Crowdfunding for 4 inspiring Delft projects

News - 15 January 2018


News - 15 January 2018

Delft University Fund launches a crowdfunding platform to enable extraordinary projects at TU Delft.

Today, TU Delft launched the crowdfunding platform to help enable impactful research projects and student initiatives at the university. Through the platform, everyone can contribute to solving societal challenges. Delft University Fund is initiator and manages the platform, Evelyne Esveld, executive director: "We want to inspire people who share a soft spot for TU Delft and involve them in Delft gems in research and education. With this platform we offer everybody the opportunity to help students and scientists, who want to create social impact through Delft technology, realise their ambition. The extraordinary projects not only show what we are good at, they are also about what we are good for."

“We are launching our crowdfunding with four inspiring projects that all want to bring about social impact,”  says Jacqueline Leemkuil, contact person and coordinator for the crowdfunding platform.

Engineers for Refugees
In December 2017, the University Fund launched the first crowdfunding campaign with 'Engineers for Refugees'. This initiative makes it possible for highly educated young people with a residence permit to familiarize themselves quickly with the Dutch language and customs. The project has now collected more than 5,000 euros and receives warm reactions from donors, for example: "Wonderful that Delft students not only think of their own future, but also of those of others." 

Make motorcycling greener!
Another project is the green engine project by Nova Electric Racing. Motorcycling can be done in a clean way without sacrificing performance. But this 9-person student team needs a lot of batteries to prove that. 600 at least! If you donate 8 batteries to the project you will get a chain from the NovaBike 09. The chain is the connection between the batteries and the final performance on the circuit. Donors are an important link in this process and therefore receive this playful consideration. The chain is of course necessary during the races so will be available at the end of the year.

Purified water in India
The third project is Purified water in India. Dozens of Indian, Dutch and international students and PhD students are working together with TU Delft on Water Management and Sanitation in India. "That is two birds with one stone. Because on the one hand, future Indian engineers are becoming aware of the importance of purification and reuse of polluted water, and on the other hand, Delft scientists are learning about the cultural context in India, so that they can better assess which technological solutions are working," says Dr. Ralph Lindeboom from Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG). 

Make us march!
The enthusiastic student team of Project March aims to help people with Spinal Cord Injury walk again. They need money to further develop the motoric joints of a supporting robotic suit. Therefore they seek contact with people who want to support this development.

Questions or information? 
For questions and information about the crowdfunding platform, please contact Jacqueline Leemkuil via or (015) 278 23 81.

Delft University Fund supports TU Delft by contributing to research, education and talent development. With donations from alumni, employees, individuals, foundations and companies who share a soft spot for science, the fund makes every effort to help students and scientists excel and realize social impact. Delft University Fund is recognized in The Netherlands as a not for profit organization (ANBI).