Great news! Qlayers is one of the 21 startups around the world chosen to take part in the Paint The Future event. The AkzoNobel startup challenge will be held in Amsterdam from May 14 to 16, and it consists of a 3-day accelerator program where startups can accelerate, test, launch and scale early stage tech company innovations. Our solution: an automated printing head to coat large surfaces in any weather. We will have the chance to collaborate with industry experts and further scale up our innovation. Let’s change the world of paints and coatings!
Sergio García, our Spanish physicist, is currently working on the automation of the 'sharkskin' microstructures printing technology to make each surface functional. He works together with Nikolas and Ruben in doing so.
Sergio finished his bachelor’s in Physics and he finished his Masters in 'New Electronic and Photon Technologies' with a specialization in mechatronics, lasers and metrology.
Are you wondering what the SME Instrument is about?
The SME Instrument is part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot that supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with funding opportunities and acceleration services. We are now participating in Phase 1 and our project will receive not only coaching and business acceleration services but also a lump-sum of €50.000 to investigate the potential of our microstructures coating application method for wind turbine blades in order to reduce their air resistance.
Worthy of special mention is Giovanni Pazienza, who helped us with this amazing achievement.
You can read more about the EIC pilot here and find out interesting proposals.
Today we had an important visit at Qbase. Members from RVO Netherlands came to see our progress regarding E-paint. We are working on a feasibility study to apply our thermoelectric paint in and around the waterways of the Netherlands.
This week we were very happy to welcome Mas, a student who came to Qlayers to have his first experience in the labour market. He decided to contact us, totally enthusiastic about our drag reducing 'sharkskin' coating. It was a pleasure to have him here! Keep reading to discover his own experience.
We continue to grow!
Yesterday we received €15.000 from the Rabobank Innovation Fund. Our printing technology is in continuous development and thanks to this grant we can move forward and work harder to take microstructures to another level. Every day we are closer to achieving our goals, which won’t be possible without our amazing co-founders and our team. Let’s keep sharing to the world what we are capable of!
We are happy to announce that we are nominated for the #RailTech2019 Innovation awards and are also in the running for the audience award!
You can help us win by voting here: https://events.railtech.com/europe2019/awards/
The RailTech Europe 2019 will take place on 26-28 March 2019. If you want to know more about the event you can watch the video below.
The result of her research was a recommendation for Qlayers how to penetrate the aircraft market, including a generic strategy, a pricing policy and launch tactics. Birgit was supervised by Qlayers' CEO Josefien Groot, who is, of course, super proud. Not only did Birgit's research add value to Qlayers' company growth strategy, but it also contributes to research in general. Next to her thesis, Birgit executed a competitive analysis for Qlayers' printing technology in the aircraft industry. When she had extra time, Birgit worked on Qlayers' marketing and communications.
Birgit, the Qteam can't thank you enough for all your hard work and wishes you all the best in your future endeavors!
The picture below shows all the price winners at the VU New years gala, Birgit is standing on the right. She was so excited that she forgot how to properly hold her price. ;)
Last week, Qlayers got the opportunity to pitch a the final of the Offshore Wind Innovation Award 2018 during the Offshore Wind Q-meeting of Siemens and Van Oord.
Unfortunately, Qlayers did not win the award. However, we still got very positive feedback of the jury. According to the jury, the innovation of Qlayers addresses an essential issue to make coating of blades in serial production more efficient. The jury particularly appreciated the well-developed business model and regards the basic principle of reducing coating use under controlled conditions with smart feedback data, very promising.
We wish the other two finalists, TWD and Fistuca, all the best with their future endeavors. Also, as the deserved winner of the competition, we wish Fistuca very good luck with launching their Blue Wedge connection into the market!
A while ago, Qlayers took part in the KLM Innovation fair. We pitched and spoke to a lot of interested people and learned a lot. Many of these people were employee’s of KLM whom work in the hangars as a mechanic. The fair actually took place in their everyday work spot, the Engineering & Maintenance hangar! It was a great day with a magnificent view.
We are super happy to tell you that Qlayers made it to the national final of Chivas Venture 2019!
Every year, the Chivas Venture gives away $1 million in no-strings funding to social entrepreneurs, who blend profit with purpose to have a positive impact on the world.
Qlayers is selected as one of the three finalists of the Offshore Wind Innovation Award 2018!
Fistuca, Qlayers and TWD will compete for the award for the most appealing innovation in offshore wind.
A jury of experts reviewed the applications on innovativeness, social and economic impact and entrepreneurship.
Both the jury award and the public award will be announced on Wednesday the 12th of December, during the Netherlands Offshore Wind Q-meeting of Siemens and Van Oord. In this Q-meeting, Qlayers will have 5 minutes to pitch our awesome innovation and ambitions. Lets do this!
Yesterday, Qlayers was honoured to receive SBIR "Energietransitie Vaarwegen" certificates awarded by the state secretary of the ministery of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the deputy of the Province Zuid-Holland.
The ceremony took place at the River Queen boat, which was sailing around the beautiful canals of Delft during the ceremony.
With this SBIR certificates, Qlayers will execute a technical and economic feasibility research of applying E-paint, our power producing coating, in and around the waterways of the Netherlands.
In case of a positive outcome, the next step is to apply E-paint all around the waterways with our automated printing head to make them more sustainable. Let's make each surface functional!
Last Thursday, Qlayers had the opportunity to take part in the pitch debate for small, innovative companies at the Baggersymposium in Rotterdam. The baggersymposium was an event full of interesting speeches and debates about the future of the Dutch and Belgium dredging industry. Qlayers is looking forward to helping parties in this industry with automating their coating processes.
Pictures: Maritime Delta, Innovation Quarter
Last Thursday, Qlayers had the opportunity to present at the Cleantech Summit 2018 in the category of "wow-factor early stage companies".
This was an amazing opportunity to meet interesting investors that might be included in Qlayers' fundraising strategy for the future, which will be established this winter.
We are super proud and honoured to tell you that Qlayers won the ASN Bank Wereldprijs 2018!
This means we won 16.000 euros with which we can hire a fulltime engineer who will help us scaling up the technology.
Up to a world full of functional and sustainable surfaces!
(Photos: ASN Bank)
Two weeks ago, Qlayers had the opportunity to take part in the LINQ 2018 event in Leiden!
LINQ is an event organised by InnovationQuarter, showing of innovations taking place in West Holland to an international audience. Alongside seven other innovations we gave the audience a look into our journey to disrupt the coatings industry with microstructures.
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After going through an intensive but fun selection process, including pitches, wrinting a business plan and some workshops, we can proudly announce that Qlayers is represented in the final of the ASN Bank Wereldprijs. The final will take place on November 14 in the Kunsthal Rotterdam. Will we see you there?
Very happy to announce that Qlayers has been selected as one of Hello Tomorrow’s Top 500 deeptech startups worldwide in the New Materials track !This year, Hello Tomorrow had a record of over 4,500 applications from 119 countries. Being in the Top 500 means we are recognised as one of the most promising projects in deep tech to date.
We're happy and proud to announce that Qlayers has created a Board of Advisors, existing of four experienced and knowledgable entrepreneurs and managers: Marcus Kremers, David Cerda Salzmann, Dieuwke Hoogland and Richard Borsboom.
Quarterly meetings will be held wherein the advisors are sharing their critical opinion about Qlayers' strategy. Their insights and feedback will most certainly take Qlayers to the next level.
"Qlayers acts as the springboard for research labs to release their innovative coatings on the market."
We're proud to announce we're featured in the 10 Dutch Breakthrough Technologies for 2018 by StartupDelta!
Watch the trailer and find out more about the technologies that will be changing our lives in the years to come.
Qlayers has been selected for the top 30 of sustainable entrepreneurs for the ASN Bank Wereldprijs 2018 in the category of Climate Protection.
Let's turn aircraft, wind turbines and ships into sharks!
Jonathan Gnanadhas is our specialist in the field of electronics. He owns a bachelors in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and is finishing his master’s in Electrical Engineering in TU Delft with a thesis focused on Electromagnetics of Quantum Computing Hardware. Jonathan is a real asset to the team and is packed with experience! He spent four years within the industry before starting his master’s, he worked at Broadcom and later at ABB. At both, he specialized in electronic hardware and embedded software development. After starting his master’s Jonathan wanted to keep his expertise on software in practice, so he started looking for cool projects to use his acquired skills on a daily basis. Luckily for Qlayers, he found a challenging project right here.
In March 2018, Jonathan officially joined the Q-team. He is now focused on creating software for the controlled environment of the slash100. Jonathan is from India, but he has grown fond of the efficient and straight to the point style of the Dutchies. He really likes working at Qlayers, he appreciates that the start-up setting offers a workspace without bureaucracy where everyone can just focus on working. Furthermore, he loves the fun and energy that is always apparent in our young team. Jonathan is a real team player and always greets everyone with a smile!
Every other Thursday the Qlayers team gathers around the beamer, excitingly waiting for this week’s knowledge session. While drinking some beers, a presentation on a topic of interest is given by one of our team members. Last week, Bart enlightened us with a fascinating presentation on the measurement of particles. We learned about sensors, calibrations and the challenges particle measurement offer. Other presentations have been on aerodynamics, anti-icing microstructures and drag reduction tests. The presentations are meant to inspire, teach and help each other and to spark interesting discussions. Topics can be related to Qlayers but everything interesting, from nanoscience to yoga is allowed. The best part? Everyone is welcome! Our next knowledge sessions is on the 21st of June, will we see you there? Click here to register.
May was a busy but succesful month for our company! We acquired new projects and partnerships, tested the Sharkskin, expended our office and went to a bunch of interesting events. In this newsletter you will read more about our Towing Tank Tests, The All Energy Day, our appearance at the NAG-meeting and the goals and challenges we have for June.
Getting curious? Read last month's newsletter here.