• Young Technology Award
  • 11 december 2017
  • 18:30 - 22:00
  • Grote Kerk, Oude Markt, Enschede


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Six finalists
On Monday, December 11, 2017, the finale of the Young Technology Award takes place at the Grote Kerk in Enschede. Six innovative companies who have passed the preliminary rounds, will be pitching their innovation to a professional jury and audience during this finale. Which finalist wins the grand prize of €5.000?

The six finalists are 20Face, Ecofalt, Ipsum Energy, Mobina IT, Smart2IT and Swipeguide.
Curious about their innovations? Read more by ‘finalists’.

Invest in your favorite company
In addition to the grand prize, you can choose your favorite by supporting them financially. Which company will be the audience’s favorite? You decide! Joining the final is free of charge (including drinks) so supporting your favorite with a small amount of money would be awesome!

How does it work? After the six pitches, you get the opportunity to support your favorite innovation by donating a small voluntary contribution (cash money). You can decide the amount yourself, every contribution counts. We as the organization will then double the amount you gave. So support your favorite! Please note: Do not forget to bring any cash.

Program December 11
6:30pm    Opening doors
7:00pm    Start final Young Technology Award
9:00pm    Jury deliberation
9:15pm    Announcement winner Young Technology Award 2017
9:30pm    Networking and drinks

Sign up here (free) or via the button below to attend the final of the Young Technology Award 2017. Please note: tickets are limited.


Young Technology Award
The Young Technology Award is intended to put young, innovative companies or innovative business cases in the spotlight. Are you looking for media attention, new customers, new employees and a wider network? And do you want to measure your business strategy against those of other companies? Then join the Young Technology Award!

Entry criteria
Participation in the competition is open to business cases from companies, alliances of companies and knowledge institutions throughout the Netherlands. To be able to take part, your entry must meet a number of criteria:

  • You submit a business case concerning a (technical) innovation that:
    – is formulated based on your own company, and/or
    – is produced by an alliance of companies and/or knowledge institutions, including at least one  business;
  • The company is not more than 10 years old;
  • The company spends significant effort on Research & Development;
  • The company is based on an innovation with demonstrable (potential) turnover and/or successfully achieved milestones;
  • The company is connected with one of the following sectors: High-Tech Systems & Materials (HTSM), Plastics & Chemicals, Healthcare/Life Sciences, ICT, or crossovers that have been created between these sectors and the Agrofood, Leisure Economy, Energy and Construction sectors.

Registration and nominations
Registration for the Young Technology Award 2017 is closed! Your entry will consist of a fully completed registration form and the confirmation of receipt. Registration can take place until October 2, 2017After entries have closed on October 2, 2017, the nomination committee will nominate six finalists. The nominated companies will be announced on October 9, 2017.

Pitch training
All the nominees receive a pitch training to get your pitch ready for the final. During this workshop you will learn about the ins and outs of a good pitch. The pitch training takes place on November 8, 2017 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Attendance is mandatory.

The final
At the final, the six nominated companies or business cases will be invited to defend their entries to the jury. The final will take place on the evening of Monday December 11, 2017 at the ‘Grote Kerk’, Oude Markt, Enschede. The language during the final will be English.

Nominees have 3 minutes to present their pitch, after which the jury will ask them a few questions. The pitches will alternate with other elements of the program. Immediately after the jury’s deliberation, the award will be presented to the winning initiative.

Important dates
October 2, 2017
: Closing registration
October 9, 2017: Finalists will be announced
November 8, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:30pm: Pitch training (attendance is mandatory)
December 11, 2017: Final Young Technology Award


Meet our six finalists of the Young Technology Award 2017!

The six innovative companies that will battle for the grand prize of €5.000 on Monday December 11, 2017 are: 20Face, Ecofalt, Ipsum Energy, Mobina IT, Smart2IT and SwipeGuide.

20Face – Tauseef Ali
20Face is bringing the next-generation of facial recognition software technology. The technology is robust against face angles, different lighting conditions, low-resolution images and partial face occlusions. It can identify people based on only one image what makes it very attractive for real-time applications and embedded platforms such as cameras and smartphones.

Ecofalt – Geert Abbink
Ecofalt is the new, sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative for asphalt. Ecofalt is completely generated without any heat in contrary to regular asphalt. This leads to a 100% deduction of gas consumption and CO2 emissions. Furthermore, the foundation and the intermediate layer consist for 90% out of recycled demolition debris.

Ipsum Energy – Peter de Bie
Ipsum Energy eliminates the blindness in energy consumption. It is based on a unique algorithm developed which can identifies and names appliances from a single point of measurement without the need for intelligent hardware. The innovative disaggregation automatically detects electrical devices and their use, enabling sustained saving and real-time consumer engagement.

Mobina IT – Marlène Hol
The software of Mobina IT provides SME manufacturing companies the required knowledge to innovate without the usage of rare and expensive consultants. They are offering an unique and practical process reference model to navigate through the business issues by converting rare and complex knowledge to a more approachable form for their customers.

Smart2IT – Sander Martinec
Smart2IT is developing a software as a service (SAAS) application/platform based on the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technology. The 3D visualization component in the form of Virtual- and Augmented Reality enhances the communication between their customer and its customers/consumers for every online device or operating system.

SwipeGuide – Willemijn Schneyder
SwipeGuide offers companies a ready-to-use cloud platform to create, edit, publish and share visual step-by-step instructions easily and instantly to intuitive mobile apps and websites. With our software, anyone – whether you are a manufacturer of a coffee machine, a self-built bike or  a high-pressure cleaner – can easily create effective instructions for use without in depth knowledge of instructional design or technical writing. SwipeGuide improves the customer experience, reduces services costs and piles of paper from being wasted.



Let’s introduce the four jury members of the finale of the Young Technology Award 2017:

Anne-Wil Lucas
Anne-Wil Lucas is Program-director Talent, Knowledge and Skills at StartupDelta. Before joining StartupDelta she was a member of parliament for the liberal party in the Netherlands, from 2010 till 2016. In parliament she proposed a startup-bill which led to the founding of StartupDelta. Anne-Wil is passionate about building a sustainable future by paving the way for ambitious entrepreneurs, who can find smarter and cleaner solutions for the grand challenges the world faces.

Jaap de Carpentier Wolf
Marketing and innovation are the core business of an enterprise and therefore of future-proof entrepreneurship. Through corporate communication, Jaap de Carpentier Wolf provided an innovative, image-determining contribution to the marketing of TenCate and TUI for many years. Even though B2B companies in the manufacturing industry differ greatly from B2C companies in the service sector, they have one thing in common: a strong need for a robust image at customers and end users. The same applies for startups: the innovation must be marketed. This requires a captivating image based on a clear story. So potential customers feel connected to the company in the shell. As a member of the Supervisory Board of Novel-T, Jaap de Carpentier Wolf will assess the nominees of the Young Technology Award 2017 for the consistency and strength of their story.

Bas Oude Luttikhuis
I’m Bas Oude Luttikhuis. Born in 1974 between a car workshop and a gas station. Started working my free time as a kid in dad’s car company and never left the world of burning rubber and hot car engines. Just added a few bits and bytes during the way. In the past years I worked in Amsterdam in the area of database marketing, owned a dealership that was specialized in new car sales and importing cars from the US and helped developing the Dealerdirect labels. 
My passion is starting companies and coming up with new ideas in the combined world of automotive and the internet. During the day I’m International Business Developer at Dealerdirect with activities such as ikwilvanmijnautoaf.nl, ichwillmeinautoloswerden.de, jevoudraisvendremavoiture.be, ikwilvanmijnmotorfietsaf.nl and Dealerdirect.eu. One day a week I help other entrepreneurs as business and sales coach.

Paul Nijhof
Director, investor and entrepreneur: let’s introduce Paul Nijhof. Paul has been active in the (online) retail chain for many years now. Paul was chairman and CEO of 3SI Commerce (France), CEO and co-owner of RFS Holland Holding/Wehkamp. In addition, he was Managing Director of Nuon’s Consumer Division and
supervisory board member at Delta Lloyd. Currently, he is supervisory board member at ReintenInfra BV, Member of the General Board of VNO-NCW and chairman of Thuiswinkel.org. Paul is Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 and he received royal honours in 2013.



The moderator of final of the Young Technology Award 2017 is Rens de Jong!

Rens de Jong – Moderator / Entrepreneur / Radio & TV presenter

His energy, warmth, and sense of humor, combined with a sharp and in-depth knowledge, make Rens de Jong a specialist conference moderator. Rens takes visitors through a format full of content. He leads the debates, makes sure people tell their best stories, and gets the audience engaged. Combined with an infectious energy. he makes your event a real show. Over the past 10 years he has moderated large and small events for Google, ING, ABN AMRO, Oracle, and 500 other clients. Time and time again he has been askedback the following year. His clients describe him as intelligent, energetic and a source of advice in how to create a great event.

Rens is a well known TV & Radio talk show host in the Netherlands. At the national commercial news station BNR News Radio he presented “Doing Business with Rens de Jong.” For the national B2B TV station RTLZ he hosts the Business talk show “Z in Business” and he hosts the program “The Growth Challenge”. His specialties are innovation, sustainability, technology, entrepreneurship and human capital. In 2014 he was elected “moderator of the year”.

Wall of fame

Lumicks – winnaar 2016

SoundEnergy – winnaar 2015


Flexxolutions – winnaar 2014


4Silence – winnaar 2013  – Coblue Cybersecurity winnaar Publieksprijs 2013

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Dovideq Medical – winnaar 2012

YTA 2012

Ostendum – winnaar 2011 – Rentalite – winnaar Publieksprijs 2011

YTA 2011

Solmates – winnaar 2010

YTA 2010

Blue4Green – winnaar 2009

YTA 2009

Virobuster – winnaar 2008


Contact / Sponsors

For more information and questions about the Young Technology Award you can contact the organization via events@novelt.com.

The Young Technology Award is realized and organized by Novel-T, EY, Oost NL and Leap. The Innovation Agency.