The finalists

 

The seven start-ups that will pitch at the Access Point have been selected. The finalists are: 

  • getZED

More than two years have passed since Prêt-à-Loger was realised; a novel renovation system designed and constructed from students of TU Delft to participate in Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, the "Olympic games of sustainability". After two years of research on the house's "living lab", three core engineers from the original project team up with a stochastic mathematician to establish getZED, a start-up to continue the legacy and explore innovative energy renovation concepts.

They are working to bring into the market a renovation concept for dutch terraced houses which can truly enhance circular economy. The driving force of their design is the removal of financial risk to house owners and the effectiveness of energy flows, from power plant level to user demand. With this concept, they aim to bring to the market the most cost competitive renovation solution with the higher impact on energy transition of the building sector. Furthermore, a customised product for the energy renovation of dutch terraced houses, with prices from 15'000 € and performances up to energy positive houses (150% en. Produced/en. Consumed).

 

  • LegacyRoot LLP

Their goal is to harness the power of individuals to regain the forests and farms lost by desert forming. With this vision in mind, they started Legacy Root LLP. What makes them different is their conviction that, like the seed of a tree, the greatest changes start at smallest level. You, Me, Us.

Our first step in proving this is through SolidWater™. These polymer crystals keep the water from rain and irrigation where it needs to be; close to the plants. This is what makes the crystals especially well suited to help reverse desert forming. In other words, SolidWater™ changes the game from the ground up.

  • Scoozy 

When you have difficulty walking, you could decide to use a mobility scooter. 250.000 people in the Netherlands have one. However there are 2 problems with current models: 1) they are perceived as stigmatizing and 2) they are very unsafe. 

Scoozy is the best looking and easiest to use alternative for the mobility scooter with a distinguishing design and intelligence and sensors to make it safer. But their ambition goes further: Scoozy is a way of sustainable transport and not a helping aid, making it so cool that anyone would want one.  

  • SpotPark

There is a gap in allocating parking spots at micro level, currently parking lots do not have an efficient system of optimizing the parking space. This invention aims to bridge this gap by allocating parking bay numbers with minimal interference with existing infrastructure of the parking system. Also undertaking dynamic tracking of empty parking bays in a parking lot, which later will be an asset for managing parking lots efficiently.
Parking experience of the users of a garage can be immensely improved if they were given a chance to choose their preferred exit point and a parking bay closest to that was issued to them by an automated system. This has the potential to sharply cut down the cruising time, frustration that comes with it, anxiety, stress and the inconvenience of walking distances to find the pedestrian exit. Not to mention that the associated fuel wastage, pollution and congestion within the lots will be largely reduced.
Spot Park plans to provide a solution to these problem of identifying and managing parking bays through our advanced software. Software is a system for generating real time information of available parking bays accessible by parking user and manager and a method for optimizing bay allocation to users depending on the choice of their pedestrian exit in case of large parking lots. Our system can be designed to work in parking lots with or without the bay sensors.

  • Urban Mining

Crowdfunding using the value of waste. 
 
Urban Mining is not only about collection and recycling locally, it is also about re-use, repair and upcycling with resources in our cities, materials which we are currently disposing as waste. Using the value of these materials they will start a new type of crowdfunding, starting in the The Hague. They will invite all inhabitants to participate. They do not ask for their money, they will ask for their waste instead!
Revenues generated with the resources collected will be shared with all shareholders, the participating citizens. Every kilogramme of E-Waste (everything with a power plug and/or battery) and plastics entitles participants to one share in Urban Mining.

In a first tranche of 6 million shares they will collect 6 million kg. of waste, they rather refer to 6.000 tonnes of resources. Involving social labour, Urban Mining will dismantle electronic and electrical equipment and start sorting metals and plastics. In co-operation with TU-Delft and Universities of Applied Sciences they will support developing technologies to improved separation of products and we will start applying the innovative potential of 3D-printing. Among their first products they started to produce are 3D-printed lampshades on the basis of collected PET-bottles. Another product they are developing is the production of skateboards from PE and PP material. Products with significant added value, generating real revenues to our shareholders.

  • Urmiloop | Innovative urban mining solutions

Urmiloop develops innovative urban mining solutions. They bring together a multidisciplinary approach to recover materials from waste materials particularly urban waste streams. Their primary focus is technology metals, in which the wealth of the society is dependent on. All modern devices consist of metals, including base metals, precious metals and increasingly rare earth elements (REE). Modern devices encompass up to 60 elements, with an exponential increase of complexity with various mixtures of compounds. The primary deposits of so-called technology metals are declining. The circular economy is under risk of technology metals shortage. In transition to a circular economy, inclusion of secondary sources back into the economy through recycling is inevitable. 
Urban areas are densely populated by waste electrical and electronic devices (WEEE). These waste materials are an important secondary source of technology metals. However, their inclusion back to the economy has several bottlenecks, including technological limitations. At Urmiloop, they develop product- and metal-specific processes to recovery metals from urban waste streams. They exploit the application of biological methods to recover metals from waste materials. Application of biological methods in the production of metals from primary sources is an established technology, more than 20% of copper production is carried out by bacteria. Biological processes are typically environmentally friendly, cost-effective processes. More importantly, waste source could serve as a nutrient for microorganisms, at certain waste-to-nutrient processes. In their innovation idea, they investigate the usage of biological methods in recovery of metals from waste, and its commercial application.

  • Van Blankensteyn

Van Blankensteyn is locally producing pure washing soap, detergent and solvents in Rotterdam Noord using household and company organic waste, collected within 15 kilometer radius around each Van Blankensteyn production unit. Van Blankensteyn will produce pure washing soap, detergent and Solvents that are good for the environment without any synthetic elements from fossil fuels and depleting the world’s resources of phosphate. 

The unique production process of Van Blankensteyn will enable each Van Blankensteyn unit to convert all by-products coming out of the primary process into new value streams. This will ensure that each Van Blankensteyn unit will be able to diversify their portfolio of opportunities (The oil will be used for washing soap and detergent, and the pulp will be used to make candybars, dog biscuits, as substrate for oyster mushroom and feedstock) to realise a ZERO waste production process. Van Blankensteyn cleans its own water with a biological filter system that will generate various by-products like enzymes and cellulose.

Each Van Blankensteyn unit operates decentralised and autonomous employing at least 2 fulltime entrepreneurs and supplying at least 3.000 households per year with it’s product portfolio.