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Join us at Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference | November 30 10:00 - 14:00 | Booth 1.647 | Click for info & tickets crowned most promising scaleup of the Rotterdam metropolitan region has been awarded the prestigious "Nieuwe Heldenprijs" (New Heroes Award) for the most promising scaleup of the Rotterdam metropolitan region. The award was presented during a ceremony celebrating outstanding entrepreneurial achievements in the region. is the winner of the ‘New Heroes Award’. © Frank de Roo

The “Nieuwe Heldenprijs” jury, composed of esteemed entrepreneurs, nominated three scaleups: QLayers, Battolyser, and Following a final pitch session, the public had the decisive vote, and emerged as the clear winner.

During the pitch, co-founder Jan Bot of shared with the audience not just the technology behind their hydrogen fuel cell systems but also the inspiring story of zepp’s founding. was established in 2017 as a spin-off from TU Delft’s hydrogen racing team, Forze Hydrogen Racing. The founders brought their unique skill set and pioneering spirit from the racetrack to the commercial sector, aiming to supply the heavy-duty industry with the technology they need for electrification.

When receiving the award from Mayor Marja van Bijsterveldt of Delft, Jan Bot remarked, “This award belongs to the entire team. Everyone has worked incredibly hard to get here, and it’s amazing to see our efforts recognized.” specializes in developing highly integrated hydrogen fuel cell systems designed for medium and heavy-duty applications like ships, trucks and building equipment. Their technology converts hydrogen into electrical power, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional diesel engines. Recent milestones include securing a €3 million investment from the Rotterdam Energy Transition Fund and a €2 million grant from the European Just Transition Fund to build a state-of-the-art production facility in Rotterdam metropolitan region.

The same evening, Hollandia Services was awarded the Rotterdam Entrepreneurs Prize for their role in maintaining critical infrastructure and their impact on national safety and connectivity.

About the ‘New Heroes’ prize:

The New Heroes Award is an initiative of VNO-NCW Rotterdam & Rijnmond Region to strengthen the regional economy. Entrepreneurs whose company is in the innovation phase are eligible for this award. The emphasis is on innovation and social impact.

Read more about the award