UT alumnus Anand Chowdhary has already raised several million euros in seed capital with his start-up Pabio. The idea: renting designer furniture for a fixed monthly fee. 'People see designer furniture as something for the elite, but it doesn't have to be expensive.'
Met zijn startup Pabio haalde UT-alumnus Anand Chowdhary al meerdere miljoenen op aan startkapitaal. Het idee: designmeubels huren voor een vast bedrag per maand. ‘Mensen zien het als iets voor de elite, maar het hoeft helemaal niet duur te zijn.’
After months of hard work and online chats with coaches, the winners of the UT Challenge were announced during a livestream from the Bastille yesterday. Prizes, seven in total, ranged from a wildcard for the 4TU Impact Challenge to 5000 euros.
IEM student Marius Lupulescu won the first prize, at the finale of the sixth season of Hive01 Wednesday evening at the U Parkhotel. Out of eight contestants who pitched their idea at the ‘dragon’s den’, the jury deemed his business idea for a meeting app for gamers the best.
‘I couldn’t find a vacancy site focused on study related jobs. So I started one myself,’ says Carlien Hartgerink (25), UT graduate and the founder of Studentpower, platform 'for students by students’. Hartgerink’s idea was financially supported by another UT student Anne Koolen (22), the platform’s investor.
Hyeji Yun (bachelor student Creative Technology) started a new group called Ambitious Women of the UT. Yesterday was their first event at the DesignLab. Questions such as how can women increase their presence in technology and entrepreneurship were discussed.
The annual Entrepreneurial Day will be held on Thursday the 20th of June at the University of Twente. The programme includes a keynote speech by one of the founders of the Tikkie app, Guido Berben, the final of the UT Entrepreneurial Challenge and music performance by guitarist Mart Hillen.
Peter Wennink, CEO and President of ASML, presented the Innovation Lecture at today’s Entrepreneurial Day in De Waaier. ‘If you want to start a company, you need to find people who are better than you,’ stressed the business leader.
Almost forty student teams went on a speed date with companies like Thales, ASML and VolkerWessels at the DesignLab yesterday. As part of the UT Challenge, they pitched their ideas and networked with business representatives.
Entrepreneurship is everywhere within the ECIU network. New business ideas and hopeful start-ups pop up at the partner universities every day. To give young entrepreneurs a better fighting chance in today's ‘global village’, ECIU universities have decided to harvest the expertise of the entire network and create a joint international ‘start-up accelerator’ programme.
Organizing ‘Random Drinks’ meetings and a ‘Market of Entrepreneurs’: those were some of the plans presented at yesterday’s University Innovation Fellows (UIF) ceremony, where four new trainees were pinned as Stanford UIF fellows.
‘Today is not only about our ideas, but mainly about your input on how we can make the UT even better.’ That was the start of yesterday’s University Innovation Fellows (UIF) stakeholders meeting, organized by the newest participants of the Stanford UIF program, which aims to improve the climate for innovation and entrepreneurship at universities.
As of today, UT professor Petra de Weerd-Nederhof is a fellow at DARE (The Dutch Academy of Research in Entrepreneurship). ‘I’m very happy that I was named a fellow. It is great for NIKOS to have its presence at DARE strengthened,’ says Prof. De Weerd-Nederhof.
‘A regular mirror doesn’t actually do anything.’ Thus spoke the three men behind UT start-up SmartMirrors. They are well into producing a prototype for a so-called smart mirror. This month, they will be presenting their design to a worldwide sanitary ware mogul.