AI ecosystem on TU Delft Campus
Joost Poort sees parallels with the new Cuurios tagline and the initiative he is working on. TU Delft is already ‘doing’ a lot when it comes to AI, data, and digitisation as part of the university’s AI Initiative, and as part of the convergence collaboration in which the TU Delft, Erasmus MC and Erasmus University Rotterdam work together and other partnerships in the region and nationally. The concentration of knowledge and research, as well as of companies and partnerships, on the campus has created a unique ecosystem for AI development and innovation. For some time now, a new, accessible and unifying institute has been in the making that is now taking shape in NEXT Delft, and which is bringing together all the stakeholders in the ecosystem. “In that sense, we too are making the move from ‘thinking’ to ‘doing’, and we will be proactively getting down to work with stakeholders from inside and outside TU Delft alike, in order to bring them together, to create visibility for all that we do, and eventually to make a real impact. We see considerable potential in AI and we are convinced that further innovations can play a major role, with applications in healthcare, energy, and mobility, for example.”
Cuurios to NEXT Delft
De Graaf and Giraud are very pleased with the new location for Cuurios in NEXT Delft. They founded their company four years ago, since when they have made excellent progress, with customers like TotalEnergies, Translink and Isover in their portfolio. “As a technology company, we thrive in a technological environment and we are also delighted with the link to the university. Apart from the fact that NEXT Delft is such an attractive, green and transparent building, it makes us an active part of the TU Delft Campus ecosystem. In the current phase of growth that our company is experiencing, this environment will enable us to attract the talent we need to build up our team,” says Giraud. In addition, Cuurios took part in the Investor Readiness programme of tech incubator YES!Delft, based alongside NEXT Delft, which resulted in a pleasing investment by Secondstage Ventures.
Poort is hoping that the proximity of Cuurios and the new AI technology centre in NEXT Delft will also lead to a solid partnership. “Without a doubt, there is definitely room for the appeal and best practices of Cuurios, which will be inspiring and instructive for other entrepreneurs, as well as for students and researchers. And who knows what potential new customers will be inspired by their stories?”