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Dutch startup news wrap up (week 50)

Here’s a little wrap up of Dutch startup news that you might have missed this week.

We can say it was a good week for Dutch startups, with a lot of new interesting developments. Here’s what matters:

4 Dutch startups enter the final of Big Data competition

The international startup competition CODE_n in Germany chose 4 big data startups from The Netherlands to enter the finals. Among them is the loyalty programme for consumers Buzzoek from Amsterdam. Also big data analysis startup Synerscope from Eindhoven, the big data software solution for DNA analysis Genalice from Harderwijk and Science Rockstars from Amsterdam are nominated for the grand prize of 30.000 euros.

Travel startup Tiqets receives growth capital

To offer consumers tickets to events or activities on the destination they travel to, startup Tiqets this week received 450.000 dollar (327.000 euro) in growth capital from the Dutch investment company Investion. When travelers get a reminder e-mail or an e-ticket, or ordering tickets on a booking page, the system of Tiqets offers deals for them for the place they visit. Tiqets offers their solution white label for travel agencies, hotel chains and airlines.

Sosocio seals the deal with big international retailers

An international breakthrough for photo startup Sosocio. They made a deal with the Canadian company PNI Media, which supplies photo platforms for retailers Walmart (US), Walgreens (Canada) en Tesco (UK). Sosocio lets people make photo albums from pictures of their social networks. The big retailers are testing the system right now. Tesco already approved to use Sosocio in their supermarkets.

Tvilight brings smart street lights to train stations

The startup Tvilight (yes, with a ‘V’) from incubator YES!Delft makes street lights that automatically control the amount of light needed to save energy. Now they are expanding the use of the lights to the platforms at Dutch train stations. The lights can also measure the amount of movement on the platform, so the lights won’t be used when there is no one around.

Beauty and wellness platform Treatwell is looking for millions

No lack of ambition at Dutch startup Treatwell. Five founders put 1 million euros from their own money in the company, and now they are looking for another 3 to 5 million. With Treatwell, everyone can make an appointment with spas, hairdressers and beauty salons. They just started 3 months ago, and already plans are being made for the German market in 2014.

Did you find other Dutch startup news this week worth mentioning? Let us know in the comments!

Lorenz van Gool
Lorenz is co-editor-in-chief of StartupJuncture. As a freelance editor and journalist, he writes about startups, innovation and (e)-business. Loves to report from conferences. Really likes cleantech and journalism startups. You can ask him anything about dinosaurs. Twitter: @lorenzroman

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