Arjan Paans

Arjan Paans is editor-in-chief of Innovation Origins DE. Between 2003 and 2008 he worked in Berlin as a foreign correspondent. Aftewards he was a news manager for several Dutch newspapers. Arjan is married en has one son.

Start-up of the Day: Hearing protection as a fashion statement

You see them more and more often at concerts or festivals: people who wear ear protection to prevent damage to their hearing. Generally not a thing of beauty, but important all the same, seeing that tinnitus is so easily contracted. The Belgian start-up Loop came up with a new hearing protection...

Start-up of the Month: Detect cancer with sensors

January is already in full swing. But at IO we’re taking a moment to look back on December. We still owe you a Start-up of the Month! Each workday you get to follow on IO the pioneers who’ve got innovation fever and are striving to bring the unexplored world of tomorrow and science...

Cast your vote! Who will be the new Start-up of the Month?

So, everyone back from their Christmas break? Then we can start our Start-up of the Month contest all over again! Each workday Innovation Origins selects a European Start-up of the Day and each week we choose a weekly winner. At the beginning of each new month, readers can decide who gets to be...

Start-up of the Day: Carpooling has more appeal thanks to Toogethr

Toogethr, a fast-growing Utrecht start-up that offers smart technology on the commercial market for carpooling and parking, aims to spread its wings to the rest of Europe with an investment from AutoBinck. Toogethr uses algorithms to link colleagues who are on the move with each other and make it...

Start-up of the Month: towards the customer service of the future with AI

Every working day we select a European start-up of the day and each week we choose a weekly winner. At the beginning of the new month, readers can decide who will be awarded the Start-up of the Month. In recent months, the winners have come from all over Europe. In June from Italy, in July from...

France is innovating as fast as a train at Station F

The world’s largest start-up campus is located at a former train station in the heart of Paris. With a thousand budding entrepreneurs on 34,000 m2 of floor space, France is putting itself on the map as one of the most innovative countries in the world. A prestigious project where everything...

Best read: great, those electrical buses, but a power cut is on its way

Good news in a week when air quality is not that doing that well due to the forest fires in the Amazon. Within five years, Dutch public transport companies expect to have 75 percent of their buses running on electricity. This was the best read story on Innovation Origins this past week. The great...

Best read: after Tesla comes Tessie

June is drawing to a close, so it is time for the first monthly overview of the ‘Best read’ series. Surprisingly, the most read topic was not mobility, but gender. The stories about TU Eindhoven’s measure to hire only women for six months from 1 July attracted most readers both...

Most read this week: Dutch mountains and Sh*tty scooters

The reservation of land by the municipality of Eindhoven and the project developer for the spectacular Dutch Mountains architecture project attracted the most visitors to Innovation Origins this week. That the 155-metre-high ‘high-tech calling card’ does not have just fans was well...

5 Reasons, why Israel is Such a Successful Innovation Country

No country in the world has more high-tech start-ups per capita than Israel. In the week of the Eurovision Song Contest, Innovation Origins dedicates a short series to the Startup Nation. Today: 5 reasons why Israel is such a successful innovation country. Innovation Attaché Racheli Kreisberg of...

Start-ups as ‘solution’ to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

No country in the world has more high-tech start-ups per capita than Israel. In the week of the Eurovision Song Contest, Innovation Origins pays attention to this startup nation in a short series. Today: what can the Netherlands learn from Israel? Peter Ester, sociologist and economist and Member...

Speed dating in Tel Aviv, the start-up capital of the world

No country in the world has more high-tech start-ups per capita than Israel. In the week of the Eurovision Song Contest, Innovation Origins pays attention to this startup nation in a short series. Today: speed dating in Tel Aviv. Elektrical scooters – here one of Lime – determine the streetscape...

Durability and safety: burning issues on Battery Day

With the increasing popularity of electric cars, the number of batteries needed for this purpose is also increasing. This poses new challenges not only to the industry, but also to storage and recycling companies. On the second Battery Day, which was held at Automotive Campus Helmond (the...

100 Years Bauhaus – A German-Dutch Co-Production

One hundred years ago, the Bauhaus architectural movement began in Germany. Until the Nazis came to power (and afterwards), the entrepreneurial and innovative architectural style should have a major impact on architects all around the world. An important factor in the success of Bauhaus was the...

Dutch researchers: Don’t disregard the combustion engine

TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research, was founded by law in 1932 to enable business and government to apply knowledge. As an organisation regulated by public law, they are independent: not part of any government, university or company.  Until the year 2050, the...

A device against depression?

At the Maastricht Health Campus, the startup EmoSys has developed a neuroscience-based portable solution for the treatment of depression. The device produces electrical impulses that stimulate the nerves involved in smiling and laughing. Our cartoonist Albert Jan Rasker knows what to do with it....

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