Startup Challenges


Together with YES!Delft, the Municipality of The Hague is running the SocialTech Startup Network Series, giving you exclusive access to the Hague’s social domain ecosystem and dedicated investment fund by IQ.  If you are a startup (past the ideation stage) with an innovative and scalable technology that addresses one of the challenges above, then it is your moment to apply.


Ennatuurlijk and YES!Delft organise the Sustainable Heat Challenge to accelerate the transformation from gas-fuelled heat-producing systems to carbon-free solutions. If you are a company working on sustainable hardware solutions for district heating networks, this challenge is for you. Join the Ennatuurlijk Sustainable Heat Challenge and contribute to a more sustainable heating system in The Netherlands.



If you are a research team working on robotics and, this challenge is for you. Join the AIRLab Stacking Challenge, in collaboration with YES!Delft, and help make retail more innovative and efficient. Winning teams will be awarded a cash prize. The focus of the challenge is to share knowledge and deep dive into the tech to better understand the ground principles of robotics.


We’re looking for European and Israeli startups and scaleups to join the 2021 New Energy Challenge whose product or service can make a lasting impact on the energy system. The winning startup will receive €100,000 towards a proof of concept and the winning scaleup will have the chance to execute a pilot.



If you are a creative student and want to work on a unique concept capable of resetting the shopping rules, this call is for you. Join the AIRLab Smart Carrier Hackathon in partnership with YES!Delft, and help us redefine the future of retail.



If you are a company developing an innovative solution that can (help) mimic the real meat experience, then this call is just for you. Join the DSM Meat Replacement Innovation Challenge, in collaboration with YES!Delft, and prove why you should be the company’s newest partner in this endeavour.



The municipalities of Wassenaar and Ridderkerk are committed to tackle the quality of the air in their regions. Not just to battle the effects of pollution, but to understand the root cause of it and work together with their residents for improving the air quality in the region.



Pro Rail is planning to equip all trains and tracks with the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), the new standard for train safety by 2022. This system is an important step towards the digitisation of rails and offers potential benefits in terms of reliability, speed, increasing capacity and facilitating cross-border train traffic. That is why they are looking for new solutions to roll out the system faster, which will result in less inconvenience, and lower costs.


Ahold Delhaize’s AI for Retail (AIR) Lab is currently looking for innovative companies that are able to build an autonomous store cleaning solution. The urgency is there, what’s missing is the right innovation.


New Energy Challenge

Shell, Rockstart, YES!Delft and Get in the Ring are looking for innovative hardware, production processes, and underlying digital solutions in hydrogen, future fuels and sustainable chemicals.


Kustlijn Startup Challenge

Rijkswaterstaat is looking for innovations to optimize their current coastal maintenance process. This will be necessary as it is expected that the routine will become more extensive and complex in the future due to the rising sea-level.


Public Transport Inno Challenge

Together with RET and HTM, MRDH is searching for innovations that contribute to finding a solution for the current growth restriction, and that solves the bottlenecks in the public transport network during peak hours. 


Sportbedrijf Rotterdam Innovation Challenge

Sportbedrijf Rotterdam is challenging startups to use innovative solutions and make the sports fields more interactive! Innovate the sports fields in Rotterdam and win a pilot with Sportbedrijf Rotterdam. 


Parking pressure Data Challenge

The municipalities of The Hague and Leidschendam-Voorburg challenge start-ups to find innovative solutions to map parking pressure for problem areas within the municipalities. Parking pressure here consists of two components: parking capacity and insight into current occupancy.


Aramco Tech Quest

Together with Aramco Europe, YES!Delft organized Aramco Tech Quest. For this one-day challenge, the teams are set a challenge to bring innovative ideas to the field of subsurface surveying, by combining data automation, drones and robotics, data and analytics along with earth science, geosciences, and imaging physics to develop new ideas.



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