Yes!Delft

Yes Delft
YES!Delft is a non-profit organisation with a clear mission: building tomorrow’s leading firms. We guide technological startups to become leading in their industries and support entrepreneurs in the growth of a company. YES!Delft also encourages students, professionals and scientists on their path of entrepreneurship and joins the forces of startups, coaches, investors and innovative corporations to fuel entrepreneurial success. We foster technological entrepreneurship, because we believe it contributes to a more sustainable economy and accelerates solutions that enhance modern-day society.

Start date facilitator

01-01-2016

Strategy

At YES!Delft we focus on building tomorrow's leading firms. Our programmes turn promising technology ideas into solid startups, and grow them to successful companies. Entrepreneurs have access to a top-notch network of mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience.

YES!Delft has two programmes for entrepreneurs:
1. LaunchLab: 10 week (part-time) pressure cooker program to validate your technology
2. Incubation Programme: full-time growth programme where you build and grow your technology company. During the first six months, you take part in an intense programme to work on all the basics of your company.

Target audience

YES!Delft offers a wide variety of programmes for people who are interested in technological entrepreneurship. From professionals and students with an idea to early stage startups and tech entrepreneurs with a validated business model.

Selection criteria

  • Technology-based ideas: focus on complex technologies, we like rocket science (development time to market = 2-5 years).
  • Industries: energy, clean tech, medical & health, industrial solutions, mobility.
  • Solving an actual problem: we focus on ideas that make our world safer, securer, more efficient and healthier.
  • Team: ambitious, driven and committed with the goal to build a leading firm around a technologically innovative idea with a scalable business model.
  • Screening process: we look into technology, market & customer, intellectual property and team.

Intended results

  • Since 2005, YES!Delft has admitted 180 companies to their programme, of which 160 are still going strong and provide direct employment to 1047 people.
  • Invested capital of over 300 million euros.
  • Because of our strict selection process and intensive coaching, the companies that join YES!Delft have a high probability of survival: over 85% of companies are still active.
  • Over the last ten years, YES!Delft companies have won 135 competitions, yielding a total amount of prize money of €3,500,000.
  • We are in the top 10 of Europe’s favourite places to invest and have been recognized as one of the best incubators in Europe (number 4) by UBI.

Start-ups

Examples of succesful YES!Delft Companies

Ampelmann makes transferring from a ship to another ship, wind turbine or oil rig as easy as crossing the street. Founded in 2005, the company is now estimated at a net worth of several millions of euros. In 2015 Ampelmann secured a total of one million safe cross-overs, operating over 40 machines.
Epyon Power was acquired by the market leader in Electrical Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure ABB in 2011. The startup managed to market outstanding fast-charging solutions for electric vehicles. Whilst the founders of Epyon stayed aboard they have also started a new company which is again part of YES!Delft. 
NightBalance offers an innovative cure for positional sleep apnoea that is taking the world by storm. The company secured a big funding round in 2013 and sells products in seven European countries amongst which Great Britain, Switzerland and Italy.
Eternal Sun received a large investment for their solar simulating technology in 2015. As the company was growing to maturity fast they have recently left our building for a bigger office in the neighbourhood. 
Lacquey makes easy-to-use, easy-to-clean robot grippers for food handling. The company recently sold a majority share to be able grow internationally.
MOCS is expanding fast due to a unique composite joining technology that can build the bridges of the future.
Nerdalize  heats buildings with computer power and recently announced that energy company Eneco acquired an undisclosed interest in the startup. The Eneco eRadiator, formerly known as the Nerdalize Grid Heater, will be installed in the homes of families in the Netherlands.
Bird Control Group markets an animal-friendly way to fend off birds from airports and farms with laser beams. Birds collide with aircrafts almost on a daily basis and cause damage to crops adding up to 180 million euros each year in the Netherlands alone.

Team

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