Last Friday Tykn officially opened its doors in impact start-up hub Apollo 14 located in the Binckhaven, The Hague. The Dutch tech startup focuses on the safe digitization of identity management. The establishment of the new office is a milestone since the foundation of the startup. After a successful conclusion of a second investment round, the opening of the new office was celebrated with a rebranding and the unveiling of a new house style.
The story of CEO and co-founder of Tykn, Toufic El-Rjula, forms the basis of the company.
His records were destroyed during the Gulf War making him an ‘invisible man’. His personal experience and the thousands of people he met with similar stories while moving between different refugee camps inspired the software analyst to start working on a digital identity solution leveraging blockchain technology that will help today’s ‘invisible people’. A perfect example of doing good and doing business.
Toufic (Tey) El-Rjula’s: “Although the era we live in is known for accelerating technology in many ways we still depend on vulnerable paper-based systems. With Tykn we aim to help NGOs and governments with a digital identity management system for humanitarian aid. Therefore it made sense to base our company in The Hague. Apollo 14 is the perfect place for us. Here entrepreneurs join forces to work on innovations for a better world. I see The Hague as not just the city of peace and justice, but also the city of innovation and humanitarian action. This is because there are a lot of international NGOs based here.“
The Municipality of The Hague encourages young entrepreneurs who work on innovations for a better world, also known as the impact economy. The new office building Apollo 14 was openend in 2018 by the municipality in Binckhaven and provides office space and access to a business network to entrepreneurs and thus creates a favorable business climate. This makes Binckhaven the startup hub for impact entrepreneurs and forms the heart of ImpactCity The Hague, with its motto ‘doing good & doing business’.
Alderman Saskia Bruines (Knowledge Economy): “The Hague has a unique combination of companies, international government organizations and many NGOs that focus on global challenges. This attracks new innovative entrepreneurs. We see the ecosystem growing, which stimulates local economy and employment, but also innovations for a better world. “
Tykn is a welcome addition to the existing companies and organizations that contribute to the impact economy and are working towards a better world in The Hague. By establishing in The Hague, Tykn will benefit of The Hague’s growing impact ecosystem. ImpactCity The Hague welcomes Tykn with great pleasure and wishes her a fruitfull future-proof enterprice.
ImpactCity is an initiative of the Municipality of The Hague. With an extensive range of services and a large international network, the municipality facilitates entrepreneurs in The Hague who work on issues in the areas of safety, law, water, food and sustainability, with the motto “doing good & doing business”.
The new start-up building Apollo 14 is located in the area Binckhaven, the startup hub of The Hague for impact entrepreneurs who contribute to a better world with technological and social innovations. This makes the Binckhaven the heart of ImpactCity The Hague.