Enriched drinking water. 3D-printed jewelry. Hashimoto syndrome treatment. Market Intelligence platform. Enzyme-based nano-battery. Sounds promising. Yet it is the ambitious entrepreneurs behind the ideas who are going to transform these ideas into viable businesses. We take great pride in introducing you to our Fall 2016 Incubation Program (BIFINCF16) participants.
The BIFINCF16 program starts with a full-time 7-week Venture Essentials program in which startups get expert-led masterclasses, coaching, services, and access to on-campus facilities. This program is followed up by a 2-year period in which the startups receive guidance in order to set the foundations for a successful business. Now it is time to tell you who these startups are and what they do.
“The program is a unique possibility to accelerate our business process by adding the last pieces of the puzzle.” — Alex Vrinzen, Healthy Water
1. Let us start with a participant joining us from Germany; Parjab. Parjab plans to build a platform where designers of jewelry and jewelry manufacturers meet. The designers can upload their design for the manufacturers to order via the platform, after which a model is 3D-printed in wax. This model can then be used to make a mould for the actual jewel. A great way to counteract the limited offer in unique jewelry!
2. A number of Hashimoto patients still experience some of the symptoms after medical treatment. That is where our second participant, Hashimoto.help, comes in. Their treatment, consisting of four pillars, complements the medical treatment in order to cure the disease. The combination of education, coaching, dietary advice and nutritional supplements helps patients to also overcome those remaining symptoms.
3. The third participant is aiming to make people healthier. Now, of course, there are a lot of ways to do so, but the idea of Healthy Water is to enrich drinking water with minerals to make the RDA of these minerals achievable. Since currently, the water and vegetables have a shortage of minerals, Healthy Water might have come up with the solution for people to consume sufficient vital minerals.
“The technical aspect is well-developed, but the challenge to create a legendary company lies in the commercialization.” — Alex Vrinzen, Healthy Water
4. With a growing start-up scene, it is getting more and more difficult to keep an overview of startups, incubators, accelerators, venture partners, investors and/or other valuable resources for a given field. Data Mundi is a, constantly updated, open online platform which provides data and information for the start-up ecosystem to bring together all parties involved in the start-up phase of companies.
5. Forget the current lithium batteries! Enzyme Energy, our fifth and last participant of the BIFINCF16 program, have developed a concept which can be used to produce a nano battery. A nano battery is a sustainable solution, making use of green energy. The long-term goal is to replace lithium batteries by these ‘green batteries’. In other words, making the world battery-free.
“The direct feedback you receive from experts who think along with you accelerates the thinking process and is therefore very valuable.” — Carin Janssen, Enzyme Energy
Their journey has only just begun! We cannot wait to see the BIFINCF16 startups and their innovations flourish and reach their maximum potential during the upcoming weeks and months. Want to keep track of their developments? Make sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for regular updates. We wish these brave entrepreneurs and their teams the best of luck during the course of the program! Let’s get to work!