FasTrackathon 2020


FASTRACKATHON WILL BE AN ONLINE EVENT SEPTEMBER 16, 2020.

Join us for another virtual FasTrackathon! Our first virtual FasTrackathon in March went off without a hitch, and we hosted nearly 100 people interested in taking advanced technologies to market. Seven deep-tech venture teams started the program in April and six teams successfully completed the first phase of the venture building program.  

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
09:00-17:00
Date and Time
ONLINE EVENT
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We are deep-tech venture builders. We scout advanced technologies from world-renowned research institutions and tech companies. We then recruit co-founders and supporting team members to take the tech market. Teams enter the venture building program where they learn everything they need to know to build a business. It all starts at FasTrackathon.

1.
HOW DOES IT

WORK?

HighTechXL begins the venture-building process by sourcing technologies from research institutions such as European Space Agency, CERN,TNO, and Philips. We meet with the technology transfer officers and identify advanced technologies around which we can build teams and form a business.

2.
tech

ASSESSMENT

After a thorough assessment of each advanced technology in which experts score the technology from the institute on patent position, novelty, manufacturability and knowledge transfer, we are ready to explore applications for each technology.  

3.
FASTRACKATHON

During the hackathon, a gathering of entrepreneurs, technical experts, co-founders and mentors use their brainpower to generate creative and bright ideas. They consider the question: Where can this technology really add value or solve problems? 

4.
CORE TEAM

FORMATION

This hackathon is also the first step in team formation. Teams ideally consist of dedicated CEO, CBO (Chief Business Officer) and CTO (Co-Founders). Teams are supported by mentors, volunteers, experts and interns.

Selected Technologies

Technologies

Below we announce the advanced technologies we will present at FasTrackathon. Other technologies may be added, so check this page for more information and follow HighTechXL on social media.

Hand Controller Device

European Space Agency

European Space Agency (ESA) developed technology designed for a hand controller device with haptic feedback to remotely control slave robotic hands.

The sensor and control pathways are separated, which enables improvement in the quality of the force feedback and greater sensing of hand and finger locations for dexterous remote handling. The human-centric design fits any hand and is relatively simple.

The design is customizable depending on the level of control required. It can control a wide variety of slave robotic hands. The hand controller device has been built and used to control robots for space-to-ground remote operations. It is especially suited for pinching and grasping gestures with a high degree of precision. This technology could be an enabler for specific remote operations requiring a high degree of precision and where the sense of touch is critical.

The solution is well adapted to industrial challenges. The hand controller device can be used in environments not safe for humans such as under water, in nuclear zones, war zones, in natural disasters or for chemical handling. Other applications include general remote handling, medical (surgery, training, rehabilitation) and video gaming control.

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Sub-millimeter wavelength spectral imaging camera

European Space Agency

This novel sub-millimeter wavelength imaging camera, developed at European Space Agency, uses either single or multiple heterodyne detectors. The device is suitable for the detection of passive electromagnetic radiation.

It’s compact, portable and performs at room temperature. Potential applications include chemical and food industries, medical diagnostics and equipment, airborne and land vehicles and security systems.

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Novel X-ray imaging optics

European Space Agency

This proposed invention from European Space Agency is an innovative optical reflector element for energy beams such as UV, X-rays and gamma rays.

Because X-rays are high-energy, they are difficult to reflect or refract and can’t be manipulated in the same way as visible light rays with lenses and mirrors.

If optical elements can be applied to X-ray, there would be great improvement of small wavelength radiation technologies because the beam can be focused, collimated or dispersed.

This invention fits well with Brainport’s focus on the semiconductor industry. The technology opens up the possibility to leverage silicon wafers and semiconductor equipment to manufacture novel x-ray optics.

The invention can provide a small but robust, modular X-ray optics adaptable to diverse applications.

Potential applications include semiconductor and wafer fabrication lithography, medical equipment and material testing.

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Coaxial Pulse Conditioner

CERN

This technology, developed at CERN, makes it possible to create high power, highly stable and precise (nanosecond scale) electrical pulses. The coaxial pulse conditioner is a stand-alone device that can connect to any modulator without altering its design or topography.

It is “fault-tolerant,”meaning the pulse waveform in the load is similar to the incoming pulse waveform, and the proposed design does not need to be ground-referenced.

Potential application areas or uses include radar transmitters, RF power amplifiers, beam injectors, clean tech (air/water purification), industrial applications and medical imaging.

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Printed thin film image sensors

TNO

TNO has developed a novel printed image sensor technology for fingerprint detection applications.

When compared to CMOS sensors produced on 300 mm wafers, the TNO technology enables economic creation of large surface sensors to detect, for example, a full hand.

Depending on sensor design choices, properties of fingers and hands below the skin can also be detected.

Manufacturing specifications allow for production as a separate sensor or for integration in displays of phones, tablets or TVs or other glass objects. The sensor is so thin that its application is not limited to flat surfaces. A sensor prototype is available as well as a setup to produce prototypes.

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VENTURE-BUILDING APPROACH

How Does It Work?

Starting a new business can be quite chaotic. Our milestone approach will help you take  the necessary steps to take advanced technologies to market in nine months.

TECH SOURCING
HighTechXL begins the venture-building process by sourcing technologies from research institutions such as CERN, TNO and Philips.

RESEARCH TECHNOLOGY
We research the technologies and identify potential application areas.

FASTRACKATHON
We hold a FasTrackathon – a reverse-hackathon – where technologies and potential application areas are up for grabs. We invite engineers, physicists, business development experts, finance managers and seasoned entrepreneurs to come for a half-day idea  session where teams build a business model canvas and pitch their business cases at the end of the day.

RECRUIT TEAMS
HighTechXL recruits additional team members interested in taking the technology to market and holds pre-program sessions to further strengthen the teams.

SELECTION DAY
Teams go through a selection process, then begin the nine-month venture building program.

VENTURE BUILDING PROGRAM
The nine-month program is broken down into three phases of three months.