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Meet the 4 new startups at UtrechtInc

This month UtrechtInc selected 4 new startups to participate in a four-month accelerated growth program. The entrepreneurs develop their product, team and go-to-market strategy. They find and speak with 100 potential customers and get access to financing, mentors, office space and master classes. Today was the final day of their Kick Off at UtrechtInc. According to starting Wheelsbnb: “The last two weeks we felt like kids in a toy store. There was box after box of new LEGO to open. Now it’s time to create our masterpiece from these building blocks.”

Four new startups

Curious about the new startups and their founders?

We introduce them below:

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Confy: A smartphone app that connects delivery drivers and neighborhood residents in order to quickly, easily and inexpensively arrange the receipt of packages. Environmentally friendly and cost efficient for all delivery companies and webshops.

Founder: Hans Willemse has a background in retail, logistics and IT. He was the former CIO of Ahold Europe and prior to that held a role as Vice President of Transformation Consulting at Capgemini. Now with his business Confy he intelligently connects people using mobile technology to solve everyday challenges.

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SleepCare: Automated sleep coach based on scientific research done at Utrecht University. The app teaches users to sleep better with a series of behavioral therapy exercises completed over the course of six weeks. The app evaluates progress and adjusts the trajectory based on performance.

Founders: Robbert Jan Beun is a professor in the Informatics department at Utrecht University and he initiated the SleepCare project. He completed his doctorate in linguistics and is specialised in human-machine communication. Fiemke Griffioen is a researcher and entrepreneur with a PhD in artificial intelligence and has been working on the development of SleepCare since 2013.

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Agenses: Offers call centers insights to improve both organizational and individual performance, including forecasting, scheduling and online training.

Founder: Paul Prijs has a background in technology and business. He completed a bachelor in Marketing and Information Technology and studied for a year in the US where he discovered his interest in the startup world. Before Paul founded Agenses, he worked as a freelancer at InShared, Spil Games and FashionChick.

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Wheelsbnb: Platform for renting and swapping wheelchair-accessible (private) accommodations. It’s a platorm by and for wheelchair users to guarantee 100% accessibility. Wheelsbnb offers trustworthy vacation spots in a transparent way.

Founder: Willianne Bovens studied Business Administration and worked for Sogeti as a web consultant for clients including Leaseplan and ING. She also worked at the Staatsloterij in product innovation. She facilitates creative brainstorm sessions with her concept Blikopener and is now enthusiastically focusing on the success of WheelsBnB.

Starting capital

Each of the four startups have their offices and workspace at UtrechtInc and are following an intensive program. This July they’ll present their progress and future plans. An independent jury will determine if they get access to financing from the Rabo Pre-seed Fund. Startups stay on building and growing for an average of 1.5 years at UtrechtInc.

UtrechtInc

UtrechtInc is the startup incubator of Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht and Utrecht’s University of Applied Sciences. Entrepreneurs and researchers find support here to successfully set up their (IT) companies. This gives them access to financing, office space and a network of mentors. In the four month startup program they work towards a scalable business model, paying customers and working product. The startups focus on E-Health, E-Climate and E-Learning.

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We offer support for startups in different stages. Curious?

(+31)30 253 6169 | info@utrechtinc.nl.

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About UtrechtInc

Business incubator UtrechtInc accelerates the growth of early stage (IT) startups during their first years of existence. We have created an ecosystem for startups to build innovative products, develop teams, attract funding and grow a successful business. Since 2009 we have supported and guided over 100 startups in Utrecht.

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