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1 Dec 2023
SLUSH 2023 - Colouring Helsinki orange with 4TU tech startups
28 startups of the four technical universities went to Helsinki, Finland, from the 28th of November until the 2nd of December to experience Slush: the most founder-friendly startup conference in the world. This is what they got out of it.
13 Oct 2023
Afterlife wins the fifth edition of the Dutch 4TU Impact Challenge
The final of the 4TU Impact Challenge took place on Thursday 12th of October for the fifth time and was hosted by Eindhoven University of Technology. The professional jury selected Afterlife from Wageningen as the winner. This company uses fungi to make edible protein products from agro-food waste streams. Delft-based Geotherm Electric, which helps industrial plants by converting waste heat into electricity, walked away with the audience award. Afterlife makes high-quality proteins from waste streams through fungal fermentation. In doing so, the startup aims to create new opportunities for food manufacturers, bridging the gap between sustainable proteins and a circular economy. The professional jury, led by Eindhoven's Rector Magnificus Silvia Lenaerts, chose Afterlife from eight finalists.
26 Sep 2022
Aanjagers van Technologie Sophie & Gijs – Waterstof kan de volgende generatie redden
31 Aug 2022
Tech fairs as springboards for start-ups in their search for new markets
16 Jun 2022
Trade mission for start-ups serves as a valuable meeting point for contacts close to home
Trade missions to technology expos are very useful for start-ups. This was evident during the Finnish trade expo Slush, where 4TU.IMPACT held the finals of the last Impact Challenge. Several start-ups from the four participating Dutch technical universities (4TU) traveled to Finland. The participants were able to expand their networks and come into contact with investors there.
30 May 2022
Students compete to really make a difference with their social innovations
"It's just a real pleasure every time," says Robert-Jan Smits, president of the Executive Board of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is referring to the students who pitch their ideas, prototypes and projects during a competition like the TU/e Contest or the 4TU Impact Challenge in the battle for the prize. "It's wonderful and really clever how these young people are able to present themselves. Just in terms of how creative they are in their solutions for a wide variety of issues. That's really special.”
21 Mar 2022
ZED paves the way for a battery-free Internet of Things
Start-up ZED (Zero Energy Development), a TU Delft spin-off, developed wire- and battery-less sensors that run on the energy created by simply pressing a button. Or by buckling your belt.
7 Mar 2022
Technology drivers 2022 in full swing
The Technology Drivers of 2022 are now in full swing. Building on the insights of their predecessors, they defined concrete projects to accelerate transitions with technological innovations within 5 important societal themes.
31 Jan 2022
How ECsens' sensors could save lives in the healthcare industry
Pepijn Beekman and Dilu Mathew, founders of start-up ECsens, a spin-off of the University of Twente, are planning no less than a revolution in healthcare. In late 2019, they won the 4TU Impact Challenge with their sensors to diagnose cancer faster.
27 Jan 2022
Analysis method TU Delft spin-off gives silent majority a voice
When Nixon made his famous speech about the silent majority, he could not have imagined that 50 years later that group would have a voice thanks to Populytics,  platform for civic participation.
13 Jan 2022
UT spin off's laser technology enables vaccine injection without needles
The University of Twente spin-off FlowBeams is working on a technology to inject liquids, such as vaccines or insulin, without the use of needles. This significantly reduces the risk of infection and also cuts down on a lot of waste.
1 Dec 2021
Hable wins 4TU Impact Challenge with braille keyboard for smartphones
TU/e startup Hable wins the third edition of the 4TU Impact Challenge, a competition for the best idea from students from the four Dutch universities of technology.
23 Nov 2021
TU Delft sensors watch over steel bridges
A sensor on steel bridges designed to detect fatigue cracks and monitor the progression of this damage. That's the headline-making feat of the TU Delft start-up Villari in the Netherlands.
16 Nov 2021
TNO spin-off supplies the tools to conduct research into quantum technology
We are eagerly awaiting the quantum computer. It promises to be a computer with unprecedented computational power and that will open new doors. Start-up Orange Quantum Systems is speeding up the development process with a unique collaboration in the brand-new quantum value chain.
8 Nov 2021
A naturally biodegradable alternative to microplastics
A naturally biodegradable alternative to microplastics in e.g. body scrubs and detergents. That is what Iamfluidics, a spin-off from the University of Twente, is in the process of developing.