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These are the 5 most challenging Dutch startups

Every year business site Sprout awards the most innovative, disruptive and challenging Dutch startup. Meet the five nominees from this years edition!


Alexander Klöpping and Marten Blankesteijn
Since Blendle entered the room, paying for (online) news became more and more accepted in The Netherlands. The startup sells newspapers and single articles online.


Koen Strous, Eelko Huizing and Frank van Rest
Dedact makes digital learning material for high schools, challenging the three main publishers of schoolbooks.


Gijs Nagel, Niels Klok, Jasper Anderluh, Stef Keetman and Mark Fransen
There are plenty of online brokers, but that hasn’t stopped DEGIRO to gain a significant amount of market share. Their secret? Making it easy to invest again. Oh, and they are 80 percent cheaper than competitors.


Bart Lubbers and Michiel Langezaal
Here’s a Dutch startup entering a new market. Fastned wants to become the ‘Shell of electricity’ by placing charging stations for electric vehicles next to highways.


Aart van Veller, Remco Wilcke, Matthijs Guichelaar and Michael Fraats
Vandebron is disrupting the energy market by cutting out the middle man (energy companies) in the need for green energy. Straight from the source!

On October 29th the winner will be chosen during the Sprout Challengerday. The jury consists of Oscar Kneppers (founder Rockstart Accelerator) and Victor van Tol (founder of Snappcar, winner of 2013), among others.

Image credits: Sprout

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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