The YES!Delft Rotterdam Startup Programme is a part-time and cost-free initiative that requires participants to attend only three times monthly. It features workshops led by startup experts, access to the YES!Delft Ecosystem, peer-to-peer sessions, and personalised coaching.
Over the next four months, these startups will develop their business ideas with guidance from experts and mentors to launch their products/services.
Here are the startups selected for the Rotterdam Startup Programme this year.
Emissa specialises in sustainable fashion retailing. It is the first sustainability platform to facilitate carbon-neutral fashion shopping now and a net-zero approach in the future.
Emissa strives to expedite the shift towards carbon-neutral fashion shopping by offering a platform that empowers customers to make climate-friendly fashion purchases.
On its official website, the startup shares its sustainability goals, focusing on engaging fashion brands, enthusiasts, pioneers, activists and nature lovers.
TeachBuddy is an innovative peer-tutoring platform that facilitates valuable student interactions to enhance academic performance and community building. It features TeachBuddy.ai, an AI assistant employed to strengthen teaching resources tailored to students’ needs.
TeachBuddy is accessible as an app on the Google Play Store and free signups are currently available for a limited time. The startup also maintains an Instagram presence, providing updates on its peer-tutoring community.
Standing at the forefront of agricultural innovation, Deep Light presents a solution to curb soaring electricity costs associated with indoor agricultural lighting. The system harnesses clean energy sources, paving the way for vertical farms and greenhouses to achieve remarkable energy efficiency.
Deep Light’s system tackles the challenges addressed by Dutch Topsector’s Energy and Agri & Food and contributes to the international competitiveness of these sectors. By optimising energy consumption in food production and ultimately improving access to food worldwide, Deep Light is helping to make indoor agriculture more sustainable and affordable.
Octopus OS is the first company in the Netherlands that serves as a unique online intermediary connecting customers with partner stores. The startup pioneers local grocery and lifestyle product delivery in the country.
The distinguishing feature of Octopus OS is its commitment to offering customers an extensive array of products, including groceries, bakeries, party supplies, confectioneries, cosmetics, and lifestyle items.
The items are also available from diverse regions like the Netherlands, Suriname, India, Syria, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, and many more, all within a single platform.
Leafy is dedicated to enhancing urban greenery and biodiversity. Its biodegradable façade panels turn urban areas into green spaces, even without ground-level space. Its 3D-printed panels utilise hydroponics gardening, allowing plants to thrive without soil, ensuring efficient water supply combating heat stress, preventing flooding, purifying the air, and boosting biodiversity.
Leafy aims to transform every vertical wall, creating healthier, more livable, and greener cities.
Rotterdam-based BigPot offers catering solutions for businesses and events, with a focus on enhancing efficiency and reducing waste in its catering services. The startup provides a variety of catering options suitable for one-time events or daily gatherings and can accommodate diverse dietary requirements.
In addition to its catering services, BigPot has initiated an affordable meal venture, making budget-friendly meals accessible to its customers. To launch this service, the company organised a complimentary tasting event.
What is YES!Delft?
YES!Delft, based in the city of Delft in the Netherlands, fosters startups with an ecosystem of experts, mentors, corporate partners, and investors. It offers comprehensive support throughout the startup lifecycle, facilitating connections with corporate partners and granting access to essential resources.
As a non-profit organisation, YES!Delft prides itself on its startups, mentors, Entrepreneurs in Residence, corporate and service partners, experts, and methodology. The organisation supports tech entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey, from ideation to scaling up, all while taking zero equity from startups.
YES!Delft also conducts entrepreneurship courses at TU Delft, which allows students to explore entrepreneurship and potentially embark on their entrepreneurial journey while pursuing their studies. YES!Delft Students stands as Europe’s largest tech incubator for student entrepreneurs.