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On Wednesday (July 22), the startup communities in Taiwan and the Netherlands met in an online pitch contest co-organized by the Netherlands Office Taipei, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, and the Taipei City Government. Sitting on the jury was, among others, Ted Chang, CTO of Quanta Computer Inc, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of cloud servers.

A total of six Dutch startups participated in the contest, including Dimenco, the developer of the world’s most advanced 3D display technology with no wearables required. Another startup, SecuMailer, provides GDPR-complaint and encrypted email solution, especially as Taiwan has applied for an GDPR adequacy status from the EU. Absolute Audio Labs, meanwhile, offers premium software solutions for hearing enhancement, and Roader Media offers cameras that captures video in the past.

The systems integrator in quantum computing

Also among the startups was Orange Quantum Systems. Founded in Delft in 2020, Orange QS is a spin-off from the unique Quantum Delft ecosystem, offering the ability to integrate all components and processes to create quantum-based systems, differing from other companies that merely develop and manufacture quantum components.

Seeking to advance quantum computing by accelerating the research on quantum physics and the development of quantum technology, Orange QS provides customized software for labs engaged in quantum computing R&D.

Specifically, Orange QS focuses on speeding up the process of setting up quantum computing R&D systems for its customers, so they can concentrate on technology development without having to bother themselves with the setting up process, such as the procurement and integration of components.

Currently, Orange QS offers Quantum Systems, a product line of full-stack systems, Quantum Control Software, a product line of software applications that can be executed on the open-source Quantify platform, and Quantum Care, a customization and support service.

Last year, Adriann Rol, Orange QS co-founder, participated in the launch of Quantum Inspire, Europe’s first cloud-based quantum computer.

Revolutionizing the eyewear industry 

The winner of the pitch contest was Luxexcel, a pioneer in 3D printed lenses. Founded in 2009, in a time when 3D printing was mostly considered impossible, the Eindhoven-based company printed lenses for industries like illumination, automotive, industrial optics and aerospace. By 2012, Luxexcel printed the world’s first functional pair of glasses, and five years later it became the first commercial company worldwide to 3D print prescription lenses.

In contrast to the typical method of lens manufacturing which requires several complex processes, Luxexcel has developed its proprietary technology platform, the Luxexcel VisionPlatform™, that replaces about 30 steps usually required to make regular lens. Consisting of hardware, software and proprietary materials, the platform includes all the elements required to 3D print lenses.

Starting in 2018, Luxexcel has been integrating smart features into prescription lenses.  According to the company, by 2030, 80% of the world population will require vision correction. Smart glasses, Luxexcel observes, haven’t addressed this growing demand, especially when the business model of many technology companies hasn’t caught up with this new reality. Therefore, Luxexcel is working with market partners to offer a turnkey solution to better address the demand.

Winning the contest, Luxexcel would enjoy free co-working space at t-Hub, the biggest incubator base in Taiwan, and start finding synergy with Taiwan’s strong ICT manufacturing industry.