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Here they are, the winners of the 2016 Gerard & Anton Philips Awards. In a fully packed Tuchthuis in Eindhoven, these ten startups were honoured for their efforts in aiming to become the next Anton and Gerard. According to the jury these are the startups to watch.

In random order, here are the winners with the jury’s comments:


Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 14.21.21Not the best known company in Eindhoven however unseen you might have used their wireless charging technology already. An invisible force in many ways.


Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 14.21.38The TU/e has enjoyed many successes in robotics. Microsure is a spinoff delivering a real quality of live improving technology based on the knowledge developed within the university.


Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 14.21.50Sjaak Deckers didn’t take a break after his success with Sapiens. He immediately created a new startup to tackle another huge medical problem helping paralyzed people to walk again.


Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 14.22.00Some problems are not easy to discuss. However that does not stop this startup to use technology in a surprising way to help women with urine loss. They just closed their crowdfunding campaign.


Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 14.22.08This spinoff from the TU/e has a surprising alternative to both fossil fuels and hydrogen. Already demonstrated at a small scale they are now building a Formic Acid driven bus. They are in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign.


Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 14.22.16Thanks to Philips Eindhoven is a hotbed for display technology. This spinout is taking displays to the max providing low energy non-light polluting billboards.


Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 14.22.26To have a function democracy you need a functioning bureaucracy. GenKey provides the key components to make sure people in developing countries can exercise a key right. A surprising application of technology.


Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 14.22.35More a team than a start-up Bluejay is exploring the future of drones. Their discoveries might change our lives in unexpected ways.


Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 14.22.43Another silent power. Sendcloud empowers small webshops to give the same level of service as the big companies. As with many startups this company was born out of frustration.


Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 14.22.51Years in the making Ibis finally launched its first commercial wind-turbine. A breakthrough to use wind power in the urban enviromement.


Over the past 125 years Eindhoven has grown into the innovation hub it is today. It all started with a startup called Philips. Today Eindhoven is home to a diverse array of innovative companies, some startup, some mature, some huge, some small. This ecosystem gives Eindhoven its strength and agility.

New startups with the ambition to be the next Philips or ASML are founded regularly here. From all over the world people come to Eindhoven because this is fertile ground for new innovative companies. We want to celebrate this entrepreneurial spirit. This is why E52 and the High Tech Campus created the Top 10 Startups to Watch. Tonight, in the third edition of the event, the 10 winners have been honoured with the first Gerard & Anton Award.

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These 10 were selected because together they show the breadth and depth of the Eindhoven startup scene. Some are very early stage (or not even there), some are already successful in the market. Some are in the service industry, some provide a high tech solution.

The members of the jury – consisting of Chairman Staf Depla (alderman City of Eindhoven), Gerard Spanbroek (Brainport), Saskia Romero (Rabobank Eindhoven-Veldhoven),  Bert Jan Woertman (High Tech Campus Eindhoven), Broos Bakens (EY Eindhoven), Mark de Greeff (Eindhoven365), Robèrt Molenaar (Witlox van den Boomen) – together have a broad view on the Eindhoven startup scene. But even this jury has relied on outside expertise to come to the final top 10.