“Our mission is to make materials available forever by giving them an identity on our platform.”
Madaster’s platform solution is much more than a digital product, it is an epic and ambitious vision about the future of materials in the built world. Their approach of long term partnerships and thinking in generational terms is uncommon for such a young company and is the type of breakthrough dedication needed for a real change.
“Building the future, for tomorrow.”
Boom Builds understood from the start how personal architecture and buildings are, so they took an open source approach. They know the power platforms to drive collaboration and new ideas for affordable and sustainable housing. By designing for scale with a digital-first approach, learning fast and leveraging the creativity and insights of architects and partners globally they have done something no other construction company could do.
“The most advanced engagement platform for professionals in offices.”
The most sustainable and circular solutions in building and construction revolve around us getting more and better use out of existing structures. The Office App team has developed a suite of tools that take tremendous complexity and cost out of building and tenant management. Especially impressive is the team’s ability to react to Covid-19 with elegant software solutions, optimizing spaces for health and safety. Their resilience, creativity and closeness with their partners gives them a head start for scaling globally.
“We believe in sustainable innovation without compromise. Join us in changing the perspective.”
Physee is a true scale-up that took an exciting and innovative concept and turned it into an award winning product and impressive innovation pipeline. It is all possible because of their laser focus on leadership, team and culture. In keeping a curious learning mindset while striving to build a strong organization, they have the momentum to move fast and scale globally. Their insights of the scaling journey provide incredible value to the other ventures in the selection.
“Join us in changing the world, one coconut at a time.”
GoodHout is an impact-driven scale-up that turns coconut husks into a bio-based composite: Coconut Husk Board. The idea behind GoodHout was born when founder Silvia ten Houten was struck by the potential of this so-called waste when travelling in Indonesia. Ever since, GoodHout’s product innovation and outstanding technology has led to many awards in the Netherlands and beyond. With a strong focus on their circular product and meticulous material science, GoodHout promises to bring a new building material to the market that is ought to scale with a purpose-driven business model.
“Bright ideas for a bright future.”
The Studio Solarix team innovates towards a world that is not only sustainable and circular, but beautiful. A built environment that delights people with surprising and functional design. The concept catches on like wildfire and the creative team with a commercial drive is set to transform the way our buildings look and function.
“Designing & developing sustainable living concepts.”
Sustainer Homes has a wooden building system that allows for beautiful sustainable efficiency in the most circular building material of all. Especially impressive is their steadfast dedication to a sustainable vision – that permeates every detail of their product and design. Through experimenting with different types of customers and projects and being open to learn and adapt, they’ve consistently optimized their product to become a best-in-class solution ready for big scale.
“We help buildings to think about people with image recognition and sensors.”
Spotr.ai, previously Octo, has created solutions that tackle a huge opportunity in circularity and health and safety – building maintenance. The team brings a unique perspective having been trained as architects with true technology vision. By working with their customers as a real partner they have stacked their innovation pipeline full of value-enhancing solutions that will fuel their momentum and expansion internationally. Their ability to work as a true team and foster a culture of innovation and learning has propelled them to impressive growth.
“Providing affordable homes for people with a moderate income is our main goal.”
Ymere is a housing company aiming to produce flexible housing solutions for people with a moderate income. Too many people are desperate to find a house, and are waitlisted for a long time. Ymere is trying to make housing more accessible by creating houses that are compact, comfortable, affordable. And most importantly, they are built quickly.
“We do not only look at the horizon, we also move towards it. We form alliances, because we believe they will help us progress.”
The University of Utrecht is one of the largest universities in the Netherlands. They have 7 faculties and more than 7400 employees who work together towards a better future. By researching complex issues beyond the borders of disciplines. They put thinkers in contact with doers, so new insights can be applied. They give students the space to develop themselves. In so doing, they make substantial contributions to society, both now and in the future.
“Our mission is to accelerate the practical and scalable implementation of the circular economy.”
Circle Economy works alongside businesses, cities and governments to identify opportunities to make the transition to the circular economy, and provide a powerful combination of practical and scalable solutions to turn these opportunities into reality.
“Sustainable design is part of our DNA.”
Paul de Ruiter Architects have been working on innovative and sustainable architecture since their practice was established in 1994. It took its inspiration from the body of ideas expressed in the PhD research by Paul de Ruiter “The Chameleon Skin” from 1992, arguing that buildings should produce rather than consume energy. Their buildings are designed to allow the façades to respond intelligently to sunlight, enabling us to maximize energy gain and storage.
“The Goldschmeding Foundation is inspired by the Greek term “agapè”: that is freely translated the “commitment to the blossoming of the other.”
The Goldschmeding Foundation is working towards an inclusive and sustainable world based on the conviction that a better world is reached when people serve each other’s interests. To this end they support innovative field projects and excellent scientific research within our themes Inclusive Labour Market, Circular Economy and Humane Economy. They support initiatives that have a lasting impact on society and that are underpinned by excellent scientific research. They don’t work with calls for proposals, but they actively approach and select projects themselves.
“Companies need capital to grow and scale-up. As a proactive and committed lifecycle financier, InnovationQuarter increases access to capital for innovative companies.”
InnovationQuarter is the regional economic development agency for the greater Rotterdam – The Hague area. Their mission is to strengthen the regional economic structure by stimulating the innovation potential of this unique delta region. In close collaboration with all major corporations and many SME’s, educational and research institutes as well as government organisations, they align the efforts required to design a brighter tomorrow.
“We enable financing for businesses and projects that seem impossible to finance.”
Invest-NL provides financing to companies that will make the Netherlands more sustainable and more innovative. With a share capital of 1.7 billion euros, Invest-NL’s focus at launch is on the energy transition and on innovative, fast-growing companies (scale-ups). Together with a team of over 60 passionate professionals in the field of finance, sustainability and innovation. They work closely with co-financiers, knowledge institutes and other professional experts.