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Learning, developing and networking: the speed dates

Speed ​​dates TU Delft Ideation Contest


On May 10 the speed dates were organized in the beautiful Pulse building on the campus of the Technical University in Delft. After a long period of recruitment, development and selection, the top 40 projects were allowed to pitch themselves and enjoy helpful feedback from professionals. The Ideation Contest, known at other universities as the TU Contest, is being organized in Delft for the first time this year. The students will present their project to a company several times today. With the feedback, they have a chance to win a spot in the final. The goal for every project. In addition to a possible podium place, there is much to learn at this event. The students get to know their future sector better, discover career opportunities and get constant feedback on their pitch.


The day started with a plenary session. The large, open space with lots of glass and a grandstand was the ideal place for this event. Lino Thewissen (project manager TU Delft Ideation Contest) did the preface: at the TU Delft 182 students enrolled and 74 projects registered on the website! After explaining the rules of the game, Victor Scholten (assistant professor TU Delft) takes over. He is in the organization and has continuously guided and helped the students. He is very proud of the number of participants in this first edition. All companies are given a minute to present themselves. Who are they and what do they stand for? Big names are present. The police are also present: they look for inspiration and technological improvement and hope to find it among the students. ASML already has a nice message for the students: "come and work with us, make your vision ours".


In one of the interviews, Paul Luehrmann of ASML states that he is looking forward to it: he finds the input of the young people inspiring and valuable. Nele Valkeneers from the Ministry of Defence is also enthusiastic. She would like to help the students to "think in the right direction" in order to bring a great product to the market. Jeroen de Vrieze from VolkerWessels thinks that many students will end up in a completely different place than where they thought they would end up.

Jan Peter Doomernik from Nature 2.0 speaks passionately about the ways in which they can be of help: talking about dreams together, in order to achieve the unthinkable. It is a "two way learning experience," says Roxy van de Langkruis of the National Police.

Jaime Ascencio from student team Reefy is pleased that the companies take it so seriously. The members of Wundermind see the speed dates as an opportunity to open themselves up. They look forward to more of these opportunities. Also, the Dr. Medical team is very satisfied with today's feedback: they have learned a lot.


The atmosphere is positive: it was a very successful day. A lot of information was exchanged and there was a lot of talk during the closing drink. Beers are tapped, people laugh. Students and companies ask each other the last questions and discuss projects. The speed dates of the first edition of this event in Delft were more than successful.

The TU Delft Ideation Contest continues and the top 40 has been announced!

The kick-off meeting with all projects and companies was a great success. Victor Scholten (Delft Centre for Entrepreneurship) introduced the TU Delft Ideation Contest in front of a crowded room with students and interested partner companies.

After the introduction, the companies were introduced to the students one by one. This was followed by the pitches of the students. In this way the partners and students could get acquainted for the first time. The enthusiasm among those present was high and the co-creation made its first steps.

Top 40
In total, more than 300 students created an account on our platform. More than 100 projects have registered for the TU Delft Ideation Contest and 70 projects made the first round and appeared on the website with their profile. 40 of these projects have made it to the next round and will now prepare themselves for the speed dates and training days to increase their chance of a place in the final.

In recent weeks, our partners have provided the participants with feedback by coaching them online. A total of 117 chats were started. The chat function is still open and can be used within the dashboard throughout the entire challenge! This high involvement of both parties led to a good result and solid basis for the speed dates on May 10.

We want to congratulate you all and wish you all the best!

Students who do not see their project among the top 40, do not worry, because you can still chat with the companies in order for your project to still grow. We hope to see you all again during the next TU Delft Ideation Contest!

Acoustic Smart Phone Speaker

Customized neck pain treatment device

Deep Dubbing

Dr. Medical

E-currency for a new educational system


Fashion fitting

Flashcard App


iDRIVE - Mobility Solutions using smart technology for efficient traffic grid


Modular Vertical Farming



Sleep quality of patients in hospitals

Sparky : Smart Parkinson's Monitoring Device

Stool 11

Susa Personal Finance

Wrist Mounted Shock Absorber






Designing with people, by the municipality of Delft: Case Delft Zuid

Drone delivery service



Gamification of Static Analysis Tools






Pole Pole

Quantum Energy & Engineering








Project name



Tjirp Food - Cricket Bitterballs


The projects are ordered randomly

Brilliant Idea? Join In!

TU Delft’s Ideation Contest has started. TU Delft students have until mid-May to submit their brilliant idea. They will then get support and advice for the finals in June.

The TU Delft Ideation Contest is a student competition for individuals and teams of up to six persons. You can submit your solutions for societal problems. The organisation is looking for innovations in the areas of energy, the built environment, food security and medical technology. The Contest is a proven concept at the Universities of Eindhoven and Twente which receive about 100 submissions a year. This year, TU Delft and Wageningen University are joining in. The national final is in June.

There are two levels in the contest.

  • The Ideation Award is for business ideas, solutions to problems or a vision of something you want to turn into reality. Submissions to this category are preliminary sketches, calculations, photos or descriptions of the idea.
  • The Prototyping Award is for advanced ideas in the form of a prototype, scale model or business plan.

The first 30 submissions will receive EUR 50. All finalists will be awarded EUR 250 to work on the presentation of their idea. The winners of the university final in both categories will be awarded EUR 5,000. There will be a national final after the summer.

Gertjan de Werk, an engineer at the Valorisation Centre brought the contest to TU Delft. “We need a lot of inspiration to deal with the transitions that await us. I see that the students have plenty of ideas and this contest gives them the chance to further work out those ideas.”

Many of the modules complement the contest well, De Werk says. He names Sustainability into PracticeClean Tech Business Study, and Ideation Contest.  Apart from the TU Delft Ideation Contest, there are comparable contests at the Universities of EindhovenTwente and Wageningen.

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