Paul Smits

Record amounts for German start-ups

German start-ups raised more money last year than ever before. This is a ray of hope following the realization that the German economy has seen the weakest growth in six years. The favourable news about the appeal of German start-ups to investors can be found in the start-up barometer published by...

Social robots can help children learn

Studying together with a social robot can help children learn. Researchers at the University of Twente (UT) discovered that primary school children are better able to explain what they are studying if they do that together with a robot. This is stated in the study ‘Now we’re talking:...

Start-up of the day: Semilla has a great future in recycled wastewater

Semilla is aiming to make use of sanitary wastewater. It attracts attention with the message that urine could even provide drinking water, mainly thanks to its presence at festivals with portable water sanitation units. But for the moment, it is focusing on rinse water for toilets or fertilizers...

Food waste as raw material for 3D printed bioplastics

Extracts of lemon and almond peels can be used for sustainably produced car parts and building components. This BARBARA project jointly funded by the European Union and industry ensures that food waste can be put to good use, replacing petroleum-based plastics with more environmentally friendly...

Start-up of the day: With OceanOps fewer shipping delays

OceanOps reduces delays in container transport. With a dynamic platform for route change, the brand-new company from Rotterdam enables forwarders and importers to keep their cargo under control and find the best route. The international start-up (British, Serbian and Russian) will soon be pitching...

Start-up of the day: Kindow guarantees smart use of sunlight

The Delft-based company Kindow guarantees smart management of sunlight and natural light in buildings which improves their indoor climate and conserves energy. In the belief that daylight is essential for a pleasant, healthy and productive work environment. Vertical blinds and roller blinds can...

Start-up of the day: the greening of the fuel-guzzling shipping industry

We4Sea helps ship charterers and ship owners to reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of their ships. And they do this without needing to install sensors on board. This energy-intensive sector can reap substantial profits with the help of big data. Especially now that fuel costs are soaring....

Start-up of the day: NeoSound makes analysis of call center calls easier

NeoSound Intelligence makes it easier to monitor the quality of calls in call centers. Normally this is done by listening to recordings based on your own selection. This takes a lot of time and only a fraction of calls can be analyzed in this way. The Amsterdam start-up has developed technology...

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