoetsy in Madagascar can now enjoy 15,000 liters of water every day thanks to their solar desalination system. The community can now enjoy safe and sustainable drinking water. In addition, their innovation uses three times less energy than conventional techniques. Curious to find out more about their project?

PHYSEE 

The CleanTech startup is manufacturing 58 Power Windows, in cooperation with their partners AGC and Pilkington, for multiple projects. This will help them scale up and further grow their impact on the market. In addition, the new residential tower BOLD, in Amsterdam Noord, will integrate Physee’s SmartSkin technology for a sustainable future. The tower will open its doors in 2021.

 

 

Delft Circuits

Delft Circuits is selected for the Accelerator pilot led by the European Innovation Council. They will receive financial support, coaching, networking and business advice to accelerate further development of their quantum computing by delivering scalable cryogenic. 

Scoozy 

This accelerator alumnus secured a new partnership with Mediworld with the aim to improve the safety of mobility scooters. In the next five years, Mediworld is opening more than 100 stores in the Netherlands, where everyone would be able to see and test Scoozy themselves. The Scoozy design includes a four-wheel drive, an intelligent steering, and an active braking system to offer a lifestyle without any limitations.

 

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Warp VR

In an interview with RTL, the virtual reality game Reanimatie Training was shown to be successful in providing medical students with a realistic simulation of emergency events. Warp VR designed the game to give students an immersive training experience and the benefit of the emotional reaction the game can evoke to further develop medical student’s skills.

 

Fly Aeolus

No direct flight to your destination? No problem, Fly Aeolus recently added 3 new aircraft to their fleet. Their air taxi service provides flights across Europe to 1200 small and regional airports. These new additions will be based in Hamburg, Essen and Kulmbach and will provide more travel opportunities with lower costs. 

 

9 Smart-Ship 

Secured a new partnership! Together with Maxon Benelux the startup will develop a new generation of their innovation haptic ship control. In addition, Smart-Ship was featured in the newest edition of Ship Building Industry (Vol 13, Issue 5). The article highlights their Smart-Ship technology, current projects and their partnership with Bachmann Electronics GmbH.  

10 BI/OND

The Demo event, at the Erasmus MC, gave students the opportunity to interact with BI/OND customizable Organ-on-chip. Moreover, they have been named one of Hello Tomorrow Deep Tech Pioneer selected out of 5000 startups from 126 countries. Their product gives biologists the opportunity to overcome the limitation for standard in vitro assays. 

 

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YES!Delft and Kubota start cooperation on AgriTech innovation

Kubota Innovation Center Europe and YES!Delft have signed a partnership agreement. The main purpose of the cooperation is to accelerate innovation in the Kubota organisation further. As a first step, YES!Delft will map relevant technologies and startups in the AgriTech field.

Since the start in 1890, in Japan, Kubota has developed farm and industrial machinery, industrial systems and environmental technology as its principal business sectors. To further extend its AgriTech innovation opportunities, Kubota has initiated a partnership with YES!Delft. The cooperation entails various research phases focused on identifying key players and initiatives in the AgriTech sector. As a first step, relevant breakthrough technologies in AgriTech will be mapped.

YES!Delft is one of the leading tech incubators in the world and has extensive experience in mapping and analysing startups. “The experience that we have built in the past fourteen years makes us the ideal partner to assist Kubota in their search for new, innovative technologies and startups in the various agritech areas. We are proud to act as a partner on their behalf”, says Evert Jaap Lugt, Managing Director YES!Delft.

“Kubota’s approach to open innovation through its regional Innovation Centers matches perfectly with the YES!Delft incubation approach. The large startup eco-system and technological know-how in different industrial sectors offer a great opportunity for collaboration and challenge solving thinking beyond our traditional industry borders of AgriTech. We have already identified startups that can help us to broaden the future product portfolio”, says Peter van der Vlugt, General Manager & CTO Kubota Innovation Center Europe.

ABOUT YES!DELFT – BUILDING TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS

YES!Delft, founded in 2005, has become one of the most successful startup incubators in the world. With the concept of incubator 4.0, YES!Delft offers tech startups comprehensive services that cover all facets of entrepreneurship. Over 200 startups have access to the unique YES!Delft ecosystem of mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners. YES!Delft offers eight focus areas, including aviation, cleantech, robotics and medtech. The startups in the office in The Hague focus on digital technology, in particular, artificial intelligence and blockchain. More information on YES!Delft is available on www.yesdelft.com.

ABOUT KUBOTA

Kubota Corporation has been a leading manufacturer of agricultural, turf, hay and construction equipment and Industrial Engines since 1890. With world Headquarters in Osaka Japan, and offices in more than 110 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia, Kubota achieved revenues in 2018 of $ 17 Billion. Although agricultural equipment is Kubota’s primary line of products, Kubota also produces a diverse portfolio of other products including city-wide water filtration systems, irrigation, piping, roofing, housing and large underground valves. Its mission, “For Earth, For Life,” speaks of Kubota’s commitment to the preservation of the earth’s natural environment while aiding the production of food and water supplies that are vital to societal needs as our world population continues to grow. For more information on Kubota, please visit www.kubota-global.net or www.kubota-eu.com. 

 

YES!Delft – Kubota signing | 26 november 2019 | © Verkijk
Starting your own buisness

TOP 10 TECH STARTUP SUCCESS STORIES: NOVEMBER

Starting your own business can be difficult, yet YES!Delft startups are celebrating successes by securing investments and funds, developing new technology, as well as winning awards. Furthermore, four YES!Delft startups are flying to Las Vegas and attending the biggest tech fair in the world. Read on and find out all about it in this month’s top 10 tech startup success stories!
1 Circularise

The Validation Lab Accelerator and resident in our Digital Hub in The Hague is the only Dutch company that is a finalist in the BASF and Greentown Labs Circularity challenge. Only five teams are selected to move into the finals out of almost 100 that applied.

 

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2 Hardt Hyperloop 

They are on an upward trajectory! The ComplexTech startup received a multi-million Euro investment by the Dutch clean energy conglomerate Koolen Industries. They are developing a sustainable high-speed zero-emission transportation system. Yes, you heard correctly, completely CO2 neutral!

3 Kitepower

This year, they got to beey are awarded asto be the Most Innovative Wind Energy Development Solutions Provider in Europe 2019! They received the award by Corporate Vision Magazine. Each nominee was carefully selected based ony their performance over the past 12 months. Industry partners, as well as an in-house jury, choseselected the winners.

4 Atmos UAV

The aviation startup is collaborating with Global Flight GmbH, the biggest drone distributor in Europe. Together, they will be able to provide VTOL fixed-wing Marlyn drones to consumers in Germany and Austria and expand their customer base. 

 

5 SOLHO 

More great news from the Green Village, SOLHO has successfully installed its modular Thermal energy storage (TESMOD). This project is a collaboration with the Propulsion and Power group of the Aerospace faculty at TU Delft. In the upcoming months, they will assess its potential for a district heating application and its scalability. 

6 PATS

Their indoor drone solution will be featured at the 2022 Florida Expo organized by the Urban Green initiative. Their Utopian Island implements new sustainable solutions to make cities greener. Although the Expo will take place in two years, there are many events planned in the run-up to it. 

7 Somnox

They were selected to be the European Robotics startup of 2019! This received the award by Robot Union EU. Their sleeping robot is helping more and more people fall asleep and improve their health. Curious to read more about it? 

 

 

Envision 

The award ‘Dutch Startup of the Year’ goes to Envision! The winner was chosen by the audience and a selected jury at the Computable Awards in which they competed against 10 startups. Moreover, Envision could convince more than 20% of the audience to vote for their innovation.

 

9 ADI (Applied Drone Innovations) 

The robotics startup recieved funding of 250.000 Euro from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific research (NWO)! With this money, ADI is planning on accelerating their technology and growing its core team. The startup is helping farmers to monitor their crops with the goal of minimizing the spread of diseases. 

 

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10 CES 2020

Las Vegas, our startups are coming! Nowi, Circularise, Sense Glove, Envision, Odd.Bot and Project.BB are attending the CES 2020 in Las Vegas. The biggest and most prestigious technology fair in the world with over 180,000 attendees! Furthermore, Royal Highness Prince Constantijn van Oranje will travel with them. They were selected by TechLeap and can represent themselves from the 7th to the 10th of January 2020. Get to know the startups:

Nowi creates sensors that never runs out of power thereby it reduces the need for changing batteries and unwanted cables. 

Circularise solves communication problems within the value chain by using Blockchain to enable a circular economy.  

Sense Gloves’ innovation brings virtual objects to life so that the user can feel touch and interact with them. 

Envision developed a software that provides people with visual impairment to live more independently for instance by reading menu cards or providing assistance when using public transport. 

Project.BB  has built a stand-alone robot that can detect litter and clean the beach from unwanted trash.

Odd.Bot their robot Weed Whacker provides a higher yield with less manual labor and less use of herbicides.

 

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YES!Delft among the top 5 business incubators in the world

Tech incubator YES!Delft has, again, secured a spot in the top 5 of the UBI Global ranking of the world’s best university incubators. YES!Delft sees this as recognition for the excellent work it does for startups and scaleups. Earlier this year, YES!Delft introduced the incubator 4.0: a new concept to provide startups with everything they need in their lifecycle.

 

The new YES!Delft incubator 4.0 supports tech startups in all phases of their business and consists of four parts. Through YES!Talents entrepreneurs find a co-founder or talented team members. For suitable financing and advice to keep their startup financially healthy, they can use the YES!Funded service. WithYES!Programs YES!Delft also offers customised expertise and knowledge from experts and practitioners in areas such as market validation, sales, corporate finance, marketing, intellectual property and personal and professional development. Finally, the incubator 4.0 programme offers access to the YES!Delft ecosystem consisting of corporate partners, fieldlabs, investors and launching customers.

 

Evert Jaap Lugt, Managing Director at YES!Delft is excited about the incubator 4.0 concept: “This new development is in line with our mission to build an ecosystem that allows tech startups to become the leading companies of the future. Our growing network of companies that are joining that ecosystem is an important part of the development.”

 

 

In addition to the incubator 4.0, YES!Delft started a new initiative this year to solve problems of corporates by using startup and validation methodologies: Innocubes. Innocubes has everything it takes to enable companies to rapidly find innovative solutions to their challenges: from formulating an innovation strategy to developing and implementing customised technologies. The first collaborations between corporates and startups have been established. For example, Tata Steel has started a pilot with YES!Delft startup WarpVR. Together they develop virtual reality training courses that are able to train groups of up to 2000 employees.

 

Lugt: “Innocubes offers tech startups a unique way to test their technology on a large scale in real life. By continuing our development, we keep our quality high. This spot in the top 5 of the UBI Global ranking is a clear international recognition of that quality.”

 

UBI Global is a Swedish-based intelligence company and community, known for high-quality intelligence, assessment and mapping of business incubation. The top lists of business incubators as assessed in their World Benchmark Study 2019-2020 were released at the World Incubation Summit in Qatar.

About YES!Delft – building tomorrow’s leading firms

YES!Delft, founded in 2005, has become one of the most successful startup incubators in the world. With the concept of incubator 4.0, YES!Delft offers tech startups comprehensive services that cover all facets of entrepreneurship. Over 200 startups have access to the unique YES!Delft ecosystem of mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners. YES!Delft offers eight focus areas, including aviation, cleantech, robotics and medtech. The startups in the office in The Hague focus on digital technology, in particular artificial intelligence and blockchain.

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