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Students of UvA receive €100,000 for sign language project

Master students of the UvA and University of Oslo received €100,000 for the DITA project to bridge the communication gap between users of sign language and society. The DITA project, located in Demonstrator Lab, was awarded the STUD-ENT grant from the Research Council of Norway last April. There is a communication gap between users of […]


425K investment for VU startup Cargoplot

Cargoplot recently raised 425K funding by several angels and ASIF Ventures, a startup fund run for, and by, VU, UvA and HvA students. Cargoplot is an online platform for e-commerce importers and freight forwarder, that aims to speed up the process of finding the best freight forwarder on specific routes for different types of cargo. […]


VU start-up Niluk concerned about mental health of young adults

In March VU start-up Niluk joined the prestigious hackathon UpdateDeutschland, a German ‘laboratory for the future’, opened by Bundeskanzlerin Dr. Angela Merkel. In a 48-hour sprint, participants developed creative solutions to the nation’s most pressing challenges together with partners from all federal levels and actors from business, science and civil society. The team of Niluk joined the […]


Startup Cupplement receives investment of €300,000 in TV Program Dragons Den

Is it possible to create a cup of coffee that’s healthy and tasty? At the entrepreneurship laboratory Demonstrator Lab at the Vrije Universiteit, Florian Fermin (27) and Stefan Wateler (26) developed Cuppelement, a Fairtrade biodegradable coffee capsule with added superfoods and vitamins. During the Dutch TV program Dragons Den, the entrepreneurs successfully persuaded the dragons […]


Demonstrator Lab enables you to get your feet wet and set sail in the entrepreneurial and corporate world

Davide Iannuzzi, director Demonstrator Lab