Sit & Heat has already travelled a long way. The very first step was taken in 2008, when founder Jorg Rijkschroeff conceptualised the heated cushion as a new, energy-efficient terrace heater. The journey continued, from the first prototype to the sale of hundreds of heating cushions at home and abroad. Follow our footsteps here:
Idea Sit & Heat wins prize from Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment.
Sit & Heat is supported by the kiEMT Foundation.
First pilot on terrace of Grand Café The Movies in Eindhoven.
Sit & Heat wins Jan Terlouw Innovation Award.
Sit & Heat raises innovation funding from PPM Oost and Rabobank.
Philips stadium has first with Sit & Heat.
Sit & Heat in collaboration with Design Studio BOMM in Milan.
Sit & Heat receives an investment of €250,000.
Jeroen Diks joins the Sit & Heat team.
Sit & Heat introduces heated scatter cushions for private consumers.
Sit & Heat starts cooperation with Moonich from Munich, Germany.
Nijmegen is the Green Capital of Europe. Sit & Heat is starting a project together with Nijmegen and the hospitality industry in Nijmegen to make its terraces more sustainable. Sit & Heat supplies heated cushions to the Champagne Bar at Harrods in London.
Sit & Heat starts a production facility in the Netherlands.
Sit & Heat HQ moves to the Honig factory in Nijmegen.
Sit & Heat supplies the dug-out seats of Paris Saint-Germain.
Sit & Heat supplies the cushions on the rooftop terrace of Restoration Hardware in New York City. Sit & Heat opens its new HQ at the Cargadoorweg in Nijmegen.
The ultimate objective is to provide half the world with Sit & Heat and put an end to the traditional way of heating outdoors.
Prizes and support
Over the years, Sit & Heat has won several awards and received support from various organisations.
Dutch Ministry of VROM (Ministery of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment)
The first idea won € 10.000 from the Ministry of VROM. The aim of the Ministry was to stimulate alternatives to the current terrace heating.
Together with Stichting Duurzaam Eindhoven (Sustainable Eindhoven Foundation), we ran the first pilot on the terrace of Grand Cafe de Movies in Eindhoven and at PSV in the Philip Stadium.
Stichting kiEMT (kiEMT Foundation)
The KiEMT Foundation has been involved with Sit & Heat from the very beginning. The KiEMT Foundation supports and coaches us. Additionally, the KiEMT Foundation has provided the first pre-seed resources.
Sprout top 25 under 25
In 2013, Jorg Rijkschroeff was one of Sprout's Top 25 entrepreneurs.