ABOUT ASML, NTS GROUP AND HIGHTECHXL,
For over 30 years, ASML has been pushing innovation in semiconductor technology. Its lithography machines have been part of the main driving forces behind the continuation of Moore’s law. This pursuit to evolve technology further is the reason why your smartphone today contains more computing power than a supercomputer did, just 2 decades ago. It has caused profound changes for millions of people around the world, giving them access to information, communication and empowering them to improve society.
NTS-Group is a global developer, producer and assembler of high-tech systems. With a focus on low-volume, high-complexity machines, NTS-Group has gained unique competencies that allow them to service world-leading companies in the semiconductor, life sciences and digital printing markets. In recent years, NTS-Group has opened the door to technology-driven startups to enable them to launch and scale their business.
The HighTechXL Accelerator program is designed to fast-track early-stage startups to market launch, while also preparing them to become investor-ready. It covers the phase from prototype to market. The format provides structured access to finance, facilities, and know-how. Startups get a strong base for growth through our tightly-knit community of mentors, partners and entrepreneurs. Specifically for this Challenge, ASML and NTS Group will provide dedicated support to the winning startup.
The deadline for this Challenge has passed, please check out our other Challenges
While invisible to the average consumer, high-tech and high-precision machines have been one of the main driving forces behind the conveniences of our modern lives. Technologies like lasers, robots and semiconductors are critical enablers for a wide range of products, from your laptop, to solar cells, to the posters that adorn our walls. It is essential for high-tech companies to continue driving the exponential growth in technological capabilities. Therefore, HighTechXL, ASML and NTS-Group are launching this Challenge.
We are looking for startups that are able to truly change the future of:
SEMICONDUCTOR / PHOTONICS / M(O)EMS
e.g. manufacturing processes and equipment, advanced packaging for (3D-)integrated circuits, design, inspection technologies
DATA & IOT
e.g. cloud, mobile and IoT solutions for high tech manufacturing
LARGE AREA ELECTRONICS
e.g. displays, PCB’s, photovoltaics, sensing systems, printed electronics
HIGH TECH INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS
e.g. robotics, high precision mechatronics, positioning and handling, optics and laser technology, 3D-Printing
Digital Printing, Inkjet printing
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
200 hours of hands-on expert support
Spot in the 3-month corporate-guided acceleration program
Spend two full days of 1-on-1 sessions with industry experts in your field to explore business opportunities and get industry insights.
be in pre-seed stage;
have a working prototype or demonstrator;
be able to launch a finished product or service within the next 2 years;
have your leadership team present at the event July 8th - 12th
have (at least) your leadership team available to participate in the 3 month program in Eindhoven, the Netherlands from September 4th - December 1st 2017
ABOUT THE HIGHTECHXL IMPACT SUMMIT
The HighTechXL Impact Summit is a two-day technology conference where selected startups globally meet the most notable Dutch high-tech and financial leaders in three tracks: MedTech | High Tech | FinTech
Day 1: 1-on-1 meetings ASML, NTS-Group and industry experts
Day 2: Challenge final pitch
FMC – With the goal to advance non-volatile memory technology, FMC has turned to ASML’s towering presence to guide them through the complex semiconductor industry.
RoboSculpt – Creating surgical robots that have the precision to perform surgeries in patients with inner-ear tumors requires the best engineers available. ASML’s engineers are applying their skills to heal future patients with this condition.
CAIlabs – With unique competencies in light shaping solutions, CAIlabs is now working closely with ASML to see if their technologies can drive semiconductor manufacturing forward.