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Hopping back to university to engage the freshmen


Last month we participated in Leiden University's HOP week in The Hague, which aimed to welcome the freshmen in their first academic year.

Svitlana Khrystenko

Programme Designer & Facilitator

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Co-creation is key to innovation

We brought the community together at The Hague Tech on September 13 for an interactive session where all participants had a chance to share their ideas and collaborate with others who are enthusiastic about tech in government.

Svitlana Khrystenko

Programme Designer & Facilitator

Taking on the fight of waste plastic and affordable housing on a global level with ‘Conscious Designs’

During this project Rushabh was working on how to use plastic waste, which was abundant in Indonesia, and how to solve the issue of unsafe constructions.

Rushabh Chheda

Founder of UniBrick

Fingers Crossed

In his latest editorial, Gerrit Jan shares the contents of a session WorldStartup is going to host at the EVPA Impact Week in November 2022.

Gerrit Jan van 't Veen

Managing Director of the Collective

A fruitful week: Organising a design sprint for Miro

WorldStartup is delighted to announce an interaction with the number one online visual collaboration platform “Miro”, also known as one of our favourite remote/hybrid facilitation tools.

Milena Ninova

Programme Design & Management, Workshop Facilitator

Positive Growth for Society and Nature

In this newsletter editorial, Gerrit Jan reflects on the positive growth approach in entrepreneurship.

Gerrit Jan van 't Veen

Managing Director of the Collective

It Starts with the Problem

Read Gerrit Jan's newsletter editorial about what it takes to become an impact entrepreneur.

Gerrit Jan van 't Veen

Managing Director of the Collective

Governments' innovation starts with understanding your challenges

Daniël Steginga and Alwin Veldboom have supported the Municipality of The Hague with formulating a Challenge for Startup in Residence with the Worldstartup Challenge Discovery & Definition process.

Daniël Steginga

Managing Director of WorldStartup

1 Month Later: The Reality of Living through War in 2022

A story by Svitlana Khrystenko, a Ukrainian living in The Netherlands. In her story, she describes her personal experience with the recent war in Ukraine and how her family living there lives with it. In the end, she suggests practical steps each of us can take to support Ukraine.

Svitlana Khrystenko

Programme Designer & Facilitator

Introducing startup Limo as a new member of the Basecamp programme

​​Limo was founded in 2021 by 4 young international team members. It all started with the passion to improve the quality of landscape and environment surrounding the greenhouses in The Netherlands. Later on, it grew into a concrete product that creates value for everyone in the horticulture ecosystem.

Svitlana Khrystenko

Programme Designer & Facilitator

Evil minds that plot destruction

Our thoughts are with everyone who suffers from this terrible war that has been raging for almost a week. Our office and our Next Valley program is open for startups from Ukraine and Russia.

Svitlana Khrystenko

Programme Designer & Facilitator

Startup Spotlight - Khach and Natalya from Scimagine

Khach and Natalya are co-founders of Scimagine, a startup which has developed an innovative cloud-based platform for categorised experimental data, structured and stored in the form of searchable databases. They joined the WorldStartup Altitude program in May. Here is an overview of their 2021 startup journey.

Khachatur Julfakyan

Founder of Scimagine

Infrascreen: nanotech solution offers greenhouse growers extra energy savings‍

The agro-ecosystem in the Netherlands is of great importance for innovations like the one of Infrascreen. Read how Frank & The Backs works with a network of seasoned professionals and C-level executives.

Egbert Ottevanger

Frank & the Backs Chief Startup Officer

IMEC participant's story "Camptoo brings private campervan rental to Germany"

Camptoo is the platform for private individuals who want to rent a campervan or rent out their campervan safely. The popularity of his 'Airbnb on wheels' has ensured that founder Martijn Peeters now focuses on the enormous market potential in Germany.

IMEC participant's story "Tiller expands to the United Kingdom"

Tiller bv is a unique company from The Hague with an innovative product: a hand truck with a motorized lifting system.

Hackathon for Good Wrap up

Hackathon for Good The Hague 4 edition was so much more than a weekend. We are thrilled to see all the fruitful outcomes it has brought to the teams and challenge owners.

Milena Ninova

Programme Design & Management, Workshop Facilitator

Launch of the Basecamp Programme

Read about our brand new support programme Basecamp and the first startup Batazia that joined the programme.

Svitlana Khrystenko

Programme Designer & Facilitator

Interview with James White

Climate Action Center is one of our newest Altitude startups that joined World Startup a few months ago. We are glad to introduce James, a co-founder of Climate Action Center, with whom we have had a very inspiring conversation.

James White

Founder of C.A.C.

The DFCD Climate Challenge Final

This year, the Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) launched the Scalable Climate Solutions Challenge. With the aim of finding scalable climate projects in Bangladesh, Kenya and Uganda.

Wrapping up Growing Green Cities Lab

Growing Green Cities Lab is a six-month programme organized jointly by SYNCHRO SPACE, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ukraine, and WorldStartup. The main goal of the programme is to help the municipality of Rivne to solve its sustainable challenges by providing them with scouted solutions from Dutch and Ukrainian startups.

Svitlana Khrystenko

Programme Designer & Facilitator

Inspiring BackTalks event

On September 27 the event BackTalks took place for the first time. The hybrid event, organized by Frank & the Backs, was a success: over 30 interested parties attended the live event in The Hague, almost 50 people worldwide were present online. The event was moderated by Bas van Werven, radio host at BNR Nieuwsradio. Plan is to organize BackTalks every quarter.

New Onboarded Startups

Our purpose-driven community never stops growing. Both Altitude and Next Valley have onboarded new members with innovative and impactful ideas, who are ready to grow under the guidance of WorldStartup!

5G Smart Railway Hackathon - looking back and, always, forward

Celebrating the winning team Nife Labs and their smart AR solution, right before the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in July. The hackathon program was part of the 5G Railway Lab in Barcelona and it was fully designed and facilitated by the WorldStartup Lab unit.

Milena Ninova

Programme Design & Management, Workshop Facilitator

Uplift, Empower & Sustain local farmers & communities

Empower farming communities, enhance transparency in the supply chain and ensure fair wealth distribution in the supply chain.

Ayon Hazra

Founder of Qlikchain

Finding better solutions to the nutrition of human beings

Ivana Dvořáková’s first encounter with crickets was during a school presentation about the sustainability of crickets. After that presentation, Ivana and some of her friends went to a pet store and bought their first crickets which they then tried. From the start she thought it tasted amazing.

Ivana Dvořáková

Founder of Terraz Food

Work in peace and breathe with ease knowing the air around you is safe and healthy

The idea for uHoo came when Dustin and Brian were studying in Hong Kong. Both Dustin and Brian have respiratory difficulties from which they were suffering more due to the air quality in the dormitories in Hong Kong.

Dustin Onghanseng

Founder of uHoo

With an eye on the sustainability and health benefits of cricket-based food

Burgsfoods was founded by Sander Peltenburg and George Brandenburg in 2017. Burgsfoods is a company that creates meat substitutes that consist of insects, mainly crickets and grasshoppers.

Sander Peltenburg

Founder of De Krekerij


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