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UNIIQ-investering voor Addoptics

High-tech startup Addoptics has developed an innovative method that reduces the lead time for small-series production of customer-specific lenses from six weeks to six days. This includes the manufacture of lenses for smartphones and lighting, and the time reduction is in part achieved by using 3D printing techniques. To further develop and validate the technology with pilot customers, Addoptics is to receive a €300,000 injection from early-stage investment fund UNIIQ. The investment was announced by Rotterdam Deputy Mayor Barbara Kathmann (Economy, Districts and Local Communities) during the Rotterdam Capital Days event.

UNIIQ-investering voor Addoptics

Faster and more flexible testing with prototypes

Whether it involves the latest smartphone, a camera-equipped cardiac catheter, streetlights or car headlights, all of these finished products involve lenses. Optical systems and their applications are based on lenses, and prototypes of optical components are needed early in the development cycle of each new product. However, standard lenses that are available may often fail to meet the specific requirements of the desired end product. A manufacturer will therefore sometimes have special custom-made lens prototypes developed, but these take six to eight weeks to produce. Moreover, there is no guarantee that the prototype will work, which results in an extremely long product development period.

From six weeks to six days

Technological developments move at lightning speed and competition is fierce. As time to market is crucial, there are increasing calls for shorter development cycles and greater design freedom (‘free-form’ lenses) from a range of industries, including medical technology, automotive, lighting, production technology and communication applications.

By using 3D printing technology to produce lenses that meet customer specifications, Addoptics has developed a fast and flexible lens manufacturing process for custom-made optical components. And instead of six weeks, the firm can produce the lenses in just six days. Due to its innovative technology, Addoptics is making shorter and more flexible development cycles a reality while offering greater design freedom.

Fine-tuning the technology and working towards pilots

The investment from proof-of-concept fund UNIIQ will help Addoptics take the crucial next steps. In the coming period, the company will further fine-tune the technology and test it with various pilot customers. Addoptics co-founders Joris Biskop and Lucas Klamer form a strong team. Both have extensive experience in the optical industry and together possess good technological know-how in optics and 3D printing. They also have expertise in materials science, excellent commercial skills and access to a broad network in the optical industry.

Joris Biskop, Addoptics co-founder and CEO:

“With the support of UNIIQ as an investment partner, Addoptics will be able to realise its ambitions. We are proud to have the opportunity to develop our innovative concept further, prior to taking the first steps towards bringing it to market.”

Liduina Hammer, UNIIQ fund manager: “Addoptics is a valuable addition to the optical cluster in the greater Rotterdam The Hague area. The investment from UNIIQ will enable the firm to move forward with its innovative technology and validate it with pilot customers.”

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Liduina Hammer

Fund Manager UNIIQ
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On Tuesday 17 September 2019 a Canadian delegation accompanied his Worship Mayor Jim Watson from Ottawa to visit The Hague Security Delta (HSD). The visit was in context of promoting and continuing the collaboration between both countries, giving businesses the facilities to participate in a Soft landing program. A continuation agreement was signed by Mayor Watson, Chris van Voorden (InnovationQuarter) and Joris den Bruinen (HSD) to strengthen this collaboration for the future. The visit was organised in close cooperation with InnovationQuarter, Invest Ottawa and the Embassy of Canada.

The Canada-Netherlands Cyber and Security Technologies Soft Landing Platform was set up in 2013 by Invest Ottawa, the Dutch Embassy in Ottawa, the Canadian Embassy to the Netherlands InnovationQuarter and HSD. This soft landing program supports businesses from Ottawa to set up office here in the Netherlands and Dutch business to set up office in Ottawa. HSD SME partners interested in exploring the North American market get a unique market introduction for a trail period in Ottawa, Canada’s national hub for the cyber, defence and security sectors with easy access to the full North American market. Canadian SMEs get the opportunity to land in the greater Rotterdam-The Hague area.

By participating in the program, each firm will be provided with access to key resources and support by Invest Ottawa and HSD to build a strong regional network in the markets and make strategic connections. Ultimately, the program is conceived to provide a low risk entry trial to Canadian and Dutch companies entering a new international market, accessing the resources they need to more readily tap into commercial opportunities by connecting with new partners, closing new deals, and possibly setting up a permanent presence in the market.

The programme, included several introductions from the organising partners, a presentation by former soft landing participant Magnet Forensics and an open discussion on further collaboration between Ottawa and the greater Rotterdam-The Hague area. Inspired by Mayor Watson’s visit, the partners are motivated to support more businesses to explore market opportunities across the ocean and participate in one of the soft landing programs.

Interested in doing business in Canada?

There are plenty of opportunities to explore the Canadian market. A soft landing programme offers a unique introduction to HSD’s partner-ecosystems for a trial period in. It provides a low risk entry to companies and entrepreneurs entering a new international market, accessing the resources they need to prepare for tapping into commercial opportunities.

In addition to this soft landing programme to Canada, the Global EPIC Soft Landing Programme provides opportunities to explore various international markets. If you are interested and want to learn more about the soft landing platform in Canada or interested in other countries like the US, Taiwan, Poland and the UK, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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ENERGIIQ investeert in Involtum

Energy innovation fund ENERGIIQ and existing shareholders are jointly investing €1 million in Involtum. The Rotterdam-based scale-up will use the funds to accelerate the development and roll-out of its activation and payment platform for electrical charging points and other power supply facilities. The platform makes it possible to conveniently pay for the temporary use of electricity in places such as car parks, ports and event locations. The power points replace environment polluting engines and generators, thereby significantly contributing to the reduction of CO2 and particulate matter emissions as well as noise. Berend Potjer, the regional minister for energy for the Province of South Holland announced the investment at the Prinsjesfestival in The Hague.

ENERGIIQ investeert in Involtum

Photographer René Zoetemelk

Ports and cities are becoming increasingly cleaner

Refrigerated trucks spend a lot of time parked at roadsides or in service stations and keep their cargo cool by using diesel generators. Similarly, while in port, sea-going vessels and river cruise boats also use generators for their power supply.

However, to reduce noise and limit CO2, particulate matter and NOx emissions, governments in Europe are setting stricter rules on the use of diesel generators.
In 2012, Rotterdam-based Involtum began providing electrical power at truck stops. Drivers of refrigerated trucks are able to preserve their cargo at these sites without having to use environment polluting diesel generators. Involtum has continued to develop its power activation and payment transaction platform and it is now available for many other applications.

Easy payment for temporary use of electricity

Today, the platform allows people to pay for the temporary use of electricity at various locations, including car parks, campsites, festival grounds, marinas and seaports. One of the latest applications allows payment by smartphone for the use of Miele washing machines at launderettes. Involtum offers providers of shared facilities a total solution: the platform, back office and call centre services, payments channel, apps, websites, portals and required hardware.

Important contribution to energy transition

Involtum will use the investment by ENERGIIQ and its shareholders to expand the platform and stimulate further growth. Involtum founder and CEO Maarten Hektor: “The investment will enable us to give a boost to sales and marketing. It will help us expand in Europe and further develop our services in Germany, Austria and the UK as well as in the Netherlands.” By unburdening electricity providers, the platform will allow decentralised power supply facilities to be set up at more locations, thereby making an important contribution to the energy transition.

Berend Potjer, the regional minister for energy for the Province of South Holland, says:

“The transition to sustainable energy does not have to be difficult. The Rotterdam-based scale-up Involtum is showing the way by helping skippers of inland vessels and truck drivers switch from environment polluting diesel to clean electricity. Thanks to Involtum’s expertise and endeavour, diesel fumes at events, car parks and quays may soon be a thing of the past. Isn’t that what we all want? I for one certainly do. That’s why I am happy to announce this investment.”

Rinke Zonneveld, the executive director of InnovationQuarter, is very happy with the investment: “Involtum is a Rotterdam-based company that is leading the way in developing new business models for IOT applications. ENERGIIQ regards Involtum’s platform as a simple and scalable solution to reduce the use of diesel aggregates. An easy-to-use app will allow barge skippers and truck drivers to access power supplies in ports and at service stations, thereby significantly reducing CO2 emissions.”

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In The Netherlands, October 2019 will be all about cyber security. As part of the European Cyber Security Month, many conferences, competitions and trainings will take place providing the opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas and innovations for a more secure future.

The Cyber Security Month will be kicked off in The Hague on the first of October with the 3-day International ONE Conference. It is an international renowned conference in the field of cyber security and it is organised by the Dutch government. Amongst the other events are the Europol-INTERPOL cybercrime conference, the Unleashing Cyber Security Summit, a congress about the Future of Quantum Computing, Quantum Cryptography and Quantum Sensors and Hardwear.io Security Conference & Training as a pre-event.

Collaboration with the City of The Hague

The upcoming edition of the One Conference is extended with an extra day: Thursday 3 October, which is made possible in cooperation with the city of The Hague. In alignment with the ONE Conference, the city aims to stimulate the exchange of cyber security knowledge, ideas and innovations for a more secure future. During the three days, leading speakers from all over the world will share insights and developments in cyber security.
This year’s theme of the ONE Conference is ‘Keeping our Future Secure, Be Innovative, Stay Alert’. A novelty this year is the Innovation Floor. During three days, in close collaboration with the city of The Hague, 15 organisations will demonstrate their cyber security innovations.

Municipality of The Hague challenges Ethical Hackers

On the eve of EU Cyber Security Month, the municipality of The Hague sets the tone by testing its own digital security. In cooperation with the Dutch cyber security company Cybersprint, the city organises the hacking competition ‘Hâck The Hague’. The 2019 edition of this competition takes place in the City Hall on 30 September, when the Atrium of The Hague City Hall will be transformed into ‘The Hague Hackers Dome’. The best national and international ethical hackers – from students to professional hackers – are invited to detect digital vulnerabilities in the digital infrastructure of the municipality and its suppliers.