Government organizations face a large number of challenges where technology has an increasing impact. Whether it concerns being able to respond quickly to the needs of society, increasing the control of citizens or improving decision-making by applying smart algorithms based on large amounts of reliable and secure data.
Innovative technologies provide an essential contribution to solutions for these types of issues. Startups and scaleups play an important role in this. We call this GovTech: the application of new technologies, primarily driven by collaboration with startups and scaleups, to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government organizations and to improve public services. YES!Delft The Hague has established a new GovTech focus area, translated its years of experience in working with startups, corporates and governments into a range of programs for innovation in the public sector.
The GovTech Validation Lab focuses on validating and scaling solutions for multi-stakeholder challenges. It recognises that many of the challenges are complex and require navigating an ecosystem of stakeholders with different needs and interests. Focusing on the problem-solution fit with support from wide expertise is crucial in ensuring realised long-term value. Validating early is a lesson many startups have learned and is even more applicable given the complex nature of public sector innovation.
The GovTech Validation Lab is an intensive 12-week validation program for owners of multi-stakeholder challenges together with startups. The program offers structure, methods and techniques and is aimed at concrete (pilot) implementation.
Public sector organisations like Gemeentes, Ministeries, Uitvoeringsorganisaties that want to thoroughly validate innovative concepts and translate them into scalable pilots. Together with start- or scaleups from a startup challenge or hackathon.
Government organizations face a large number of challenges where technology has an increasing impact. The application of new technologies in this field, primarily driven by collaboration with start-ups and scale-ups, is able to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government organizations and improve public services.
Since 2020, we are the proud partner of Erasmus University Rotterdam running together the SocialTech Validation Lab.
The SocialTech Validation Lab focuses on promising tech solutions that contribute to a resilient and healthy society. Smart solutions in areas like mental health, physical health, home and prevention care. It is a pressure cooker. Providing a rich ecosystem of scientific, public and private partners, who bring extensive knowledge and guidance to this two-month program.
The program allows entrepreneurs to discover the market potential or perhaps a whole new market, for their SocialTech ideas. Participants explore and validate their idea, problem-solution fit and business model. The program will introduce them to stakeholders in the social domain as well as help them to develop a network of peers, experts, and mentors.
The validation lab was such a crucial step for Envision to learn how to truly test your assumptions. It’s easy to be swept off by vanity metrics and false praises if the early basics and assumptions are not vetted and tested. YES! Delft helped us realize and practice that
A 10-week part time program to find your problem-solution fit and meet important stakeholders. You will receive valuable input and feedback from experienced trainers, mentors and peers. During the program you will get access to YES!Delft’s broad ecosystem of investors, service partners and launching customers.
This program is for ambitious startups with at least two committed founders or decision makers. You will be validating your product or service for new markets under the SocialTech spectrum, such as mental health, physical health, home care and prevention.
Technology has the power to strengthen human society and build a more resilient future. At YES!Delft we understand the impact technology can have on mental and physical health, education and our living conditions. Together with Erasmus University Rotterdam and our joint ecosystem we offer the ultimate environment for your SocialTech startup to grow.
We are presenting the new YES!Delft Accelerator Batch! These startups finished the Accelerator program and are ready to take on the world and beyond. From drones fighting insect infestations in greenhouses to tech reducing noise pollution and the high tech treatment of skeletal misalignment. These seven startups are ready to change the world with their innovative ideas. Come take a closer look at the innovations that soon might be part of your home, or flying high, all the way to Mars.
Skeletal misalignment is surprisingly more common than most people think, misalignment in the feet alone affects over 45% of the world population. The feet are the foundation of the entire skeletal structure and if left untreated leads to chronic pain in knees, hips, lower back or legs, and if left untreated increases the chances of getting osteoarthritis in the knees and hip by 55%.
For a truly unique solution, they have combined hardware and AI enabled software to offer a complete solution.
Gyrafits G-Script is a fully adjustable insole orthotic that can correct misalignment in the feet up to 8 degrees and can be adjusted at the point of diagnosis. Their new full body digital measuring and diagnosis booth solution; G-Pod, promises to change the way we access and measure alignment correction, making the treatment available through new, alternate and more accessible sales channels.
The complete treatment solution promises to reduce end-user cost by more than 60% and take the time from diagnosis to treatment application from 2 weeks to under 30 minutes.
Making Gyrafits skeletal misalignment treatment solution; faster, cheaper and simpler.
ARCEON-Novel Elements was established by Rahul Shirke and Bernhard Heidenreich in 2018. We are developing novel and advanced ceramic matrix composite (CMC). Our pilot project will travel to our one and only natural satellite- The Moon. This project allows us to prove the credibility of our innovation. The material is unique because it can withstand a wide range of temperature (from cryogenic to 1600 °C and above) at near zero thermal expansion, high specific strength, corrosion resistance and, most importantly: it is 25% lighter than aluminum alloys. Due to the lack of polymers, it is also stable for long-term in space environment, which is characterized by vacuum and irradiation.
“We believe that our material has tremendous potential, not only in the aerospace but also energy, high-tech, and automobile industry. ARCEON family includes scientific, engineering and business development experts in the field of innovative materials with international experience. Our vision is to push the limits and deliver high-quality novel materials.”
Flying insects are getting a new and sustainable enemy. The control of insect pests now mainly takes place with the help of (bio) chemical and biological agents. PATS Indoor Drone Solutions, a spin-off from Delft University of Technology, is changing that with small drones that automate pest control and prevention. Through a pilot project aimed at combating the golden twin-spot moth (Chrysodeixis chalcites), a number of innovative gerbera growers are taking advantage of this development to remain at the forefront of sustainable cultivation and cultivation knowledge.
PATS sees its technology not only as a supplement to the current package of resources. In the long term, the system must also reduce substance use for specific pests and it is expected that the grower will have to spend less time scouting and combating pests.
“The aim is to fully implement the fight against the golden twin-spot moth, for example, using our system, precisely because of the preventive approach we use. In addition, our solution does not conflict with the biological control of other pests through targeted control of the moth itself.”
Smart-Ship is setting sail to disrupt the maritime market! Through the application of haptic feedback technology, Smart-Ship is aiming to optimize the interaction between man and machine. By making information transfer to the operators of ships faster and more intuitive, safety and sustainability in maritime operations can be improved. Applications range from small fast ships to offshore and dredging operations, tugs and simulations.
“We, as Braindrop BV, Netherlands, June 2019, have released a revolution which avoids new “Notre Dame catastrophes” forever. It is the strongest and 100% nontoxic fire protection chemical agent which makes anything fireproof easily. So strong that one can apply to his hand and put his hand into the fire!
Every 88 seconds one person die because of fires and billions of dollars damage occurs to the global economy every year. We lose lives, environment, and prosperity like monuments.
The main concern of existing flame retardants is their toxic feature and that they destroy slowly even if they stop fires. Our product TNF now is the single best solution which assures these concerns and provides the lifelong durable fire resistance for people, companies, and governments.”
Unlike most hardware startups these founders do not have a degree in engineering –one is an artist and the other an economist. All knowledge is self-taught by tactical learning: ‘to know just enough to challenge existing beliefs and rock the status quo on how to approach further development’ thus Remco Veenbrink. Their innovation is based on available parts engineering added with state of the art electronics and algorithms to create a minimum viable product. Mark Oudenhoven: ‘We implement continuous improvement and focus on strategic growth’ Their primary market segment is airports for which they recently contracted Rotterdam The Hague Airport as their launching customer. VideowindoW is a glare control system embedded into the exterior glass that doubles as a transparent video screen. He adds:’ This way glare control can even be a profit driver for airports’. With airports being their focus international expansion is a logical next step.
‘Passengers can enjoy artistic or commercial content and look outside when they focus beyond the glass layer’.
Noise is frequently cited as one of the leading causes of stress in city life. People living near airports and busy roads complain that they can never relax because of the intrusive sound. Their experiences are reflected in higher levels of mental ill-health, and physical problems like high blood pressure, strokes and early onset of cardiovascular diseases.
DeNoize, a complex-tech startup from the YES!Delft claims to have found a better solution. They have developed an active noise cancellation technology for building facades, promising at least 90% additional reduction against the outdoor noise. Their innovation paved their path to the finals of Philips Innovation Awards and a special feature in the BBC’s science podcast, “The Naked Scientist”. The DeNoize team is working hard to commercialize its technology and aims to finish the market-ready product within a year.
Learn more about what the Validation Lab has to offer and whether it’s the right fit for you. Leave your name and email so we can send you the program guide.
You have a clear business idea and technology, now it’s time to validate your idea and find your market! By participating in the Validation Lab, you acquire the right skills, receive an extensive toolset, and start tackling the biggest challenges you’ll face during the whole lifecycle of your startup. Joining the program allows you to validate your business idea, talking to many customers, and find your Problem-Solution Fit. In addition, you will learn about different aspects of starting and running your business, e.g. legal, funding, pitching, and team.
The Validation Lab is open for complex hardware and digital startups in our focus areas Deep Tech, AI, Blockchain, CleanTech, Robotics, Aviation, MedTech and Social Tech. We help first time founders and experienced entrepreneurs that are looking to find the right customers and market and want to benefit from the mentors and experts in our ecosystem.
A 10-week part-time program to find your problem-solution fit, talk to potential customers, validate your assumptions and understand what it takes to start and run your business.
Hardware and digital startups with at least two ambitious and committed founders and the potential to scale.
YES!Delft is the leading tech incubator in Europe. You will acquire the right skills, receive an extensive toolset and get support from our ecosystem of mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners.
YES!Delft really feels like the best place to be settled as a tech-based startup. In between the TU Delft and many other great facilities and companies this really is the place to launch your business to become a leading firm in the industry
As an entrepreneur I recognise many of the challenges that these startups face. I find it very inspiring to share my experience and helping these startups become successful entrepreneurs, It feels great being part of the YES!Delft ecosystem!
If you want to learn more about what the EIT Health Validation Lab has to offer and whether it’s the right fit for you, make sure to leave your name and email so we can send you the program guide. This way you can be up to date when the next round of applications starts!
Since 2016, we are proud partner of EIT Health running together EIT Health Validation Lab.
EIT Health Bootcamp Validation Lab is a unique two-month pressure cooker, created by YES!Delft and EIT Health partners, who bring extensive knowledge to the project. The program has strong partnerships with leading healthcare institutes, such as UMCG, Medical Valley, City of Rotterdam, University of Copenhagen and more.
The program allows aspiring entrepreneurs from all over Europe to discover the business potential of their MedTech ideas. Participants explore and validate their ideas, market potential and business model – to launch in markets all over Europe. The program will introduce them to the European innovation ecosystem, and help them develop a network of peers, experts, and mentors.
EIT HEALTH BOOTCAMP VALIDATION LAB
A proven method consisting of workshops, peer-2-peer coaching, field excursions, and networking events. Receive input and feedback from fellow participants, experienced trainers and personal mentors.
This EIT Health Bootcamp program targets business professionals, students, PhDs, engineers and scientists who want to test the commercial feasibility of their ideas. Participants work in teams to develop the skills needed to launch their ideas as a startup.
Find your problem/solution fit, a validated customer segment and a value proposition design that responds to the actual needs of your customer. We use methods from Steve Blank’s Lean Launchpad and Alexander Osterwalder’s Value Proposition Design. You will test the correctness of your assumptions by talking to as many potential customers as possible.
The most valuable lesson for us was market-fit: we found potential launching customers not only in Africa, but also in Europe. The Validation Lab really challenged us to think critically about our ambitions and business plan and identify our a beachhead market.
My role as mentor is very broad: I help startups through the process of validation by helping them to connect to people in the business, help them with their business plan and convince them to do what’s right.
Co-Founder Smart Medical Optics
EIT Health Validation Lab Mentor
Meet our MedTech ecosystem partners that make this Validation Lab possible
Strengthen the foundation of your startup and accelerate traction in the market.
You have founded a tech startup, built a prototype or MVP and have some initial traction in the market. Now it’s time to strengthen the foundation and accelerate traction. We’ll help you to focus on the essential next steps to build a company with a scalable, profitable, and repeatable business model.
After the kick-off weeks, you can join tailored workshops, masterclasses, and 1-on-1 expert sessions on topics such as personal & team development, strategy, marketing & sales, finance & funding, legal & IP, and HR.
As a YES!Delft startup, you will have regular check-ins with experienced serial entrepreneurs and ongoing access to our services and support from our ecosystem of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, mentors, experts, corporate and service partners, investors, and fellow entrepreneurs. YES!Delft takes zero equity in supporting you to become a genuinely scalable, innovative tech company.
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Learn more about what the Accelerator Program has to offer and whether it’s the right fit for you. Leave your name and email so we can send you the program guide.
The Accelerator Program is a 3-month program and helps you to strengthen the foundation of your startup and accelerate traction in the market. Get connected to an experienced mentor, experts, and fellow founders and join workshops and masterclasses that are relevant to you.
Hardware and digital startups with a committed founding team that has a validated problem-solution fit, built a working prototype or MVP, has some traction in the market, and the potential to scale.
You’ll become a YES!Delft startup! We put the entrepreneur first, commit for the long-term, and don’t take equity but work with a small success fee. You’ll get tailored advice, support, and access to the YES!Delft ecosystem to accelerate your startup during and after the Accelerator Program.
As an entrepreneur, you have to be very diversely skilled – finding great employees, cold sales, technically understanding your product. But the most important skill is something we learned in the YES!Delft Accelerator. They force you to go out, meet your customer/user and understand the smallest aspects about their life and how your product could be valuable to them.
Learn more about what the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab has to offer and whether it’s the right fit for you. Leave your name and email so we can send you the program guide.
The field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is moving fast and is full of possibilities. Over the duration of Horizon 2020, €2.6 billion have been invested on AI-related areas. Parallel to that is the growing need of trust. Blockchain is fundamentally a technology that enables trust, but developing it comes with great challenges.
The municipality of The Hague and YES!Delft understand difficulties of getting AI or blockchain technologies to the market. Therefore, we’re joined forces and provide an AI/Blockchain Validation Lab to offer the right framework for your startup to succeed.
AI/BLOCKCHAIN VALIDATION LAB
The municipality of The Hague and YES!Delft join forces to provide a 10-week AI/Blockchain Validation Lab to help you find your problem-solution fit and talk to 100+ potential customers. Get access to our ecosystem including the right political connections in The Hague and YES!Delfts startup network.
Startups with at least two committed founders / decision makers looking to focus on the market fit for their AI or Blockchain based solutions
YES!Delft and The Hague understand the opportunity and the challenges that AI or Blockchain technologies bring – bringing together the key ingredients in one environment: a proven startup ecosystem together with the political connections of The Hague, the network of YES!Delft and the links to TU Delft.
The YES!Delft AI/Blockchain Validation Lab really helped us, giving us a structure and peer group for assessing opportunities and priorities. A heavy investment, especially given our travel overhead, but the sharpened focus and market framing has ultimately saved the Ocean Protocol a lot of time and money.
I help startups get the customer perspective. Many of them have these huge dreams – and that’s great! But running a business is not a dream. It’s a lot of hard work of really understanding why customers might consider buying your stuff.
Founder Ocean Protocol
jan Willem Klerkx
Meet our AI/Blockchain ecosystem partners that make this Validation Lab possible