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.
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.
Attention female entrepreneurs. After the success of the co-working spaces in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht, Hashtag Workmode has just opened their latest space in Groningen. Drop by, check it out and work in style.
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.
During the grand finale in MartiniPlaza yesterday, the Leek based company Koopman Logistics won the Groningen Entrepreneur Award 2018. The jury praised the inventiveness of using blockchain as well as the family business’ strong ties to Groningen, while operating internationally.
Bringing the lab to you. SG Papertronics is a Research & Development (R&D) company, founded in 2016 by Maciej Grajewski and Gert Salentijn. The startup specializes in onsite chemical analysis and in the last couple of weeks, the two founders pitched their idea at conventions and competitions around the globe, from Berlin to Taiwan.
Every year, Het Financieele Dagblad, one of the leading Dutch financial newspapers, rewards the fastest growing companies per region with a Gazelle Award. On Monday, the newspaper published the national Gazelle top 100 of fastest growing companies in the Netherlands.
What started as a school project, is now an ambitious digital platform backed by UNESCO. During the Let’s Gro festival, Spacetime launched the newest version of their app: Spacetime Layers. The app is a location based platform for education, cultural heritage and serious gaming and was originally designed by elementary school students in Groningen.
“Happiness is a habit – cultivate it”, as American writer and philosopher Elbert Hubbard would say. And so it shall. From October 31 to November 3, Groningen will be taken over by Let’s Gro; an interactive festival on innovation. This year’s theme? Happiness. What do we need to cherish and cultivate and what needs change? Here are a couple of cool events to check out: