During TedxAmsterdam’s Impact Program, Blade Made, a startup that turns the blades of discarded wind turbines into imaginative objects, was named Pioneer Of The Year 2022.
TedxAmsterdam’s Impact Program is a training and coaching program that assists startups in entering the market. In addition, the company has joined the Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports consortium (AYOP).
Since the summer of 2021 Blade Made has become a separate startup and has joined forces with the architecture firm Superuse, New Citizen Design, and Newton Brown Urban Design. They’ve teamed up to design scalable concepts to deal with the large flow of discarded blades in a circular manner. As a result, CO2 emissions are reduced, and the new products have a smaller environmental footprint than traditional designs. Rotor blades can be reused for another 50-100 years or even longer in their second life. Blade Made has already reused 25 blades for playgrounds, benches and bus shelters in Rotterdam, Terneuzen and Almere.
Over the past few months, TedxAmsterdam has assisted seven startups with ideas in taking their first steps and entering the market. From more than 80 applications, seven Pioneers were chosen: Nicky Card, iSeekMe, Brigitt, KLABU, UPP!, Code Noir and Blade Made. They were offered courses by Startupbootcamp, storytelling coaching by DEPT Agency and Mezrab Storytelling School, pitch training by the agency of David Beckett, and mentors through WeWork. During the finals last Friday, Pioneer and startup Klabu were chosen as one of the audience favourites. Blade Made took the win.