Grow your AI or Blockchain startup with YES!Delft tech incubator

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Get in the Ring and YES!Delft are looking for innovative startups, solutions or ideas based on AI or Blockchain technologies and are ready to kickstart their growth within YES!Delft’ special Validation Lab. The AI / Blockchain Validation Lab will start in February 2019, in The Hague, where YES!Delft is opening its second location.


Building a successful AI startup is dependent on the quality of your data, a launching customer and collaborations with enabling technologies organizations. Blockchain is a technology that brings together many skill sets in a myriad of applications: market design, governance, digital identity, data/privacy, smart contracts, protocol design, and community building.The challenge of bringing these two technologies to the fast-moving market is finding the right connections.

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Once a brilliant idea is discovered and shaped, the Validation Lab provides you with the right tools and structure you need to bring this idea to the market. This program acts as a three-month pressure cooker, where early-stage startups are brought together to validate their business ideas and find their Product-Market fit. For one day, every week, you will be guided and challenged by our Validation Lab team (startup trainer, mentor, YES!Delft coordinator) to Get Out Of The Building (GOOB) and start talking with your customers. By the end of the program, you will know for sure whether you and your dream team should pursue full-time the dream of building your own business. This program is focused on two categories;


A decentralised system means spreading the power to all actors involved in it, rather than centralising it to one authority. This is why the blockchain technology gained so much popularity starting with Bitcoin, which decentralised financial transactions, up to numerous, amazing projects that apply to all areas. The key is to find the right problem to pivot your solution with, with the entrepreneurs at YES!Delft and blockchain researches at the TU Delft this is enabled.


The field is moving fast and is full of possibilities. Already, we use data to predict maintenance and see the development of self-driving cars speeding up. However, despite the possibilities, AI is a highly complex product and the road and getting it to the market can be tricky. YES!Delft ecosystem offers you the 3 success factors; access to data, launching customers, and collaborations with enabling technology organizations.


  • Part-time program, no equity.

  • Access to launching customers, such as IBM ETC.

  • Access to research and data of the TU Delft.

  • Access to mentors and experts leading on blockchain and AI.

  • Entrance to a Validation program worth 30k of one of the most prominent tech incubators in the world.



  • A commitment fee of €1,250 (including workspace, all materials, lunch/drinks).

  • Be willing to move to the Netherlands for at least the 10 week program.

  • Have at least two co-founders

  • Be in validation stage (idea-prototype).




The deadline for applications is January 20th, 2019.


Nominated startups/entrepreneurs will be invited for the selection day taking place on January 31st, 2019.


Selected startups will be invited to join the AI/Blockchain Validation lab, starting on February 21st, 2019.
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