Findest is one of the ten winners of the Academic Startup Competition. This was announced by a professional jury in Amsterdam in the presence of State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Mona Keijzer.
As a result of the selection, Findest will be able to pitch at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which for the first time is organized in Europe. Besides this the winners are offered a trip to Silicon Valley by the Ministry of EAaCP. The GES will give Findest the opportunity to learn how to scale up their innovation faster and take the step from startup to scale-up.
Findest, a spin off from VU University Amsterdam, is a company initiated by two former Science, Business & Innovation (VU) students. The company started with founders Roel Boekel and Vincent Franken who joined university entrepreneurship laboratory Demonstrator Lab in the first phase of their adventure. After outgrowing the startup phase, the team left D-LAB and joined Amsterdam Venture Studios. Nowadays, the artificial intelligence startup has grown to 14 team-members and has over 50 customers. The team aims to implement 10.000 innovations in 10 years by marketing its technology scouting service, and eventually IGOR^AI.”
The Academic Startup Competition is an initiative of the VSNU, the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI) and StartupDelta. They asked the technology/ knowledge transfer offices of Dutch universities to nominate their most promising start ups. The Amsterdam nominations are coordinated by Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA). With the election the organizers highlight valorisation and University startups international.
Demonstrator Lab and Amsterdam Venture Studios are initiated by Innovation Exchange Amsterdam. The joint knowledge transfer office of the UvA, HvA, VU and Amsterdam UMC. With these incubator facilities IXA aims to stimulate entrepreneurship and application of knowledge and science.
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