Ready for TAKE-OFF: NWO Phase 2 Granted
The High Tech Campus in Eindhoven now has another funded startup in their ecosystem. These are exciting times for Keiron Printing Technologies, as this means that since starting in HighTechXL’s venture building program late 2019, the dream of building their own tools is finally becoming a tangible reality.
Founders are thrilled, and rightfully so. The team started off with their eyes locked on the market of microfluidics, where the innovative proposition would enable manufacturers to deposit conductive lines on products to functionalize them on a mass scale. Fast forward to 2021, and the company is positioning itself as one of the up and coming disruptors in the industry of printed electronics, where the technology can be beneficial for a handful of applications in which the startup is exploring its opportunities.
We carefully planned our technical roadmap and found out there is a lot more for the technology to help with. We see a lot of overlap in various applications. Building a product that can impact not just one, but multiple markets, is a startup dream.– Marco van Hoorn, CCO
Initial Equipment: The Alpha Tool
It was not too long ago since KEIRON started with their planning of building an initial ‘Alpha Tool’. In April, the team bought the optical table on which the tool is to be built. After some serious efforts by the entire team, they succeeded in moving the table, weighing in over half a ton, into their facility.
The Alpha Tool will be the first piece of real KEIRON equipment, packing some real power, and knowledge of TNO at Holst Centre. With 2 years down the line, the team has had the time to extensively design, rework, and plan how to build their prototype. The tool is set to be done later this year, and will enable KEIRON to ramp up research and development projects with industrial partners and clients, while slowly moving into the production of small batches.
But First: CELEBRATION!
With so much positive news in the recent weeks for Keiron Printing Technologies, it is important for the team to look back and enjoy the achievements made to this point. A great amount of teamwork and willingness to go the extra mile, combined with perseverance through challenging times are paying off. 2021 is the year in which the startup is able to start building, grow and foster their business relationships, and work towards even bigger goals.
Pictures: Jimmy Sy-A-Chin, Marco van Hoorn, Stefan van Waalwijk van Doorn, Prakhyat Hejmady, HTC 29