FasTrackathon 2020

If you’re interested in joining a deep-tech venture, you’re driven by innovation and have a deep love for deep tech,
we invite you to consider joining a venture team at HighTechXL.

We give co-founders (CEOs, CTOs and CBOs) a unique opportunity to build deep-tech ventures from the ground up,
starting with selected advanced technologies from world-renowned research institutions and
tech companies such as CERN, European Space Agency (ESA), TNO, Philips, PhotonFirst, PhotonDelta and other global innovators. 

To build deep-tech ventures, we use our network of experienced tech and businesspeople who are ready to start a venture.
To grow the ventures, we leverage our pool of industry experts and mentors who are ready to support the teams
during our proven nine-month program, where we provide all the building blocks needed to launch a viable business.

As ventures launch and beyond, we connect them with our investors,
who share our mission to build deep-tech ventures with a purpose.

What's in it for you?
• The cofounder team starts with 70% of the shares.
If technology is very mature (due to investments by the tech institute) this could be less.
• Pre-seed investment if the startup passes the first phase successfully
• Proven nine-month program, which includes workshops,
experience labs, team and business coaching, legal support, pitch training,
marketing communications (including graphic design/branding,
video production and content creators) and more
• When the time is right, we will support you in deal-making and investor connections.

What is needed to be a successful co-founder?
• Eager to take ownership and be in the lead
• Commitment and dedication to the startup
• Understanding the process is uncertain, setbacks may and will happen
and you must deal with changing insights
• The skills and capabilities to prove the business case
you developed is viable after the first phase
• The right amount of energy and ability to build relationships


We provide your team with all the building blocks you need to create a successful company as well
as entrée in the Eindhoven innovative ecosystem and connections to our corporate partners. 
By completing the HighTechXL venture building program, you are significantly more likely
to reach the funding stage than if you didn’t join the program.  

But most importantly, this is your opportunity to take advanced technologies to market and
tackle grand societal challenges we face today. 

We will launch our next cohort of deep-tech ventures on October 31, 2022.







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HighTechXL
Building 27,
High Tech Campus, Eindhoven

€105M

Funding raised

66

Startups accelerated

56%

Survival rate

2,735

Jobs created

16

Ventures with female founders

>400

Expert community

Introducing HighTechXL

HighTechXL begins the venture-building process by sourcing technologies from research institutions such as European Space Agency, CERN, TNO, Philips, Photon First, PhotonDelta, PORT and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology. We meet with the technology transfer officers and identify advanced technologies around which we can build teams and form a business.

#1 TECH

ASSESSMENT

After a thorough assessment of each advanced technology, during which experts score the technology from the institution on patent position, novelty, manufacturability and knowledge transfer, we are ready to explore applications for each technology.

#2 ATTEND TECH

BRIEFING

The first step to becoming a co-founder is to fill out the entrepreneur questionnaire to determine if startup life is for you. We then invite you to an interview so we get to know each other a bit better. Next, you will attend the Tech Briefing to learn more about the technology that interests you the most.

#3 JOIN A STARTUP BOARD

After choosing a technology that matches your interest and skills, potential co-founders will team up in an initial group to work on the business case validation. The Startup Board includes experts from the industry, mentors and corporate talents.  

#4 PREPROGRAM

Together with experts and mentors, the potential co-founders will use their brainpower to generate creative and bright ideas around the technology they chose and work on the business case validation. They will answer these questions: Where does this technology add value? What is the impact on the market? 

#5 FINAL
SELECTION

At the end of the preprogram, you present the business case to the HighTechXL board. After a thorough assessment and evaluation of the business case, the final selection of the cofounders will be made and the team starts the program.

You can start by looking at the co-founder presentation

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Technologies

Below we announce the advanced technologies we will present at FasTrackathon. Other technologies may be added, so check this page for more information and follow HighTechXL on social media.

coaxial pulse conditioner

CERN

Scientists at CERN developed the coaxial pulse conditioner technology to generate extremely precise (nanosecond scale) electrical pulses at high voltage (more than 10.000 V) and high currents (up to 5.000 amperes).One of the key benefits of this technology lies in its ability to generate extremely repeatable pulses, down to only a few volts of accuracy for a pulse of more than 10.000 V.

It is currently being used to drive the damping ring magnet kickers of the Compact Linear Collider at CERN. High-power nanosecond-scale pulses have applications in numerous domains beyond linear accelerators. For instance, they can be used to provide better control of radiations in medical imaging and treatment, to generate clean energy efficiently or to provide clean air and water.

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Stimulated Depletion Emission Lithography (STED)

TNO

This novel, maskless lithography technology enables the printing of 3D structures with nanometer resolution in polymer resins. Although the technology itself has existed for some time, the printing process was a slow one.  

TNO has developed technology to speed up the printing process, enabling industrial applications without sacrificing superior resolution. The technology involves a multi-laser-based, precision exposure machine as well as patented polymer chemistry. 

Potential applications include maskless lithography and very precise 3D printing of optical structures for optical instruments and photonics chips.

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ELECTROACTIVE POLYMERS

PHILIPS

Philips is opening its extensive portfolio of knowledge and intellectual property on electro-active polymers to explore cool, new applications for this emerging technology.

Electro-active polymers change when stimulated with electricity. When electrical current is applied, it is possible to induce a small deformation of a very thin polymer layer.

The deformation is almost instantaneous and ceases just as quickly when the applied voltage is removed. Various actuators can be realized this way, from microscopic pliers to micro-engines or even passive displays. Since the principle is reversible, it’s also possible to apply this technology to design sensors reacting to pressure, temperature and mechanical deformation.

Key benefits of the technology:
• Can be used as both sensors and actuators
• Soft
• Small
• Silent
• Safe and bio-compatible
• Low power

Potential application areas:
•  Medical wearable and implantable devices, such as sleep monitoring
•  Industrial sensors
•  Micro- and nano-robotics
•  Haptic feedback: sensors and actuators for sports, motion capture
•  Smart clothing, wellness

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fiber optics microscope

PHILIPS

Philips researchers have developed a unique, miniature, fiber-optics-based microscope which provides a wide field of view of approximately 200 microns with sub-micron accuracy.
The microscope fits in a probe smaller than three millimeters in diameter and four centimeters long. The technology supports advanced imaging techniques, such as reflectance, fluorescence, 2-photon, Raman spectroscopy or 3D-computed tomography.

Potential application areas:
• Biomedical & pharmaceutical fields for cancer diagnosis
• Pre-clinical trials
• Development of new medicine
• Versatile and cost-effective in-vivo inspection capabilities

In addition to obvious medical application areas, there are other applications beyond the use of simple camera endoscopes. The sub-micron accuracy of this technology enables inspection of hard-to-reach areas with no need for disassembly and enables advanced capabilities such as 3D or hyper-spectral imaging.

The technology is covered by 11 patents.

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Optical Displacement Encoder

PhotonFirst

PhotonFirst has developed an optical displacement encoder in the form of a multi-wavelength common path interferometer. The sensor exists in different grades and is able to measure sub-μm or even sub-nm target displacement even at longer ranges of tens of meters.

It is designed to be integrated in high-tech control systems such as electron microscopes to improve stage position accuracy and stability.

Additionally, the lightweight and compact size of the sensor head enables low footprint mechanical integration. The potential customer base for the optical displacement encoder is the high-tech equipment manufacturing industry.

During the design of systems, machine, production processes, etc. the engineer may realize he or she will need accurate position feedback from a specific object.

Multiple sensors can be integrated with a single light source, further reducing the footprint and cost of the solution.

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Ultra-thin Printed Temperature Sensors

TNO

TNO Holst Centre gives new form factors and design freedom to electronics by printing and enables new applications by combining traditional components. New technology includes ultra-thin printed temperature sensors.  

The advantages of an all printed solution:
 
-Fabrication Process (no pick & place)
-Flexibility (strains of >1%)
-Footprint (1 cm2)
-Thickness (< 50 µm)
-Scaling (arrays)

Potential applications are broad and include:

-Battery Management Systems
-Mobile Communication Devices
-Consumer Electronics
-Household Appliances
-Heating & Air Conditioning
-Industrial Electronics
-Automotive Electronics
-Fuses
-Switches
-Heating Elements
-Temperature Limiter

The Ultra-thin Printed Sensor team will collaborate withTNO Holst Center to:
-Optimize the current proprietary printed temperature sensing ink
- Optimize the design of printed temperature sensing systems depending on application needs (e.g., battery management system, consumer electronics,…)
-Work with ink manufacturers to scale-up our ink formulation
-Leverage our manufacturing ecosystem to produce and deliver unique printed temperature sensors to B2B customers

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Multi-sensor integration for security

PhotonFirst

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Leveraging a combination of techniques, the Fiber Optics Sensing solution of PhotonFirst can measure up to 2,000 sensors over hundreds or thousands of meters of a single optical fiber. The sensors can be scanned continuously with a high refresh rate.

Fiber Optic Sensing Solution could provide a very effective solution for monitoring the physical security of large critical infrastructures such as data centers.

The Netherlands is a top location for data centers. In 2019, the Dutch multi-tenant data center market grew by 18% in MW, and 91% of data center operators expect their data center to grow in the next year.

The Fiber Optics Sensing Solution can be used in robust and easily scalable monitoring systems for securing server cabinets, hatch covers, etc. Permanent monitoring of additional parameters such as temperature, unwanted vibrations, etc. can also be done with Fiber Optic Sensing.




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Technologies

Below we announce the advanced technologies we will present at FasTrackathon. Other technologies may be added, so check this page for more information and follow HighTechXL on social media.

High Viscosity Fluid Printing

TNO

High viscosity fluids present a specific challenge for jet processing-based applications. High pressure is required to push the fluid through a nozzle to form droplets which compensate for high viscosity. This typically results in unequal droplets being created. An illustration of that challenge can be found in the transformation of milk into powder, where high viscosity milk is pushed through a nozzle to create droplets that are then dried. As droplets produced vary in size, the drying phase becomes problematic as small droplets are over processed while big droplets remain damp. A range of technical solutions were developed to overcome issues related to the jet processing of high viscosity fluids and create more homogeneous droplets. The improved homogeneity enables better process control, quality and efficiency.

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Multi-sensor Integration for Security

PHOTONFIRST

Through a combination of techniques, the Fiber Optic Sensing solution can measure up to 2000 sensors over thousands of meters based on a single optical fiber. Moreover, the sensors can be scanned continuously with a high refresh rate. Fiber Optic Sensing could provide a very effective solution of monitoring the physical security of large critical infrastructures such as data centers. The Fiber Optics Sensors can be used in robust and easily scalable monitoring systems. The venture aims to secure server cabinets, hatch covers, etc. Permanent monitoring of additional parameters such as temperature, unwanted vibrations, etc. can also be achieved with Fiber Optic Sensing.

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Photonic Switching Tech

TU/e

Fast controlled optical switching system for low cost and low power data centers. Photonic switching and processing the traffic in the optical domain has been extensively investigated as a future-proof solution in supplying unlimited bandwidth in data center networks. The photonic switches are transparent to data rate and modulation format. Therefore, it can support much higher capacity than today’s solutions and, more importantly, at much lower latency, power consumption and costs. Finally, it does not use electronics for switching, thus sidestepping the electrical switch scaling wall.

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fiber optics microscope

PHILIPS

This technology is a result of years of research by Philips and supported by number of patents. This miniaturised inspection microscope is suitable for various medical applications such as in-vivo histology. Given the ultra small size of the device, it can also be used to collect tissue from the brain tumours without the current invasive biopsy procedure. The unique capabilities of the device, its small size and affordable cost allow for its use in multiple application areas such as research institutes to analyse and study the brain,  machine maintenance and agricultural in combination with sensors for soil inspection and quality control.

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ELECTROACTIVE POLYMERS

PHILIPS

Philips is opening its extensive portfolio of knowledge and intellectual property on electro-active polymers to explore cool, new applications for this emerging technology.

Electro-active polymers change when stimulated with electricity. When electrical current is applied, it is possible to induce a small deformation of a very thin polymer layer.

The deformation is almost instantaneous and ceases just as quickly when the applied voltage is removed. Various actuators can be realized this way, from microscopic pliers to micro-engines or even passive displays. Since the principle is reversible, it’s also possible to apply this technology to design sensors reacting to pressure, temperature and mechanical deformation.

Key benefits of the technology:
• Can be used as both sensors and actuators
• Soft
• Small
• Silent
• Safe and bio-compatible
• Low power

Potential application areas:
•  Medical wearable and implantable devices, such as sleep monitoring
•  Industrial sensors
•  Micro- and nano-robotics
•  Haptic feedback: sensors and actuators for sports, motion capture
•  Smart clothing, wellness

download one pager
watch video

coaxial pulse conditioner

CERN

Scientists at CERN developed the coaxial pulse conditioner technology to generate extremely precise (nanosecond scale) electrical pulses at high voltage (more than 10.000 V) and high currents (up to 5.000 amperes).One of the key benefits of this technology lies in its ability to generate extremely repeatable pulses, down to only a few volts of accuracy for a pulse of more than 10.000 V.

It is currently being used to drive the damping ring magnet kickers of the Compact Linear Collider at CERN. High-power nanosecond-scale pulses have applications in numerous domains beyond linear accelerators. For instance, they can be used to provide better control of radiations in medical imaging and treatment, to generate clean energy efficiently or to provide clean air and water.

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ANTI-icing COATING

PORT

Ice formed on surfaces can cause multiple issues in numerous industries such as drop in efficiency, higher service costs or even failure of parts. In response, a new coating material has been developed that has low ice adhesion and hydrophobic properties, delays water freezing and can be used in passive anti-icing systems and buildings corrosion protection. The innovation of the solution is related to the possibility to retrofit to existing systems, no need for electricity, it has years of efficiency and a significant delay of the icing process.

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Optical Displacement Encoder

PHOTONFIRST

The Chiroptera is an optical displacement encoder able to measure sub-μm and even sub-nm displacement at longer ranges of tens of meters. It is designed to be integrated in high-tech control systems and improve accuracy and stability. The lightweight and compact size of the sensor-head enables a low footprint mechanical integration. In addition to the ability to integrate multiple sensors with a single light source, further reducing the footprint and cost of the solution.

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X-ray Imaging Technology

CMOSAIX

X-ray imaging remains a cornerstone of medical imaging and diagnosis. Our partner has developed a new approach to X-ray imaging based on CMOS technology. CMOS image detectors offer numerous advantages, including the ability to record smaller image details at higher resolutions. This allows diagnoses of medical anomalies at earlier stages and significantly increases the probability of early intervention, patient recovery and reduced treatment costs.

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electroactive polymers

PHILIPS

Philips is opening its extensive portfolio of knowledge and intellectual property on electro-active polymers to explore cool, new applications for this emerging technology.

Electro-active polymers have immense potential as they can function as both sensor or actuator.When electrical current is applied, it is possible to induce a small deformation of a very thin polymer layer.They can also be used as sensors, where a deformation can become a measurable electrical signal.

The deformation is almost instantaneous and ceases just as quickly when the applied voltage is removed. Various actuators can be realised this way, from microscopic pliers to micro-engines or even passive displays. Since the principle is reversible, it’s also possible to apply this technology to design sensors reacting to pressure, temperature and mechanical deformation.

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Open Challenge

Energy Storage

We are introducing an Open Challenge: Energy Storage.

Storing energy is generating problems across the globe. The increasing amount of green energy is very welcome, but it gives rise to the challenge: how will we store until we need it in the future? This challenge is not going to be solved by a single person or company but by a wave of brilliant minds utilizing the potential of deep tech to each solve a part of this complex challenge.  

Are you up to the challenge? Then we are looking for you! 

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Co-founder Profiles




The C-profiles in a startup are able to deal with uncertainty, setbacks and changing insights. They are resilient and able to adapt. They are dedicated to making the startup a success, benefitting from the support and coaching offered during the program and from the network of the
Eindhoven Startup Alliance.


Here is an overview of important characteristics of each profile. We believe startup teams should consist of – at least – a CEO, CTO and CBO (Chief Business Officer).

Our deep-tech startups turn advanced technologies from institutions such as European Space Agency, CERN, TNO, PhotonFirst and Philips into solutions the market – and humanity – are waiting for.

CEO

Chief Executive Officer

You have a keen business mind and are able to translate your vision into actions. You collaborate with your team and, together, develop a business proposition to take the tech to market. You respect your team members for their individual qualities and make sure each of them is able to use those qualities in their respective roles. You are not afraid to address difficult issues and not afraid to ask for help. Taking ownership comes to you naturally and involving others is second nature. You have led small teams before and are confident when facing the challenge of building a company with little budget from the ground up. You get things done and don’t dwell on what is not possible.

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CBO

Chief Business Officer

You are business-minded, and you are able to clearly see the opportunities in your market. You connect with others to help them see the possibilities as well. You are customer-centered and market-focused, aware of how and where your startup can add value. You love to engage with customers, validating the assumptions of your team and building a relationship for the future. You have had a commercial role before and love to talk to others about your solution. You understand that translating the technology into a solution takes time, but you are not afraid to engage with potential customers at an early stage.

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CTO

Chief Technology Officer

You have a technical background in 3D printing, aerospace, material science, composite materials, lithography, photonics, system architecture, biochemical or related fields. And because of your knowledge, you are the main contact person for the knowledge institution. You are able to ask the right questions to get the information you need from the knowledge institution and ensure your team can progress. You work closely together with your team to turn technology into solutions or applications.
Using technologies and applying them to solve issues or problems makes you happy. You work fast. You don’t lose yourself in the details, and you can zoom out to see the big picture when necessary.

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You can start by looking at the co-founder presentation

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