Zuid-Holland delivers most Dutch candidates for Horizon2020-funding




Five of the 17 Dutch scale-ups that received Horizon 2020-funding, come from Zuid-Holland. This puts the province in first place as supplier of candidates.  The selected SMEs have disruptive ideas for new products, services or processes and are ready to conquer the European market. The businesses receive 70% funding for the business plan, varying from 500,000 Euro to 2.5 million Euro, to implement their business plan within 12-24 months.

The European Committee's Horizon 2020-programme stimulates innovation within SMEs with a special SME instrument. In total, 254 European businesses received Horizon 2020-funding.

Winners 4th call 2018:  6.5 million Euro for 3 scale-ups

  • Single Quantum (Delft)makes the invisible visible with a sensitive detector to measure light particles. It is already a success, scientifically. The aim of the Horizon-project is to bring the product to the medical imaging market. Doctors will be able to make their diagnoses sooner. The product enables new treatment techniques in hospitals and this makes healthcare better and more affordable. Besides the Horizon 2020 SME-instrument, Single Quantum used the WBSO and Eurostars schemes.
  • Lightyear develops electric solar cars for the consumer market. Lightyear's mission is to offer everyone clean and affordable mobility. By producing a car that will charge itself with solar power, the dependence on an electricity network is reduced. This makes the electric car scalable. Besides the Horizon 2020 SME-instrument, Lightyear used the MIT and SIB schemes.
  • Mimetas (Leiden)is working on the first cell culture system with functional blood vessels outside the (human) body. The new cell culture system helps in the development of medication and ultimately in the choice of therapy for individual patients. This will improve the quality of life for thousands of patients, while it reduces the costs of healthcare and the use of laboratory animals. Besides the Horizon 2020 SME-instrument, Mimetas used the Eurostars scheme.

3rd call 9 million Euro for 5 scale-ups

  • Physee(Delft): a start-up that transports sunlight to the edges of the window using PowerWindowscoating, where solar cell chips in the frame convert it into electricity.
  • Biodentify(Delft) uses microbe detection to measure the possibility of underground oil and gas deposits without digging.
  • CEAD(Delft) can print a very strong composite with their 3D-printer the size of a small bus, for applications in transport and shipping.
  • Khondrion develops medicines for patients with energy metabolism diseases, for which at present, there is no effective treatment.
  • Bambi Medical: The ‘Bambi-Belt’ replaces electrode patches for premature babies with a baby-friendly belt, allowing the babies more essential contact with the mother.

2nd call 5 million Euro for 3 scale-ups

  • Media Distillery intends to start video-taping at the right moment with artificial intelligence.
  • Avantium is working on a biodegradable material for soft drink bottles, but also on carpet and textile fibres and other packaging material.
  • Donkervoort is developing a light-weight material for the next generation cars.

1st call 10 million Euro for 6 scale-ups

3 Agro-food solutions are among the Dutch winners:

  • Ida is a kind of fitbit for milk cattle and monitors their wellbeing;
  • Cerescon is constructing a robot for the asparagus harvest;
  • Nutrileads(Rockanje) develops healthy food ingredients.

Other winners are:

  • Intrinsic-ID with a ‘fingerprint for chips’ security technology;
  • BuyBay is the sale of returned e-commerce products;
  • Eye on Air with identification of explosives in the queues at the airports.

A further 35 billion Euro is still available

The businesses with the best project proposals among all the European submissions may make their pitch in Brussels. There they present their business and innovation before a strict panel of scientists, investors and entrepreneurs. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) supports Dutch participants in refining their project proposals and pitches. During the coming 2 years, a further 35 billion Euro of the total Horizon 2020 budget is still available for businesses and knowledge institutions.

See all projects in the SME instrument data hub or read more about the special ME-instrument in Horizon 2020.

Source: RVO.