Q42 Ventures

Ever had this itch you wanted to scratch? This problem you see clearer than anyone else? A problem you were born to solve? Well, lots of Qers have that itch. That's why we've been making Q42 into a place where, next to our work for customers, we can run with our own dreams and ideas. We call this ventures.

Sometimes those ventures are startups, or foundations, or movements. Other times they're labels, or simply a product we believe should exist. We always have a whole number of ventures running, somewhere along the path of brand-new to grown up.

Thanks to our ventures we know the rollercoaster, the risk, and the ambition of entrepreneurship. Our toolbox is filled with hands-on experience in lean, validation, business modeling, growth, and marketing. Which also means we can better help our customers on their path of startups and product development.


Create fun and engaging digital lessons

Startup, 2015

LessonUp is an award-winning online platform that makes it easy for teachers to create varied interactive lessons using video, images, interactive questions and quizzes. Let students join with their own device and differentiate to their personal needs.

Teacher Jan Wolter working with LessonUp at a high school


The fun way to meet

Product, 2020

With Mibo, online appointments, remote drinks and other informal virtual events are a lot more natural than with Zoom. Born out of frustration with the limitations, coldness and callousness of standard video conferencing tools, Mibo makes video calling fun again. Mibo combines the webcam and microphone of video conferencing with walking around in a 3D world. As a result, you only hear the people who are close to you. So you can easily chat with someone, while you see but not hear the people further away. This naturally creates groups that you can join or leave. Just like in real life. And just as fun!

Hack The Planet

Pragmatic technology for good

Label, 2017

Hack The Planet wants to make a better world through pragmatic technology. We've learned that smart and especially easily deployable solutions make all the difference in addressing problems at global scale. We tackle issues that have been lying unsolved for decades through new and unconventional tech.

Let's change the game. Let's hack the planet!

Tim van Deursen, Anton Vanhoucke (Fabrique) and Floris van Breggen won the Philips Innovation Award with SkyHawq


Ultra resolution storytelling

Product, 2014

Much can be said about many images and photos. Micrio is the perfect tool to integrate the stories into them instead of separate texts that are placed besides it.

It's a platform where you can upload your high-resolution imagery, annotate it in our comprehensive editor, and share it easily through the web. It works out of the box on all modern browsers and platforms, and has been created with the highest performance and bandwidth optimization in mind, so it goes smoothly on all sorts of devices.

Micrio demo


Game studio

Label, 2016

TurtleBlaze is a game studio with a penchant for pixel art, arcade games, racing, 2D and guns. Their first game Road Warriors for iOS and Android already has been downloaded more than two million times. In 2020, KUNAI was released, an insanely fast action metroidvania for Nintendo Switch and PC in which tablet warrior Tabby must save humanity for further eradication after a dramatic event.

KUNAI release trailer

CodeUur & FutureNL

Bringing digital literacy into the classroom

Label, 2013

The FutureNL foundation wants every child in the Dutch educational system to get to learn about technology.

Q42 is co-initiator of CodeUur, and of FutureNL which grew from that.

Lukas, educating the next generation of Q-ers


Accessibility is about people

Label, 2015

If you don’t know who your are users then it's difficult to design or develop for them. Accessibility is about people, your users. Empat.io shows who they are and what you can do to help them. By letting them tell you what does and what doesn’t work for them in web and app.

Short interviews full of practical tips for accessibility, by the very people impacted by them


Empowering everyone to learn

Venture, 2016

We learn through experiences - whether it is reading a book, doing something new, having a conversation or watching a video. Dodo collects people’s learning experiences concerning certain topics and shares them in order to understand what paths people take to develop their knowledge and skills. Based on this information Dodo is able to do personal suggestions on everyone’s next step in learning.

Open source

At Q42 we love building thing that people like to use. In doing so we've developed and shared a number of open source libraries. Our page at Github has a comprehensive overview of all our open source work.