Entrepreneurship is necessary for a number of causes, from driving innovation to enhancing societal growth. In lots of nations, entrepreneurship is commonly seen because the catalyst for financial development and employment.
Within the final decade, Europe, notably the Netherlands, has been dedicating a substantial amount of consideration to entrepreneurship. Notably, this has been mirrored in numerous developments within the nation.
Not too long ago, the winners of the 2021 Future Hamburg Award have been introduced.
Within the Netherlands, cities like Amsterdam, Delft, Rotterdam, and others are contributing to a extra sustainable society via disruptive applied sciences. Amongst them, Rotterdam and Delft are recognized for his or her distinctive entrepreneurial mindset of capitalising on alternatives.
Graduate Entrepreneur is one such initiative that goals to stimulate the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the Netherlands. As part of the initiative, the Graduate Entrepreneur offers capital, community, and hands-on assist.
Graduate Entrepreneur is a mixed initiative of TU Delft, Erasmus College Rotterdam, Erasmus MC, and a gaggle of well-established, profitable alumni and run by college students. It unites the startup ecosystem: connecting all current organisations in Delft & Rotterdam.
As per the corporate’s claims, the fund is a student-led pre-seed funding fund investing in college students and alumni from Rotterdam and Delft.
Within the newest growth, Graduate Entrepreneur has unveiled the record of three startups it has invested in for the very first time. The businesses are Focus, Clickdrive, and Workwize.
Founder/s: Jard van Ingen and Thijs van de Ballot
Focus is an AI firm that offers predictive perception into the technological panorama of the longer term. With the platform, the businesses can get essential perception, enabling them to make higher funding selections.
“Founders Jard & Thijs have proven super traction with their firm and already acquired constructive validation from the market. We’re extremely assured that this wonderful group will broaden their actions and develop over the approaching months. This funding spherical, funded by Graduate Entrepreneur and a gaggle of enterprise angels, will allow them to take action,” says Graduate Entrepreneur.
Founder/s: Joost van Suijlekom, Bart Buurma and Roel Bloys
Clickdrive is a data-driven market platform for driving classes, the place college students can examine, select, and e-book their teacher(s) in three clicks. Based mostly on the preferences and character traits of the scholars, Clickdrive creates a shortlist with the perfect instructors for them.
Graduate Entrepreneur says, “We imagine Clickdrive is an ideal match for Graduate Entrepreneurs. The federal government and the business acknowledge points within the present outdated business for each college students and instructors. Clickdrive already handed the MVP section and has a extremely functioning platform with huge traction. Graduate Entrepreneur’s funding and training will assist Clickdrive optimise the app/platform, speed up advertising and marketing and gross sales, and develop into a number one participant within the driving faculty business.”
Founder/s: Sebastiaan Scholten, Michiel Meyer, Victor Dik and Dirk Kranendijk
Workwize is a procurement platform that makes working from house simple. The platform empowers workers with customisation, presents transparency for the employer, and helps suppliers create new income streams effortlessly.
Graduate Entrepreneur says, “Workwize was born to assist and speed up the transition to a hybrid work setting, and the corporate is an ideal instance of the innovativeness and boldness of younger people. With a buyer base of corporations together with a big listed firm, one of many Netherlands’ fastest-growing scaleups, and one of many fastest-growing Fintech’s within the Netherlands, Mollie, Workwize has demonstrated their capacity to create a product that their clients love. With the >500k funding from Graduate Entrepreneur, ASIF Ventures, angels, and others, Workwize is about on to enhance their product whereas increasing on their gross sales and buyer success operations.”