CWI has created a number of spin-off companies: companies founded by CWI employees, with support from CWI.
The generation of spin-off companies is an important method for institutes like CWI to convert fundamental knowledge into practical applications for society and to create high-level employment at the same time.
Close links with the parent institute during the initial years form a crucial success factor. CWI researchers have successfully managed to establish spin-off companies in recent years; some of these now have dozens of employees - and even more. Spin-off companies sometimes receive considerable capital injections from investors in order to grow into the size considered necessary for successful operation on a global scale.
In 2000 CWI founded the CWI Incubator BV to generate high tech spin-off companies.
CWI's spin-off companies, from the newest to the oldest, are:
Founded in 2016
Founded in 2013 by Ying Zhang, Martin Kersten, Sjoerd Mullender, and Niels Nes.
Development of database technologies for Business Analytics
Founded in 2010 by Arjen de Vries, Wouter Alink and Roberto Cornaccia
Search technology for information specialists. Combines strengths of databases and information retrieval.
Safiro Software Solutions B.V.
Founded in 2007 by Adri Steenbeek.
Personal Space Technologies
Founded in 2005 by Jurriaan Mulder (CWI), Arjen Brinkman and Marc Lausberg (Gallium Europe), based on CWI research
Visualization and 3D Interaction
PodiCeps (biotech start-up)
Founded by Martin Hessing, based on methods by Roel van Driel (UvA-SILS)
CWI Inc. licensed visualisation techniques from Robert van Liere and Wim de Leeuw (CWI) for a share in 2004. Sold to M. Hessing in 2006.
Computer assisted cancer detection
Founded in 2002 by Hans de Hart and Wim Delvaux
Component based software, development tools
Founded in 2001 by Paul ten Hagen, ended in 2004.
CharToon software, facial animation
Financiële Wiskunde Amsterdam (FWA)
Being founded in 2000. Financial mathematics.
Founded in 1998 by Annius Groenink and Stijn van Dongen
Merged with Filter Control technologies
Advanced search systems
Founded in 1997 by Ray Hirschfeld for encryption, electronic authentication.
Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland
Founded by Piet Beertema (CWI) and others,
registration of .nl-domain names.
Founded in 1995 by D. Verkerk
Founded in 1995 by Marcel Holsheimer, Martin Kersten and Arno Siebes. Acquired by SPSS, now IBM.
General Design / Satama Amsterdam
Founded in 1994 by Eddy Boeve, Lon Barfield and Dirk Soede. Acquired by Satama (NL), now Lost Boys international.
Founded in 1994
Internetprovider, founded in 1994. The work itself was started in 1982 by Piet Beertema (CWI) and others; the foundation (stichting) started in 1989. Related to EUnet - European Unix Network. EUnet was aquired by KPNQwest.
Founded in 1971 as a center for data processing activities for CWI (MC at the time), VU University and the University of Amsterdam. In 1995, SARA became independent and is now the High Performance Compute and support center for the Netherlands. http://www.sara.nl/
Founded in 1956. Constructing computers, pioneering in the Netherlands. The first Dutch computer factory (1956-1968). Later acquired by Philips. Ended. The foundation 'Stichting Electrologica' aims to preserve Dutch computer history, both knowledge and hardware. http://www.electrologica.nl/
In 2000 an English brochure was published on CWI's spin-off companies: about CWI Incubator BV (pdf).