TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: November

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

1. VIKTOR

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

2. Breeze

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

3. Gerrard Street

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

4. Circularise

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

5. SD-Insights

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

6. Envision

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

7. PATS Indoor Drone Solutions

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

8. SLAM Orthopedic

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

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9. Nurtio Technologies

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

10. Plotwise

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

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Meet the Investor Readiness Program Batch 2020

Meet the startups of our Investor Readiness Program

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

PATS Indoor Drone Solutions

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

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

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

Cuurios

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

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

Mavin

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

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

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

BodyGraph

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

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

Olivia

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

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TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: October

There are only 2 months left until we round up this year, and what a year was 2020 so far! One could think there would be fewer nominations, collaborations, and grants secured, but check out all the achievements from our startups in this month’s success stories!
1. Bi/ond

With the help of YES!Funded, Bi/ond secured a € 1.4 million Eurostars project to deliver a first-of-a-kind Organ-on-Chip system.

In addition, the startup also received an investment by UNIIQ – Finance for the Future. This investment will allow the startup to expand its team and scale up the product, thus keep bridging the gap between biology and engineering.

2. UbiOps

The YES!Delft The Hague based startup, Dutch Analytics, introduces UbiOps as the new name of its platform. UbiOps helps data scientists and engineers to bring their data science code and algorithms live without needing extensive knowledge of IT and cloud infrastructure.

3. SenseGlove

Trying something out is the best way of exploring it! That’s exactly why SenseGlove made a trial available for professionals interested in VR haptic technologies. Take a look at the video below and see some of the YES!Delft entrepreneurs trying out the innovative technology of SenseGlove. Request your own trial now.

Do you want to know more about SenseGlove? We dedicated an entire article to them a few months ago!

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4. VIBES.technology

New partnership for this DeepTech automotive startup! Vibes will work with BMW Group and Technical University of Munich to develop next gen NVH products over the next 2 years. This software will accurately predict the sound & vibration behavior of new (electric) vehicles. Who knows, maybe the next BMW electrical car will have a Dutch technology!

5. Unpluq

Jorn and Tim – the cofounders of Unpluq – are currently enrolled in our AI/Blockchain Validation Lab, and they are also officially launching their Unpluq product this month! By plugging in the Unpluq Key your phone will transform into a distraction-free device. You can also get your key already!

6. SD-Insights

NEXTdriver, SD-Insights’ professional driving behavior coach for transport companies and their haulers, started a collaboration with Evofenedex on the 1st of October. Evofenedex is the network of Dutch trading and production companies with logistics or international operations. Together with the recent cooperation with THAR, SD-Insight will realize a considerable upscaling with their NEXTdriver service for coaching drivers.

7. Academic Startup Competition

Three YES!Delft startups got nominated for the Academic Startup Competition, initiated by the VSNU, AcTI, and Techleap. Among the 20 finalists are PATS indoor drone solutions, DeNoize, and SOLHO. The 10 winners will be announced in January, during the VSNU Impact Festival.

8. Loop

Last month we included one of the latest additions to our ecosystem to this article as well, since they presented the world’s first living coffin made from mycelium. Within one month they already had their first international shipping!

9. Supersola

The CleanTech startup Supersola will install 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.

10. Get in the Ring – Impact Competition

Get in the Ring invited 28 Dutch impact startups, in the domains of food, water, and energy, to kick-off the Get in the Ring Impact Competition. Among these startups are Circularise, Kitepower, Odd.Bot, PATS Indoor Drone Solutions, SOLHO, and The Helia.

 

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TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: September

YES!Delft start- and scale-ups were celebrating a lot of successes again this month. From securing funds to developing new solutions and partnering up with big corporates. Furthermore, have you already seen the world’s first living coffin? Find out all about it in this month’s top 10 startup success stories!

1. T-Minus

The Aviation startup T-Minus announced that their DART rocket took its first flight this month to the edge of space from Koonibba in Australia. This was Australia’s first ever launch of a commercial space-capable rocket!

2. UV Smart

The MedTech startup’s UV-C disinfection device received the royal attention from Dutch King Willem-Alexander at Schiphol Airport. Since this month the ECD device of UV Smart has been on display at the airport to disinfect passengers’ belongings. Further, together with sport center De Uithof in The Hague and The Grid – Racing, UV Smart came up with an innovative solution to disinfect multiple karting helmets at the same time: a UV-C disinfection unit.

3. Loop

One of the latest additions to our ecosystem presented the world’s first living coffin made from mycelium. With the startups Living Cocoon they aim to use living materials that enrich nature, instead of polluting the environment with dead materials. And the first of the initial limited batch of ten Living Cocoons was already used for a funeral this month.

 

4. Qlayers

Meet industry’s first automated paint robot: 10Q™. This robot uses cutting-edge technology that transforms the traditional method of coating large-scale industrial surfaces into a controlled semi-automatic process.

5. Circularise

The YES!Delft The Hague based startup raised €1.5 million in funding. With this support, Circularise can fuel the continued growth of their collaborative project for circularity in the plastic industry.

6. ADI & Pats Indoor Drone Solutions

Both Aviation startups got nominated for the T&U Innovation Prize! All 6 nominees will pitch their innovation on the 6th of October, at the Hero Festival, and the winning team will go home with a knowledge voucher worth €25.000,- to further develop their innovation together with the TU Delft AgTech Institute.

7. FeedbackFruits

The EdTech scale-up FeedbackFruit partnered with Microsoft to provide their engaging courses for Microsoft Teams users. The aim of FeedbackFruits is not to replace live-learning, but to change the idea behind it. By using a tool like Interactive Presentation, the company can help Teams users to use their slides in a way that is engaging and beneficial for students.

8. DeNoize

Dyson celebrated the national winners of the James Dyson Award 2020. Among these winners is Ammos, a home audio system that produces music through a sheet of glass, which is a product by DeNoize. The speaker is built from ecologically sound materials, promotes repairability and product longevity.

 

9. Effect.AI

Effect.AI, the blockchain and cryptocurrency startup, announced that their EFX token is now listed on KuCoin. The supported trading pair is currently EFX/BTC, and will later also be available as EFX/USDT.

10. Hardt Hyperloop & PHYSEE Technologies

Techleap introduced the 11 high potential tech scale-ups that are part of the second batch in the Techleap Rise Program, with the theme ‘Flattening the climate curve’. Both Hardt Hyperloop and PHYSEE Technologies made it to this batch!

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Meet the EIT Health Validation Lab batch 2020

Meet this years EIT Health Teams

Last week we kicked-off our very first, fully online MedTech program! A record amount of 17 startups, from all over Europe, the UK and Turkey, are joining the 6th edition of this EIT Health Validation Lab for 8 weeks, to validate their business idea. Scroll down, and get to know them a bit better!

Meet this fantastic cohort yourself on the 27th of October at the Grand Finale. 

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Berdac

Berdac proposes the use of IMA Hub for patients alerting, medication dispensing and real-time adherence monitoring.

“Joining EIT Health Validation Lab is a new step forward for Berdac’s objective to monitor people’s treatment with chronic diseases, thus improving their health and providing peace of mind to their environment. We are convinced that IMA is a solution that will mark a before and after in medicine management, reducing health care spending, both public and private.”

 

VISSEIRO

Tackling major problems in elderly care, Visseiro allows the switch from hospital-centred sick care systems to a community based and integrated health care system.

“Our Goal is to provide Best Quality of Life for Elderly People: Healthy, Independent, Safe and At Home.”

Lucero

Lucero is creating an automated, optics-based, solution to help cell biologists study and understand complex diseases at the single-cell level more effectively.

“In 5 years we see our technology helping scientists discover the keys to the next generation of personalized medicine.”

Crescent Technologies

Crescent Tech is developing an innovative and smart headcam system that facilitates remote peer-to-peer communication for telemedicine and medical education. The system provides a safe and comfortable way to record and live-stream the clinicians’ unique perspective and aims to keep a simple interface that allows plug & play interaction.

“We want to be the go-to headcam in healthcare education and want to help healthcare practitioners educate, communicate, and share knowledge more effectively by digitizing their medical space. We joined the EIT Health validation lab to help us realize this dream!”

Micro-Cosmos

Micro-Cosmos develops a dome on the beds of patients in hospitals, so that they can get their required rest. By shielding the patients from external sound and light, and creating their own environment, we make sure that patients sleep better and recover faster.

“We are sure the EIT Validation Lab will help us make a huge impact in improving the environment for patients to recover. At the end of the program we would like the patients and medical staff to be just as happy with our prototype as I was with our first demo version in the photo. “

GlakoLens

GlakoLens is developing a proprietary biosensor embedded contact lens and its wearable readout system for 24-hour continuous monitoring of intraocular pressure fluctuations. Our technology will provide previously unattainable diagnostic information enabling personalised treatment options for better management of ocular hypertension and glaucoma.

“We hope to learn how to confirm the product-market fit for our technology and to take necessary actions to implement this methodology by going through this programme. Consequently, we hope that we can improve our product and business offering leading to the benefit of all stakeholders in the glaucoma field, starting with the patients and ophthalmologists.”

MindSave

MindSave is developing a therapy to reduce the cerebrovascular damage that causes vascular dementia, thereby improving patients quality of life, offering new treatment options to physicians and saving the healthcare systems hundreds of millions in care costs.

Fusedbone

Fusedbone provides streamlined workflows management and document creation system to enable hospitals to manufacture custom-made medical devices at the point of care.

“Fusedbone started with the idea of bringing 3D printed medical implants to hospitals, we pivoted as we understood that hospitals’ biggest problem is not 3D printing itself, but how to tackle with regulatory challenges. That’s when we pivoted to a fully online based workflow system to enable hospitals to produce regulated medical devices at the hospital.”

Lifelet Medical

Lifelet Medical is developing fully synthetic durable and sustainable heart valve leaflets for life, to improve the lives of patients with heart valve disease

Rocknroo

Rocknroo is developing a smart pillow for inconsolably crying babies suffering from infantile colic. By emulating the principles of Kangaroo Care, our non-invasive hands-free solution will relieve the pain and discomfort brought by colic and allow parents to carry on with their daily activities.

“Hi, we are Rocknroo! We are developing a smart innovative solution for crying infants with the aim to make parenthood more enjoyable! Throughout our journey, we have accomplished many milestones, such as becoming one of the top 3 finalists at the Philips Innovation Award 2020, sharing our story with Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, and now, starting the EIT Health Validation Lab 2020 with YES!Delft. Our proudest moment thus far has been watching the first babies enjoying their time on Rocknroo!” 

Quantana

“We at Quantana are committed to democratize accurate biomolecule quantification for research and diagnostics. Our technology constitutes a cost-effective alternative to currently available methods and our products will enable any laboratory to perform state-of-the-art biomolecule analysis. The EIT Health Validation Lab by YES!Delft is a unique and exciting opportunity for us to develop our business idea and find our product/market fit.

Virtuleap

Virtuleap is a VR brain training game designed to help increase attention levels, and address cognitive illnesses, disorders, and learning challenges.

“Within the next decade, VR brain training will become normalized as part of a healthy routine and regime, just like going for a run and eating a healthy diet. Our technology will help extend the quality of life of the elderly, help children with learning challenges, and empower employees and the general population to perform at their peak cognitive levels, particularly by better understanding and being able to train their weakest abilities in order to become more wholesome as enabled individuals.”

XTremedy Medical

XTremedy Medical is developing a treatment for Osteomyelitis (bone infections) to selectively eradicate infected tissues, improving surgical success rates (currently as low as 60%) and patients outcomes (reduce number of surgeries, treatment times and recurrence rates).

CardioCrown

CradioCrown is a MedTech startup focused on the development of smart accessible technologies for the healthcare sector.

PointPressure

PointPressure is a non-invasive treatment system for patients with leg spasticity.

“We are PointPressure and we are fully committed to be the next big leap in non-invasive spasticity treatment. Our team is composed of: Ismael Ordoñez, a neuro-physiotherapist with a great experience in treating neurological disabilities and Marc Casellas, a mechanical engineer with over 8 years of experience in mechanical design and sales work. 
 
Together we have the goal that in 5 years we will be selling our device in Europe, and we will be extending our product to target overseas markets.”

Vesiq

Vesiq is developing the next generation of urodynamics, a diagnostic technique that is used to determine the cause of incontinence in a patient. Our solution will be more accurate, quicker and easier to use than existing systems.

“In 5 years we want to be one of the leading worldwide companies in incontinence diagnostics and treatment. We hope that the EIT Health Validation Lab will help us learn more about the best way to approach the international market.”

Biogemix Pharma

Biogemix Pharma integrates precision analysis of high dimensional data, construction of enriched knowledge models and validation of molecular diagnosis prototypes to develop precision medicine in age-related conditions with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases, physiological disorders and trauma.

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TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: August

Did you come up with great innovative ideas in the past few months? Maybe this was due to this new situation where our minds urge us to get creative. Read this months Top 10 startup success stories and get inspired to turn these ideas into your own business!

1. UV Smart

New lab research showed that the corona virus can be effectively destroyed on objects with UV-C light. This has been established by research agency Eurofins on behalf of the MedTech startup UV Smart. This is a study using UV-C disinfection equipment that is now used in hospitals and care institutions to reduce the risk of infection.

2. Villari

This startup got awarded with a €20,000 MIT-Haalbaarheid subsidy by the province Zuid-Holland. This fund will be used to perform a feasibility study towards the application of remote and continuous asset integrity monitoring of crane systems.

Villari just finished our Accelerator Program! You only have a few more days to apply for this program yourself and join YES!Delft this fall!

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3. Noria

One of the other success stories Noria got selected as 1 of the 9 finalists for the Water Alliance Innovation Stimulation Award, where the winner gets a marketing support package worth €10,000 to help kickstart new growth when they win! Would you like to help Noria with getting plastic removed from rivers even faster?! Vote for them now!

4. SenseGlove

The MedTech startup was featured on the primetime Dutch scientific television show ‘De Kennis van Nu’, where their COO Niels Bogerd is explaining how 5G will enable the birth of tactile internet. Did you miss it? Watch it here.

5. Computable Award 2020

Two YES!Delft The Hague based startups, Circularise and Dutch Analytics, made it to the Top 10 of the Computable Award 2020! The winner will be announced on the 24th of November.

6. Circularise

In addition, Circularise raised €180,000 from EIT RawMaterials. The blockchain startup will use this fund to develop functionalities required to make their system ready to scale.

7. Aquablu

A few months ago Aquablu went to Amsterdam to turn canal water into clean and safe drinking water. This was only the beginning of a battle against plastic-free waters worldwide. The CleanTech startup just announced that they will donate the proceeds of the Canals Water campaign to the Plastic Whale Foundation, an organization that fights for plastic-free waters worldwide, just like Aquablu.

8. Breeze

While this startup is still developing their dating-app they already organised 1000 dates! To celebrate this milestone Breeze shared some of the most funny, intimate, awkward and beautiful stories people told them about their Breeze dates.

9. Mapiq

There is always room for our scale-ups in this blogpost! This month Mapiq shared that they got chosen as the number one supplier of technology in the ‘Smart buildings’ category by Facto, a platform for facility management and housing.

10. Scoozy

The startup who is building a next generation mobility scooter, empowering independent mobility with unprecedented design and functionality, made it into the top 10 list of Electric Wheel Chairs from New Era Tech!

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Ahold Delhaize announces winners of Cleaning Bot Challenge

Zaandam, the Netherlands, August 14, 2020Ahold Delhaize announces today that it has selected Fybots and Adlatus Robotics as the winners of the company’s first-ever Cleaning Bot Challenge, a global competition to scout and select smart technology solutions to perform cleaning tasks in stores.

More than 380 companies were initially scouted for the challenge, with nine reaching the finals of the event. From all over the world the finalists pitched their solutions in two tracks. In the first track, contestants pitched directly applicable cleaning solutions. The winner of that track, Fybots, was selected because of the flexibility of their autonomous solution. They are now invited to conduct in-store pilots at one of Ahold Delhaize’s local brands.

The second track focused on promising future technologies that can be co-developed. Adlatus won this track on the strength of the company’s technical capability. They will now explore a partnership with Ahold Delhaize AIRLab to co-develop new applications for their robotics technology.

The challenge underscores the ambition of Ahold Delhaize to help create the future of retail, supported by technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and robotics.

“Smart technology, such as Artificial Intelligence and robotics, offers countless possibilities for the retail industry, the consumer, and society at large,’’ said Frans Muller President and CEO of Ahold Delhaize. ‘’With this challenge, we wanted to further develop our ongoing initiatives and explore how our great local brands and support offices can use this technology to better support associates as they serve customers. I was impressed by the quality of the pitches and the innovation behind the solutions.’’

He added, “A clean environment for associates and customers is now more important than ever. Cleaning tasks are often physically demanding and include many repetitive tasks. Increased cleaning cycles, due to COVID-19, have put teams under a lot of pressure. Robotics can help these associates. By reducing their time spent on repetitive cleaning, associates can focus more on customers, where they can make an even greater difference.’’

About AIRLab Delft

AIRLab Delft is the joint industry lab of Ahold Delhaize and the TU Delft, driving innovations at the intersection of retail, AI and robotics. It recently opened a test site where researchers – supported by RoboValley and tech incubator YES!Delft  – can work with partners, students, startups and other companies to build and test prototypes of robotic solutions, and study ethical implications of such solutions.

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TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: July

Summer is not slowing our startups and scale-ups down! Dutch Analytics, Physee, Qblox and The Helia all had exciting news to share! Curious about their stories? Read on in this month’s top 10 startup success stories!

But before we start, would you like to join our ecosystem and follow in the footsteps of the companies below? Apply now for our AI/Blockchain Validation Lab or Accelerator Program, and we may be sharing your successes in a few months as well!

1. Dawn Aerospace

One of the top 10 startup success stories, The aviation startup, located in Delft and Christchurch, unveiled its new spacecraft. The Mk-II Aurora has the capacity to fly to the edge of space, which is at an altitude of 100 kilometres, before it flies back to the runway autonomously. After landing, the spacecraft only needs to be refuelled and is able to make a new space flight within a few hours. The Mk-II Aurora will be the first vehicle in the world that can do this, and is currently in preparation for an intensive test flight campaign for the next 12 months.

2. Dutch Analytics

The YES!Delft The Hague based startup Dutch Analytics just released their new major version (v2.1) of the Xenia platform. They made improvements to the underlying architecture, which results in better performance, faster response times and higher reliability of Xenia.

3. DeNoize

The startup announced that they are currently conducting a research with support of the Royal Schiphol Group. With the research DeNoize is gaining insights into the perception of aviation noise by local residents’, and how this affects the quality of life.

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4. Envision

Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant wrote a really nice article about Envision, and the smart glasses they developed for blind and visually impaired. And did you know that the first hundred copies of the Envision glasses will be send next month already?

5. UV Smart

The startup, who developed an innovative solution based on UV light that helps disinfect medical instruments and devices within seconds, obtained substantial financing from the Rabobank. With this investment UV Smart is able to further accelerate their market introduction (internationally).

6. SLAM Ortho

Also the MedTech startup SLAM Ortho successfully applied for the Rabobank Innovation Loan. The funding will give the startup boost their development and bringing the technology to hospitals and patients.

7. Physee

The scale-up Physee developed a coating for greenhouse horticulture that increases the yield of the crop. Their application to the Rabobank’s Innovation Fund was honoured with an award of € 50,000 for a test programme.

In addition, a little shout out to Physee for organising the GESTE Summer School. With this project Physee interactively taught children from 9 different primary schools in The Netherlands how they can contribute to the energy transition. They’ve learned that diversity, creativity and teamwork are the core ingredients of innovation, while having lots of fun at the same time!

8. Qblox

Qblox received an investment by UNIIQ to make quantum computing scalable. Their technology will eventually enables quantum computer users worldwide to solve complex and socially relevant issues.

9. McNetiq

The Rotterdam-based company, that has developed a technology that allows steel anchors to be realised safely with magnets, just launched their new line of magnetic anchors for fall protection when working at height.

10. The Helia

Joshua Vasilda, the co-founder of The Helia, only just finished our Deep Tech Validation Lab and already got selected for the DJ100, a list of the 100 most innovative people working in the field of sustainability. Congrats!

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CoronaMelder: From intelligent lockdown to intelligent opening

The coronavirus has had a huge impact on our society, both from a health perspective as well as economically. It is crucial that society can manage the spread of the virus while minimising the broader impact of measures put in place to contain it. To help contain the virus, the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport is launching the CoronaMelder notification app on the 1st of September – CoronaMelder locally tracks contact exposures. Your phone later notifies you if you have been exposed to someone who was infectious. You can get a test for free after receiving such a message, to prevent you from unconsciously transmitting the virus to other people.

Engagement of YES!Delft

PrivateTracer was established in March as a non-profit public-private collaboration with the goal of contributing to the development of a contact tracing solution for the Netherlands. Initiated originally by Milvum, YES!Delft got involved very early on and helped to engage the wider ecosystem as well as drive the technical solution. Key parties from the YES!Delft ecosystem that got engaged included Cybermundus, Milvum, Circularise, Odyssey and the Municipality of The Hague. Together all parties worked hard on the development of the open source exposure tracking app CoronaMelder, which supports the GGD process.

“It was great to see how a young startup like Cybermundus could contribute seamlessly to this unique public-private partnership. I believe the diversity of participants, from large multinationals, public institutions and academia to startups, was one of the particular strengths that allowed us to create something valuable so rapidly. PrivateTracer demonstrated the enormous potential of a multi-stakeholder collaboration to solve the world’s most pressing challenges in an open and innovative way.”, thus Rene Honig, co-founder of Cybermundus.

The impact of PrivateTracer

It didn’t escape the notice of the Ministry that the parties behind PrivateTracer have taken up that gauntlet with great energy, professionalism and commitment. And critically the open source and transparent approach that the coalition leveraged meant that both significant elements of the PrivateTracer solution as well as core team members were integrated into the Ministrys’ delivery team.

“PrivateTracer is a collaboration that I believe we can all look back very proudly on, given the depth and professionality of the solution that we all pulled together in incredibly short (but intense) weeks. My personal thanks to all involved – it was a pleasure working with you!”, says Neil Smyth, CTO of PrivateTracer and Digital Technical Director and Blockchain Focus Area Manager of YES!Delft.

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Noise pollution

Delft startup DeNoize on its way to tackle noise pollution

Noise pollution is nothing new to people living and working in big cities, yet what many may not be aware of is that it is also a major health risk. Delft-based startup DeNoize knows all about it and has made it its mission to tackle the challenges of noise pollution and enable a healthier living environment. How? By installing its active noise cancellation technology – similar to that in noise-cancelling headphones – into the frame of windows, drowning out the noise of the busy streets underneath and the large planes flying overhead.

FROM A SIMPLE IDEA

During his studies, Aman was looking into how to design airplanes to be less noisy and more efficient, and had a strong interest in mitigating aviation noise. “There is a lot of potential in finding a way to make airplanes less noisy,” says Aman, “but if I were to turn that into an impactful solution business, it would have taken years and years.”

Instead, he wanted to create something here and now, so he focused on putting a new spin to his research and findings. “I started looking at the problem from a different angle and decided to tackle noise issues on the receiver’s end instead of its source,” says Aman. He joined the incubator program of Deep Science Ventures, a six-month pressure cooker for entrepreneurs who want to solve key societal problems, to help him kickstart his venture.

“That’s where the whole idea came together. I decided to develop a solution that can be integrated into the facade of a building and isolate it from the outdoor noise.” In a nutshell, he made a plan to create a new generation of smart windows.

With active noise cancellation at the heart of it, a very specific type of technology in itself, Aman saw the need to look for a co-founder. He found that co-founder in the face of Olivier Schevin, a fellow entrepreneur based in France, with years of experience in exactly this field.

THROUGH YES!DELFT

With the Deep Science Ventures program behind him and a round of financing that he got at the end of it, Aman moved back to the Netherlands to continue working on the DeNoize technology. In December 2018, he and Olivier got accepted into YES!Delft’s Accelerator Program, which gave them the know-how and network they needed to take the startup to the next phase.

“YES!Delft is a specialized incubator that gave us the stamp of approval we needed in the market,” Aman says. “When we joined, we were also paired with a mentor, who has quite some experience in the glass industry, and that has been of great value to us.”

The community of startups that YES!Delft has built over the years has also proven to be beneficial to Aman and DeNoize.

“There are startups in different stages of their development so there is always someone who has been in your shoes and can advise you when you’re facing a challenge. Physee, for example, is working in the same market as us and it is always good to spar with them,” Aman adds.

TO A GROWING COMPANY

Today, in only two years’ time, DeNoize has grown from one man with an innovative idea to a team of over 20. Olivier is still based in France, with four students and an intern working alongside him. In the Netherlands, the startup has two full-time employees and three groups of students working on various design projects for it.

So far, the technology is in the prototyping stage and on its way to being converted into a product. “We’re working together with a glass manufacturer to make sure that our technology can fit into their products,” says Aman. “And based on recent tests, it looks good.”

While glass manufacturers could be a key customer segment for DeNoize, at this point they see them as their closest partners – working together on prototyping and knowledge-sharing. The product that will eventually be integrated in the frames of windows is planned to be ready within a year from now.

Keeping them going until then are several financing opportunities that the team has secured, including a loan from Rabobank, a round of funding from UNIIQ and grants from the government.

Perhaps one of the most notable achievements of the team so far is their collaboration with the Royal Schiphol Group, which they announced recently. The agreement between the two companies is for studying the effects of noise pollution on people who live in close proximity to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

The research is planned to start in October 2020 for a duration of one month. The goal will be to understand the effects of noise on residents’ well-being and investigate how DeNoize can play a role in improving the quality of life of those living close to major noise sources like airports, highways, and train stations.

“We are doing research on people’s perception of noise with regard to their comfort, stress levels and mood. We then want to simulate how our technology can improve their acoustic environment,” Aman says.

While the technology is not market-ready yet, Aman and his team are already talking to potential customers to make sure they have them lined up when the time comes. DeNoize is mostly focusing on real estate developers such as Schiphol Real Estate and Heijmans, who can increase the value of their buildings by integrating the startup’s noise cancelling technology.

From this point on, DeNoize will be focusing on putting their technology on the market and getting the right partners and customers onboard. Working together with a partner like Schiphol Group is sure to boost the startup on its way to success.

Milestones: 

March 2018: Aman started working on the DeNoize concept in London

May 2018: Founded DeNoize together with Olivier Schevin

July 2018: Raised £70,000 as pre-seed funding

August 2018: Built the first proof-of-concept prototype of DeNoize

October 2018: Joined the Get Started Program by ECE

February 2019: Joined the YES!Delft Accelerator Program

August 2019: 1st paid pilot with potential customers

October 2019: Raised €150,000 from Rabobank

December 2019: Set up a collaboration with a major airport

January 2020: Expanded the DeNoize team

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