After six months of workshops, meetings, mentor sessions and prototype building, the startups got to show off their progress last week, at the Startup in Residence Demo Day. In a packed Groninger Forum, six out of the eight selected companies shared their experiences and showed their progress. Here are the highlights:
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.
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.
Bridging the gap between online and offline. Startup in Residence participant Zupr wants to help local retailers increase their in-store sales, brands to market their products locally, and consumers to find the products they need right around the corner. Simply put, the startup builds software to connect brands and retailers, in an effort to uncover local product availability to consumers.
The results are in! Out of a total of 26 submissions for Startup in Residence, 8 startups have been selected to join the program. Last Friday at the Groninger Forum, they pitched their ideas and now it high time to roll up sleeves and get cracking on making Groningen and even more awesome place to work and live.
The Startup in Residence program will officially kick off on September 14, but before we announce the final selection, we’d like you to meet the four mentors who will guide the startups to world domination in the coming five months. So without further ado and a drumroll for good measure, here they are!
With the Startup in Residence program, Groningen will actively collaborate with startups to find new and innovative solutions for societal challenges facing the city. In total, 23 entrepreneurs have signed up for the first edition of the program. In the coming weeks, they will pitch their ideas to the City, Groningen Seaports and Campus Groningen. The final selection for the program will be announced in late August.