How can Groningen Seaports attract and retain a new generation of diverse talent? Startup in Residence participant Rand Design says it’s not just about good primary job benefits such as salary, but also about secondary benefits, like facilitating childcare.
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Groningen Seaports is booming and in dire need of IT talent to fill up all those new vacancies. Startup in Residence participant Growth says the answer lies in finding talent before they graduate and is developing a platform to match students, during their study, with companies in the region.
Making sports facilities like swimming pools and ice rinks more sustainable is quite a challenge. Startup in Residence participant Sustainable Buildings already has a lot of experience doing just that for office buildings, and decided to take on this challenge too.
How do you make buildings more sustainable, safer and healthier to work in? Startup in Residence participant Greatwaves says all you need is Wi-Fi, and is currently testing their prototype at the Zernike Campus.
No shortage of beautiful parks in Groningen. Home to many festivals and cultural events, but also the place to chill during warm and sunny days. However, maintenance and cleaning up is costly, not to mention the need to protect the grass, trees and other plant life against an increasing number of visitors. Startup in Residence participant SecGroep uses sensors to monitor the soil and crowds and use the data to help prevent damage and make maintenance easier.
Attention Groningen based blockchain devs and A.I. wizards, the Odyssey Hackathon is looking for you! Join the world’s biggest blockchain hackathon in the world, work on pressing societal issues, with the chance to join the incubation program afterwards and work with big corporates and investors.
Waste sorting through gamification, real time water quality checks and emotion based crowd management. These are just three of the seven prototypes being tested this week during Eurosonic, the biggest music showcase festival in Europe.
An overview of awesome initiatives to boost your startupEcosystem initiatives
The past few years, I’ve dedicated most of my time trying to connect the ecosystem of Groningen and put the Groningen startup ecosystem on the map. The ecosystem is now better connected and often mentioned as the second best ecosystem of the Netherlands (after Amsterdam). Groningen has achieved this by working together with so many different partners. To me, it proves Groningen is small enough to build strong relationships and is large enough to think big.
Last Monday, startups and partners of the Donar Startup Assist Program worked overtime to help out the Beatrix Children’s Hospital. Around 30 people divided into five teams came up with practical and creative ideas to help increase sponsors and donations.