Mint tea made from your own urine, or a tasty beer brewed from local rainwater. Last week, Innofest turned Eurosonic/Noorderslag into a living lab for social and sustainable innovation. And Eurosonic being one of the biggest showcase festivals in the world, the startups involved had a pretty big podium to present and test their innovations.
Eurosonic will be in full swing this week, with the city filled with musicians and music industry professionals from all over Europe. But it’s not just the bands that makes Groningen the European music capital; these four companies, working in between the overlap of technology and innovation, certainly contribute to making sure Groningen maintains that status.
The funny thing about Artificial Intelligence, is that the principle behind it is not that new. The autopilot of an airplane, isn’t that already a form of AI? It’s old school math and even though we may think AI is already far along in its development, we’re probably now at the point where the Internet was in 1994.
The Founded in Groningen website now has a new look and feel. We’ll be in beta for the next two months, to make sure the site not only looks great, but will work like a charm too. Aside from the redesign, we’ve now added calls for startups and an overview of initiatives. Be sure to check it out!
Terrible WiFi, it’s one of the most annoying things when you’re trying to get some work done. Slimmer wifi, in their own words, sets up and maintains super fantastic sparkling magical WiFi networks for companies and office buildings. Sounds like a bold statement, but the company has delivered on that promise of great WiFi to companies like Catawiki, HackerOne, Voys, Launch Cafe and Transcom, to name just a few.
In 2003, Voys and Spindle founder Mark Vletter worked in Haiti for roughly six months. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. After an 11-hour flight, you go from a country that has everything to a country that has nothing. In Haiti, he saw what a lack of access to information and communication does to a country and its people. Today, 48% of the world’s population still has no access to free communication. “This needs to change”, Mark says. “With 48percent.org we want to bring equality to the world by enabling that last 48% to have access to unrestricted communication.”
King’s Commissioner of the Groningen Province René Paas gave this year’s Groningen Entrepreneur Award to Innocore CEO Jan Hendriks last week, in a sold out MartiniPlaza. After careful deliberation, the judges chose Innocore over finalists Holthausen Group and Team 4 architects.
Out of 80 entries, the Groningen startup IVWear has made it to the finals of the Medical Inspirator Prize. Their concept for a portable hospital drip is competing with two other concepts, and the finalist with the most votes will win a whopping €75,000.
With so many providers, options, contracts, fine print and miles of red tape to deal with, the maze of the smartphone market is not so easy to navigate, once people decide to buy a phone. Belsimpel.nl wants to take away all of the phone related frustration, by taking away all that hassle and giving consumers exactly what they need.
Handcrafted wooden watches, each one unique. Woodwatch is in the top 10 of the fastest growing webshops in the Netherlands, and its founders were nominated for the Sprout top 25 under 25, the list of the most successful Dutch entrepreneurs under 25 years old.