Eurosonic/Noorderslag, Europe’s biggest music showcase and industry festival will kick into full gear this week. Aside from hundreds of bands to choose from, there are a couple of cool prototypes being tested too, like smart trash cans and edible cups. And this week is also Chordify’s birthday, which they will be celebrating in style.
A few months back, the Economic Board Groningen (EBG) launched an international search to come up with new and innovative ways to make the chemical industry in the Northern Netherlands more sustainable. More than 200 international scale-ups answered the call and this week, the German company CFK Recycling was declared the winner of the Sustainable Industry Challenge, winning €100,000 to set up a pilot project.
EV Biotech joined the BeStart accelerator program this year and recently announced a major breakthrough in their sustainable and revolutionary way of producing vanilla. The startup genetically modifies microorganisms to produce vanilla and other chemicals on an industrial scale and, with their breakthrough, tackled one of the biggest obstacles in their production process.
A few weeks ago, Groningen-based companies Voys and Devhouse Spindle officially launched 48percent.org, a foundation to promote global access to free communication and information. Aside from signing the statutes, the new foundation also announced it has teamed up with charity organization War Child.
Startup in Residence alumnus Zupr, the Groningen City Club and delivery startup Dropper launched Warehouse Groningen yesterday, a pilot project and online platform to pinpoint where products are sold locally, along with same day sustainable delivery. The first 1.000 orders will be delivered free of charge.
During the grand finale in MartiniPlaza last Wednesday, Stadskanaal based company Witec won the Groninger Entrepreneur Award 2019. The judges praised the craftsmanship and precision of the company, which develops and produces for a very diverse array of sectors worldwide. The other two nominees were 365Werk and Heiploeg B.V.
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Lots of hard work, laughter, some karaoke and very little sleep. Startup enthusiasts formed 14 different teams and worked around the clock last weekend, to come up with the next big startup idea during Startup Weekend Groningen.