In our new online series High Tech Hero we will introduce inspiring heroes from High Tech Campus Eindhoven.
Lotte Geertsen & Danny Hameeteman of TMC
Lotte: ‘At TMC, we truly believe in the power of entrepreneurship. People who work with us are technical, but also have the entrepreneurial spirit. That’s why we call them ‘Employeneur’. Technology is a means to solve global challenges, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do. In the Netherlands we have nearly 600 Employeneurs going on to 1000 worldwide, who work for diverse ambitious customers, but also get possibilities to accelerate their own business ideas. And as manager of our innovation lab, I help them wherever I can. I really love my job, turning ideas into business.’
Danny: ‘A lot of companies say they stimulate entrepreneurship, but TMC is the first company where I really experience it. Together with my team, I’m creating a spy robot which is called ‘Throwabot’. This robot can be used for data collection in situations that are dangerous for people. For example: what if there is a hostage taking place. They can throw our wireless robot – that is very quiet – inside, to see what is happening there. This robot can save lives, because emergency services can better evaluate the situation before actually sending people in. Last month we’ve registered our startup at the Kamer van Koophandel, so we’re doing well!’
Read more about the robot.
Sonia Kataria, development engineer at Signify
‘I love the Netherlands. People are really direct, and I feel very comfortable with that. I was born in India, in a little town called Narnaul. After graduating in Faridabad, I lived for 10 years in Bangalore, where I started working with companies like Philips. Now and then, I visited Eindhoven for work. Because I liked working here, I decided to move here 3 years ago. I didn’t have trouble fitting in, because I had already made friends and they really helped me out.
At Signify, I’m now working as a development engineer in the research department, where we closely work with Signify’s business group Home. You know, those smart home lights. We research what people want, what light settings best suit their needs and how we can bring technological advancements to Lighting. And now I am also making a step from Mobile app development to Cloud development.
In addition to work, I dance with friends in an Indian dance group, with which we perform at Indian festivals. Every Sunday I call my parents, and that lasts normally around two hours ;-), we have a lot of catching up to do. But I’m planning to stay here…I really like my life in Eindhoven.’
Herman Peek of Teledyne Dalsa
Herman has been working on the Campus for 55 years (!) and is therefore the oldest Campus resident ever! This month he will retire at the age of 77.
‘I started working for Philips on the Campus when it was still called ‘Natlab’. Everyone was wearing white lab coats, we were allowed to experiment without making accountables to managers in forward; for me as a technologist it was paradise. Now the Campus has changed significantly (a lot more companies and buildings) and I think that’s great.
When I look back on my career, my greatest memory is winning the Gilles Holst Award in 1997, for my contribution to science and realizing breakthroughs in CCD chip (image sensor) technology. From 2002 I worked as a consultant and advisor for technological issues for CCD and CMOS imagers at Teledyne Dalsa. Even though I am 77 years old, I’m not even sure if I want to retire. This work makes me enormously happy.’
Rudie Verweij of start-up Incooling
‘I didn’t have a technical education, but I was always curious about how things really worked, and how I could make things better.
When I had my own company in digital marketing and video, I was introduced to start-up accelerator HighTech XL. I really liked going to their events and it triggered me how their startups could make a difference. And now, at the age of 21, I can call myself the CEO of the amazing deep tech start-up Incooling. Based on technology from CERN, we’re developing cooling systems for data centers, where the chip is cooled from the inside out.
Soon we’re moving from the HighTechXL office to building HTC 29, to our first office at High Tech Campus Eindhoven. You are very welcome for a cup of coffee! If you’re wondering, which one am I on the picture? I’m the guy in the middle!’
Cheryl Lee Boyd & Terry Boyd of Dispatches Europe
‘We came to Eindhoven as DIY expats, with the goal of connecting all expats through our digital platform, Dispatches Europe. Once we arrived, we were struck by the Eindhoven startup ecosystem, so we became informal ambassadors for our city even though Dispatches covers all of Europe.
We love working with HighTech XL on High Tech Campus, which – as Americans – we think is not only a stimulating place to work, but the most green and tranquil research campus in Europe.
In the future, we want to connect Eindhoven to our investor network in the Midwest and South of the United States. It’s our mission to tell the world about the depth of sophistication of Brainport’s startups and high-tech giants.
We’re doing our part to make sure Americans automatically think “Europe's most innovative city” when they think of Eindhoven.’
Maarten Voorhuis of scale-up Sparckel 'Life needs light'
When his colleague calls him a hero of positivity, Maarten responds modestly: ‘I really hope that’s true. When you have a scale-up, you need to work hard, but it’s really worth it. With Sparckel we make high-tech lighting easy to experience. We developed a plug & play luminaire with biodynamic light that has a positive influence on people.
You can be happier and more productive, thanks to the right amount of light, with the right spectrum at the right time in your office. But more important: recently scientific research showed that our Sparckel’s helps people with dementia. That feels incredible.
We love the ecosystem and the best place at High Tech Campus Eindhoven for us is the tennis court. We don’t even change our clothes, we just go outside into the sun during lunchtime and play!'
Karina Garcia del Real, community manager High Tech Plaza
‘As the Community Manager of the High Tech Plaza, I provide opportunities where start-ups can connect with experts through events and workshops. This a very rewarding role as I come in contact with many start-ups and can directly witness their development. As a woman, I feel very proud to work in this field and represent the High Tech Plaza, the biggest start-up hub in the Netherlands. When I am not at work, I am usually spending time with my daughter and husband, cooking some Mexican food or relaxing in the hammock of my backyard.
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