International startups make a difference!

You might have noticed that training bees to smell the coronavirus was a trending topic in various International media outlets last week.

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‘…Start-up InsectSense and Wageningen Bioveterinary Research have trained bees to extend their tongues when they smell the coronavirus. The coronavirus, like other diseases, causes metabolic changes in the body that causes a smell. Bees can be trained within minutes to recognize the scent of samples infected with SARS-CoV-2. Bees can detect volatiles with a sensitivity of parts per trillion. For example, they find a flower a few kilometers away. Bees, like dogs, can learn to detect volatiles and odors, but with just a few minutes of training…’

Did you know that the owner of Wageningen based startup InsectSense, mister Aria Samimi, was part of Oost NL’s StartUp visa facilitator program? Are you a non-European national and do you want to grow your innovative StartUp with The Netherlands as your homebase? Make sure to check out the possibilities of the Dutch startup visa on International startups | Oost COM (