On 10 April, InnovationQuarter announced the news that the British company Maxeler IoT-Labs has established an office in The Netherlands at Tech incubator YES!Delft. For Maxeler, the presence of talent from Delft University of Technology in the neighbourhood was the decisive factor in choosing YES!Delft.
Maxeler was founded in 2003 and has branches in London, UK and Mountain View in California. It builds ultrafast computer systems that convert raw data into valuable information. The company’s Delft branch, Maxeler IoT-Labs, will focus on new application fields that involve a lot of data and computational power, such as personalised medical care, particularly the large-scale processing of DNA data. The company´s Delft branch will also concentrate on making computer networks and IoT solutions secure, developing advanced artificial intelligence solutions for self-driving cars and processing graphics data for ultra-low latency virtual reality systems.
Important role for InnovationQuarter and partners
InnovationQuarter, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), Delft Technology Partners (DTP) and the Department for International Trade (DIT) of the British Embassy were involved in bringing Maxeler to Delft. Through the DIT, Maxeler took part in the Cyber Security Week 2017 organised by The Hague Security Delta together with many partners. It was here that the company first made contact with InnovationQuarter.
Gaydadjiev, director Maxeler IoT-labs: “InnovationQuarter played a very important role by bringing us into contact with the right parties in West Holland. Together with the British Embassy, they helped us make a quick analysis of the cybersecurity and automotive landscape and identify the important stakeholders. This honed our initial idea for a branch in Delft.”
Digital Gateway to Europe
The establishment of the British company is closely in line with other developments within the region. According to InnovationQuarter’s Head of Foreign Investments Chris van Voorden, Maxeler will contribute to the region’s fast-growing digital economy and strengthen the position of the region and the Netherlands as the 'Digital Gateway to Europe'.
Delft Deputy Mayor Ferrie Förster: “Maxeler is at the top of its game regarding computing and the internet of things. We in Delft are at the technological summit in the broadest sense. Maxeler and Delft are therefore a good match and both the company and the city stand to benefit. I am thus very pleased with the arrival of Maxeler and convinced that Delft will be a good breeding ground for this fantastic company.”