Interview with Tjarda Voorneman – EIT Health Validation Lab

Tjarda Voorneman – the Project Manager of EIT Health Validation Lab that takes place in Delft for more than four years  – talks about the successes of the collaboration between EIT Health and YES!Delft in this period.
This year we are again proud to organize the EIT Health Validation Lab in our incubator in Delft! The unique two-month pressure cooker program allows aspiring entrepreneurs from all over Europe all the way to Delft in The Netherlands to discover the business potential of their MedTech ideas. Tjarda Voorneman, the project manager of EIT Health Validation Lab looks back ahead of the 5th edition.

 

After 4 successful editions EIT Health Validation Lab, what has changed?

“One of the amazing things that have happened over the course of the last four editions, is the steady growth of the European network. This results in new and powerful partnerships from which everyone benefits. We have many great partners in this program, such as TU Delft, LUMC, UMCG, Biocat, Copenhagen University, and FAU Erlangen- Nurnberg. In turn, this also attracts startups of course, not only in the Netherlands but from the whole of Europe. Since the start four years ago, the majority of European countries have been represented in the program.”

“We have many great partners in this program, such as TU Delft, LUMC, UMCG, Biocat, Copenhagen University, and FAU Erlangen- Nurnberg. ”

Tjarda Voorneman, Project Manager EIT Health Validation Lab

What is it that makes the program so successful?

“The power of the program is the process of validation. EIT has ideation events, such as the Innovation Days and Summer Schools. Validation Lab is a very logical next step from that. We have a strong core program here in Delft that yields results. This is why Validation Lab is one of the Bootcamps offered now in the EIT innovation funnel. The teams get the chance to travel through Europe to validate their business assumptions further, which is an incredibly valuable and rewarding experience. The extensive EIT network is highly beneficial for this.”

 

 Explore and validate your MedTech ideas

Apply to EIT Health Validation Lab in Delft

Deadline June 17, 2019

 

There have been many excellent entries in the EIT Health Validation Lab, what are the criteria for winning?

“Winning is not just about having an amazing product, but it’s mostly about how the team has gone through the process of validation. The main goal is finding a product-market fit, and it’s amazing to see how the teams manage to make such massive strides on a European level in such a relatively short time.

Last year’s winners, Smart Medical Optics, are a prime example of this. Through the course of the validation program, they realized they needed to pivot in terms of their beachhead market. They started to focus on research institutions in Europe, which really helped them take off. Participation in EIT Health Validation Lab can help you grow really rapidly. When you go through the process of validation well, you could be pitching before an audience of a thousand peers from the medical sector.” 

EIT Health Validation Lab Delft
Smart Medical Optics – Winner EIT Health Validation Lab 2018

“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 – Europe. Our ultimate ambition is still to make an accurate and fast malaria diagnosis available in remote parts of the African continent. But the European market is also interesting for our technology – research institutes working with malaria benefit from the fast and accurate reading of blood samples.”

Mirthe Vendel , co-founder Smart Medical Optics

EIT Health Validation Lab draws an international selection of startups, but also from different backgrounds. How important is this diversity?

“During Validation Lab the teams learn a lot from each other. Not only about their countries and the medical fields there but also about the different backgrounds. Some teams are already fully fledged companies. Others are working on projects within major European universities and then some are fresh graduates. They all have different experiences, different perspectives and that enriches the Validation Lab environment. For example, pitching is a skill very central to Validation Lab, and the levels of experience can vary incredibly. To me, it’s amazing to see the journey of all the participants.”

 

Apply to EIT Health Validation Lab

Deadline June 17, 2019

The startup mentor with customer perspective

Jan Willem Klerkx – entrepreneur, investor, and startup mentor of a number of YES!Delft startups – is the type of person that helps a company become a success story. With an academic background in Technology Management and early professional experience in IT sales, he quickly discovered that what he was actually meant to do is help businesses grow.

The revelation came early on in his career. He was asked to lead a small IT company that, at the time, was closing the year with a loss, so he made it his goal to turn it around. A few years of hard work later, that company was as profitable as never before. The thing was that, although the team already had a good business strategy before Jan Willem took over, it was simply not successful in executing it.

Strategy without customer-focused execution has little value, Jan Willem learned.  

“As I was helping that business grow by making the company more customer-oriented, I realized that I was sitting on the wrong side of the table at the quarterly shareholders meeting. I was making a lot of money for the shareholders, while taking home the same paycheck every month. That didn’t feel optimal,” Jan Willem recalls.

That was the point where he decided to develop his own approach. “I decided to look for companies with a great vision, excellent tech team, and technology, but with little focus on customers or little experience in sales. Then I’d invest money in exchange for equity, and work with the existing team on making them profitable.”

He told those teams that a great technology by itself does not lead to a great product. And even a great product does not equal a great company. A company should put all efforts and finding the right product-market fit, and once that’s done, turn early customers into ambassadors.

Over the past decade, Jan Willem has invested in and worked for five companies, two of which were acquired by Qualcomm, the world leader in developing 3G and mobile technologies. The first company, Euvision, was a market leader in image classification technology. The second, Scyfer was a leading company in Deep Learning, formed around Deep Learning celebrity Max Welling from the University of Amsterdam. One of the five ventures was focussed at elderly homecare and failed completely. The other two companies, SIG.eu and BONCode, are still in very good shape and growing.

As of four years ago, Jan Willem has also been active as a startup mentor at YES!Delft as well as at a number of other incubators. With a keen interest and expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), he is coaching startups as part of the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab at Delft-based incubator.

 

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His experience is in helping find the best product-market fit. Finding that fit is not that easy, since most startups lack experience in sales or insight in how big corporates operate – and therefore have a hard time to really grasp the relevant part of customers’ feedback. On top of that, some startups tend to be so convinced of their technology or product that it does not help sales either. And in the mind of Jan Willem: “Sales is everything, the rest is cost”.

Nowi, a YES!Delft startup developing climate sensors powered by WiFi, 4G and GSM signals, is one of the tech startups that has taken much of Jan Willem’s advice to heart. And especially so when it comes to their business model. While they used to focus on product sales as a sole revenue stream, they have recently established a second one: working directly with clients on applying their technology to various products.
“We already generate some revenues by applying our knowledge on energy harvesting and by developing the so-called ‘Plug & Forget’ sensors in pilot projects for various customers,” says Simon van der Jagt, CEO of Nowi. “Jan Willem has helped us with anything from business model ideation, to specific advice on how to best deal with a prospective large customer, or simply testing our assumptions with critical questions.”

To this day, Jan Willem remains a startup mentor to the team.

“I help startups get the customer perspective,” Jan Willem says. “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.”

 

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Pitch Day – December 2019

On Thursday December 13th we hosted a unique edition of our Pitch Day! No less than 16 tech startups took the stage in front of partners and investors from the YES!Delft ecosystem.

Nine startups from the Complex Tech Validation lab were joined by seven startups from the EdTech Validation Lab. As the highpoint of the two month learning curve where they validated their business and market, the startups pitched their businesses and products. Everyone had the chance to meet and talk at the networking session after.

 

 

Feeling inspired?

Apply for the 2019 Accelerator Program now!

 

The participating startups were: AeroPro, Dynachain, HybridVisie, Leaseplan, Medical VR, NLR, Noria, Oregano (TNO), SmartShip, BLACKBEAR®, Hubert AI, iThrive, HyperSay, Maester, PlagScan GmbH, and Play2Speak.

Vacancy Program Trainer

YOU, YOUR MISSION & THE IDEAL OUTCOME

Do you want to work with the coolest innovators in technology? YES!Delft is hiring a Program Trainer (1,0 FTE).

As Program Trainer, you are able to train entrepreneurs along the entire program line-up of YES!Delft. From customer discovery to investment needs, you are able to share your knowledge and guide the teams in the right direction. You are able to facilitate a group training, and you are able to have interesting and guiding 1 on 1 coaching conversations, as well. You monitor the path of the entrepreneurs and their start-ups and guide them when necessary. You will manage two of our focus areas and create mini-communities within our incubator. Together with the program coordinators and the other trainers you are responsible for the content of the entire training program of YES!Delft. And finally: you have a crucial role in the YES!Delft ecosystem: you are able to link the right contacts for all the start-ups and people in the YES!Delft network.

 

ABOUT YES!Delft
YES!Delft is a start-up incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies. Over the last 13 years YES!Delft has become one of the leading incubators in the world. YES!Delft offers coaching and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and corporate professionals in their start-up journey. Our programs turn promising technology ideas into solid start-ups and help them grow to successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, serial entrepreneurs, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience.

 

YES!DELFT PROGRAMS

YES!Delft offers multiple programs, based on the process most, if not all, tech innovations/innovators go through:

  • Validation Lab: a 10-week part-time program for graduates, scientists and (young) professionals with the ambition to start a tech business. Validation Lab is all about finding customers and creating the insight that they are the key to a profitable business.
  • Once the start-ups have a validated product-market fit they can enroll in our acceleration & incubation programs where the focus is on sales, building a team and funding. The basis of these programs is mentoring, 1 on 1 coaching and small masterclasses on subjects like negotiations, growth hacking or investments.
  • Our growth program is designed around strategy development and personal development of the start-up management team. Its content is entirely need-based, which gives much-needed flexibility to the start-ups.
  • Corporate programs focused on education, ideation and commercial & technical validation of corporate innovations and corporate venturing within our Innocubes concept.

 

YOUR COMPETENCES

  • Have (at least) a completed WO degree or level obtained through relevant work experience
  • 3-5 years’ work experience
  • Strong organizational qualities and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical skills & a good listener
  • Experience with facilitating groups & giving workshops
  • You are stress-proof and always see opportunities for improvement
  • You are driven & accessible
  • You are a sparring partner for colleagues, starting entrepreneurs, coaches, investors and other people in the YES!Delft network
  • Affinity with start-ups, preferably tech
  • Affinity with lean start-up, business modeling & scaling methodologies
  • Good knowledge of the English language (both speaking and writing)

 

WE OFFER YOU
The largest tech start-up ecosystem in the Netherlands where you have the opportunity to develop yourself and implement your own ideas. Being actively involved in the development of dozens of inspiring, disruptive innovations and work with smart, ambitious and successful entrepreneurs. You will work with a driven and ambitious team that goes above and beyond to support start-ups and builds a thriving ecosystem, day-in-day-out. YES!Delft offers a unique opportunity to contribute, learn and grow in the world of entrepreneurship.

HOW TO APPLY
We look forward to your application. Please send your application to programs[at]yesdelft.nl in the attention of Iris Visser before December 20th, midnight. The first round of interviews will be on 27th and 28th of December. For questions please contact: Iris Visser (program coordinator) via programs[at]yesdelft.nl.

Startup Story: Scoozy

Imagine you have difficulty walking and you need to get from A to B in a fast, safe and convenient way. No problem. You can do that, and you can do it in style, too. Dutch startup Scoozy is developing a mobility scooter that is easy to use, has intuitive steering and braking and is good-looking, and caters to people – old and young alike – with a walking difficulty.

FROM A SIMPLE IDEA

Job van de Kieft, founder of Scoozy, had known for years that one day he would start his own company in the field of electric driving. Yet it wasn’t until 2014 that he refined his focus: “There’s one group that’s been driving electrically for over 40 years, and those are people with difficulty walking,” he says. They’ve been doing so with mobility scooters.

Yet, mobility scooters nowadays are far from being flawless. On the one hand, people perceive mobility scooters as very stigmatizing because they are designed as an helping aid instead of a way of transport. On the other, they are often quite unsafe: “There were 28 deaths in the Netherlands last year, and 75% of the accidents are one-sided, caused by the people driving the scooters.”

Job and co-founder Jan Willem van Gent are on a mission to change that. With their team, they are working to develop a mobility scooter that serves as a way of transport, and not as a crutch. They see it as the “Tesla of mobility scooters”, and want to make it “so cool that anyone would drive one – even if they don’t have any difficulty walking.” To do so, the startup is focusing on a design that is nice and slick, as well as on creating a vehicle that is intelligent, connected and safe, with a low point of gravity and intuitive steering.

THROUGH YES!DELFT

Thus far, the startup has a preproduction model of the product and the is now working on production of the first series, expected to be revealed in January 2019. With a busy schedule ahead of them, the team is happy to have YES!Delft guiding them along the way.

“[The Incubation Program] is about not making the same mistakes that other startups have made before you,” Job says. “It is so important not to have the simple things go wrong at the start of your company, and that is what’s great about YES!Delft: You know that, [with their help] the base of your startup will be fine.”

In addition, due to the competitive selection process, being part of the Incubation Program gives the startup a “quality stamp”, which Job is sure will be important in the months to come.

Apply to the Complex Tech Validation Lab

TO A GROWING COMPANY

Today, Scoozy has a core team of 5 people. Together with strategic partners for development and production they are working hard towards their next set of milestones. With a demo already out there, the startup is about to launch a marketing campaign to highlight market introduction at early 2019.

Now that the first series is almost ready, the team’s focus is shifting to the scaling phase. The team has already received  1.3M funding and sold out the first series. They are now working towards a  second round of funding for growth. Securing a B2B partnership is another main priority, which will help the startup create a distribution channel.

There’s certainly a lot coming up for team Scoozy, with the Tesla of mobility scooters awaiting at the end of the road.

Milestones:

March 2016 – Company founded

September 2016 – First loan secured

September 2016 – Admission to YES!Delft’s Incubation Program

September 2017 – First round of investment secured

November 2016 – Demo finalized

November 2018 – Start of production first series

Early 2019 – Launch first series

Apply to the Accelerator Program

Digital marketing internship

 

Are you our new digital marketing intern?

Do you want to grow in marketing and want to learn fast? We are looking for a highly energetic and motivated talent to join our marketing team.

We offer a Digital Marketing internship where you are able to develop yourself in growth marketing (SEO, content marketing, data analysis & more). You’ll have professional guidance, and are given a lot of freedom immediately as long as you take your responsibility – we are a very ‘flat’ organization.

 

ABOUT YES!DELFT

YES!Delft is one of the leading technology incubators in Europe. We help tech entrepreneurs to build and grow leading technology companies. Our programs turn promising technology ideas and teams into solid startups and grow them to successful companies. YES!Delft offers guidance and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and professionals in their startup journey. Check out this video to learn about what we do & see our awesome workplace.

 

A DAY IN YOUR JOB

► Mondaymorning: you walk into the office and get a cup of tea.
► First up: your inbox! It’s overflowing from last weeks’ startup successes. Two new investments and 3 innovation awards. Great news! You write and schedule some posts in Buffer or Hootsuite to publish on our social media (Twitter, FB, LinkedIn, Instagram etc).
► Since you’re on it already: you write & schedule some social media posts for the rest of the week. You also set up some calls with our partners (Shell, Van Oord, etc) so you can discuss the content planning.
► Time for the marketing meeting. You present an overview of last weeks’ statistics: new likes, followers, engagement etc. You go through the metrics with the team, and it turns out: your growth experiment to get new email signups is a success. Time to celebrate!
► After the team lunch you brainstorm together with the content marketeer about new ways promote upcoming startup programs. Posting partner quotes? Interviewing our startups? Reach out to innovation blogs? It’s up to you and your creativity.
► In between, a colleague challenges you for a game of pool in the office and ofcourse you win. After this victory you review a short English text that a colleague wrote. They know they have to ask you, because your English is perfect.
► Next up, you walk over to Startup X’s office to film a short vlog with them so you can use it later as promotional content.
► At 4 PM you finish off the day with the last part of your online Google Analytics course. You now know how to use Google Analytics to find the right data!
► Before you leave, you sit down with the Marketing Manager to make a plan for the next 2 weeks. Your next big project is managing and publishing website content (such as new corporate partners, startup stories, new mentors and our newest startups). In order to do so, you’re going to learn to work with WordPress.

As you can tell – you are of great value to the marketing team. You’re the person responsible for the growth of our social media channels, and always coming up with new ways to improve our content. As a marketing team our highest goal is to learn & grow continuously, so that’s what you will be doing as well.

 

ABOUT YOU

✔ Education: currently enrolled in an HBO or WO Bachelor
✔ Ambition: wants to learn the (growth-) marketing game and learn about the world of entrepreneurship and tech startups
✔ Language: Fluent in English and Dutch (verbally & grammar)
✔ Characteristics: energetic, hands-on, not afraid to try new things, and has an eye for spelling errors 😉
✔ Interests: Social Media, Digital Marketing, Online Content, SEO, Data Analysis, Metrics, Online Marketing Funnel
✔ Living area: Rotterdam, The Hague, Delft & around

 

WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP

  • Coolest office in the Netherlands: check out our workplace
  • Workplace environment: you want to grow in Marketing, and learn lots about (tech-) entrepreneurship
  • Freedom to develop: great opportunity to work in a team of 18 people with a lot of freedom and responsibility from day 1
  • Startups: discover the world of tech startups and innovation
  • Afternoon drinks: any Friday you want
  • Starting date: August / September 2018

 

HOW TO APPLY

Apply before December 3rd by sending an email to Kartika Sidabutar (Marketing Manager) via kartika@yesdelft.nl. Including:
► motivation letter
► your CV

Announcing New Energy Challenge 2018

TAKING THE ENERGY TRANSITION TO THE NEXT LEVEL TOGETHER!
We’re glad to announce our newest collaboration with Rockstart and Shell! Read the full press release below.

 

SHELL, ROCKSTART AND YES!DELFT OFFER START-UPS WITH GAME-CHANGING ENERGY SOLUTIONS A CHANCE TO BOOST THEIR BUSINESS

The Hague, the Netherlands – June 5, 2018.The third edition of the New Energy Challenge aims to speed up the development and roll-out of breakthrough technologies to help meet growing energy demand while emitting less CO2. This competition is tough, and pushes the boundaries of early stage start-ups active in the energy transition. The challenge was set up by Shell, Rockstart and YES!Delft and offers participants credibility, recognition, an extensive network and – for the winning start-up – a €100,000 convertible loan. It’s open to start-ups in Europe and Israel.

Geert van de Wouw, Vice President for Shell Ventures at Shell’s New Energy business, looks forward to learn more about the start-ups that rise up to the challenge: “I’m excited to meet ambitious founders with bold ideas that will change the future of energy. This challenge brings together the multiple actors to explore and lead the transition to a new energy mix: corporates and start-ups, governments and NGOs, scientists and CEOs. We’re ready to support the best ideas all the way.”

Shell, Rockstart and Yes!Delft believe that the energy transition requires unprecedented coordination between business, start-ups and leadership across all sectors of society. The New Energy Challenge 2018 exemplifies the extraordinary collaboration needed between multiple actors and factors for the energy transition, and hence has as its theme: “the Multiples Edition.”

 
Kickstarting new solutions
Collaboration between start-ups, (energy) companies and (local) government can fast-track the development and introduction of cleaner fuels for transport, bolster the generation of cleaner power and integrate digital technologies that help reduce daily carbon footprints. This will help pave the way to more economically, environmentally and socially acceptable energy options, along with more efficient delivery systems.

The New Energy Challenge offers multiple paths to benefit your business: it can generate new partnerships, as well as enable the exchange of knowledge and expertise. The intense finals, dubbed the “Raise the Bar Week,” will offer ten start-ups inspirational coaching, validation of their business proposals and connect them with inspiring experts, start-ups and scale-ups. The Raise the Bar Week takes place mid-October in Amsterdam, leading up to the announcement of three finalists. The winner will be announced during the “Generation Discover” festival in October 2018.

 
Apply for the New Energy Challenge here!
 

Taking up the Challenge
The New Energy Challenge is open to European and Israeli start-ups with innovative technologies and solutions for the energy transition. Calls for entry start from June 4 2018. Application is easy — but not simple — via www.newenergychallenge.com. The deadline for completed entries is July 23 2018.
The top-10 finalists will be invited to join the finals week from October 14 to October 18 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
At the final event— on October 18 — the top-10 finalists will make their final pitches before a jury that will pick the winner of the New Energy Challenge 2018.

Startup Corner launch: connecting startups & the industry

MRDH, YES!Delft and StartupDelta launch a one stop shop for tech startups

DELFT, May 15 2018 – Finding your way in the entrepreneurial ecosystem can be a tricky thing for startups. You need coaches, investors, team members, launching customers and industry experts. Entrepreneurs sometimes experience major barriers when getting in touch with big players. They might, for instance, not have the necessary introductions or easy access to startup experts at these parties. The Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH), StartupDelta and YES!Delft came up with a solution, today they launch Startup Corner: a one stop shop for tech startup support, connecting all experts with startups in one database.

Startup Corner offers supporters for all startup building blocks – from finance to HR to pilot projects. The platform connects you to all kinds of tech experts, enabling low-key and easy accessible advice, services and collaborations. Our service and innovation partners offer startup-friendly services and launching customer facilities and include partners like EY, Rabobank, Ugoo, PNO, Prorail and fieldlabs.

Sunny de Roo, founder of Startup Corner: “In addition, it’s a peer-to-peer community. You’re able to share challenges with startups and the industry, to brainstorm with and support each other. On top of that, partners can invite you to unique events, including exclusive networking and master classes with fellow startups and companies.”

Ferrie Förster, alderman in the city of Delft: ”With the support of Startup Corner, tech startups have access to all the knowledge available within the region of Rotterdam and The Hague. It also establishes a link between the smart industry field labs in the region, so they can share their knowledge and facilities with startups.”

Nils Beers, Director StartupDelta: “There are many startups that are not yet active within an incubator, who have left an accelerator program, don’t want to come to the center of the Netherlands or can’t grow on their own, but still need support. Therefore, it is great that Startup Corner has been founded to support everyone with big ambitions in the best way possible.”

Evert Jaap Lugt, managing director of YES!Delft: “We want to digitize the Dutch ecosystem by giving tech startups, the industry and service partners access to a single point of contact. By initiating Startup Corner, we try to make networking and connecting to industry experts more efficient and approachable. Hereby we enable startups to accelerate and grow faster.”

Startup Corner is now live and available for all tech startups in The Netherlands. Use the online platform and meet in person at YES!Delft or CIC Rotterdam.

Are you a tech startup? Create your profile on the Startup Corner platform.
Want to become a partner? Get in touch with the Startup Corner team through the website.

YES!Delft and AGAM partner up to boost early stage startups

YES!Delft and AGAM partner up to boost early stage startups

VC investor bases European team at YES!Delft to support deep tech companies

Delft/Singapore, May 2 2018 – YES!Delft and Singapore-based August Global Asset Management (‘AGAM’) have partnered to support deep tech companies from YES!Delft and the wider Dutch start-up ecosystem. Both institutions will help startups to get access to institutional funding and scale up internationally. As part of this collaboration, AGAM’s investment team shall have a presence at YES!Delft to provide advice and support to the companies.

AGAM and YES!Delft intend to operate in close cooperation, by opening up their networks and accelerate future industry leaders. AGAM focuses on early growth (pre Series A) investments in order to help businesses expand internationally. This according to both parties is an underserved segment of the ecosystem. Young companies need significant operational and strategic support in addition to financial investment, that both AGAM and YES!Delft can provide.

“YES!Delft is very pleased to enter into a partnership with AGAM”, says Evert Jaap Lugt, managing director of YES!Delft. “We believe that cooperating with AGAM, thereby sharing best practices with respect to programming, and using their financial and intellectual resources as tech investor, as well as their strong connections in Asia will be very beneficial for our portfolio companies”.

“We are very excited about this partnership with YES!Delft to help catalyze and invest in the growth of the Netherlands deep technology ecosystem,” says Sameer Narula, Managing Partner of AGAM. “Our core focus is to position the Netherlands as the ‘launch-pad’ for companies into Asia, and as a ‘landing-pad’ for Asian companies into Europe. Continuing our successful strategy from Asia, we shall work closely with partners like InnovationQuarter, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) and YES!Delft, to help exceptional founders build successful global businesses.”

“InnovationQuarter (‘IQ’) is happy that the introduction between YES!Delft and AGAM is coming to fruition says Rinke Zonneveld, Managing Director of IQ. This collaboration will benefit the companies we work with, both from our investment and foreign investments activities. We look forward to assisting AGAM further on the development of their business in the Netherlands and are very pleased that Delft University of Technology introduced us to each other. We see AGAM as a valuable partner and an addition to our current ecosystem.”

 


About YES!Delft: Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms
At YES!Delft we believe in the impact of tech companies, because of their crucial contribution to the progress of our economy and society. We foster technological startups to become leading in their industries and promote and stimulate entrepreneurship to accelerate solutions to modern day challenges. At YES!Delft we unite the forces of startups, coaches, investors, and innovative corporations to fuel entrepreneurial success. We offer guidance and support in building and growing a company and encourage students, scientists and professionals on their path of entrepreneurship.
www.yesdelft.com

About AGAM
AGAM is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (‘MAS’) as a Venture Capital Fund Manager (‘VCFM’). Founded by experienced entrepreneurs, we work closely with Governments, Universities, Corporate and Family investors to help exceptional entrepreneurs build successful global companies.
Given our Venture Building approach to investment, we work close with our network of partners around the world to help our companies achieve sustainable and scalable growth. Our Venture Capital business manages multiple funds focused on Seed through Series B investments.
www.augustglobal.com

About InnovationQuarter
InnovationQuarter is the regional economic development agency for West Holland. InnovationQuarter finances innovative and fast-growing companies, assists international companies in establishing their businesses in West Holland, and facilitates (international) collaboration between innovative entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes and government.
In this way, and in cooperation with the business community, InnovationQuarter supports the development of West Holland to become one of the most innovative regions in Europe. As a lifecycle financier, InnovationQuarter offers companies financing at various stages of growth. InnovationQuarter invests from three funds: IQCapital, UNIIQ and ENERGIIQ.
www.innovationquarter.nl

We are looking for an Investment Intern

YES!Delft – Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms
We are a start-up incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies. Over the last 13 years, YES!Delft has become one of the leading tech incubators in Europe. YES!Delft offers guidance and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and professionals in their start-up journey. Our programs turn promising technology ideas into solid start-ups and help them grow to successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience.

Internship
You will be working in collaboration with the Investment Director and senior team members. You’ll assist in reaching a number of objectives:

A. Optimizing the financial infrastructure of YES!Delft. Both in relation to external (investors and strategic partners) as well as internal parties (the portfolio of current and former YES!Delft start- and scale-ups). You will also be involved in the initiative to structure a proprietary YES!Delft investment instrument in collaboration with third party investment managers / general partners.

B. Identifying and evaluating startup companies which could be candidates for specific investment companies. You will also provide support to on investment transactions and portfolio management matters.

You will report to the Investment Director (ID) of YES!Delft. The specific responsibilities for this position (in principle in cooperation with the ID) are as follows:

Ad A:

  • Optimize, complete and curate the investor database of YES!Delft by researching and assessing the investor landscape in the NL, Europa and abroad (Asia/US where necessary and/or meaningful).
  • Assist in building and curating the verified Angel network of YES!Delft of informal investors.
  • Research and structure the operational and legal framework for a proprietary YES!Delft investment fund including fund raising.
  • Optimize the YES!Delft company database and analyze the performance of the YES!Delft companies.
  • Support Marketing and PR activities including event organizations.

Ad B:

  • Identify candidates for acceleration/investment by building a network within the local startup ecosystem, attending events, following up on leads from other members of the YES!Delft ecosystem.
  • Screen/validate candidates by reviewing competitive technologies, products or services being pursued by other companies both in the Netherlands and globally
  • Manage and update the database of investment leads (companies) within the YES!Delft portfolio.
  • Provide support for YES!Delft companies in the investment process (e.g. due diligence, basic financial analysis, industry and market research).
  • Assist YES!Delft companies in obtaining investment, financial or other support from external partners and Government agencies.

Eligibility, desired skill set and personal traits:

  • At the Intern level, candidates should be a penultimate year university student or a recent graduate ideally pursuing a major in Finance, Economics/Econometrics, or another business area; or pursuing an Engineering degree with exposure to Finance, Economics/Econometrics or Business through a minor during their bachelor studies or by pursuing a major.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of financial services and terminology
  • Strong interest in VC/PE and startups
  • Capability to apply advanced oral and written communication skills to create a positive impression and professional rapport
  • Ability to work independently while functioning as part of a team
  • A high degree of initiative and motivation
  • Strong attention to detail, quick learner, results driven
  • Composure and confidence to manage conflicting priorities

Details
This position is the ideal starting position for someone who aspires a career in the VC industry. You will receive on the job training, will also closely work together with YES!Delft investor partners and will be able to build an impressive network and skillset in a very short time.

Period:
4-6 months (with strong possibility of extension or firm position)
Hours: to be discussed, with a minimum of 20 hours
Deadline for application: May 2, 2018.
Starting date: to be discussed

Send your application (CV + motivation letter) to our Investment Director (Merijn Zondag) via merijn@yesdelft.nl.

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