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Get started on the challenges of the Campus for Startup in Residence!

Get started on the challenges of the Campus for Startup in Residence!

Get started on the challenges of the Campus for Startup in Residence!

Fri, 18 May 2018

Got a great idea as a startup to make Campus Groningen more sustainable? Can you improve the wayfinding for visitors? Have a brilliant plan to make exercice on Campus possible in public spaces? These are the three challenges that Campus Groningen has stated for the project Startup in Residence. Groningen is looking for ambitious startups to come up with new and innovative ways to tackle societal issues and urban challenges. Find your challenge, pitch your fix and Founded in Groningen will help you kickstart and launch it with our Startup in Residence Program. Whether it’s the energy transition, circular economy, healthy ageing or mobility, they’ve got 16 challenges lined up and ready for you to choose from, three of which are from Campus Groningen. The other challenges come from the municipality and Groningen Seaports.

 

Challenge accepted?

Check www.foundedingroningen.com, pick one & sign up! Gotta hurry though, the deadline is July 2.

Startup in Residence Program:

  • 5 months of intensive coaching and training by professional mentors for selected
  • startups
  • The City of Groningen will be the launching customer for the most promising
  • solutions
  • A flying start to scale up your fix and take it far beyond Groningen

Check out the three challenges of Campus Groningen below!

Challenge Sustainable Campus

Background

The Campus Groningen is constantly evolving. Students, entrepreneurs and researchers are all part of the innovation engine of the Northern Netherlands, in two different locations; the Healthy Ageing Campus (on the UMCG grounds) and the Zernike Campus.
Campus Groningen focuses on three main themes: Healthy Ageing, Sustainable Society and Energy. Because the Campus not only wants to make a difference in research, but also in daily practice, the campus grounds are a constant breeding ground for different (construction) projects. All the ingredients to create more sustainable and green campus grounds are already here: Energy Academy Europe, Green Metrics (RUG), Green Quest (Hanze University of Applied Sciences), Entrance testing grounds, etc.

Challenge

With the current trend towards a circular, biobased economy and all the subsequent possibilities, the campus is looking for sustainable ways to create greener campus grounds, without losing sight of the aesthetics, and also in some way connects with the entrepreneurs, students and researchers working there.

Requirements:

  • In collaboration with stakeholders (occupants, visitors, companies and academic institutions)
  • Corresponding with the current appearance, vision and plans of the Campus.
  • A sustainable/circular, visible solution

Link overview map and construction plans Zernike Campus: https://campus.groningen.nl/contact/downloads

 

Challenge exercise and sports in public space

Background

Campus Groningen, the Healthy Ageing Campus and the Zernike Campus, are the places to be for companies and institutions passionate about working closely together to make a real impact. Campus Groningen is rapidly developing, where companies and knowledge institutions meet, work and study and look for new opportunities to collaborate. Sports are also a big part of that, which mostly takes place at the designated sports fields. Exercising or playing sports in public spaces is the current trend, which is of course fun, easy to do, and a healthy, low key way to stay in shape. It also adds to the liveliness of the campus and there are plenty of spaces currently unused that would be ideal locations.

Challenge
We’re looking to challenge startups to find innovative ways to strengthen the community feel and promote more social encounters between students, companies, both universities and the UMCG on campus, as well as make it fun and casual for people to join the various sporting activities. This would be in line with the Healthy Ageing aspect, which is one of the focal points of the knowledge institutions located on campus, but not yet visible enough in public spaces.

Requirements:

  • Fun, accessible and low key
  • In collaboration with stakeholders (occupants, visitors, companies and academic institutions)
  • Innovative (link ICT/E-health/data)
  • Applicable for both campus locations

Link overview map and construction plans Zernike Campus: https://campus.groningen.nl/contact/downloads

 

 

Challenge Parking - Wayfinding

Background

There are a lot of new developments happening at the Zernike Campus. Both locations are constantly evolving to develop the best environment possible for its community, leading to various new construction projects. The access roads to Campus Groningen are also under construction, sometimes causing a nuisance.

In regards to parking, the construction and temporary housing of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, causes a decrease of around 100 parking spaces in the P3 area. The decrease in parking spaces and the change in users (the University of Groningen will take back another 150 spaces because of the construction of the Feringa Building after the summer), will lead to a shortage of 250 parking spaces.

This problem can be physically solved using a P&R location where there is enough space. The total campus occupancy is 85% (P&R Reitdiep excluded, 78% when it’s included). If the parking lot De Deimten is sold as a property, this will lead to a shortage of 230 parking spaces. Companies located at the campus are also experiencing a shortage and try to solve this by using barriers or gates. The added renovation of the southern ring road will also to changes in traffic flow and car use. To keep the campus grounds accessible, a shared and common solution is needed.

Challenge

Growth and renovation puts increased pressure on accessibility, which is why creative, out of the box and innovative solutions are important. Solid, hospitable traffic routing will contribute to this. A good way to regulate car use and close by parking spaces for campus visitors is what’s currently missing.

Requirements:

  • Innovative and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, Time-related)
  • Usable for everyone

Map overview Campus: https://campus.groningen.nl/contact/downloads