Tech incubator YES!Delft has, again, secured a spot in the top 5 of the UBI Global ranking of the world’s best university incubators. YES!Delft sees this as recognition for the excellent work it does for startups and scaleups. Earlier this year, YES!Delft introduced the incubator 4.0: a new concept to provide startups with everything they need in their lifecycle.
The new YES!Delft incubator 4.0 supports tech startups in all phases of their business and consists of four parts. Through YES!Talents entrepreneurs find a co-founder or talented team members. For suitable financing and advice to keep their startup financially healthy, they can use the YES!Funded service. WithYES!Programs YES!Delft also offers customised expertise and knowledge from experts and practitioners in areas such as market validation, sales, corporate finance, marketing, intellectual property and personal and professional development. Finally, the incubator 4.0 programme offers access to the YES!Delft ecosystem consisting of corporate partners, fieldlabs, investors and launching customers.
Evert Jaap Lugt, Managing Director at YES!Delft is excited about the incubator 4.0 concept: “This new development is in line with our mission to build an ecosystem that allows tech startups to become the leading companies of the future. Our growing network of companies that are joining that ecosystem is an important part of the development.”
In addition to the incubator 4.0, YES!Delft started a new initiative this year to solve problems of corporates by using startup and validation methodologies: Innocubes. Innocubes has everything it takes to enable companies to rapidly find innovative solutions to their challenges: from formulating an innovation strategy to developing and implementing customised technologies. The first collaborations between corporates and startups have been established. For example, Tata Steel has started a pilot with YES!Delft startup WarpVR. Together they develop virtual reality training courses that are able to train groups of up to 2000 employees.
Lugt: “Innocubes offers tech startups a unique way to test their technology on a large scale in real life. By continuing our development, we keep our quality high. This spot in the top 5 of the UBI Global ranking is a clear international recognition of that quality.”
UBI Global is a Swedish-based intelligence company and community, known for high-quality intelligence, assessment and mapping of business incubation. The top lists of business incubators as assessed in their World Benchmark Study 2019-2020 were released at the World Incubation Summit in Qatar.
About YES!Delft – building tomorrow’s leading firms
YES!Delft, founded in 2005, has become one of the most successful startup incubators in the world. With the concept of incubator 4.0, YES!Delft offers tech startups comprehensive services that cover all facets of entrepreneurship. Over 200 startups have access to the unique YES!Delft ecosystem of mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners. YES!Delft offers eight focus areas, including aviation, cleantech, robotics and medtech. The startups in the office in The Hague focus on digital technology, in particular artificial intelligence and blockchain.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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YES!Delft startups in full bloom in August: PATS Indoor Drone Solutions, Nurt.io and Mythronics all had exciting news to share. Moreover, the startups from our digital hub in The Hague have been taking off: LexIQ landed on the front page of Trouw and got an interview in BNR! Curious about their stories? Read on in this month’s top 10 tech startup success stories!
The AI legal startup collaborated with the national leadership of the Openbaar Ministerie. Concretely, they designed a search engine for various criminal cases together. The national newspaper Trouw reports that this has shown that prosecutors ask for different sentencing for the same crimes depending on the region.
This MedTech startup was named Startup of the Week by Sprout! They are the developers of the Momo BedSense. This medical device provides insight into the prevention of pressure ulcers and makes prevention easier. In addition, they could help cut the costs associated with pressure ulcers, which runs into 15 billion euros annually on a European level.
YES!Delft startups in full bloom! Online publication Silicon Canals listed the top 10 fastest-growing tech startups in Delft. Above all, let’s just say we were not surprised eight out of ten startups listed were from YES!Delft! Curious to see who made the list?
Certainly, summer is not slowing YES!Delft startups! Are you curious to see what everyone has been up to? Read all about it in this top 10 tech startup success stories. Featuring among others: Hardt Hyperloop’s first functional hyperloop in Europe, aQysta’s brand new pump in Spain and last but not least, Envision and Dutch Analytics at Startup Tuesday in YES!Delft The Hague.
This AI/Blockchain Validation Lab alumnus just launched the first phase of their decentralized AI platform. Consequently, data science teams can upload their vast quantities of data – for example for a chatbot. Finally, ambassadors around the world then structure, enrich and annotated it. In this aspect, it works similarly to Mechanical Turk.
Commercial Director Jaap Hoogland received the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for the design of the Skelex360. The design for the exoskeleton with its high ergonomic wearability was made in collaboration with Van Berlo. Above all, The Red Dot jury praised the way the Skelex360 supports wearers without limiting their freedom of movement.
Last year’s EIT Health Validation Lab winners — AidX Medical got the chance to pitch on national radio, in BNR Zakendoen. Co-founder Mirte Vendel represented the MedTech startup and impressed the jury of entrepreneurs with her pitch. Their product makes malaria detection cheaper, faster, accessible to all and more reliable. Finally, their goal is to enable malaria diagnoses to be executed without the need for medical expertise, to be implemented in rural areas.
Four YES!Delft startups, Physee, Envision, CloudCuddle, and Kitepower, have been nominated in the Innovation top 100 by the KVK (Dutch Chamber of Commerce). Finally, the exact raking will be presented by the jury on September 25. Moreover, Robotics startup Somnox and CleanTech startup Qlayers were featured in the KVK YouTube series Beyond Business.
On the 25th of June YES!Delft The Hague was proud to host Startup Tuesday! This weekly event is a collaboration between the innovative hubs in The Hague with the aim to strengthen connections and support impact-driven entrepreneurship. Certainly, it’s the perfect occasion to learn from experienced startup founders! Therefore, YES!Delft The Hague had local AI startups Envision and Dutch Analytics to pitch to the visitors. Startup Tuesday is a collaboration between The Hague Tech, Impact City, The Hague Humanity Hub, Apollo 14, and World Startup Factory.
Evelien de Vries joined the YES!Delft incubator without even knowing at first, through Startup Corner platform. Then she tasted the power network of co-founders by attending the UNconference even without having her startup in YES!Delft’s portfolio. That’s when she knew she had to make it into one of the largest tech incubators in Europe.
Evelien de Vries adventured in the entrepreneurship world little over a year ago. Having worked at StartupDelta previously, the name of YES!Delft was familiar to her.
However, her first step of tasting this startup ecosystem was when she received an email with a call to action to join the platform Startup Corner — which promised to offer support to tech startups in areas such as legal, HR, finance, marketing and more. The email was from Marie José van den Boomgaard, Liasion Manager Startups at KPN. “I was already familiar with Marie José and KPN, so when she recommended Startup Corner I thought “Why not?”,” Evelien remembered.
Through Startup Corner, she got in contact with one of the corporate partners – Arnold & Siedsma. Evelien got help for free from them, mostly through emails and phone calls. Having help from Arnold & Siedsma on patents, helped Evelien and her co-founder move with some decisions.
Not long after that, another email landed in Evelien’s inbox: Startup Corner’s newsletter. In that newsletter, there was an invitation to register for the UNconference. She read that it was a bi-annual event in the YES!Delft community, where co-founders set the agenda of the event with topics that contain both challenges and successes to learn from their peers and this way speed the learning process.
“One thing I learned in the last year is that it always helps to engage with different groups because you never know what inspiration you get,” Evelien remembered. “ That’s why I signed up to the Unconference. In the end, it totally paid off. A five hours event only with co-founders, where everybody shared knowledge”.
It was at the UNConference that Evelien and her co-founder met David Cerda Salzmann, currently a partner at FORWARD.one and one of the co-founders of Ampelmann (one of the firsts YES!Delft incubated startups). After connecting with David at the UNconference, they went to his office to talk about the strategy of their startup where he helped them on the spot. When Evelien told him they were thinking to join YES!Delft, David said it would be very useful and suggested them to apply to the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab.“He specifically advocated for the network and support we would get access to”, she says.
This was the opportunity that Evelien looked for so she could join YES!Delft. Not even a month later, she and her then co-founder started the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab and became part of the YES!Delft ecosystem. From having access to YES!Funded and YES!Talents to having one-on-one sessions with experts from our incubator, the two co-founders entered a 10-week part-time program geared on helping them find their product-market fit. In the end, for her startup, the program revealed a team misalignment, resulting in the founders parting ways.
On the 25th of July, the teams participating in the AI/Blockchain validation lab graduate with the Pitch Day event. This celebration will take place at the YES!Delft’s Digital Hub in The Hague, which opened earlier this year and focused on AI and Blockchain.
In the end, for Evelien, having access to Startup Corner, joining the UNconference, and later joining the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab, gave her not only 360-degree help on her startup, but it also shifted her entrepreneurship journey to 180 degrees, as well. “During the Validation Lab I have learned not only new business validation skills, but also valuable lessons on the foundation of a startup. Especially concerning what building a team really is. Although I’m disappointed that this startup didn’t work out, I’m really excited for new opportunities. Being part of the YES!Delft ecosystem reinforced that being an entrepreneur is want I want to do.”
On 26th of June, we celebrated the 5th edition of our signature startup showcase event – Meet the Startups. We welcomed over 250 corporate partners, investors, mentors, journalists, and entrepreneurs to take a look at the best cutting edge tech and startups YES!Delft has to offer. In an Innovation Playground, all the guests could try the prototypes of Warp VR, Somnox, Kitepower, Nurt.Io, Manometric, Momo Medical, Scoozy, Dental Robotics. Meaning they could even test-drive the mobility scooter of Scoozy, try out a VR experience with Warp VR or even sooth their emotions – almost falling asleep – by hugging the sleep robot of Somnox.
Afterwards, they were dazzled by the pitches of Momo Medical,BI/OND, VideowindoW, Qlayers, Dutch Analytics, and Warp VR. The captivated audience was entertained by MtS host Gerrit H – Mr. Red Sneakers – with an ongoing quiz about the pitches and calls to action presented. The sharpest audience member was awarded a Somnox sleep robot for his knowledge about the ecosystem. Even more, the latest batch of Accelerator startups was there with a stand and everybody could talk with them! Make sure to not miss the next edition!
As temperatures rise, Meet the Startups is not the only time when we show the success of our tech startups! YES!Delft startups celebrate soaring success as time passes by! Read all about it in the top 10 tech startup success stories of this month!
This Accelerator alumnus announced a collaboration with YES!Delft partner Tata Steel on stage at Meet the Startups. Together they will utilize Warp VR’s virtual reality training technology for safety in IJmuiden location. In spring, Warp VR developed a first virtual reality training after doing a workshop with the Tata Steel safety team. After the success of the first training, they will continue to develop several safety scenarios for training which will eventually be used to train large groups of up to 2000 Tata Steel employees.
Huawei has joined forces with this Accelerator alumnus and will be showcasing their energy harvesting solution at MWC Shanghai 2019. Nowi is a pioneer in novel energy harvesting technology. Their technology enables the capturing of ambient energy sources such as light, temperature gradients or radio frequency, with the highest efficiency.
Validation Lab and Accelerator alumnus Manometric was one of the startups on the Innovation Playground, where they showcased their 3D hand scanner. Moreover, the MedTech startup won the Vereniging Samenwerkende Topklinische Ziekenhuizen (STZ) Innovation Challenge. The impact and scalability of the product impressed the jury. There Manometric won 3500 EUR to support the further validation of their product.
Nightbalance founder Eline Vrijland-Van Beest, who was named one of the MIT 35 under 35, wrote about her seven biggest learnings for MedTech product development. Founded in 2009, the MedTech startup and Accelerator alumnus developed their Sleep Position Trainer (SPT). This device is a comfortable and easy to use treatment alternative for people who suffer from positional obstructive sleep apnea. Nightbalance was ultimately acquired by Philips in 2018.
ComplexTech startup VSParticle was named one of the ten winners in the Academic Startup Competition, out of the 28 startups competing. All winners first pitched at GES 2019. Now, all the winning startups will travel Silicon Valley, courtesy of the Dutch Ministry of Economic affairs, to learn how to scale their innovations faster.
The Aviation startup and Accelerator alumnus has announced that Rene Worms, former Managing Director of Topcon Positioning Europe, will be joining as Head of Global Sales. Together they will work on the international expansion of the professional vertical take-off landing (VTOL) mapping and surveying (fixed wing) drone Marlyn, which is known for its accuracy, ease of use, and highest wind resistance in its class.
BNR’s annual Green Quest Award looks for the most sustainable entrepreneurs, and Accelerator alumnus McNetiq has been nominated. Their magnetic Controlock scaffold anchor can cuts costs by reducing energy usage, the anchors can be reused indefinitely and the application is toxin free. McNetiq is up for the Audience Award, and you can vote for them here! The grand winner will be announced at the grand life show on July 1st.
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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.
To support the transition to a low-carbon future, Shell, Rockstart, YES!Delft and Get in the Ring launched the fouurth edition of their signature startup challenge. The New Energy Challenge is designed for European and Israeli startups and scale-ups to tackle the future of energy. Are you ready for a challenge? Deadline for applications is 24th of May!
Clean Tech challenges are myriad, but in essence, Clean Tech is about increasing productivity while decreasing energy use, pollution, the overall impact on the environment and cost. In our tech incubator, we learned from our beginning in 2005 how challenging it is to operate a Clean Tech startup. What it comes down to, is that if a startup wants to have impact on a global scale, they will always encounter large corporates, governments, infrastructure organisations, and more.
The New Energy Challenge is open to young entrepreneurs in Europe and Israel who are developing advanced technologies and disruptive solutions that could be vital to meeting future energy needs worldwide. This is the perfect opportunity to overcome challenges in the roadmap of the CleanTech industry!
“Innovation is key in the energy transition and CleanTech startups play an essential role in transforming the energy business. The Shell New Energy Challenge is a great opportunity for you as a startup to boost your network and collaborate with the industry to create a lasting impact together. You will be able to implement your rapid innovation skills on a global scale and create impact with large industry players. With this program Shell, YES!Delft, Rockstart and Get in the Ring open the doors for you to meet the right people at the right time. This is your chance to make a difference!” – Maureen Gribnau, Innovation Manager, YES!Delft
The winning finalist receives at least €100,000 towards a proof of concept within the Shell GameChanger programme, giving them a quick and cost-effective way to test the technical and commercial viability of their solution.
Last year the New Energy Challenge welcomed 300 applicants from 49 countries. The top ten finalists were invited to Amsterdam. In the aftermovie from last year’s edition, you can hear from the finalists, winners, and runner-ups to inspire you further!
With this program, YES!Delft, Shell & Rockstart open doors to the industry and enable you to meet the right people at the right time. The focus is on startups and scale-ups that offer innovative, low-carbon energy solutions related to the future of mobility, energy management, energy storage, hydrogen, and the retail station of the future.
YES!Delft is involved in Track One, which offers early-stage startups a specially designed Validation Lab. In the intensive program, finalists validate their business plans and exchange ideas with coaches and experts. This is an actual pressure cooker program, a three-day sprint within the Finals Week. The finalists will get access to YES!Delft’s extensive network of coaches and experts, which will help them validate their business proposals, find their product-market fit and prepare to pitch for an expert jury during the Finals Day event.
As part of our partnership, YES!Delft visited the Odyssey Hackathon in Groningen, the largest AI and Blockchain hackathon in the world. Managing Director of YES!Delft The Hague Ras Lalmy, Technical Director for the Blockchain Focus Area Neil Smyth, Focus Area Manager for AI Noor Figdor attended the hackathon as jedis.
From Friday until Sunday, 100 teams battled it out 20 different challenges. In the 48 hours allotted, the teams looked for AI and Blockchain solutions for anything from Tokenizing Ecosystems to Crisis & Disaster Management. The ambitious challenges attracted many ambitious teams, of which our very own, Circularise and Mythronics.
Circularise is one of the startups that have moved to the YES!Delft The Hague. They are working on solving communication barriers in the value chain with blockchain technology to enable a circular economy. In Groningen, the Circularise team was victorious in the Tokenizing Ecosystems track. They worked on visualizing investments in open source protocols for investors, and generating smart contracts that run the protocols, allocate transaction fees, and govern a voting system.
Mythronics, one of our Accelerator program alumni, was awarded the second place in the Fossil Free Future track! The team created a solution for households with solar panels to confidently certify their solar energy production and provide accurate insight for the entire ecosystem in household energy production.
“It’s great to see YES!Delft startups Circularise and Mythronics do so well at the Odyssey Hackathon. It has been a tremendous experience for everyone, a huge amount of positive energy from all kinds of participants who are driven to re-imagine how we solve societies challenges. Well done to Rutger and the team on bringing all the people together!”
Neil Smyth, Technical Director for the Blockchain Focus Area
The power of team
For startups, the team is essential for success. This becomes even more clear in a pressure cooker environment like a hackathon. We spoke to Socialtec: a team of three colleagues, a family member of the team captain, and two other guys that flew in from Berlin. How is that for teamwork? They were part of the Inclusive Banking track developing a way to transition to a local, circular and inclusive economy.
So instead of exchanging money for goods and services, their answer is an app where people can easily trade and asses their offerings. This means there would be an ecosystem that allows you to exchange whatever you have in abundance. We bartered a handful of our YES! bars with team captain Michiel for his pitch.
“All the offers on our network are available through blockchain. Because there is an issue in peer2peer networks because you cannot see the entire system. Therefore you have to centralize this information on some medium, so you can access it, but then who owns it? That’s where blockchain comes in. We put the offers on the blockchain so that it’s centralized in a decentralized way. These are the words of our smart developer who was smiling when he was explaining it to us.” Michiel Heij, SocialTec Team Captain
Another team that caught our attention were the Future Fire Fighters team, who only met in real life on the first day. Even though two team members that participated in the last year’s hackathon, this year they teamed up with one Italian girl and two Bulgarian guys. Their solution to help emergency responders make faster and safer decisions. Their solution was to collect and analyze information from both closed and open data streams. With this they won the Crisis & Disaster Management track.
“The next step is to realize the potential in the teams and ideas from the hackathon. Here I believe that YES!Delft can play a key role with our proven startup Validation Labs together with our new Digital Hub in The Hague focused on AI and Blockchain. Our goal is to make the Digital ecosystem in The Hague a vibrant reality – and these challenge winners are clear examples of ideas that we can help realise so I encourage them to apply for our upcoming AI/BC Validation Lab. An inspirational 5 days but only the first step!”
Neil Smyth, Technical Director for the Blockchain Focus Area
YES!Delft The Hague is the new branch of the incubator YES!Delft focused on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. It is located in the HeadQuarter building on the Wilhelmina van Pruisenweg, and the doors for tech startups opened in March 2019.
YES!Delft The Hague was opened by StartupDelta Special Envoy Constantijn van Oranje, YES!Delft managing director Evert Jaap Lugt, the Hague Alderman for Education, Knowledge Economy and International AffairsSaskia Bruines and the Delft alderman for Knowledge Economy Bas Vollebregt. The new Digital Hub has been realized in collaboration with the municipality of The Hague. At YES!Delft The Hague, ambitious and promising startups will accelerate the development of their innovations in Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.
Experienced tech entrepreneur Ras Lalmy has taken up the position of managing director of YES!Delft The Hague:
“The focus of the new YES!Delft location in The Hague will be on two important technologies of the digital society: Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. The Hague is the perfect location; close to relevant organizations such as government, business and knowledge institutions. Together with these parties, we are going to create a vital and highly innovative ecosystem for tech startups that want to make an impact.”
In the new Digital Hub of YES!Delft The Hague, the emphasis is on the technologies of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, the two key technologies of the digital society. The tailor-made programs of YES!Delft The Hague are aimed at enabling startups to grow as quickly as possible. At the same time, YES!Delft The Hague, together with its ecosystem, offers innovative programs for local businesses and government. In this way the brand new branch of YES!Delft will become the hub for technological innovation in the Netherlands.
Alderman Saskia Bruines adds:
“As the municipality, we are delighted with the arrival of YES!Delft to The Hague. This is because we are working on a strong regional knowledge economy. Close cooperation with universities and colleges of higher education plays an important role here because the entrepreneurs of tomorrow are trained within these institutions. YES!Delft is, therefore, a good addition to the economy in The Hague. In Delft, the organization has shown that it can create a large number of successful startups. “
The vision for the future
Meanwhile, the first startups have moved into the building, and the first specialized Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain program started on 21 February. In the Validation Lab program, startups test and prepare their products for the market. In the last week of February, the Digital Hub YES!Delft The Hague staged a week-long hackathon in which 10 international teams competed for the best sustainable energy innovation. This grand start is defining for the vision and ambition of YES!Delft.
This is underlined by Evert Jaap Lugt, the managing director of YES!Delft:
“With the ambition of YES!Delft to become the best tech incubator in the world, it is necessary to have a strong regional basis. The talent, knowledge, experience and innovation drive are there. The opening of the Digital Hub in The Hague is an important step in building an extensive regional ecosystem in which we facilitate the connection between the right parties with the right circumstances, experience, and expertise.”
YES! Delft has grown since 2005 into one of the most successful startup incubators in the world. The tech incubator came second in the world ranking of UBI Global, a European body that annually publishes incubator rankings. The more than 200 startups in the portfolio have access to the unique YES! Delft ecosystem of mentors, experts, investors, and corporate partners, which can be regarded as one of the most extensive ecosystems in Europe. In close cooperation with TU Delft, young talent is guided towards successful entrepreneurship. YES! Delft offers eight focus areas, each with its own specialized network, varying from Aviation, Cleantech, Robotics to MedTech. The emphasis in The Hague will be on software-related startups.