Pieter Dillingh: “Innovating as a high-tech manufacturing company? Join an innovation centre or field lab.”

  Pieter Dillingh of Kennispark Twente acknowledges that innovating as an entrepreneur in the manufacturing industry is necessary, but not always easy. Open innovation centres and field labs help entrepreneurs with the latest scientific knowledge and e.g. trial productions. “They offer SMEs unique growth opportunities and a chance to stay ahead of the competition.” “I […]

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‘You can always find the funds to finance a smashing idea’

An app to prevent food waste, experiencing the beautiful landscape of Twente while in the city, and a rain barrel that takes care of emptying itself before the next downpour to prevent flooding. Beautiful innovative solutions that teams came up with during our Creathons. The result for them was a wonderful experience, a promising business […]

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1.8 million euro for fast detection of explosives, Eye on Air expands team

Existing shareholder Mainport Innovation Fund and a group of private investors have invested 1.8 million euro in the Dutch technology firm Eye on Air, which develops technology for fast screening for explosives of passengers and luggage. Eye on Air will use the investment to expand its development team and to start marketing of its products […]

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Pre-seed schemes results: Confidence in Twente startups growing

Positive employment prospects for innovative high-tech companies The results of the Pre-seed Companies Monitor of the University of Twente were presented in December. The developments of three schemes for start-ups are included in the monitor. Proof of Concept (PoC), TOP, and TOP-light, which offer financial support ranging from € 10,000 to € 250,000 and business […]

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Hana Safayah wins Saxion International Startup Challenge

The winner of the third edition of the Saxion International Startup Challenge is Hana Safayah from Romenia. The final took place on Sunday December 11th in the Saxion Startup Center in Enschede. It was the culmination of an entire weekend where 15 international Saxion-students have transformed their ideas into promising business models. Hana won a […]

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Entrepreneurs and investors talked about Exit Strategies during Fund the Future VI

“You should be willing to sell your baby to Asia and never see it back” On December 6 Kennispark Twente and Powered by Twente – Innovation Events organized the sixth edition of Fund the Future at the University of Twente. Fund the Future is a series of conferences which emphasizes financing for every stage of […]

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Professor Steven Walsh: “Let failure be your guide”

His own motto and his key piece of advice for starting entrepreneurs is to “let failure be your guide.” With his knowledge of entrepreneurship and emerging technologies, professor Steven Walsh has already inspired many startups in Twente and helped them to reach the next level. We are glad to have an American expert of his […]

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Motion capture technology from Xsens used for Shakespeare’s play

Mark Quartley as Ariel (Gramafilm) For the first time since its debut in 1611, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest can be seen onstage with all the wonder and magic that the author dreamed of, thanks to a new collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Intel and in association with The Imaginarium Studios. The performance includes […]

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Inspirational business stories from the Netherlands

What makes Dutch businesses so attractive at the global level? It is their innovative nature and focus on continuity that makes them reliable and able to deliver high-quality products and services. They value their knowledge base and expand it year after year by building on their own R&D activities and the input received from the […]

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Marike Boertien: ‘Pitch&Match is a platform for innovation in HTSM’

“The latest academic knowledge, a room full of committed entrepreneurs and an enthusiastic facilitator who encourages collaboration”, the Pitch&Match meetings as described by Marike Boertien from Kennispark Twente. “This is how we transport knowledge from the University of Twente to the market and stimulate innovation in the region.” “Pitch&Match meetings challenge experts and entrepreneurs from […]

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