Online Pitches during the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab

Online PITCHES during the AI/BLOCKCHAIN VALIDATION LAB

At the beginning of February of this year a new batch of 7 startups joined our incubator for a period of 10 weeks to validate their business idea, during the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab. In this period the corona virus hit The Netherlands, and we had to move our program activities to an online environment. Although this was a completely new way of working for us, it worked out, due to the flexibility and dedication of this batch. We would like to thank them for accepting this challenge with us and creating a new way of working.
Normally we end our programs with a final day, where startups pitch their ideas. In this case, we asked startups to sent in a video, which makes it possible for us to share this with everyone! So are you interested to see where this period brought them? Watch their online pitches below!

Birds.ai

At Birds.ai, we use artificial intelligence to convert images into meaningful figures and numbers. We do this in three simple steps (1) digitize: we collect the input: images or videos (2) make it smart: we tune a suitable A.I. engine, and (3) provide insights: we visualize the output in a meaningful overview. Our customers use our expertise for anomaly checks, statistics, and intelligent monitoring.

Bitprop

Bitprop enables large scale formal investment into small scale property development in the developing world, helping impoverished individuals validate land ownership and generate income while providing market returns to investors.

The Bitprop system enables this by managing and supporting the end-to-end process.

Onetwomodel

Have you always wanted to become a model? Many people do, but find it very hard to enter the scene. Few responses, little feedback and lack of trustworthy agencies all play a role in this process. OneTwoModel is a platform that matches models to the right agencies in a smart and automated manner, leveraging computer vision and machine learning. Solving problems for both sides, we introduce the next phase for model scouting.

Geronimo.ai

Geronimo.AI predicts when roads need to be maintained. This allows road managers at provinces and municipalities to plan road maintenance in a smart, data-driven way. This increases the ease of planning and prevents unexpected, expensive maintenance. Together, this results in better roads for lower costs.

Cybermundus

Cybermundus is a security company focusing on protecting cloud environments. Today most companies fail to identify breaches, which leaves hackers a long time to steal their data, IP or sabotage their systems. Our solution brings down the time to detect breaches from months to minutes by automatically detecting new methods of compromise and sharing the insights with all parties. We do that by combining the latest technologies like machine learning with our innovative modelling approach.

Jild Technologies

Armed with our technology, freshly developed at the TU, we entered the validation lab. We’ve spoken to dozen potential customer, large and small, learned invaluable lessons, and acquired a tremendous set of new skills. But the most important realization was, that way more people can benefit from our technology than we could ever cater. And in hindsight, it was obvious; who wouldn’t want a blockchain framework that scales infinitely, while ensuring sub-second transaction time.  This is why we have an exciting announcement to make: We are going open-source, stay tuned!

Roseman Labs

Roseman Labs builds privacy technology with a strong focus on secure multi-party computation (MPC). MPC enables data analytics across multiple data sources without the need to see, own or transfer that data. We have built a scalable high-performance engine that leverages industry-grade implementations. Our focus markets include financial services, cyber security and location-based services. Can you help us build a scalable sales model as well?

TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: March

In light of the ongoing pandemic it is very quiet at both our offices, but all our startups are still working hard to keep on building tomorrow’s leading firms from home! To hopefully spread some positive vibes in this ongoing strange and difficult situation, we will share this month’s Top 10 Startup Success Stories with you! Stay healthy, and we hope to see everyone soon again.

Multiple startups are busy with implementing their technologies to fight the corona virus. We already shared a blogpost with you last week, which was dedicated to these startup. But although we mentioned them before, we couldn’t leave them out of the Top 10 Startup Success Stories of this month, because of all the successes they are booking within the current crisis. So we start this months successes off with these startups!

1. VFA Solutions B.V.

It was already a few weeks ago, when Dutch television program Hart van Nederland interviewed Founder of VFA Solutions B.V., Eliane Khoury, who creates devices that destroy all harmful substances in the air, including the corona virus. Since the virus many new customers have come forward. “The corona crisis feels like the last droplet that the market needed to realize the importance of proper air quality and its impact on people’s health,” says Eliane.

2. UV Smart

Oral masks are normally used only once but due to the current shortage UV Smart started to look at different ways to disinfect and safely reuse them. Hospitals started with the disinfection of mouth masks with UV Smarts’ prototype of UV light equipment. This prototype is a derivative of an existing UV-C disinfection device, which just received the official proof that it reduces viruses on oral masks with 99.999%.

3. Somnox

Everybody probably knows that sleep is essential for a good health, but did you also know that sleep is an amazing immune system booster? This made Somnox, the startup that knows all the ins and outs about sleep, decide to make all their sleep-knowledge available for free. They went even further, by making some of their products available to borrow for healthcare employees, so they can get the rest they deserve. To top this off, Somnox started to use their 3D-printers to make ventilation masks out of sports brand Decathlons snorkeling masks. They will deliver these to the hospital, to help them prepare for the expected peak.

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4. Delmic

For patience who need to be examined at the hospital, this startup developed a the DAAD (Diagnose At A Distance) system, which makes it possible for medical staff to examine potential patients without being in direct contact with them. “Our current proposal is not in our core business at all so that has been a big change,” says CEO Sander den Hoedt. Yet a change that he and his team have embraced in order to help minimise the impact of the coronavirus.

5. Innovattic

This startup has been approached by the LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center) to develop is a CoronaBox with a thermometer and an oxygen saturation measurement device. This box makes it possible for potential corona patients to stay at home and do the necessary measurements from there. “That way, they will not infect other people in the hospital and at the same time, the box can help monitor them from their home in case their health deteriorates fast”, says Lauwerens Metz, CEO of Innovattic.

6. Envision

Besides all the corona virus related initiatives, our startups also booked other successes. Like the YES!Delft The Hague based startup, Envision, who launched their pre-ordering campaign. With their new AI-powered smartglasses, Envision empowers the blind and visually impaired to be more independent. Watch the amazing campaign video below!

7. Polytential

This startup made their first sale. Their quality analysis tool, the Virtual Chemist, is at the National Test center for Circular Plastic this month, where it will be used to gain insight in the material composition after plastic packaging has been sorted. In addition, Polytential also received a grant of €50.000, after being one of the winners of the P>Act Challenge.

8. VIBES.technology

This startup joined forces with Dutch tech company Lightyear, who is creating a solar car with a focus on range and efficiency. Within this collaboration, VIBES’ expertise is used to set up a robust sound and engineering process, which is an important step towards further growth and acceptance of electric vehicles.

9. Clevr

The MedTech startup Clevr was part of the television program Nieuwsuur from the NOS, where the increasing popularity of VR glasses in mental health care was discussed. The VR glasses are causing a revolution in the mental health care, because virtual reality is changing therapy from talking to doing. That means practicing in a customized world and applicable for a wide range of complaints.

10. VIKTOR

The construction companies BAM Infra Nederland, Ballast Nedam and Heijmans joined forces to develop applications. The companies have opted for an open collaboration in which they collectively automate on the VIKTOR platform, which enable builders to jointly build their own online applications. The first application has already been launched within three months, and was presented to the entire construction industry.

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YES!Delft startups contribute to solving the corona crisis

There is no doubt that the current COVID-19 developments are changing the way people go about their daily lives and the way they work. For entrepreneurs, in particular, those are times that test their ability to not only adapt to this new situation, but also find creative solutions to contribute positively to it. 

At YES!Delft, we are lucky to have some of the brightest examples of innovation, creativity and technical excellence. From developing new generation air purification and ventilation technologies, to smart solutions for diagnosing and monitoring patients at home, to using UV light to disinfect medical equipment in a matter of seconds, startups are working around the clock to add their value to the current situation. And they’re not the only ones.

Contributing to a cleaner living and working environment

VFA Solutions, in which VFA stands for Virus Free Air, is an expert in the field of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and filtration technologies. Its work focuses on air cleaning and disinfection from hazardous airborne contaminants such as fine particles as well as bio aerosols like bacteria, viruses, spores and fungi, among others. “The corona crisis feels like the last droplet that the market needed to realize the importance of proper air quality and its impact on people’s health,” says founder Eliane Khoury. 

VFA’s ASPRA air purification solutions help purify indoor environments – and at the moment largely healthcare institutions – by removing airborne viruses, pathogens and dust particles. “Inside our device, bio aerosols are guided through an electric field, where the majority are killed or deactivated. The viruses, bacteria and other pathogens are then captured in the collector (the filter) and permanently removed from the air, thus reducing the risk of spreading.”

Because sales volumes are growing for VFA, yet certain components are either not available or have a long delivery time, the team has had to be creative and has decided to simplify the design of their products and outsource production to partners and suppliers. 

UV Smart, another startup in the YES!Delft portfolio, also plays its part in helping hospitals and healthcare centers maintain a clean working environment. Born out of the need to minimise the spread of resistant organisms and viruses, and maintain the highest possible hygiene in  healthcare, the company has developed an innovative solution based on UV light that helps disinfect medical instruments and devices within seconds. 

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, a number of hospitals in the Netherlands have approached the team to use their technology in disinfecting face masks so medical personnel can reuse them. “We have been working around the clock on a suitable solution for our customers,” says co-founder Daan Hoek. “The first 20 products with our technology are being delivered to different hospitals in the last week of March. From now on, we have to scale up production as fast as possible to get our devices available for the various hospitals.” 

Daan and his team are also thinking about ways to offer their technology internationally.

Working towards more efficient and risk-free screening

Without question, healthcare professionals are among the people who are most exposed to the risk of contracting the corona virus. Hospitals have taken multiple measures to curb that risk and startups are looking for ways to contribute. 

Innovattic is a company that builds digital solutions for social impact, including apps, websites and serious games. Since the coronavirus has been spreading, the startup has been approached by the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) to develop the CoronaBox, a medical kit that (potential) patients can take home to do a self-check.

“We are making a CoronaBox with a thermometer and an oxygen saturation measurement device so potential corona patients can go home and do the necessary measurements,” says Lauwerens Metz, CEO of Innovattic. “That way, they will not infect other people in the hospital and at the same, the box can help monitor them from their home in case their health deteriorates fast.”

This solution can not only help screen more people, but also allow healthcare personnel to focus on the cases that are most urgent, without losing the overview of everyone else who might need their attention. 

For those patients who do need to be examined at the hospital, though, Delmic has developed a different solution. As a spin-off of the TU Delft and the materials institute AMOLF, the startup makes microscopes for (academic) research in materials and life sciences. “Our current proposal is not in our core business at all so that has been a big change,” says CEO Sander den Hoedt. Yet a change that he and his team have embraced in order to help minimise the impact of the coronavirus. 

What they have developed is called the DAAD system, or the Diagnose At A Distance system, which makes it possible for medical staff to examine potential patients without coming in direct contact with them. 

“This solution allows doctors to screen patients without using personal protection measures, thus reducing the chance of doctors getting infected as well as patients getting infected from their protective gear.” The first system is being rolled out in the last week of March and Sander and his team are looking to scale their solution from there. 

Somnox is a startup that is developing a soft robotic that makes sure users have the best night’s sleep possible. Over the past few weeks, the team has adapted to the current coronavirus developments in several different ways. On the one hand, they have made all their sleep knowledge available for free since “sleep is an amazing immune system booster,” says CEO Julian Jagtenberg. On the other hand, “we are also making some of our products available for healthcare employees to borrow so they can get the rest they deserve for free.” 

In addition to that, Somnox has also taken on a more creative approach to contributing to the current corona developments. With the help of the 3D printers in their office, they are making ventilation masks out of Decathlon snorkeling masks and aim to deliver them to hospitals that are preparing for the peak. Anyone with a 3D printer is encouraged to join. 

In the meantime, Eliane from VFA has also been busy setting up a new, similar initiative to fight the shortage of face masks for healthcare personnel. 

At the end of the day, solving this crisis is about innovation, creativity and working together, and those startups seem to be on the right track. 

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