Delft University of Technology has always been an entrepreneurial university. Over the last 175 years, many inventions and ground-breaking research found its way from the laboratory to society. Large companies originated from a student from Delft with a good idea. Take Exact for example, the software company that was founded in 1984 by five students from Delft. Nowadays, the company is active in more than 20 countries.
Large corporations start small and Delft University of Technology takes pride in the number of spin-outs that originate here. Every year, dozens of businesses are started by (former) students and researchers, based on a patent of our university. A well-known example is Senz, the company that makes the storm umbrella. Click on the starters list for more examples.
To transfer new technology into valuable products and services from which society benefits, entrepreneurship is very important. Delft University of Technology stimulates entrepreneurship in a number of ways: by investing in start-ups, by offering education programmes focused on entrepreneurship and by coaching starting companies, among others with the incubator YES!Delft.
Delft Enterprises invests in spin-outs of Delft University of Technology. It offers advice and funding for students and employees of the university who want to start a company.
The mission of Delft Enterprises is threefold: to connect innovation (promising ideas sprung from the university) with entrepreneurship (ambitious students and employees) and financing.
Beside funding, the companies from the Delft Enterprise portfolio get access to the extended network of Delft University of Technology. Starting entrepreneurs are supported with administrative, legal, fiscal and financial advice.
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Delft Centre for Entrepreneurship, part of the faculty of TBM, offers several educations programmes on bachelor and master level about entrepreneurship.
The programmes are aimed at increasing the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge of students and alumni to familiarise them with entrepreneurial activity. Around 550 students from several faculties take part in these programmes.
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YES!Delft is aimed at stimulating and facilitating technical entrepreneurship. This initiative of the municipality of Delft and Delft University of Technology has grown over the years to become Europe largest incubator. The YES!Delft programmes turn promising ideas and teams into solid start-ups and grow them to successful companies. YES!Delft offers graduates, scientists, engineers and professionals guidance and support in their start-up journey. YES!Delft offers access to mentors, experts, investors and partners who share their know-how, network and experience.
Companies within YES!Delft are active in the field of energy, health, mobility, clean tech and industrial solutions.
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RoboValley was founded in 2015 to drive technology transfer in the field of robotics. RoboValleys mission is to make the Delft area (and the Netherlands) leading in the next generation of intelligent robots. For this purpose, RoboValley deploys a number of activities, aimed at entrepreneurship and creating a knowledge platform for robotics.
RoboValley offers an accelerator programme for start-ups, it develops a smart industry fieldlab where SMEs can become acquainted with the possibilities that robotics offer and funding is available via the Chryslalix RoboValley Investment Fund.
In all these activities, RoboValley closely collaborates with TU Delft Robotics Institute and different public and private partners.
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