Under the banner ‘Co-innovation pays off!’ TNO has today opened the tenth edition of ‘Technology searches Entrepreneur’. TNO is challenging entrepreneurs to pick up product ideas and, co-develop these ideas with TNO to get them to market. The nineteen innovative product ideas are based on patented TNO technologies. Companies with the best proposals will get technological and financial support from TNO. Dolf Jansen will lead a presentation by TNO experts in ‘t Spant in Bussum of the product ideas to some 500 SME entrepreneurs. Also, a number of entrepreneurs from previous years will show what they achieved and talk about their experiences.


The aim is to challenge entrepreneurs to use their market knowledge and entrepreneurial know-how to take these product ideas, develop them further and get them to market. A collection of the submitted innovations has been put into a small book that can be requested from TNO.


In this tenth edition of ‘Technology searches Entrepreneur’ there are also several remarkable product ideas based on patented TNO technologies, including:

  • a test that quickly and cheaply checks drinking water for harmful bacteria
  • an electric drive for a trailer or caravan to relieve some of the load of the car
  • a sensor system that shows whether an eggs really is biological
  • a gel that extends the lifetime of cut flowers
  • a method that can determine which video or TV pictures encourages people to exercise

A full list of these ideas can be found at:


Participation is subject to a few rules. SMEs can request information up to 23 October 2014. Selected entrepreneurs can submit a proposal for a feasibility study up to 17 November 2014 at the latest. Background information, the registration form and the terms and conditions can be downloaded from: At the beginning of January 2015 TNO will announce which entrepreneurs can perform a feasibility study.