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Space Campus Noordwijk launched during IAC Bremen

During the International Astronautical Conference (IAC) which was held in Bremen last week, some 16 Dutch space companies and organisations presented themselves in the NL Space booth. From these 16 exhibitors, 13 came from the West Holland region, showing that indeed some 80% of Dutch space activities take place in this region. Newcomer was Space Campus Noordwijk, launched and presented by the municipality of Noordwijk and the Province of Zuid-Holland.

10 reasons why West Holland is the hotspot for Space

Space Campus Noordwijk, just a stone’s throw from the ESA’s largest research facility ESTEC, will house dedicated facilities for testing small satellites and space instruments, a centre for earth observation data applications and training, a virtual laboratory in support of space engineering and a state-of-the-art makerspace for prototyping and small satellite production. For meetings, campus companies can use a completely new international meeting facility for space professionals, to be built on the ESTEC site.

The national government, the Province of Zuid-Holland and the Municipality of Noordwijk will invest over € 25 million in the development of Space Campus Noordwijk. ESTEC, the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) and the Space Business Incubator Centre are partners in the project, as are many Dutch companies and institutions.

The IAC is the largest annual international space conference in the world, with an extensive exhibition attached to it. Space organizations and industry discuss future projects with each other and show the world the newest space-high-tech. Participating companies and knowledge institutes from the West Holland region were: Hyperion Technologies, Delft University of Technology, S [&] T, CGI, ATG, Airbus, Cosine, ISIS, TNO Space, Airborne, T-Minus Engineering, SatSearch, Dawn Aerospace, Space Campus Noordwijk, SpaceNed and The Netherlands Space Office (NSO).

On Tuesday evening NL-Space organized a VIP dinner for the participating Dutch delegates and their (potential) international clients. The event took place in the historical Handelskammer Bremen, and started with some inspiring words on the Dutch space footprint by Marc Hendrikse, Chairman topsector High Tech Systems & Materials, Mr. Wepke Kingma, Dutch Ambassador to Germany, Harm van de Wetering, Director Netherlands Space Office and Dutch astronaut André Kuipers.

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Digital investigative software supplier Magnet Forensics has opened an office at The Hague Security Delta Campus

Next step in investigating digital evidence

Magnet Forensics creates solutions that helps with evidence collection, processing, review and case management. Their complete digital investigation platform recovers digital evidence from the most sources, including smartphones, cloud services, computers, IoT devices and third-party images.

Founder Jad Saliba first worked as a Digital Forensics Examiner where he faced many challenges with finding important evidence on a suspect’s computer. Facing this new challenge head on, Saliba set out to find a solution that would help him, and others, recover relevant data faster. In 2011, together with Adam Belsher, they launched Magnet Forensics. Since then, the company has rapidly grown to include a team of global employees who work on a variety of software solutions that empower law enforcement agencies and companies around the world to fight crime, protect assets and guard national security. Magnet Forensics tools are used by over 4,000 agencies in 93 countries.

Acquisition of Tracks Inspector

Earlier this year, Magnet Forensics announced the acquisition of The Hague based Tracks Inspector. With this acquisition Magnet Forensics added a robust review platform for non-technical stakeholders of an investigation to its product portfolio. Tracks Inspector offers an intuitive, web-based platform that puts digital investigations into the hands of detectives who have knowledge of the case but aren’t necessarily digital forensics specialists. It enables investigators to conduct an early case assessment and identify the data and devices relevant to the case. This approach enables the forensic unit to focus on targeted forensic analysis.

Digital investigative software supplier Magnet Forensics has opened an office at The Hague Security Delta Campus

The office of Magnet Forensics Europe will be located at the HSD Campus in The Hague, the current home base of HSD partner Tracks Inspector BV. This office will become Magnet Forensics’ new European headquarters, including a technical department providing new jobs in the near future.

With customers, sales teams and reseller partners all over Europe, we’re excited to be part of the HSD and make it our new corporate headquarters in Europe,” says Adam Belsher, CEO, Magnet Forensics. “We couldn’t be more pleased to be in The Hague, and benefit from the proximity it provides to our customers and partners.

“Cyber security is vital to community and organization safety and we are incredibly honoured to be recognized for our role in this pursuit,” said Jad Saliba, Founder & CTO, Magnet Forensics. “Being welcomed by The Hague, InnovationQuarter and The Hague Security Delta is an honour for Magnet Forensics, as we work tirelessly to provide organizations and law enforcement the tools they need to work through cases faster and with even more accuracy.”

Soft Landing program

Prior to settling in The Hague, and acquiring Tracks Inspector, Magnet Forensics has participated in a Soft Landing program. This is a company exchange program between greater Ottawa region and the greater Rotterdam-The Hague area. The program is specifically designed for mature cyber security companies with the aim of internationalization and setting up a company. Participants of the program receive support in terms of mentoring, introductions, temporary office space and media promotion. Magnet Forensics has proven to be a great participant and was supported by the Canadian Embassy, Invest Ottawa, The Chamber of commerce, The Hague Security Delta and InnovationQuarter.

Digital investigative software supplier Magnet Forensics has opened an office at The Hague Security Delta Campus

Chris van Voorden, InnovationQuarter’s head of Foreign Investments: “Although the Soft Landing program was not designed to facilitate mergers and acquisitions, in this case Magnet Forensics and Tracks Inspector benefit from Magnet’s acquisition. Magnet Forensics will expand business in The Hague by increasing sales and hiring new employees. At the same time I am proud that Dutch forensics software will now have a global reach through Magnet’s global networks.”

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Bluefors at the TU Delft Campus

Bluefors sells cryostats that are needed to cool the quantum chips that are developed in Delft to extremely low temperatures. Quantum effects such as superposition and entanglement that are used in quantum computers only manifest themselves under these circumstances. At this moment there are chips of a few dozen qubits, the basic units of quantum computers, in a cryostat. If the technology will be further scaled up in the coming years, the cryostats will also need to be developed further.

Rob Blaauwgeers, CEO of Bluefors:

It is important for us to be able to design these new specifications with leading users and to benefit from each other’s knowledge. That is why we decided to carry out R&D close to the Delft research groups. In our new R&D lab we would like to collaborate with the Delft groups, but also with our other customers and partners from all over the world.

Ronald Hanson, scientific director, is delighted with the arrival of Bluefors: “I am happy to welcome Bluefors at the TU Delft Campus. It is an important step in our ambition to create a flourishing quantum hub here, that accelerates scientific, technological and market developments.”

Delft Quantum Campus

The Bluefors site is a new step towards a local ecosystem where not only students and researchers, but also companies work on this key technology of the future. Birch consultants has completed a feasibility study commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and QuTech / TUD with the perspective of such an ecosystem, under the title: Q-campus: building a Quantum ecosystem in Delft. This report was presented to State Secretary Mona Keijzer during the InnovationExpo. Birch’s conclusion is that Delft has the potential to grow into one of the top quantum hubs in Europe with up to 900 direct jobs in 2023. It is up to the government, Delft University of Technology, the municipality of Delft, TNO and other regional stakeholders to take decisions about possible follow-up steps.

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10X Genomics Inc. Opens new European Headquarters in Leiden

10x Genomics is the leader in single-cell and other areas of genomic analysis, all of which enable greater resolution and accelerate the understanding of new biology and disease. 10x Genomics builds tools and applications that leverage advances in sequencing along with innovations in hardware, chemistry and software. Its customers have already analyzed over 130 million single cells, broadly equivalent to sequencing 18,000 human genomes.

Benefits of the Leiden Bio Science Park

10X Genomics began direct sales to Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in late 2015, and continue to grow their presence in the EMEA genomics market.  10X Genomics has distributed sales and support teams located in the field across the region who will receive further support from the new central office located in Leiden.

“We see Leiden as an attractive option for inward investment by life science companies due to the excellent infrastructure, including LUMC and the Leiden Bio Science Park. As 10X Genomics expands our business in this region, InnovationQuarter, the regional development organization for the region can connect us with universities where there is a talented pool of local university graduates with advanced scientific training for recruitment,” stated Sandy McBean, Vice President of EMEA Sales and Support for 10X Genomics.

Strengthening the Dutch life sciences & health ecosystem

According to analysts, the genomics sector could grow to $24 billion by 2022 when considering the large potential scope of genomic science impacting areas of research like gene editing and precision medicine. The role of genomics in healthcare is becoming increasingly important, and having a leading company in that field located in Leiden further strengthens the Dutch life sciences & health ecosystem and its position in the global life sciences market.

Mayor Lenferink, Mayor of the city of Leiden, stated, “I am pleased to welcome 10X Genomics, a pioneering company in the area of genomics to the Leiden Bio Science cluster.” The Leiden Bio Science Park is the largest and most mature life sciences cluster in the Netherlands with focus on Translational Drug Discovery and Development, Oncology, Vaccines and Regenerative Medicine.

The NFIA and InnovationQuarter assisted 10X Genomics with information on the investment climate in the Netherlands and office locations within the Dutch life sciences hotspots. We are looking forward to connecting the company to the life science community in the Netherlands.

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InnovationQuarter co-organized Chinese family day

The Chinese Family Day was organized to provide Chinese expats in the Netherlands with an opportunity to enjoy a day out with their families, whilst bonding and collaborating with Chinese expats from other companies in a casual manner. Furthermore, the families got a special close-up into the functioning of the human body. Especially the children truly enjoyed this part.

You might also like to read: ‘De belangrijkste cultuurverschillen tussen Nederland en China’.

The event officially started with a networking lunch and welcome speeches delivered by Mr. Zhang Guo Sheng and Mr. Zhang Xin Min on behalf of the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the Netherlands. They gave the audience an update about the latest economic developments between the Netherlands and China, and introduced Chinese business associations in the Netherlands such as ACIEN and VCWI.

At this moment there are more than 500 Chinese enterprises based in the Netherlands, of which 60 percent are located in West Holland.

InnovationQuarter co-organized Chinese Family Day @ Corpus Leiden

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ExRobotics - Robot voor inspectie en onderhoud NAM

The robots can read meters on equipment via video and audio recordings, ‘smell’ a gas leak, navigate independently between various installations and find their own way back to their docking station to recharge. This means that inspectors and operators no longer have to visit environments where there is a risk of explosions, greatly improving their work safety.

NAM plans to start using the first batch of 10 robots in Q4 2018, and hopes to eventually introduce this technology to all of its unmanned installations. NAM is the first producer in the oil and gas industry to use this technology on a large scale. The NAM robot is operated by remote control, but on 6 August 2018, ExRobotics presented its latest robotics breakthrough: an autonomous, line-following robot for industrial environments. This innovation was demonstrated by ExRobotics, TU Darmstadt and Shell at the Shell refinery in Pernis. The robot carries out inspections in the factory independently.

The greatest challenge lies not in building remote-controlled robots, but rather in obtaining the certification required before they can be put to work in an inflammable environment. The so-called ATEX/IECEx certification places high demands on the product and materials used. Many of the required certified materials cannot simply be purchased. The fact is, the ATEX/IECEx norms were devised for stationary installations that were not space or energy constrained. However, the ExRobotics robots are built from small, energy-efficient and mobile components. ExRobotics therefore had to develop all of the components itself before having them certified by a notified body in Chicago (UL). The ExRobotics organisation then also had to obtain certification in order to be permitted to produce the components. The company now possesses a unique combination of this certification and robotics expertise.

ExRobotics recently opened a new production facility in Delft, to facilitate the production and certification of their robots. ExRobotics selected West Holland as the location for their new facility because the robotics climate in the province has a great deal to offer with regard to R&D. InnovationQuarter, the province’s regional development agency, and the Municipality of Delft have offered advice and support to help ExRobotics select a suitable location. The new production facility is located close to TU Delft and RoboValley. ExRobotics is looking forward to a fruitful exchange of knowledge and experiences with these two knowledge partners. The company currently has 10 employees, but anticipates strong growth in the years ahead, representing a major boost to the ecosystem in West Holland.

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Cyber Security Week in Den Haag van 2-5 oktober

For various reasons, cyber security has been featuring in the headlines increasingly frequently. Our digital security expressly requires innovative solutions based on international cooperation between countries and their cyber professionals. An important issue here is the current lack of cyber security professionals with which governments, businesses and knowledge organisations are having to contend. Both developing and motivating this cyber security talent as well as working together on innovative security solutions are key themes during this 3ʳᵈ edition of Cyber Security Week.

As an international data hub and digital entry point to Europe, the Netherlands plays an important role when it comes to tackling these threats and optimally guaranteeing the cyber security of our critical infrastructure.

Saskia Bruines, Deputy Mayor for Education, Knowledge Economy and International Affairs in the Municipality of The Hague:

“Technological developments are continuing apace and the current shortage of talent will increase if we fail to take action as a society. For that reason, public authorities, educational institutions and businesses need to join forces to train, attract and retain more talent. That is why it is important to teach children digital skills from an early age. From primary school to university, educating cybertalent has to be high on the agenda. We want everyone to participate so we can all work together to create a safe society.”

Want to apply for the Cyber Security Week 2018? Click here!

Programme

The parties participating in Cyber Security Week include CIPRE, Incident Response and representatives from numerous security clusters from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Israel, US, Canada, India and Japan. Many big and small companies specialising in cyber security will also be present. Together they will offer a wide range of interactive cyber games, challenges, presentations, workshops and showcases.

The first week of October will also see the start of the Alert Online Campaign and One Conference (2-3 October), all in the context of European Cyber Security Month.

During CIPRE (2-4 October), international cyber experts will meet to share knowledge about protecting our critical infrastructure.

On 4-5 October, there will be training sessions, practical workshops and network meetings of the American Incident Response Community.

On 4-5 October, the Fokker Terminal in The Hague will be the venue for the CSW Congress & Expo. The Congress comprises a matchmaking-programme, an Access to Capital event, an Access to Talent event, an SME Cyber Awareness Event and dozens of other workshops, sessions and keynotes relating to cyber security.

During the CSW Expo, national and international organisations will present their innovative cyber security solutions.

Visitors 

Cyber Security Week is expected to attract around 4000 visitors. These include:

  • Cyber security professionals from 70 countries
  • Dutch SMEs which recognise cyber security as a risk for their business and are looking for solutions.
  • Start-ups/scale-ups and investors meeting each other during the Access to Capital event.
  • Students and young professionals who will be offered a targeted programme during the Access to Talent event.

Cyber Security Week is an initiative of The Hague Security Delta (HSD), a network of companies, public authorities and knowledge organisations working together on knowledge development and innovations in the field of security. The Cyber Security Week is being funded by the city of The Hague.

More information about the programme is available at: www.cybersecurityweek.nl

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Dutch delegation to India seals agreement on soft landing support in Karnataka for Dutch startups-980x450

In response to increased interest by Indian Safety & Security entrepreneurs in expanding or relocating to the Netherlands, InnovationQuarter joined the High tech / Cybersecurity delegation of the largest Dutch economic mission to India ever. During the trip, InnovationQuarter had the opportunity to invite current investors and prospects to several Trade Dinners and to a lunch organized by The Hague Business Agency with the Mayor of The Hague.

After two days in New Delhi, the Hightech/ Cyber delegation went to Bangalore where InnovationQuarter was offered Soft Landing Support for Netherland Startups by Karnataka’s Technology Incubators. The letter of support for the Soft Landing Programme is the result of previous meetings between government officials of the State Karnataka, the City of The Hague and InnovationQuarter.

Dutch delegation to India seals agreement on soft landing support in Karnataka for Dutch startups-002-980x450

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Smart Yields Selects The Hague as its European Headquarters

Smart Yields uses IoT to help small-and-medium-size farmers to farm smarter. Smart Yields connects farmers, their communities, municipalities, universities and agricultural researchers through crowd-sourced data gathered from a network of integrated agricultural sensors. The raw data covering everything from soil health to inputs such as water, energy and nutrients is translated by Smart Yields into actionable insight for the benefit of farmers.

In the United States the company has – amongst others – successfully brought its IoT solution to the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, where it is helping with the prevention of crop loss due to late frost.

Smart Yields is hosting its first-ever European stakeholder event at The Hague on July 11, 2018. The company is part of West Holland’s growing agro-technology and social-impact movement, supported by InnovationQuarter and The Hague Business Agency.

“The Netherlands is changing the way small- and medium-size farmers monitor and cultivate their crops, and we want to help bring those innovations to the world, aligning their farming frameworks with other global best practices,” said Vincent Kimura, CEO of Smart Yields.

Smart Yields has partnered with Salt Farm Texel, an “open-air lab” researching crops that are resistant to high-salinity growing conditions. Saline soils are a pressing agricultural issue due to changes in climate and sea levels. Smart Yields technologies will be used to monitor soil moisture, salinity and other conditions, with the goal of expanding to thousands of farmers in areas like Bangladesh. Using Smart Yields’ big data network, Salt Farm Texel can establish remote monitoring stations, allowing it to seamlessly work with farmers from around the globe. Smart Yields is also launching a partnership with Sensoterra, an Amsterdam-based leader in low-cost, soil moisture monitoring hardware. Smart Yields will pair its data platform and easy-to-use mobile interface with Sensoterra’s wireless hardware.

This global expansion lays the groundwork for Smart Yields’ development of regional Centers of Excellence to share and refine best practices across the agricultural sector – from agronomy to sustainability to workforce development. Smart Yields plans to host an international farmers meeting in the Netherlands next year.

 

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Cargo bikes without a driver (Droids) and drones in the sky that pick up cargo from a smart hub and then deliver it to your doorstep. According to Geeba this will be the solution to the expensive last stage of local delivery within cities. This newest innovation aims to disrupt last-mile logistics and is to cut the expenses for e-commerce companies significantly. Two companies, originally from Qatar, bundled their forces in a joint venture: Geeba. Airlift provides the autonomous surface vehicles, N-gon supplies the drones for transport through the air, and Geeba develops the blockchain technology that will connect all the autonomous vehicles through an online platform. The droids are expected to have a radius of 35 kilometers with a speed of 25 km/h and a maximum cargo load of 40 kg.

There is room to experiment in Holland

Airlift and Geeba chose The Netherlands to develop their innovation for a reason. “In Qatar there is not much room to experiment,” says Geeba CEO Ahmed Mohamedali. “As a startup you have to go through a rigmarole to get approval for testing your product.” In Holland, especially West-Holland, the government is more lenient towards innovation and experiment. “For instance, the process of getting approval for the testing of our vehicles from the government runs smoothly. Furthermore, West-Holland has a strong robotics and blockchain ecosystem, and the connection to the rest of the European market is strong. Those were the motives for us to establish our offices here,” according to the CEO of Geeba.

Rotterdam as a business location

Ahmed Mohamedali had good reasons for choosing the city of Rotterdam with its strong tradition in manufacturing. Both the Geeba and the Airlift offices are based in the Cambridge Innovation Centre (CIC). Airlift and Geeba both received a startup visa, a temporary residence permit for ambitious starters from abroad. The visa is valid for a maximum of one year. During this next year Airlift will get the opportunity to further develop their business and innovation in cooperation with Geeba and with help from their facilitator CIC.

The companies have been assisted by the Invest in Holland partners the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), InnovationQuarter and Rotterdam Partners.

Future plans

Airlift is aiming to deploy more than 100 of its robots and smart hubs within the next 9 months. For this the team needs to grow to 19 engineering and business employees. Geeba is planning to double the team – which currently exists of 10 different nationalities – in the next year, to be able to further develop the blockchain technology needed for the logistics and launch the commercial pilot in the Netherlands.

Tombstone voor Geeba en Airlift Systems in CIC Rotterdam | © Verkijk

Tombstone voor Geeba en Airlift Systems in CIC Rotterdam | © Verkijk

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Next step in ‘customer experience’

When you contact a business or a government agency, it is highly likely that you will encounter a Webhelp employee. Webhelp designs and provides ‘customer experiences’ for many brands, both big and small. Each day, more than 3,500 Webhelp employees in the Netherlands deal with consumers’ various needs, concerns and queries that come in by app, chat, email and phone. Globally, this international player has a whopping 40,000 employees.

With the opening of the new, modern premises, Webhelp Netherlands is now active in nine locations: Rotterdam, Groningen, Enschede (2), Ede, Zoetermeer, Tilburg, Hilversum and Paramaribo. The Rotterdam branch will initially employ about 210 people, with the aim to double this number by 2019.

Welcome addition to Rotterdam

Webhelp was attracted to Rotterdam partly because of the local job market. Recruiting suitable staff in sufficient numbers can be challenging. However, research demonstrated that an adequate supply of talent is available in the city.

“We were attracted to Rotterdam due to the diversity of the city and its people. We were also drawn here because of this dynamic city’s rapid growth. Rotterdam is an exciting place,” says Ronald van Schijndel, CEO of Webhelp Netherlands.

Webhelp does all it can to attract and retain staff. When furnishing the new premises, for instance, employee needs were one of the company’s main concerns. It is designed to be a workplace that allows people to feel at home. Van Schijndel explains, “We are really happy with our new premises at Delftse Poort. We are located in the centre and the travelling connections are great. The building alone has so much more personality than your standard office set up. It’s a hectic job, of course, which is why we think it is important to provide a work environment that also inspires and helps people to relax.”

In the hunt for a suitable location for new premises, Webhelp was helped by Rotterdam Partners and InnovationQuarter. “We are very pleased that Webhelp has chosen Rotterdam and are proud that the company can see the many advantages of this international city,” says Jeroen Kuyper, director of Rotterdam Partners.

Rotterdam Partners and InnovationQuarter often collaborate to attract businesses to the city and the wider region. “Webhelp is a welcome addition to Rotterdam. It’s a fast-growing company and its arrival will create many new jobs in the region,” says Chris van Voorden, InnovationQuarter’s head of Foreign Investments.

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Results Holland Hightech Pavilion during Japan IT Week

During this mission InnovationQuarter, NFIA, Dutch embassy/Innovation Office and HSD Office represented and positioned the Netherlands as the secure digital gateway to Europe. In addition HSD partners SecurityMatters, Compumatica, Redsocks Security, TU Delft and ReaQta presented their cyber propositions to Japan, with the aim to have exposure and create new relationships with Japanese businesses, knowledge institutions and the Japanese government. The purpose of this mission was to contribute to a Cyber Secure Japan and its critical infrastructures in relation to the Olympic Games 2020.

Jan-Hein Chrisstoffels (Netherlands Embassy, Tokyo): “We have been running this Japan-project for 4 years straight, promoting Dutch cyberexcellence as a niche proposition in the Japanese market. We launched it during the State Visit to Japan, October 2014, signed PIB in Summer 2016, and are seeing real results rolling in today. That is very satisfying.”

Results Holland Hightech Pavilion during Japan IT Week

Results

Redsocks Security together with its Japanese partner Networld, had their first dealflow. Compumatica prepared a testcase together with a new partner/customer. TU Delft strengthened their relation and cooperation with the University of Okohama International University and Kyushu University. ReaQta had many relevant conversations in relation to finding the right Japanes partner. And all of them gained new contacts and leads.

Also, a business deal of multiple Dutch parties with an end-user and strategic partner in Japan is in progress.

In addition, Security Matters together with their Japanese partner Macnica Networks showcased their case study about the deployment of ‘SilentDefense’ in TEPCO Power Grid (TEPCO PG), the largest electric power company in Japan. This case study was officially announced on 18 May 2018 by a press release. With the number of cyber attacks constantly on the rise and the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, TEPCO PG selected Security Matters’ SilentDefense to enhance the cyber resilience of its industrial infrastructure and the security of Japanese social infrastructure.

Damiano Bolzoni, co-founder SecurityMatters: The Japanese market is one of the most demanding in terms of technical quality and flexibility requirements, and it’s very difficult to reach the high level of trust required to work with their critical national infrastructure. The establishment of this fruitful relationship would have not been possible without the Dutch Embassy, the PIB programme and the partners facilitating our events in Japan and offering their invaluable assistance with building the trust to establish a relationship. Because the Japanese market is dominated by giants, the forming of a successful relationship with a European company is vital. This will both increase the opportunities for Dutch R&D and demonstrate a best practice for other high tech Dutch companies.

Acquisition

InnovationQuarter, the Dutch embassy, NFIA and HSD Office had many fruitfull meetings during the Japan IT Week. The concrete results will be announced later this year.

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World leader in gene synthesis GenScript sets up office in Leiden

From left to right: Mr. Duan Pengfei (Invest Relations Manager GenScript), Ms. Adri Bom-Lemstra (Vice Governor Zuid-Holland), Ms. Jeannette Baljeu (Vice Governor Zuid-Holland), Bas Pulles (Deputy Head of Mission), Steven Shen (NFIA Beijing). Signers: Mr. Robin Meng (VP of Invest Relations), Mr. Chris van Voorden (Director Foreign Investments InnovationQuarter).

Signing of confirmation letter

On Sunday the 13th of May, during the economic mission of the province of Zuid-Holland to China, GenScript signed a confirmation letter confirming their establishment at the Leiden Bio Science Park. This was witnessed by two Vice governors of the province of Zuid-Holland, Ms. Baljeu and Ms. Bom-Lemstra, and Mr. Pulles, Deputy Head of Mission of the Dutch Embassy.

Innovative breakthrough immunotherapy

Since its founding in 2002, GenScript has provided services and products to scientists in more than 100 countries worldwide. The company delivers biological research services encompassing gene synthesis and molecular biology, peptide synthesis, custom antibodies, protein expression, antibody and protein engineering, in vitro and in vivo pharmacology. These areas are each essential to modern molecular biological research. To expand GenScript’s products portfolio, Bestzyme (GenScript’s subsidary) completes and matures enzyme production line to serve the broad industrial market. Additionally, Legend Biotech (GenScript’s subsidary) recently has achieved innovative breakthrough for CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy in clinical trial. For more information, visit https://www.genscript.com/.

Valuable addition to Leiden Bio Science Park

GenScript will be a valuable addition to the Leiden Bio Science Cluster. GenScript offers a one-stop service package as to maximize innovation, eliminate the need to search for multiple vendors, and reduce waste. NFIA and InnovationQuarter have had the pleasure of assisting them with information, introductions to service providers as well as introductions to the life science community in Leiden.

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Next Delta

Strategic geographical location

The Netherlands is considered one of the most wired countries in the world and has the fastest connection speeds of Europe. The country directly links continental Europe to North America as most transatlantic sea cables go directly to the Netherlands. The highly competitive Dutch telecommunications network ranks among the world’s best for quality, speed and reliability.
Due to the central position in the European continent, data from the Netherlands can reach 160 million customers within 12ms.

Leading exchanges AMS-IX and NL-ix

AMS-IX is the leading Internet Exchange in the world. The Amsterdam based independent Internet Exchange, interconnects more than 800 IP networks and delivers peak traffic of over 5.6Tbps. NL-ix interconnects over 115 data centres in 15 countries, by a fully meshed low latency network. Its pan-European Wide Area IX not only reaches the major Internet hubs like Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Paris, but is wide spread in Europe covering over 25 metro areas. NL-ix continues rapid expansion to more relevant carrier neutral data centers, bringing the Internet exchange to the doorstep of carriers, ISPs and content networks. With over 675 members already connected and peak traffic at 2.1Tbits/s, NL-ix is considered the fifth largest Internet exchange in the world.

Rotterdam The Hague area

This area is home to Europe’s largest port, the Port of Rotterdam, resulting in an unique delta where internet, infrastructure and logistics meet. It offers the ideal ecosystem for logistics, resilience and redundancy solutions.

The Hague is known as the international city of Peace and Justice. Home to The Hague Security Delta, the largest security cluster in Europe, it offers the ideal ecosystem for hypersecure solutions. As the region is also home to knowledge institutions, such as Delft University of Technology and TNO, research partners and talent are within reach.

Do you want to join the next solution for the ever growing demand of data or do you want to learn more about the possibilities for your company?

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Sebastiaan Kors (BW Security Ventures) ondertekent de HSD-overeenkomst.

From idea to profitable concept

Many startups, as well as corporates and investors, are struggling how a good security idea or (cyber) security concept can be converted into a commercially viable business model. BW Security Ventures scouts (inter)national startups that are active within the (cyber) security sector. Through the data-driven accelerator program PreXLR, a business development program of 100 days, BW Security Ventures guides the (early phase) startups at their first steps to success and validates the commercial feasibility of their idea or concept. The resulting business model prevents time and money thrown away of a product that is not yet ready for market introduction.

“We expect to accompany around 5 to 10 startups annually and offer them a kick-start to commercial success. In April the first two cyber security startups will start with the program, Digital-Sentinel and the American startup LegacyArmour. Both promising in the field of data protection,” says Sebastiaan Kors, Director at BW Security Ventures. “Although our higher goal is to strengthen the cyber security sector and thereby increase the digital resilience of the Netherlands.”

Digital future and security

The digital transformation is in full swing. New issues arise, and entrepreneurs see opportunities for innovations. Safety and security plays an important role in this digital world and are becoming increasingly important. “If there is insufficient attention for security and it is not integrated into new digital developments, then it lacks confidence for large-scale applications with significant risks as a possible consequence,” explains Sebastiaan Kors. “This also inhibits innovation and growth.”

“With the arrival of the internet, we did not think about security adequately and the consequences are becoming more and more visible. Thanks to robotisation, innovations like self-driving cars and new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), private / public clouds and big data, the impact on cybercrime will be greater than we are already experiencing. That is why the digital transformation must go hand in hand with security innovations and ideas to strengthen the digital resilience of the Netherlands, as well as the training and training of qualified (cyber) security personnel.”

Security spin-off van BW Ventures opent kantoor in hét veiligheidscluster van Europa
V.l.n.r.: Joris den Bruijne (HSD), Herman Hartgers (Enterprise Europe Netwerk (EEN) / KvK), Sebastiaan Kors (BW Security Ventures), Philip Meijer en Martijn van Hoogenhuijze (InnovationQuarter) © Daniel Verkijk

BW Security Ventures chooses The Hague

“The security cluster The Hague Security Delta with its HSD Campus is the place-to-be for (cyber) security startups and companies, because of the highly developed ecosystem,” explains Sebastiaan Kors. “BW Ventures already has a branch in Eindhoven, which focuses on e-commerce startups. As we want to be in the midst of where it all happens, the HSD Campus is a logical choice for us to open an office. And through events like the Cyber ​​Security Week organized by HSD, including the Municipality of The Hague and InnovationQuarter, we encounter interesting partners. That is already bearing fruit!”

Strengthen the security cluster together

The arrival of this business accelerator to The Hague was partly due to the close contact with the Enterprise Europe Network, the Chamber of Commerce, HSD and InnovationQuarter. Kors: “Thanks to the good cooperation with these organizations, we can jointly ensure that national and international (cyber) security startups have the best possible kick-start to success. Our acceleration program helps with this, as well as other networks, platforms, accelerators and investment funds focused on cybersecurity. This ecosystem connects the dots.”

Chris van Voorden, Director Foreign Investments at InnovationQuarter: “BW Security Ventures is a new, welcome link in the security cluster and an asset to the West Holland region. During the startup program, attention is paid to the technical feasibility of products, and especially the commercial feasibility is also considered. After 100 days it is clear whether the market needs what the startups have to offer.”