On 19 June, the fourth edition of the Access to Capital event took place on the HSD Campus. During this day, entrepreneurs from the Digital Health and Cybersecurity sector met each other to discuss business plans. Also, a pitching contest was organised where two contesters in the categories Digital Health and Cybersecurity were announced winners. Multiple keynote speakers spoke about trends, developments, and entrepreneurship. The Pitch winner of 2016, ZIVVER, explained what it meant for their company. Moreover, the HSD Finance Guide was updated and presented, which provides SMEs an overview of finance opportunities during different stages in the innovation process.
Investing in innovation
Access to Capital is one of the conditions to be able to innovate. To support starting and fast-growing entrepreneurs from the Digital Health and Security sector, the Access to Capital event has been initiated by a number of parties. The positive effects for the pitching organisations has been proven, which is why the organising parties InnovationQuarter, Rabobank Regio Den Haag, Value Creation Capital, KPN Ventures, TIIN Capital, Health Innovation Fund and HSD Office initiated this event for this year.
These kind of meetings where investor matches are made, are an upcoming trend. It is a place where collaborations arise that have a strong spinoff in the region in terms of employment opportunities. Innovation, securing data, and developing knowledge on these topics is something that partners heartily support.
Pitching organisations and winners
During the interactive day of inspiration, sharing experiences and information about the world of finances, 12 innovative entrepreneurs pithced their businessplans within the areas of Digital Health and Cybersecurity. The winners were selected by a professional jury. An overview of all the pitchers and investors that attended the event can be viewed here.
The winner in the category Cybersecurity was HSD Partner Bitsensor.
(from left to right: Chris van 't Hof (chairman), Ruben Vreeland (Bitsensor), Johan Stins (InnovationQuarter)
The winner in the category Digital Health was Happitech.
(from left to right: Willem van den Berg (Value Creation Capital), Yosef Safi Harb (Happitech)