The Metropolitan Startup Lab pilot started in 2015 and since has run three successful startup programs. The MRDH Innovation Platform was also created in order to identify the challenges MRDH municipalities face and find a fitting process to find a solution. As YES!Delft and MRDH continue their collaboration, our tech incubator offers its vast ecosystem to accelerate innovations: from technological development, setting up business cases to setting up startups.
To identify the challenges in the MRDH municipalities, YES!Delft organizes periodic deep-dive sessions. This way, a series of challenges that carried by multiple municipalities and with a significant social and economic impact are identified. As a next step, YES!Delft facilitates two roads to a solution: Challenges and TechLabs. In Challenges, YES!Delft scouts already existing startups to find a solution to a specific challenge. Meanwhile, in a TechLab, the technology is developed first as an answer for one of those challenges identified and shared by multiple municipalities. As a second step, a startup is built around it.
“Our ambition is to make an impact on the everyday lives of the inhabitants of the region with real cutting edge technological solutions from startups. Thanks to the collaboration with MRDH, we can jointly meet the challenges and efficiently develop region-wide solutions.”
Evert Jaap Lugt, Managing Director of YES!Delft
YES!Delft’s launched Startup Corner in 2018. The online platform matches MRDH municipalities challenges directly with startups. Startup Corner has a portfolio of more than 300 validated tech startups, spread over thirty industries. In addition, 62 partners from different sectors joined the platform. As YES!Delft and MRDH continue their collaboration, all participating municipalities get access to the platform and can thus establish contacts within the ecosystem.