Innovation Showcase during State Visit

Innovative entrepreneurs from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are showcasing their work to the Dutch King and Queen and the British Earl and Countess of Wessex on 24 October. This Innovation Showcase in Mansion House, London is part of the State Visit programme.

Project March

Exoskeleton designed and built by students.

Innovative spirit

Innovators think in opportunities. They don’t see a problem, they see challenges for which they want to create solutions. When this innovative power is combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, great ideas can be turned into products and services that benefit society at large and ensure an income for the innovators. Both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom harbour lots of forward-thinking, innovative entrepreneurs whose businesses are indisputably improving the world we live in. Some of these businesses will showcase their work to the royal couple during the State Visit.

Co-creating pioneering solutions to global challenges

The Dutch government stimulates collaborations between companies and universities and research centres. This “golden triangle” or “triple helix” of government, businesses and knowledge institutes leads to marketable new solutions to global issues. We call this “co-creating pioneering solutions to global challenges.”

Dutch and British innovation displays

At the Innovation Showcase in Mansion House, which is visited by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, Dutch and British start-up companies will present their innovative solutions for each of the four Grand Challenges outlined in the UK’s Industrial Strategy: Artificial Intelligence and Data, Ageing Society, Clean Growth and Future of Mobility.

The Dutch start-ups that have been invited to show their products are WizeNoze (educational technology), Etergo (electric scooters), Tovertafel (braintrainer games for dementia patients) and byFlow (3D food printers). There is a presentation by a student team from the TU Delft as well. This multidisciplinary team, working together in ‘Project March’, have developed a exoskeleton that enables a paralysed person to walk again, wearing a robot suit that carries the body weight. The exoskeleton will be demonstrated by a couple of students and Sjaan Quirijns, the paraplegic ‘pilot’ of the robotic suit.

Contact the Embassy

Want to know more about Dutch solutions to global challenges? Contact the Embassy’s Economic Department via LON-EA@minbuza.nl.