In the first round of The Golden Lightbulb 61 ideas were submitted with a wide variety of entries ranging from an application in nano-technology to an innovative safety harness for cats. After extensive deliberation and fierce discussions the jury  succeeded in selecting eight winners. Because of the high quality of the entries, it was a tough job for the jury to choose the ideas with the most business potential.

But they reached agreement  and the winners of the first challenge and, with it,  250 euro prize money are:

  • Tim Wilschut from Ratio with ‘Six blind men and the elephant. – a system to support increasingly complex design processes.
  • Jean Louis Schrauwen / Team Falcon with ‘Sustainable flying’.
  • Lotte Geertsen with ‘Soccer Shooter’
  • Joris de Bruijn and Niels van Gorsel with ‘STRATEGY 01 – Data driven market research’.
  • Stefan van de Camp with ‘Visualisation Wikipedia’
  • Thomas Kotte with ‘Nano Pixs’
  • Marius Lazauskas with ‘More warmth for less’.
  • Kayle Knops with ‘Force sensitive keyboard using induction’.

Among the winners are a nano-technological application that can project three dimensional images, a system for electronic flying and a wheel chair accessory to play soccer. The entries come from students, personnel and researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology and Fontys University of Applied Sciences,  High Tech Campus, Strijp-S and other creative inventors in the Brainport Region.

The organization is extremely happy with the number and quality of entries and the tremendous enthusiasm expressed by the more than seventy attendants at the award ceremony. “It is exciting to see so much entrepreneurial spirit coming from students, knowledge workers and inhabitants in this region.” Says Robert Al, CEO of the organizing party Bright Move BV. “We hope, above all, that people will continue to develop brilliant ideas into viable business propositions. We will gladly support them in the upcoming two challenges of The Golden Lightbulb!”

Everybody is welcome to participate in the second challenge that will kick off on the 5th of December, even if you have not taken part in the first challenge. In Challenge 2, The Golden Lightbulb will offer four webinars on entrepreneurship and competences, technical feasibility, market potential and revenue model and a pitch training. De webinars will help contestants to further explore their idea and find out if they can further progress as an entrepreneur.

On January 23, 2019 the participants will present their plans to the jury in a short pitch. The webinars will take place on December 13 and 19, 2018 and January 9 and 16, 2019 respectively. They can be attended both online and in person at the Multimediapavilion at TU Eindhoven. Check out the website to stay updated on the exact dates and times or to enter the challenge.

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