6 places for Startups
Rumor has it that Eindhoven is the place to be for hardware design and high tech innovation. We couldn’t agree more :-) Eindhoven does indeed have a fine combination of smart people, top level research facilities and an entrepreneurial spirit. This makes it easy to grow quickly as a startup. Young talents from around the globe come to Eindhoven to develop ideas and set up a business. These are the places where they meet.
Anyone who has ever seen a high tech startup getting off the ground, knows this: things can be pretty chaotic in the beginning. Obtaining funding, filing patents (or not?), and the eternal search for a good software engineer. Where to start?
Well, at HightechXL, for example. The incubator program that is among the world's best in terms of impact. In three months time they will help you to get your product and business ready for the market. The program is located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven.
2. Lumo Labs
At Strijp-S, the creative heart of the city, you'll find Lumo Labs. A two-year program for startups. The incubator was founded by four entrepreneurs who will support you with their experience and resources to break through as a startup. Famous participants are Pillow's Willow and VRee.
The student teams at the Technical University are undoubtedly the breeding ground for everything that is smart, creative and enterprising. Think of the Solar Team that won the World Solar Challenge in Australia with their family car on solar energy, the team of Storm that developed the first electric touring motorcycle (and drove it around the world in 80 days) or Blue Jay, the world's first health care drone. Special projects that lead to successful startups.
New on the TU/e Campus is Innovation Space, located in building GasLab. The idea is to realize an innovative collaboration between the different expertise of the TU/e. From biomedical engineering to electrical engineering. Not only student teams are based here, but also professors, companies and other students who work together on prototypes and the development of high tech products.
The startup world is developing rapidly, but once a year we take stock in Eindhoven. During the Startups-to-Watch, the ten most promising startups of the year are announced - together with drinks and bbq, making it one of the most fun events in summertime. These are the ten startups of last year.
6. Drinks, Pitches and Demos
Drinks, Pitches and Demos is a popular event. For people from the heart of Eindhoven's tech scene, but also the shell around it. From students without a LinkedIn profile to pensioners with a huge network. Every first Wednesday of the month, pitches with a drink in HighTechXL Plaza on High Tech Campus Eindhoven.