TU  Delft Valorisation Centre
Rolph Segers
Coordinator Startup competition

Demo Day 13 Sept. 2015

The final event (Demo Day) of the “MIT Global Founder’s Skills Accelerator” took place on 13 September, 2015.
The program is full of interesting ideas of young founders, and at 1:10 the pitch of Aaike van Vugt (CEO of the TU Delft spin-off VSParticle) is to be seen: watch movie


February 24, TU Delft
Event language: English



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Startup competition


Exactly two weeks after the semi-finals, on Tuesday, February 24th, VSParticle won the STARTUP Competition. The finals took place during the Entrepreneurship Forum in the Auditorium of Delft University of Technology. In front of a packed auditorium the six companies, consisting of PowerWindow, VSParticle, Atmos UAV, Samsara, Beacon en CoH co., had ninety seconds to pitch their startup and answer a few questions from the jury. A great success, according to Kyle Judah, Program Director MIT GFSA: “Students were excited, the teams performed really really well”. After a short discussion by the jury, the jury chairman Theun Baller, dean of the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, announced the winning team. The jury selected VSParticle based on the following criteria: “Is it real Delft Technology? Is it close to market? And which team would benefit most from a stay at MIT?”.

Aaike van Vugt and Tobias Pfeiffer are the founders of VSParticle. Having a background in Chemical Engineering at Delft University of Technology, they developed a bench top unit that enables the production and deposition of nanoparticles on a carrier in one step, removing all intermediate processes, shipping, and handling costs. For this they used a process based on spark-ablation, developed at Delft University of Technology, that reduces all process steps back to just one single process. This is ground-breaking technology that could lead to many innovations, or how Aaike put it: “We want to bring you guys the next generation of products!”.

VSParticle - Haalbeeld Fotografie


On Tuesday, February the 10th, 2015, the semi-finals took place at the Berlagezaal in the Faculty of Architecture. The jury selected five out of sixteen great teams to pitch at the Entrepreneurship Forum, which will take place on Tuesday, February the 24th, 2015, at the Auditorium of Delft University of Technology. The teams that were selected are PowerWindow, VSParticle, Atmos UAV, WashAway (formerly Samsara) and Beacon. Added to this selection was CoH co., the winning team of the course 'Turning Technology into Business'. These teams received a pitch training on the 20th of February at the Auditorium by Arthur Tolsma, one of the members of the jury. More information about the teams can be found here.

The Entrepreneurship Forum is one of the biggest events organised by YES!Delft Students. Every year we welcome around 1000 visitors in the auditorium of Delft University of Technology. The goal of this event is to inspire and excite students for entrepreneurship. Over the years, multiple well-known and successful entrepreneurs and CEO’s have told their personal story at the Entrepreneurship Forum. The CEO’s of ID&T, TomTom and De Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij have all stood on the Entrepreneurship Forum stage. Be sure not to miss it!

At the Entrepreneurship Forum one team will be selected by the jury to attend the MIT Global Founders' Skills Accelerator in Boston, a three month summer school from June till September.

The MIT Global Founders' Skills Accelerator

You have the chance to join the Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator programme together with select teams of MIT students and several foreign universities. Due to the unique collaboration between Delft University of Technology and MIT, it is possible for a team of Delft students to join this programme.

Do you have an interesting idea and proof of concept for an impactful, innovation-driven startup?

Do you have a team of 2 to 5 entrepreneurial MSc or PhD students?

Do you want to take part in an intense three-month entrepreneurial summer school programme at MIT?

Do you want to pitch your ideas to big American investors during a demo day?

Do you want to win a fully sponsored trip and stay at MIT, as well as a monthly stipend and the opportunity to earn up to $20,000 by meeting monthly set milestones?

The MIT Global Founders' Skills Accelerator (MIT GFSA) is the premier university student accelerator in the world. It offers a three-month entrepreneurial summer school programme at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for students to round out their multi-dimensional entrepreneurial experience. Applications are open for teams of two to five students in the final phase of their studies or who are doing a PhD.

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