At the beginning of 2024, a total of 70 Dutch startups will go to the CES tech fair in Las Vegas to present their innovative technological solutions to potential customers and investors. This concerns challenges in the areas of energy, digitalization such as photonics, circular raw materials and healthcare. No fewer than 12 of them have already received a so-called Innovation Award from a jury. This makes them among the best international designs, innovations and products. The winning Dutch startups are Axelera, Doser, Focus, Healthplus.ai, InkInvent, LV Energy, Mantispectra, Naya, Sevvy, SlimDesign, Susphos and Whispp.
For example, MantiSpectra is working on a small spectral chip that can accurately measure material properties in real time and can be produced on a large scale. Another example is Susphos, which is developing a new circular method to produce sustainable phosphate products from wastewater. Another winner is Whispp which develops AI speech technology that converts whispered speech into a person’s natural voice in real time, including intended intonation and emotion.
The Dutch government plans to take additional steps in the coming years to further improve the Dutch startup and scale-up business climate. That is why five detailed ambitions have been established for more financing and better access to market capital, sufficient available talent, a higher number of tech jobs, more growth to scale-ups and a focus on knowledge-intensive startups (deep tech).
Over the past seven years, Dutch startups have participated in an organized manner at the CES. For quite a few of these growth companies, this was their breakthrough. I am convinced of the Dutch level of knowledge and our innovative power. And these awards confirm that again. That is why we must continue to stimulate the Dutch startup and scale-up climate and focus on good cooperation between entrepreneurs and researchers, but also on attracting more venture investments.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the largest global tech fair and will be held from January 9-12, 2024 in Las Vegas, USA. It is the annual meeting place for more than 170,000 companies and investors from approximately 160 countries. But the fair is becoming less about exciting gadgets and more about innovative technological solutions. For example, for social and economic challenges in the field of energy, digitalization such as photonics, circular raw materials and healthcare. The Netherlands is participating in CES for the eighth time this year.
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