9x 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 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.
At High Tech Campus, the technological 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, BikeClip, 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, Team Solid that turned iron powder into fuel, or Tech United, a multiple world champion in healthcare robots. Special projects that lead to successful startups.
Eindhoven: the place to be for hardware design and high tech innovation
New on the TU/e Campus is Innovation Space, located in Matrix Building. 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 the summertime. These are the ten startups of this year.
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 at one of the Eindhoven hotspots.
Special projects lead to successful startups
TU/e sees potential in entrepreneurial students and this is confirmed with STARTUP*EHV. As a business incubator (part of the TU/e Innovation Lab) they support starting entrepreneurs with the growth of their business. With their programs and large network the chance of success is great, just take a look at Joes + Manon Design Studio.
Do you have a smart idea in the field of smart mobility, sustainability, infrastructure, or logistics? Then the Mobility Lab will be happy to help you. Every year startups can register. The chosen startups are waiting for all kinds of things: new connections, guidance, and more!
Have a need for sharing and acquiring new knowledge? Then visit the EHV Innovation Café in Kazerne. Every Thursday you will meet special guests and get new insights. Settle down at the meet-up table in advance for a quick share of knowledge and good food, because innovation is nothing on an empty stomach!
For young tech starters there is now a brand new hub at the TU/e. At Alpha you get an affordable workplace and an inspiring community. In the hub, you'll be actively supported with coaching, business development, start-up financing and access to useful networks. A great place to work on pilots and prototypes, and to grow your business.