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    Posted in news, 19th of March, 2015


    Press release: From idea to startup
    Baltan Laboratories and Eindhoven Startups Foundation building the local maker community

    Eindhoven, 20 March 2015 - Baltan Laboratories, an organization that promotes and facilitates new ideas, and Eindhoven Startups Foundation, which is facilitating entrepreneurship, come together for the benefit of the Eindhoven Community.

    Press release: From idea to startupPress release: From idea to startup

    The two organizations use each other's familiarity with multiple initiatives in the Eindhoven area to facilitate the continued growth of Eindhoven into a Startup City. Prime examples include Startup Weekend Eindhoven and the Open Hack-the-Body Lab in May. This partnership will mean that once ideas are validated and prototyped at Baltan Labs they can move on to the next stage and get help perfecting their idea and getting funding.

    There is never a startup without a good idea, but what is the key to success? It is about taking that idea further. In Eindhoven there are lots of creative and enterprising spirits both inside and out of large corporates. Making sure that these ideas do see the light of day, or at the least get explored, is what this partnership is about. Which ones will become new startups and businesses?

    Over the next two months Baltan Laboratories together with Eindhoven Startups Foundation will help organize and promote two events, which trajectories complement each other: Startup Weekend and the Open Hack-the-Body Lab. With a kick-off event in April, both events will take place a month later and focus on creative individuals in the Eindhoven area. Everyone with a creative mindset or an idea for a new business is welcome to attend these events.

    Victoria Martinez, founder Eindhoven Startups Foundation: "This edition of Startup Weekend focuses on hardware and design, a broad theme that many Eindhoven-based entrepreneurs will find themselves comfortable in. During these three days in May, from Friday the 8th to Sunday the 10th, teams will make extensive progress in creating and validating their own businesses. We are very pleased that we have teamed up with Baltan Laboratories and are convinced that we can appeal to a new audience from their creative network, with hopefully surprising results. "

    Koen Snoeckx, Director Baltan Laboratories: "9th April, we launch our 'hack-the-body’ open labs: a call to everyone who works on projects related to data of the human body. We offer them the opportunity to interact with each other and bring momentum to their project. On May 14, during DIT Festival, we get all the projects together under one roof and also invite the general public to come take a look or actively participate. The connection to Eindhoven Startups Foundation is important for us to be able to refer the ideas with market potential directly to a network of people who can help them further."

    About Baltan Laboratories
    Baltan Laboratories is a collaborative platform for future thinking that places art and design research at the core of its activities. Baltan claims the role of pioneer ‘’in the cultivation of the existing potential in the high-tech and creative industry.’’ (Policy note 2014/15). Baltan is both a network and a methodology: It sees the lab as a way of working and as a place where ideas are put into practice through projects in which freedom of thought, openness towards the unknown, experiment and playfulness are key. Baltan stimulates a cross-disciplinary approach conducted in an open-minded atmosphere based on trust, empathy and mutual inspiration.

    About Eindhoven Startups
    Eindhoven Startups Foundation is a non profit organization that brings all the startup initiatives together with the entrepreneurs to give action to Eindhoven as a startup city. By facilitating the community and the events that are requested, it means it is not there to own it, but to help events and the people that give back to the community.  In less than two years the foundation has grown to a network of more than 350 entrepreneurs and organized more than 50 events and workshops while facilitating things like Startup Weekend and Rockstart Answers. 

    Baltan Laboratories
    Koen Snoeckx (Directeur), koen@baltanlaboratories.org; +31 612 71 98 43

    Eindhoven Startups Foundation
    Victoria Martinez (Founder), victoria@eindhovenstartups.com; +31 629 83 79 40

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