Bionomic wins the Gulliver Competition 2021!
This year was the 5-year anniversity of the Gulliver competition!
The Gulliver final took place on Thursday, December 2. The jury was formed by former Gulliver winners and loyal sponsors. This year three candidates competed for the coveted €10.000 prize and €2.500 for the best life science startup, provided by BioPartner Leiden. In addition, there was an audience prize provided by PLNT for six months of free work space.
The finalists were:
- DDLD (Data Driven Leukemia Detection) – Bobby Bahov
- Whoomp (Innovative and sustainable online marketplace) – Bas Sanderink
- Bionomic (molecular techniques to detect pathogens and predict crop losses) – Stand Anhane & Diederik Mud
Bobby Bahov develops an AI algorithm to detect disease states early in patient data. Whoomp is an online marketplace where remaining stock is offered in an innovative way and where the customer sets the price. The big winner of 2021 was Bionomic, who won all three awards with their test method for detecting pathogens in crops.
Diederik Mud (24) and Stan Aanhane (21), make up the team at Bionomic. Their motivation stems from their years with the in-depth honors research program at Hogeschool Leiden, in which they developed a new diagnostic test to detect a pathogenic, aggressive fungus in tulips. Their startup looks at the development and validation of innovative assays, which are able to detect and quantify specific pathogens in plants and crops. Both Diederik and Stan have just completed the unlock_ x PLNT Venture Academy program this month, that helps to validate your startup to receive your first rounds of funding.
Gulliver is a foundation that supports young entrepreneurship in the Leiden region. To this end, it organizes an annual entrepreneurship competition and various knowledge sessions with diverse themes. Gulliver is made possible by a network of sponsors: Municipality of Leiden, Rabobank Leiden-Katwijk, Business Platform Schipholweg-Schuttersvel, Entrepreneurs Association Bio Science Park, Bio Partner and PLNT Leiden.