The best 10 tech startups 2021 according to Computable

28 Jun 2021

ICT magazine Computable has handed out ten nominations within the Computable Awards 2021 in the Tech startup category. It concerns the following tech startups, spread across the country:

Bizcuit, Delft Circuits, Fectar, Hable One (startup hub Alpha!), Imagin.studio, Incooling (high Tech campus), Neurocast, Neurolytics, Qblox and RoomRaccoon. The winner will be announced during a spectacular show on November 2, 2021. Good to see that 2 of the nominees come from this Brainport region. Congratulations to all for the nomination!

According to Computable, the ten nominated tech startups have recently been determined by a professional jury, consisting of jury chairman Artie Debidien, international CIO at NN Group, Justus Hemelaar, business developer at Open HealthHub, Sebastiaan Hooft, independent / owner of Redesign, Erik Kamps, ceo at Crossyn Automotiv (financial prospect (investor)), Ruud Pieterse, chief technologist/chief architect at DXC Technology and Kees Tolsma, business development manager at Tech Data.

Computable received a total of 59 nominations in this category. The ten nominated parties in the Tech startup category are:

  • Bizcuit – The Bizcuit platform enables entrepreneurs, accountants and software suppliers to use PSD2 payment services. The account information services and payment initiation services of payment institution Bizcuit Payments are available through the platform. Software suppliers can easily integrate the services into their software. This means that accounting and ERP packages can easily link with the bank to automatically retrieve bank transactions several times a day. It is also possible to add payment functionality to an accounting, ERP or salary package.
  • Delft Circuits – Delft Circuits is an ambitious group of people, ready to realize their vision of paving the way for quantum technologies, by providing innovative and relevant solutions to the hardware challenges of quantum engineers. It is the mission of Delft Circuits to support customers in realizing quantum technologies by means of special quantum hardware.
  • Fectar – Fectar is a CMS platform for creating 3D presentations in virtual and augmented reality. It turns out to be a gap in the market: every week the young company gets a hundred thousand new users. Fectar from Brabant describes itself as 'the Youtube of augmented and virtual reality'. It supplies an app with a content management system that allows both individuals and companies to create and view 3D presentations in VR and AR in an accessible manner. 
  • Hable One – Hable One (hub Alpha) is revolutionizing the way blind and partially sighted people use smartphones. The Hable One is a wireless smartphone keyboard that uses Braille input for the very best typing experience. Type with confidence on a keyboard built for efficiency, precision and mobility. The Hable One keyboard gives you easy access to all VoiceOver or TalkBack features.
  • Imagin.studio – Imagin.studio is a digital design studio that helps the automotive industry show cars online in all possible configurations to potential buyers. The startup helps the largest lease companies and car dealers in the world to digitize and present their offer online. Imagin.studio creates 3D models of cars, which can then be viewed from all possible angles. The startup from Utrecht now claims to have the world's largest digital car library, with millions of high-resolution images of just about all cars.
  • Incooling – Incooling cools chips in data centers using technology developed at particle accelerator Cern. Data centers could use this to save energy while simultaneously increasing the speed of their chips. Incooling efficiently keeps data centers cool by not ventilating the entire hall or sending water past servers, but by cooling the chips themselves with coolant in a cooling block that is placed on the chip.
  • Neurocast – Neurocast is a company that was founded in 2017 with the aim of measuring as much relevant data as possible about the progression of neurological disorders. The measured data is used to improve the treatment of individual patients and to map better insights into the development of neurological disorders. For this, the Amsterdam-based company is developing passive measurement methods that have been scientifically validated. The data is converted into valuable insights using artificial intelligence.
  • Neurolytics – Everyone should have an equal chance at their dream job, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. That is what HR-tech startup Neurolytics thinks, and that is why it is developing video assessments using AI: candidates or employees are analyzed for stress resistance, motivation and match with the team and the organizational culture. This helps companies to map out their organization and teams and to hire people who fit in well. 
  • Qblox – Quantum computers are seen worldwide as the next step due to their superior computing power. Before these supercomputers can fulfill their promise, a number of crucial developments are needed. One of these is the development of a qualitative and scalable control system to control hundreds and eventually even thousands of qubits at the same time. The Delft company Qblox develops extremely scalable, modular systems precisely for this purpose.
  • RoomRaccoon – RoomRaccoon is a cloud software service for (smaller) hotels. The service from Breda is currently used by 1400 hotels in 45 countries. They use it to manage their room occupancy, offer those rooms via booking platforms such as Booking.com, Expedia and Airbnb, let the system automatically calculate the best price per room and allow their guests to check in online. The latter appears to be a suitable way to avoid contact moments at the counter as much as possible, especially in corona time. Such a digital contact moment is also an upsell opportunity for hotels that have been hit by the corona pandemic. For example, they can offer a larger room for twenty euros.

Judging process

A group of 21 Computable experts digitally reviewed the 59 nominations in the Tech Startup category. Based on their figures, the top ten were invited to the jury deliberation that recently took place digitally. The jury team was supervised by the head jury of the Computable Awards 2020, including Artie Debidien, Stijn Grove, Bart van der Mark, Ruud Mulder and Fred Streefland.

During the jury deliberation, jury chairman Artie Debidien focused specifically on maturity/resilience, but seven competences were still represented in the jury team. Justus Hemelaar took care of business development and innovation, Sebastian Hooft looked at team development, Erik Kamps focused mainly on financial prospects from an investor role, Ruud Pieterselette specifically on social/market interests and Kees Tolsma assessed the market potential as an incubator /accelerator and product development.

During the jury deliberation, the candidates received an average final mark from each jury member. This final grade was determined by each judge rating the product based on problem solving, competition, disruption and/or technology, the market based on size, distinctiveness, marketing plan, successes, margin and/or scaling and the team/the business based on vision, successes, setbacks and/or scalability. The combined averages of the judges ultimately determined which ten tech startups were nominated.

To vote

The voting process for the Computable Awards 2021 will start on 5 July. The public vote determines the winner for fifty percent. The jury members involved also consider the nominees per category, an average judgment that also determines the winner for half. The winners of each category will be announced on 2 November. We will also announce the other nominees in due time.

Jury Tech Startup

  • Artie Debidien, international CIO at NN Group (jury chair and maturity/resilience)
  • Justus Hemelaar, business developer at Open HealthHub (business development and innovation)
  • Sebastiaan Hooft, independent / owner of Redesign (team development)
  • Erik Kamps, CEO at Crossyn Automotiv (financial outlook (investor))
  • Ruud Pieterse, chief technologist/chief architect at DXC Technology (social/market interest)
  • Kees Tolsma, business development manager at Tech Data (market potential (incubator/accelerator) and product development)
Written by
Saskia van de Schoot

directeur new business

Saskia van de Schoot
Source: Computable
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