Who can call themselves the best academic start-up in the Netherlands in 2020? Four promising young companies started from the TU in Eindhoven are competing. Including Lusoco, based in Twice hub Catalyst.
The competition is a joint initiative of the association of universities and Techleap, the organisation of 'start-up prince' Constantijn. The aim is to raise the profile of groundbreaking innovations and give them access to a large (inter)national network of entrepreneurs and researchers. The winners will be selected in November.
The TU/e is well represented in the field of participants. Of the twenty finalists, Goal 3, Lusoco, NC Biomatrix and Taylor have their breeding grounds on the Eindhoven campus.
Goal 3 is working on a monitoring system that, partly based on algorithms, automatically detects diseases at an early stage. It can be used against child mortality in developing countries. Goal 3 has nine employees. Co-founder Jelle Schuitemaker (25): The African market has different requirements than the West. Every system has to be battery-powered, at least half as cheap and easier to use. We are now mainly looking for technical partners for existing product components, such as sensors".
Start-up Lusoco by former TU/e PhD student Jeroen ter Schiphorst and Teun Wagenaar produces special glass that stores energy during the day and emits light at night. To this end, the company has developed a printing technology that uses fluorescent dyes that absorb and store sunlight in solar cells on the side of the glass. The result is not only a highly visible print, but the glass can actually gain energy.
NC Biomatrix is working on a biomaterial gel to repair wear and tear on the intervertebral discs in the lower back. The gel is injected directly into the intervertebral disc. This is less stressful than operating. The Brabants Startup Fund has already invested 350,000 euros in it.
Taylor is working hard to make solar panels and cells more efficient and reliable. It develops and delivers solar microelectronics that make solar panels more efficient and maintenance resistant. It supplies the products directly to solar panel manufacturers for integration into the module of the solar panel.
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In addition to being a finalist for the best academic startup, Lusoco is also a finalist for the Advanced materials competition (AdMaCom 2020 Innovation Network for Advanced Materials). .
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