A community for Blockchain,
Artificial Intelligence and
Climate Change.

Because you can’t block change

The Brightlands Techruption field lab offers two unique programs in which you can transform your idea into a concrete prototype with the assistance of professional supervision. We always do this in a cross-sectoral manner, which means that we work on a project with a mixed team. The structure of the field lab is not only unique in the Netherlands, it is also very effective. In the lab, we are actually innovating the existing innovation process.

  • Artificial Intelligence

    We bring together business, research and education to develop tools using Artificial Intelligence to support humans in various situations and/or provide services for improving business processes.

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  • Blockchain

    The advanced, Internet-based technology blockchain is seen as being a potential source of trust, prosperity, equality and security for society and business.

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  • Climate Change

    Blockchain and artificial intelligence can help us fight climate change, or address the consequences of climate change.

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Field lab approach

The Brightlands Techruption field lab offers a unique program in which you can transform your idea into a concrete prototype with the assistance of professional supervision and co-creation. Each of the prototypes offers solutions to existing problems. We always do this in a cross-sectoral manner, which means that we co-create on a project with a mixed team. The structure of the field lab is not only unique in the Netherlands, it is also very effective. In the lab, we are actually innovating the existing innovation process.

For startups, we offer an incubation program and work on use cases with established companies in innovation projects.

Brightlands Techruption’s innovation process for companies consists of several phases. Each phase ends with a stage gate; an assessment in which the participating companies collectively determine whether or not it is worthwhile enough to continue on to the next phase.

Idea generation

During the idea generation phase, participating companies try to determine how to solve practical problems using blockchain or artificial intelligence. They do this through an interactive ideation workshop. The promising ideas generated during this workshop are developed further in use cases.

Explore

The innovation project actually starts during the explore phase. Devising, formulating and translating an idea into an underlying objective or proposition are key during this phase. We set up a value proposition canvas and a business model canvas, while also determining what the MVP (minimal viable product) should be, and which hypotheses should be tested. We end this phase with a stage gate in which both canvases are evaluated and critiqued.

Experiment

The canvases from the first phase serve as the foundation for drawing up the business plan. This business plan contains a SWOT analysis, a value analysis and a schedule, among other things. We also develop the first prototype during this phase.  We end this phase with a stage gate in which we decide if and in which form we will take this plan to the pilot phase. The business model is validated and the prototype is discussed.

Pilot

After the experiment phase, the project continues outside of Brightlands Techruption in the pilot phase. During this phase, we ask ourselves how promising our idea, prototype and business model truly are. A concrete pilot is designed to answer this question. In this final phase, we also work on an MVP and think about the follow-up strategy (do we want to scale in or scale up?).

Incubation program

Brightlands HIVE is a new start-up program that is being developed together with a number of strategic partners including the Province of Limburg, the Municipality of Heerlen, Mercurius Investments, Rabobank Parkstad, Connect Holland and BW Ventures. HIVE stands for Hi-Tech Innovation & Venture Engine.

Brightlands HIVE is being developed for start-ups active in the digital sector. These companies just starting out need a specific additional approach when it comes to capacity for application design and development for example. The dynamics and speed of developments in the digital sector place different demands on funding.

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