My name is Richard Bijlard
After having worked for multinationals and startups in the electronics- and advanced materials industry for over 20 years, I decided to start my own company in 2010, focussing on the networks around high-tech innovation. Due to the complexity of high-tech solutions, innovation nowadays is always a team effort, combining the expertise of many partners. It’s often a problem to come up with suitable partners, especially when they are active outside of the regular scope of your own playfield.
With Techno-broker, I am active as a networker, specialised in a number of playing fields and technologies, focussed on connecting various parties. Representing parties with various backgrounds and products in an ecosystem has proven to be very efficient and effective: for one of my customers I’m scouting at events for new partners and technologies, other customers ask me to represent them at their booth or by giving a presentation at events.
Contact me here to see what I can do for you!
What can I do for you?
Looking for a suitable partner for a new project? A capable technology supplier or active international sales channel partner? Let me help you, as network specialist and scout in these areas!
Looking for assistance at (national or international) events? A knowledgeable business developer at your booth or presenting on your behalf at a conference or event? Look no further but contact me!
Technology Trendwatcher and Speaker
Traveling over the world and visiting companies, universities, institutes and events, I'm staying up to date with the latest trends in technology. Regularly I'm asked to do lectures and presentations on subjects like the history and development of Eindhoven ecosystem, Lean Startup or innovative technologies and -applications.
Working in the SME1/2 project of the European Union, I’m coaching a number of international technology scale-ups. Activities include: tuning/adjusting business models and internal organisational setup, contractual issues (a.o. with sales channel partners like agents or distributors), setting up marketing communications and event activities.
Some testimonials from happy customers:
Richard Bijlard helped us very much with different projects. He had a splendid network and can use it very well. He helped us among other things with a scale-up apparatus for finding a "proof-of-concept". We worked together on a questionnaire with specific goals: distribution of knowledge, increase accessibility of a network (industrial as well as educational/academical) and to check specific needs and requirements, which can be formulated as reasons for success and for failure to use a special technology. Because of the industrial expectations the technology will also be more implemented in Higher professional Education.
lecturer, Fontys TNW, Eindhoven
Oled Technologies & Solutions BV
Richard Bijlard has assisted OTS in market research related to some technology grant programs our company is involved in, specifically the Plastroncisspec project, (www.plastronicsspec.eu) and provided valuable information and input. Being able to use an outside consultant is an excellent and economical way for OTS to conduct market research and evaluate market potential as Richard can also go a lot broader than an in-house resource could.
Financial Controller and Grant Administrator
Applications for our recently developed stretchable printed circuit technology have to be found outside our traditional market segments. Richard's knowledge of the various market segments and his contact network have proven to be very valuable and time-efficient to investigate market potential on short notice.
Ing. Edward Snelleman
Marketing & Sales Desk Manager of the QPI Group
Power Research Electronics BV
The unique solutions in power electronics that we design at PRE are often valuable to more than one business area. Richard has the network as well as the creativity to recognize new product-market-combinations for these solutions. Richard has supported our growth by putting these skills to work for us.
Erik van Beusekom
Directie - Power Research Electronics BV
VP of Sales of French company in laser technology (confidential)
Techno-broker helped us to investigate the market possibilities for our unique technology in the Netherlands and Belgium and has found a perfect partner for us, who has a customer base that is very interesting. Thanks for a fast and effective project.
Research Driven Vision Solutions
Richard has investigated new markets for me, something which I did not have capacity for. This is an excellent way to look further than your current market segment, without any investments in extra staff. He helped me well!
Dr. Frans Kanters
Owner of Inviso, Research Driven Vision Solutions
Areas of activities
As it’s impossible to be a specialist in everything, I’m focussing on a number of specialised areas and related technologies. The figure underneath gives a schematic overview.
Since 2010, I’ve been very active in the world of medical and biotech, where both micro-electronics and photonics technologies are widely used for equipment as well as for a variety of consumables. Advanced lab-on-chip applications use microfluidics technologies in consumables which are created out of a whole host of materials (glass, plastics, silicon, paper,…) and feature a variety of specialised coatings. My network in this industry might be very useful for you!
One of the most successful applications of (power)electronics is electrical charging for automotive. Acting as business developer for one of my customers, I’m very involved in the field of electrical mobility (fast charging, direct solar charging, V2G applications,…), regularly visiting conferences and international events.
The fast growing Internet of Things (IoT) playfield acts more and more as a glue in today’s society, connecting all kind of applications together and creating new business opportunities for smart solutions. As an active designer and builder of for example sensor applications, I’m very familiar with both the technology (platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, ESP32, ESP8266 and wireless communication via WiFi, Bluetooth, LoRaWAN, etc.) as well as the resulting opportunities and business cases.
Affecting everyone’s life, Smart buildings, -homes and -cities combine innovative, new technologies and materials, mobility concepts and radically disruptive business plans. With Techno-broker BV, I’m active as SME partner in the OPZuid/Stimulus ‘innovation Space Smart Cities’ project (click here for more information), coaching students of the Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e) and connecting companies, students and Smart City projects like Brainport Smart District.