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Dutch startup news wrap up (week 20)

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

Amazon brings AWS Summit to Amsterdam

Amazon announced an Amazon Web Services Summit to be held in Amsterdam June 10th 2014. Keynote speaker at the event will be Dr. Werner Vogels (CTO Amazon), one of the Amsterdam startup scene’s more influential cheerleaders and backers (a small handful of angel investments). During the free one-day event AWS experts will share innovations in cloud computing, as well as share best practices.

Pay it forward

UvT master student Michiel Bos is researching the relationship between startups and investors. He’s looking for responses from startup founders on his survey. He’ll share the results from his research in a blog post. Help him out here: go to the survey.

SBC Fintech Pitchday

Startupbootcamp’s London-based FinTech accelerator program is organising a pitchday in Utrecht on 28 May in cooperation with Rabobank. During the day pitching startups will receive feedback from mentors, as well as get themselves on the radar for the program’s selection. Interested startups can sign-up here.

Solease featured on Cleantech Forum

UtrechtInc graduates Solease have been selected as one of the 11 Entrepreneur Showcase finalists for the Cleantech Forum in Stockholm (19-21 May). They’re the only Dutch team to have made it to the finals and will compete against teams from all over the world. Well-known startups to have been part of the Forum in the past include Tesla, Nest and Opower.

Trouble in venture capital heaven

Well-known Dutch venture capitalist Wouter Gort has been sued by previous employer (and top-tier VC firm) Atomico: article here.

The Cloakroom raises EUR1.2m funding

The Amsterdam-based Danish founders of personal shopping startup The Cloakroom have raised EUR1.2 million in funding from a London-based VC and two respected angels (including the former CEO of Booking.com): article here.

FEST wins The Next Women startup battle

FEST Amsterdam, a Dutch home design startup, won the annual startup pitch competition organised by The Next Women, the largest Dutch network for business women: article here.

Photo by Pieter van Marion (creative commons via Flickr)

Wouter Kneepkens
Startup guy, mentor & investor with finance background | fund manager @ VNT.RE | founding editor @ StartupJuncture | co-founder @ SNTMNT | INSEAD alumn | Singapore & Amsterdam | Wouter Kneepkens

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