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Starting a business in the Netherlands

Top 10 Tech Startup Success Stories – September

Starting a new business in the Netherlands can be challenging. Nevertheless, in Delft and The Hague, our startups are fielding successes. For example, we are welcoming a new startup at our Digital Hub, while others are expanding abroad. Furthermore, there are startup successes for female entrepreneurs and many awards won.  Curious to see which startups were successful in September? Read on!

 

1. Vibes.technology

The ComplexTech startup is expanding abroad! To better serve their customers and be present in the heart of the German automotive industry, they are taking their first step towards internationalization by opening a new office in Munich. From there, they will service and expand its customer base in Germany and Austria.

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2. Nowi

What is the impact of the Internet of Things on the environment? And will 5G help or hinder Britain’s target of net-zero emissions by 2050? As the implementation of 5G is projected to consume nine times more power than 4G the Accelerator alumnus’ power harvesting solution might be the way forward.

3. Somnox 

The Robotics startup is continuing their upward trajectory: the Somnox sleep robot is now available in the world-famous Harrods flagship store in London. Moreover, the UK national newspaper The Telegraph put the robot to the test to cure insomnia. Curious to see how Somnox fared? 

4. STIL 

IJsbrand de Lange, the founder of the MedTech startup, received the Inspirational Award 2019. The EIT Health Validation Lab and Accelerator alumnus is developing a brace that tackles tremors or uncontrollable rhythmic movements, common in Parkinsons patients. IJsbrand received the award at the opening ceremony of the TU Delft academic year.

 

5. Feedback Fruits and Solar Monkey

The AI and EdTech startup Feedback Fruits and the CleanTech startup Solar Monkey are nominated by Deloitte in the category Technology Fast 50. The nomination recognizes the fastest growing technology companies which were founded no more than four years ago. Moreover, the nominees will compete in Amsterdam in October for the Rising Star 2019 award.

6. FWDpay

Starting a new business in the Netherlands might be a challenge, but the FWDpay team is taking on two challenges. They have joined the ranks of our Digital Hub YES!Delft The Hague. This startup is grasping the opportunity that Open Banking offers: by enabling customers to simply create SMART contracts and thus control money flow. Moreover, the founders have also kicked off Project.BB. Together with students from TU Delft Robotics Minor and Haagse Hogeschool Blockchain Minor, they are developing a beach cleaning robot!

7. Meds2Go

The Validation Lab alumnus has been selected as a finalist for this year’s HealthTech Challenge. This is the European leg of the worldwide Women Startup Challenge, organized by Women Who Tech. The finalists will compete for a $50,000 cash grant on October 7 in Paris. Meds²Go develops innovative cooling containers for people who use temperature-sensitive medicines.

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8. Web Summit

Envision, Solar Monkey and Urbandine, three of our startups located in our Digital Hub YES!Delft The Hague were selected to join the Web Summit this November in Lisbon. They all pitched at the Fast Forward competition at The Hague Tech earlier this month. Ultimately, the jury was so impressed by the quality of the startups, they selected ten winners instead of six.

9. Digital Entrepreneurship

The MedTech startup STIL and the Robotics/AI startup Mythronics kicked off the Digital Entrepreneurship course for 70 students at the Delft Center for Entrepreneurship. During the course, they presented challenges, problems, and issues that come with tech entrepreneurship. Students then could try their hand at being an entrepreneur by pitching their ideas.

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10. Smart-Ship

The ComplexTech startup and Accelerator alumnus is participating in the Antwerp Port XL program. They are matched to the DEME Group to do a use case with the aim of getting a paid contract. Additionally, they announced a new partnership with Maxon Benelux. Together they aim to develop a new generation of haptic ship controls.

 

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Keeping birds away from commercial exploitations

Birds flying high, it can be a real danger – and costly hassle – around airports or on oil platforms, for example. Well, it’s a new dawn in bird control. An animal and ‘hertz’ friendly solution, that makes birds and humans feel good. Bird Control Group has developed a laser that keeps birds away from commercial exploitations, saving major companies millions in damage each year.

FROM ONE SIMPLE IDEA

Founder Steinar Henskes is more entrepreneur than an academic. In 2010, after dropping out of university, he started selling ready-made laser technology. With an interest in lasers and technology, this smart golden boy started developing his own products. He experimented with one of his lasers in a field and noticed that birds flew away. After that, Steinar perfected the technology and took it to market: each year there is over 25 million euro worth of damage done by geese in the agricultural field.

Bird Control Group started selling handheld lasers to farmers.

Yet, Steinar has always had a wish for developing a technology that could serve the aviation industry. So he just wrote an e-mail to someone he thought was important at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, got himself a deal with one of the biggest airports in Europe, and perfected his technology once again.

THROUGH YES!DELFT

Steinar is not a bird watcher, nor is he an environmental activist. He wants to do something good for the world with his technology. So he applied to YES!Delft in 2013, because he wanted his company and small team of engineers to grow and serve more industries. The tech incubator was, according to Steinar, an obvious choice being a high-tech company serving the B2B market.

Without YES!Delft’s network, partners and reputation, Bird Control Group would not have the authority they do now within their market. But, “you are responsible for your own success”, Steinar underlines. At YES!Delft he felt challenged by the other startups – his peers – to just get his company to a higher altitude.

TO A GROWING COMPANY

Bird Control Group is now the market leader in developing and manufacturing automated laser bird repellents. There are conventional methods, but these are noisy, unfriendly to birds and only ‘treat the symptoms’. The challenge for Bird Control Group is to make companies aware of their alternatives. Their ambition is to solve more issues in bird control that could not be solved before.

And that’s also Steinar’s personal ambition as an entrepreneur.

Bird Control Group still resides happily in the YES!Delft building. Steinar describes their workplace as “somewhere where you can actually get some work done”; he likes the functionality of the YES! offices and space. It’s a melting pot of (cultural) backgrounds with English as a common language.

What’s more, Bird Control Group opened their North American office a few years ago. The company solves bird issues all over the world at farms, industrial warehouses, refineries, feedlots, airports, and many more applications.

 

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Milestones

  • July 2013 – laser installation at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
  • September 2014 – contract with Total E&P Nederland
  • November 2014 – the launch of Agrilaser Autonomic
  • December 2015 – adaption of a resolution by the Dutch Parliament to stimulate the use of Bird Control Group lasers
  • March 2016 – take-over of U.S. based distributor

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