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Venture Academy finals rewards sustainable plastic start-up

Ten start-ups battled for 1st prize at the Venture Academy 2018 Spring Edition finals.

The room at PLNT (former HUBspot) was packed when Sjoerd Louwaars presented the 10 student teams who spent the last few months developing their own start-ups.

From solving local problems to tackling issues worldwide, hopefuls GlobeSentinel, Inno-G, eatr, IceBot, Precious Plastic Den Haag, Spaar-in, SmartNet, Mine Mark, Food Clan and BioCentric each had three minutes to present their idea to a jury of three investors.

Jury members Harry Sistermans, Bas Fruman and Pim de Bokx seemed to be impressed by the inventiveness and variety of what the start-ups had to offer.

When all teams had had their say and after much deliberation by the jury members, there could only be one winner. Precious Plastic Den Haag was the chosen winner for its clear purpose and plan to recycle plastic waste into new, functional, long-lasting products. They even had a prototype flower pot with them to show the jury and interested audience members. Precious Plastic Den Haag has won 6 month's of office space, direct access to the Gulliver final and support for their ELF application process.

Two start-ups received an additional special mention by the jury, who admired their purpose and vision. They lauded start-up BioCentric, who are working on a product that gives people more ownership of their own genetic data and Mine Mark, whose aim is to create playful educational tools to teach children about the dangers of landmines in areas of war.

Louwaars was pleased with the result: "This edition was a great success. Connecting the start-up scene from The Hague and Leiden was a challenge, but it worked out well. It tastes like more!"

Well done to all participants!


Are you a student and do you have a good idea for a start-up? Keep an eye on the Venture Academy website for more details about next season's programme.

The Venture Academy is offered by PLNT Leiden and Centre for Innovation at Leiden University. The objective of the programme is to prepare students of The Hague and Leiden for the future!