Monday November 16th: online DemoDay

Would you like to be the first to know which innovations our region has to offer? Do you want to collaborate with fresh and flexible companies? Do you want to invest or do you have a network with helpful contacts? Those are all excellent reasons to block Monday afternoon November 16th in your agenda.

Programme

We have 8 pitches for you in store about circularity, sustainability and innovation. And maybe even more important: the startups will ask their most important questions. This is your time to give our startups the acceleration that they are looking for by connecting them to your useful contacts!

  • 2.30: Welcome and practical notes
  • 8 startup pitches
  • 3 networking / ASK breakouts
  • 5 PM: Closing (you can stay a little bit longer in the networking rooms if you like)

Line-up

These cleantech startups will present themselves at the DemoDay.

Diary Applications

Logo Dairy Applications

Online feeding management package for the dairy farmer.

Dungse

Logo Dungse

Develops new sustainable and circular materials from cow dung.

Eatcup

eatcup

Prevents the use of single use packaging of granola bars and drink yoghurts, by making eating on the go as easy as taking a sip of coffee.

Fertipaq

Fertipaq logo

Prevents the use of single use packaging of granola bars and drink yoghurts, by making eating on the go as easy as taking a sip of coffee.

Powerchainger

Logo Powerchainger

A reward-based smart platform for sharing self-generated energy and supporting sustainable behavior.

Pyrolyze

Logo Pyrolyze

Mobile pyrolysis installation to extract low sulfur diesel, nafta and gas from waste plastics.

Sensoty

Logo 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

Logo Wasted

A rewards based app that helps millennials in fighting plastic pollution by rewarding their plastic free actions.

DemoDay and COVID19

Looking at the current measures concerning COVID19, this event will be completely online. There will be a lot of speed, variety, inspiration and lots of network opportunities in the programme. So make sure you will attend: especially during this challenging times our startups need your ideas and support!

Who knows: maybe you are the linking pin between a cleantech startup and their launching customer.

PS: You are welcome to forward this message to anyone who could have an interest in this DemoDay. Circularity is something that we have to tackle together.

#BeStartDemoDay

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 

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 BeStart.nl 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: ronald@bestart.nl

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’ ;-).