The registration for the Hague Innovators Challenge is open again! A good time to check in at one of the former winners of the challenge. What has winning the Hague Innovators Challenge led to and what are they doing now? In this blog a short update from former winner: de Noordzeeboerderij.
De Noordzeeboerderij focuses on accelerating and strengthening the impact-driven seaweed industry. Climate change and the increase of world population, challenges us to find new solutions: from land to sea (weed). The Noordzeeboerderij wants to make a concrete contribution to solving these challenges by creating a healthy and strong value chain for seaweed, in and from the Netherlands. In 2016 the Noordzeeboerderij won the Haagse Innovators Challenge and received an amount of € 35.000.
In which stadium was the Noordzeeboerderij when you participated in the Hague Innovators Challenge?
We were in the start-up phase. At that time we were busy setting up various activities in front of the coast of Scheveningen – The Hague.
What happened after winning the challenge and what did you do with the prize money?
By winning the The Hague Innovators Challenge, we were able to set up a large-scale test with seaweed cultivation off the coast of Scheveningen. Moreover, a nice additional effect was that we got a lot of exposure and press attention by winning the challenge.
It’s been 4 years since you won. How are things going now with the Noordzeeboerderij?
Good! We are continuing to develop as a knowledge center and branch for seaweed cultivation and farms at sea. We have started a collaboration with 90 organizations. The test lab has grown into several innovative pilots that the North Sea farm has a facilitating role. Here entrepreneurs work on their pilots themselves and we support them. Todays global challenges motivate us to find new innovative solutions. We are committed to multi-use marine farms; the optimum synergy between food, nature and energy in the North Sea. To achieve this, we work from three priorities: production locations, cultivation & technology and markets & applications.
The Hague Innovators Challenge 2020
Do you also have an innovative idea, product of service that can improve the world? Then sign up for the The Hague Innovators Challenge 2020. This year you have a chance to win between € 2,500 and € 25,000. You can register until 17 October. Click here for more information.