Master student wins the Phillips Innovation Award 2018

Graciëlla van Hamersveld, a master student at Erasmus School of Economics, wins the 13th edition of the Phillips Innovation Award 2018 with her company Closure.

Graciëlla van Hamersveld is a master student in Econometrics & Management Science at Erasmus School of Economics and is the co-founder of Closure. Closure is a student start-up that provides digital support to relatives in the process of ending or altering current contracts, subscriptions and social media accounts, once their loved one has passed away. When a person passes away, it can be difficult for the relatives to do this by themselves, as they probably do not know all platforms with which their loved one was registered.

The co-founder of Closure, Graciëlla van Hamersveld, was rewarded with 50,000 euro. During the final, which took place at 7 May, 2018, in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg, the finalists presented their ideas to a jury, which was chaired by the CEO of Philips, Frans van Houten.

The Philips Innovation Award is an independent, non-profit organization which is connected to and sponsored by Royal Philips. The board of the Award consists of seven students of Erasmus University Rotterdam.