Change the world of high tech manufacturing

Pilot contract & wildcard HighTechXL Deadline passed

Together with ASML and HighTechXL, we are looking for startups with the potential to impact the world of high tech manufacturing and systems. This is your chance to work closely together with a global leader in semiconductor manufacturing technology!


For over 30 years, ASML has been pushing innovation in semiconductor technology and its lithography machines have been one 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 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 their societies.


ASML thrives in an innovative environment that collaborates, shares and challenges. That is why ASML is looking to actively support high-tech hardware startups. Will you be one of them?

The deadline for this Challenge has passed, please check out our other Challenges


Our society will even be more connected in the future. It will be full of technologies and applications that we can only dream of today. Do you have the potential to profoundly change the semiconductor and high tech manufacturing industry? We are looking for startups that want to play a role in this future and are planning to develop and manufacture these future high tech products. ASML is looking for startups with innovations that can move the needle in the following areas:

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, 3D-printing, high precision mechatronics.


Winner will receive:

  • Pilot contract with ASML (customized based on joint preferences)

  • Wildcard selection round HighTechXL business accelerator with 200 hours of hands on expert support from ASML specialists in engineering, IP and supply chain

  • Exclusive additional coaching & feedback from ASML experts

  • Access to ASML’s large network of suppliers and customers

  • Introduction to ASML’s New Business Development department to determine the route forward between ASML and your startup.


You should:

  • have a working prototype or demonstrator;

  • be able to realize a usable product or service in the next 2 years;

  • be able to pitch through video conferencing or face-to-face on the proposed date




The deadline for applications is January 9th. 10 finalists will be selected and invited for the finals on January 31st at ASML headquarters in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. The winner will be announced during the final pitch event!


CAILABS secured a PILOT contract with ASML

13 startups were invited to ASML's headquarters for a day of 1-on-1 meetings with experts from different divisions. After 3 high tech battles, ASML selected CaiLabs for a pilot contract. CAILabs develops innovative photonic components that enable solutions in Telecom, Datacom and Laser Manufacturing. ASML also followed up with other startups to explore collaboration possibilities.

What happened during the day

Relive ASML Challenge event

Deadline passed

The deadline for this Challenge has passed, please check out our other Challenges