IDE alumni take 1st and 3rd place in 2022 KVK Innovatie Top 100

News - 06 December 2022 - Webredactie Communication

The TU Delft | Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering would like to congratulate all of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that were included in this year’s KVK Innovatie Top 100, but especially SenseGlove and Pieter Pot. Both companies were founded by IDE alumni.

Each year, the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce KVK presents the KVK Innovatie Top 100 in a bid to showcase the diverse range of successful innovations coming from Dutch SMEs. 

To learn more the IDE alumni-founded companies that took first and third place, keep reading.

Image from SenseGlove media kit


SenseGlove is the brainchild of IDE alumni Johannes Luijten and Gijs den Butter. Luijten is an alumnus of the Integrated Product Design (IPD) Master's programme and Den Butter is an alumnus of the Strategic Product Design (SPD) Master’s programme. 

While SenseGlove may have started as an ambitious graduation project, the duo soon realised that they had something very special on their hands. And thus, in 2015, they joined the Yes!Delft Validation Lab to broaden their scope and see where their invention could take them. 

Fast forward to 2022 and SenseGlove now serves more than 150 customers, including Volkswagen, the European Space Agency, and even the Dutch military.
Over the years, SenseGlove has fine-tuned the invention, developing a glove that allows a virtual object to be touched, felt, and manipulated as if it were a real object. SenseGlove precisely measures every movement of every joint in the hand, simulating a highly detailed virtual hand.

By enabling lifelike interactions during VR training, SenseGlove helps companies offer their better staff training and create a safer work environment. Examples include training on how to handle hazardous materials, perform complex tasks with multiple tools and objects, or learn to design and test physical prototypes.

To learn more about SenseGlove, visit their official website.

Image from Pieter Pot website

Pieter Pot

IDE alumnus and graduate of the Strategic Product Design (SPD) MSc programme, Jouri Schoemaker, is changing the game when it comes to sustainable grocery delivery. Jouri, who graduated from IDE in 2019, is the founder and CEO of Pieter Pot – a sustainability-focused grocery delivery start-up. 

Pieter Pot promotes a circular, environmentally conscious way of doing groceries How? By reducing the amount of “one-time-use”, “one-way” packaging and reducing their CO2 footprint in everything they do. For example, customers receive their groceries in circular, reusable jars and/or bottles, which – when empty – can be sent back to the company to wash and refill. 

Jouri graduated from IDE’s SPD MSc programme in 2019. While in the programme, he attended a variety of courses aimed at developing the skills he would need in the years to come. These included (but are not limited to): Cutting Edge Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (taught by IDE Professor Frido Smulders) and Build Your Startup (taught by IDE PhD candidate and lecturer Jeroen Coelen and lecturer Matthijs Buijs). During his time in Build Your Startup, Jouri (alongside two other students) actually came up with the initial idea for Pieter Pot.

To date, Pieter Pot has more than 70,000 Dutch and 10,00 Flemish customers, and they have plans to continue expanding geographically. To find out more about Pieter Pot and its service, visit their official website.