BeStart results since 2016

These numbers really make us proud. Since 2016 our startups have a 83% success rate. At this point there are 39 companies from the BeStart programme that work on a cleaner, more sustainable world 🍃.

So to everybody from our beautiful network, members from the board, people who have coached or taught our startups: THANK YOU. We are proceeding full force with 9 new clean tech heroes in the 2020-2021 accelerator.

This is the 2020-2021 line-up

A healthy breakfast on the go. This is Eatcup!

Product developer Jelte Steur quit his job at Pezy to focus on a product he really believes in: Eatcup. But what is Eatcup anyway and how did this idea come to life? You can read all about it in this interview with Jelte.

What is Eatcup?

‘Eatcup helps people enjoy their own breakfast on the go, for when they don’t have time at home, for example in the morning. It is a cup you can eat from because the food is pushed up to the top where you can take a bite. It is just as easy as sipping coffee, but then with your own homemade muesli or granola. In a video on my new website I show how it works.’

How does Eatcup contribute to a cleaner world?

Eatcup prevents the use of single-use-packaging of for example granola-bars and drink-yoghurts. And because people can prepare their own healthy food, they can also choose for organic and locally grown food.

That will also save money spent at the train station. Where did you get this idea?

‘In my job as a product developer with Philips, I got an itch after a while. How much better is the world going to be with this new shaver? I looked around for relevant problems or product that I felt would make this world a better place.

One Saturday morning my wife said: “I love this muesli and it is healthy, too bad I don’t have time during the week to eat it. I always leave so early, that I end up eating a sandwich in the car.” At that moment I clicked: That is a relevant problem I would love to solve! It was on Christmas eve when I tinkered with an old pump for an air mattress, to test whether I could push muesli upwards with a plunger and easily eat from the top. And it worked! Now, a couple of years later, I have a working prototype that can be used with one hand, is easy to clean and also looks good!’

What is your ambition, and your biggest challenge of the moment?

‘I have a few working prototypes that have been tested over a long time. Technically it is possible. Now I have to investigate if I can build a business. Can it be manufactured in series? Is it economically viable? This year I want to create a pilot series and sell it to answer these questions. Next up is the strategic question with whom I can and want to scale this. The BeStart accelerator fits this development perfectly, both for my company and for myself as an entrepreneur.’

What have you experienced so far in the BeStart accelerator?

‘The intention alone to join, and the starting up of the process already has had an impact. Setting goals and sparring with coaches has sharpened what I do and how I approach it. And the real program has yet to get started! The exposure after the announcement of my selection for the programme was an additional push I needed to get my website in order. Now I finally have a place where I can explain how Eatcup works and where people can sign up for the pilot launch. So if you are thinking: a healthy and calm breakfast on the go is something for me: sign up on

Well done. What are you looking forward to in the coming months?

‘If you are talking about BeStart: actually meeting the coaches and other participants. I have looked at a few websites and it is exciting to note the diversity of the participants especially. The most important aspect is meeting each other in person and hopefully we can do that in May and June and really get started.’

Want to know more?

Jelte Steur

Jelte Steur

Cow dung is more than poop: meet the Dungse team

How cool would it be to make new useful stuff out of cow poop? Our participant Dungse makes it happen! They entered our programme in April last year with the aim to refine their business model and to help mainstream their Dungse product as a popular and sustainable building material.

In this vlog cofounders Lindey Cafsia and Itika Gupta tell us about their background, their motivation and their ambitions. One thing is for sure: cow dung is much, much more than just poop and we are going to help them get it started!

More info

9 cleantech startups selected four our 2020 – 2021 accelerator

Our lineup four the 2020 – 2021 programme is final! During the online selection event on Thursday March 26th, 9 promising startups were selected for our accelerator. In the coming year, we will help them with entrepeneurial workshops, individual coaching and we will introduce them into our network consisting of customers, financials, knowledge institutes and other partners.

These are the 2020 – 2021 cleantech startups

  • Dairy Applications: Online feeding management package for the dairy farmer.
  • Dungse: Develops new sustainable and circular materials from cow dung.
  • Eatcup: A solution to enjoy food on the go while driving.
  • Fertipaq: A pure Bio-Sulfur as fertilizer for rapeseed, corn, wheat, potatoes, onions, cabbages, fruit, etc.
  • Popken Mechatronica: Sensortechnology for horticulture and agriculture.
  • Pyrolyze: Mobile pyrolysis installation to extract low sulfur diesel, nafta and gas from waste plastics.
  • Powerchainger: A reward based smart platform for sharing self-generated energy.
  • Sensoty: Provides insight into the influence of the climate and the surroundings on the quality of the green open space and how to let it recover after public events.
  • Wasted: a rewards based app that helps millennials in fighting plastic pollution by rewarding their plastic free actions.

More info about these startups.

The jury, consisting of Henk Split from YnBusiness, Carl Schultz from Paques, Diederik Jongema from FOM and Anne Been from Enablemi, judged the startups based on a few important criteria. For example market chances, contribution to a sustainable world and suitability for the BeStart accelerator. ‘Although the pitches were held using videoconferencing, the quality was very high,’ commented project director Ronald Wielinga at the end of an intense afternoon. ‘We were very impressed by the creativity and the enthousiasm of the companies and we have been able to select some amazing startups. The coming year, we are going to help them to make large steps!’

Why follow through in times of Corona?

The accelerator programme starts in April with online sessions, despite the Corona crisis. ‘Especially in these times, we have to help vulnerable companies like startups’ concluded Ronald Wielinga. ‘Making the right entrepeunerial choices is more important than ever. In our knowledge and coaching programme we will give these aspects extra priority. Of course we will also be available to our alumni.’

March 26th Startup selection day for 2020 – 2021

Thursday March 26th, we will select the cleantech startups that will participate in our 2020 – 2021 accelerator programme! The candidates will pitch for a diverse jury from our BeStart network. Due to the Corona virus, the pitches will take place online, using Microsoft Teams.

On Friday march 27th we will publish the final lineup on our website, Twitter and LinkedIn!

DemoDay 16 March cancelled due to Corona virus

Due to the Corona virus, we have decided to postpone next week’s DEMO day to a later date this year. The DEMO day on March 16 in the Biosintrum is therefore unfortunately canceled. 

In total almost 100 people registered to be present at this DEMO day. A fantastic number that we at BeStart are extremely proud of. But we don’t want to take any health risks and that’s why we decided to organise the afternoon at a later time. We expect this to be in June when hopefully the Corona virus has left our country. Of course we will send you an e-mail as soon as we know what the new date for the DemoDay will be.

During the DEMO day, besides the closing of BeStart 4, the selection moment for our new batch of startups was planned. We will organise this selection in a smaller committee later in March, so that the program can still start in April and we will therefore not be delayed.

Thank you for your understanding!

Kind regards

Ronald Wielinga
Project director BeStart 

Podcast Let’s talk business: cleantech startup succes from 1st hand

Thursday Januari 23 Rudy Dijkstra, Martin Tietema and Ronald Wielinga had an interview (dutch spoken) at New Business Radio. In this broadcast they tell their entrepeneurial story from first hand and how BeStart has helped them along the road.

Acquaint B.V. and Foamplant are fast growing companies now, also thanks to the excellent business climate around circulair economy in the north of the Netherlands. Are you a start-up with tech that contributes to the environment, water availability or energy saving? Then it is a really good idea to listen to this podcast and register for our accelerator programme before March 1st!

BeStart worksession January 20th: demo at recycling station Omrin

Monday January 20th our startups had their worksession at Omrin in Heerenveen.

In the moring they had a peek (and sniff 😷) at the recycling station in Heerenveen. CEO John Vernooij (also our chairperson) told them his entrepeneur story with some strong advice:

‘Know what is your focus and what not. Be the best in your field. And whatever happens, there is always a plan B’

One of the startup CEO’s Linda Dijkshoorn commented it as “Best tour of the year. Companies like Omrin turn our current lifestyle to a more sustainable one by recycling and treating our waste in an incredibly innovative manner. But my Lord, we should ban single use plastics… it is scary to see how much is thrown out….”

In the afternoon Martin Tietema, who participated in our programme in 2017-2018, told our startups about the growth of his company Foamplant and the challenges he faced leading his company it to success. More about his company in this radiopodcast!

Next stop: Annemieke Mintjes and storytelling on February 10th. Looking forward to it!

Save the date! Monday March 16th BeStart DemoDay

On Monday March 16th we will have another DemoDay. The final one for the 2019-2020 start-ups and at the same time a selection event for the participants for 2020-2021. Do you want to know what’s new in the cleantech world? Mark the afternoon as ‘busy’ in your agenda!

Expect to be blown away by inspiring pitches about water technology, waste, chemistry, indoor and outdoor farming, food, IT, biotechnology and more! Don’t forget to take your business cards, you will need them.

  • When? Monday March 16th, 14.30 – 18.00
  • Where? Biosintrum, Ecomunitypark 3 Oosterwolde (the building next to ECOstyle)
  • Register:

BeStart Check worksession 18 november: Agile, scrum and loads of passion

Last monday November 18th we had our first Check work session at the Biosintrum in Oosterwolde. In this perfect and inspiring building our guest speaker Annemieke Mintjes gave an interactive session about scrum. We will soon share her video with the most important lessons here.

Next, our board member Anne Jan Zwart shared his passion and lessons learned in an inspiring presentation about EcoStyle. He told us about his most important driving factor to do business: to decrease our human footprint. That is something our participating startups definitely have in common with him. We will also soon share his video with you.

Last but not least Wilco Dijkstra from CE-Line had a peer-to-peer session with the other startups about the most important challenges he faces right now. ‘It really helped me think out-of-the-box’ he commented afterwards.

Maciej Grajewski and Richard Rushby from SG Papertronics made this vlog about the day. Conclusion: we are doing serious business at BeStart, but there is also plenty of opportunity for some laughs. After all, ‘we zitten allemaal in hetzelfde schuitje’ ;-).