HighTechXL reinvents demo day with fun format including expert sessions

HighTechXL is disrupting everything, starting with its own demo day event on Thur., 5 July.

This edition of the Eindhoven-based tech accelerator’s XL Day will capture more of the frenetic pace of innovation by offering more interactive events throughout the day. And it’s all free and open to the public.

Of course, the latest cohort of HighTechXL startups will be center stage.

In addition to the current HighTechXL cohort’s demo day, there will be other startups pitching, with the winner earning a trip to Shanghai.

But, there will be so much more including pitch competitions and a lineup of about two dozen experts from multinationals in three categories:

• ultra-high-tech companies such as Philips, ASML, imec, TMC, NTS Group, and many others

• logistics including Vonderlande,

• finance and accounting including Symbid, ABN AMRO and EY

You want standout innovators and Big Name entrepreneurs? XL Day has them at expert sessions including:


•  Marleen Vogelaar, CEO and founder of Ziel Wear. Vogelaar was a co-founder and COO/CFO of 3D printing giant Shapeways, which was founded in Eindhoven, then relocated to New York City. Now Vogelaar has founded Ziel Wear, a New York City-based tech/apparel company that makes custom-made active wear. Her perspective is an increasingly important one – that of an entrepreneur with a foot in both worlds: “Scaling lessons from a Dutch startup in the U.S.”

Aruna Subramanian, a corporate venture capital specialist on corporate venturing dos and don’ts.

Subramanian is Senior Portfolio Manager for SABIC Ventures in Europe. She also founded her own consulting company in 2013-15 and assisted companies with acquisitions and investments in the technology sector in the Brainport Region

Maarten Steinbuch and Anupam Nayak will talk about the future of medical robotics. Steinbuch is an entrepreneur and distinguished professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), faculty of SingularityU Netherlands, and co-founder of MI-Partners, Mechatronics Academy, MicroSure and Preceyes.

Nayak has held various roles in engineering, operations and product management at Royal Philips Electronics. She is an MIT Sloan Fellow and is involved in the development and promotion of Artificial Intelligence initiatives for high tech systems.

Between these two, they KNOW robotics.

Shazad Khan from NTS Group on the future of 3D printing: “What is the reality, and what will the future bring?”

Dominic Rowsell from EY on why killer products don’t sell.

Esther Peeks from HighTechXL on “Lessons from Google”: creating and sustaining high-performance teams.”

Robbin Hoogstraten from Symbid on how to combine angels, strategic investors and crowdfunding into one raise.

Kors van Wyngaarden from Philips on the future of healthcare.

Janneke Schepers explains the ASML perspective on strategic sourcing and supplier management and she is including a Q& A session.

The HighTechXL startups graduating from the 3-month accelerator are:

  • AirBliss+: Based in the United Kingdom, AirBliss+ created a smart air pollution breathing mask. AirBliss+ emphasizes excellent user-experiences such as fit, ease of cleaning and ease in breathing, eliminating heat and humidity.
  • UBIK SolutionsUBIK, from Estonia, has developed an all-in-one device that helps solar-panel owners in residential areas increase solar efficiency.
  • MiniFab3DFrom Mexico, Mini Fab3D designs and manufactures high-end 3D printers, robotic arms, computer numerical control devices and laser cutters. Their goal is to develop new technology including bringing a high-resolution stereolithography printer to market at an accessible price.
  • Applied BioTech: Their core technology is a sustainable enzymatic process for the production of capsaicinoids, the spicy molecules from chili peppers. That’s right, hot peppers. In turn, those capsaicinoids are used as organic pest repellants, coatings, in making pharmaceuticals and, of course, pepper sprays for self-defense. The team is from Mexico.

There will be matchmaking sessions throughout the day between startups and investors and corporates and startups, as well as pitch events throughout the day. Startups will pitch to a high-profile jury to compete to get to the main stage … and shot at that trip to China.

Finally, XL Day will set aside prime networking time with some of Eindhoven’s biggest tech and startup stars.

The Deets:

XL day is 5 July at Evoluon, Eindhoven’s famous UFO-shaped events space at Noord Brabantlaan 1A.

Be sure to check where the entrance is if you’ve never been to the big Flying Saucer … the signage is minimal and you just have to figure out how to get into the parking lot. So allow a little extra time.

XL Day starts 9:30 am and runs to 5 p.m. (You might want to arrive early to miss the parking mayhem) Networking is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The event is free, and you can register here on Eventbrite.


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