Tours in July…

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Demokwekerij welcomed several delegations for a tour in July. People from different perspectives, backgrounds and countries listened with interest to the various studies and demonstration projects at Demokwekerij. Knowledge transfer and interaction with delegations from South Korea, Japan, Belarus, Australia, Vietnam, Germany, India and China.

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Valorization robotics solution

Exciting new phase: after extensive testing and fine-tuning of the prototype the robot enters a new phase; towards market introduction and implementation. A ficus grower will include working with the robot which is developed in the Innovation Demonstration Centre (IDC) Robotics.

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The technique of the robot makes it possible to automatically bind the branches of a ficus plant. In this technique nursery Zwethlande, who grows ficus plants, is very interested because of efficiency arguments. Efficiency and return on investment are important issues for entrepreneurs when considering an investment in a robot. These issues certainly play a role in the horticultural sector, where about a third of the cost of labor exists.
IDC Robotics, which is an initiative of TU Delft, Demokwekerij Westland and TNO, is very enthusiastic about the development that the nursery Zwethlande is willing to make this investment and starts working with the robot.

Robotics can mean a lot for this sector. According to Martijn Wisse, professor Biorobotcs at TU Delft, we are, as the Netherlands, big in the world as a food export county, but we are also big in food process machines, wherein more is becoming robotized. The Netherlands has beside a high-quality high-tech position, a good position in the horticulture sector, which can be expand worldwide.

Roy Wubben, projectleader of IDC Robotics and operating for Demokwekerij indicates that he noted the interest and need for robots in the field.

IDC Robotics welcomed, since its starting in early 2014, hundreds of visitors and dozens of questions from growers were received. Recently IDC was working on 14 concrete innovation projects, including a robot application for sorting eggplants, sorting yucca stems and automatic binding of Ficus plants and soon will be implemented in nursery Zwethlande. Roy: “Implementing the robot at a user, and therewith making the step towards market introduction is a step to be proud of. ”

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NEXT Economy needs NEXT Entrepeneur Access Point

Starting entrepreneurs did pitch their technical development

On July the 7th, seven entrepeneurs with an idea about the NEXT Economy, battled with each other. They pitched their technical development in front of an audience with potential launching customers. With interest, they listened to the pitches.

At this event starting entrepreneurs where challanged by Metropolitan Startup Lab (MSL), a collaboration between Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag and tech incubator YES!Delft, to think about the NEXT Economy. Before the pitch event, there where extensive coaching sessions and a pre-selection took place.

The award ceremony followed after an extensive jury deliberation. Beside this platform the starting entrepeneurs went home with beautiful prizes, including one-to-one networking lunches, a financial reward of € 3000,- and a prototype prize.

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Two starting entrepeneurs won the financial reward with their ‘Legacy Root’.

With their product SolidWater, polymer crystals which keep the water from rain or irrigation close to the plant, they hope to reverse desertification. They won the financial reward of €3.000,- to develop their startup. The winner chosen by the audience ‘Van Blankensteyn’ with the development to produce natural soap out of waste. They can make use of the RDM makerspace for free, to develop their product.

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Through this pitch event, several extra activities and extensive coaching sessions for the selected ideas, Metropolitan Startup Lap (MSL) wants to help startups and idea-owners to bring them to the next level and support them to grow. MSL is a collaboration between Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag and tech incubator YES!Delft

‘Relation of Demokwekerij Westland’

Employee in de spotlights…

This month; Rianne Vink, projectcoördinator at Demokwekerij Westland

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From July Rianne supports the team of Demokwekerij with the organisation of events, planning the visitors, project organisation and the marketing and communication. With her background as Innovation Advisor at RVO, her experience with organising events and her affinity with the greenhouse industry, she can provide a nice enhancement to the team.

In her spare time she can be found on her (race) bike, she loves to cook for friends or she’s making plans for a nice trip.

Rianne: “The greenhouse industry is a sector that interest me in particular because of its innovative strength and the effect of the industry for the welfare of people. I am really looking forward to contribute to this sector by my commitment to Demokwekerij!

Successful Flower Trials 2016

And donation to the charity ‘Samen Loop voor Hoop’

From 13 till 17 June the Flower Trails where taking place at Demokwekerij Westland. During these days the companies Sakata and Van den Bos Flowerbulbs gave their horticultural show. National and international growers were informed about the new varieties of flowers and plants of these companies. With over 1500 visitors it was a successful week!

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After this week a plant sale took place on Saturday June 18th and we donated the entire amount of money to the charity. This year we supported the charity ‘Samen Loop voor Hoop’, with a donation of €1500,-.

We are very pleased and proud of the amount we donated for this charity!

Event ‘Kas groeit’

Greenhouse course market

During this event form last June the 30th, trainers and HR advisors from the greenhouse industry came together. Every educator has a stand on this market, where they can inform visitors about educational programs in the greenhouse industry. Through short pitches they told in a playful way about their course offerings. There was also public information about the course ‘growing specialist’, there where speed dates with training managers from ‘Kas groeit’ and there was a possibility to get personal training advice.

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