Smooth Seas Don’t Make Skilful Sailors

Smooth Seas Don’t Make Skilful Sailors 2016-11-09T15:27:22+00:00

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Science Talk
Presenter: Mr Ferdinand Grapperhaus, Physee, The Netherlands
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During their research at Delft University of Technology, Ferdinand Grapperhaus and Willem Kesteloo discovered that a combination of different ‘glow-in-the-dark’ materials could contribute to transparent electricity production. They turned their discovery into an electricity-generating window: the PowerWindow. Ferdinand describes the discovery as a mission at sea: storms and the sun play a big role en route, but the perseverance of the captain and crew is essential.

It was then that the ship fully took off. The team filed for a patent, applied for research and valorization grants, set up a legal entity and negotiated license deals and investments. They set up their first office in a squatted building. In the meantime, Ferdinand and Willem graduated from TU Delft.

Soon after, Ferdinand and Willem joined the incubator Yes!Delft. At Yes!Delft they learned how to step into the real world and develop their company further. Now, two years later, their company ‘Physee’ has a multi-disciplinary team operating.

During his talk, Ferdinand would like to change your perspective on glass, physics and how to best follow your guts while still maintaining an entrepreneurial mindset.
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grapperhausMr Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Physee, The Netherlands
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Ferdinand Grapperhaus (28) is a young Dutch entrepreneur who started his company Physee in 2014. He is an Applied Physics engineer by training and received his MSc from Delft University. Physee developed the PowerWindow, an electricity-generating window. Physee has won the prize for Europe’s best energy start-up 2015 and the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2016. Besides his technical education, Ferdinand has worked at the European Patent Office (EPO) and ran a small enterprise during his studies. After having led a student association with an annual revenue of €2mio he felt comfortable enough to start his own company, Physee, together with Willem Kesteloo. Ferdinand believes every entrepreneur should find his own path – choosing a team that shares your passion is however essential. For Ferdinand and his team at Physee, their motto has been ‘Sustainable innovation without compromise’ .
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