The ceremony of the Marina van Damme Grant 2021 took place on 15 October 2021 at TU/e. The ceremony could also be watched via livestream.
During the ceremony, Kjille Hoeben was chosen as the winner of the Marina van Damme Grant 2021. She wins a sum of 9,000 euros. Runner up Eriola Sophia Shanko takes home a sum of 2,500 euros.
Kjille Hoeben is an Industrial Engineering alumna and director of the startup MyTemp. Her company is developing a capsule you can swallow and that accurately measures core temperatures of, for example, top athletes. The development of the capsule was begun following the deaths of participants caused by heat exhaustion during the Four Day March in Nijmegen. Hoeben will use the award for her development as CEO of her company. Thanks to the grant she can follow the training Learning to Lead at the INSEAD business school in France.
Eriola Sophia Shanko, is at the heart of a startup working to regulate the use of antibiotics. She too will use her award to develop herself in her role as CEO of her company ShanX Medtech.