Good morning! Were you offline over the weekend or missed some of last week’s news about Dutch startups and tech? The team of StartupJuncture collected all the news you might have missed. So get yourself a coffee and have a fresh start to the day. Here’s what happened in Dutch tech last week and over the weekend:
Voradius raises series A funding
Local products- and inventory search engine Voradius announced last week that it had raised an undisclosed Series A funding round led by Javest Investment Fund. Voradius, founded by a team of Ebay and Skype alumni, offers consumers a way to see in real-time which local stores have the product they’re looking for in store. The startup now covers c. 25,000 retailers, with a combined product database of 500,000 products.
Encare Biotech raises €5.5M
Fatih Arslan, cardiologist and co-founder of Encare Biotech found during his studies at the University of Utrecht that the blockage of a certain protein can support the curing process of the heart tissue after a heart attack. The medicine in development will prevent heart failures and will probably be available in three years. The investor’s include Index Ventures, Thuja Capital and the investment arm of the University of Utrecht and its medical centre UMC, Utrecht Holdings. Encare Biotech’s co-founder Mark de Boer is partner at Index Ventures.
Fitmo signs deal with Jawbone
Last Thursday fitness app startup Fitmo announced that it signed a deal with Jawbone. Fitmo has developed an app that takes the personal trainer online and mobile. Months before the deal the startup raised €1.2M in funding from informal investors. The deal is especially interesting because Fitmo is a year old startup. Jawbone on the other hand is the hottest wearable startup in town. Backed by Tier-1 VC firms Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz it’s recently valued at $3 billion.
YES!Delft signs partnership deals with big corporates
The Delft-based high-tech incubator YES!Delft announced it has struck partnership deals with an impressive list of (international) corporates. These partners are Bird & Bird, Port of Rotterdam, TBI, KPMG, consultants PNO and Aramco Overseas. The idea is that both the corporates as well as YES!Delft startups will benefit from the partnerships.
Get In The Ring
eFishery, the smart fish feeding system for fisherman is the ‘world champion’ of the global startup competition Get In The Ring. Organized for the first time in Rotterdam in 2009, the competition was held in 64 countries this year. eFishery analyzes based on the movement of fish whether they are hungry or not. This information is made available via an app to fishers. Here is the website of the startup (only in Indonesian).
NewVenture is a long running business plan competition in The Netherlands and has helped companies like Senz Umbrellas launch. The competition has three rounds. The first round was held on November 20th. The winners of the first ‘idea round’ are:
Batavia Dutch Coffee
The startup GreenOn won the ‘sustainable mobility prize’ of the New Venture partner ANWB
Try before you get the job
The team behind ‘Try Before You Get The Job!’ organizes festivals for young well-educated jobseekers. The idea is to inspire them to walk the not so obvious path of career development. For instance by working for a startup instead of a corporate or start a startup of their own. November 28th is the ‘startup edition’ of the festival in Pakhuis de Zwijger. 200 jobseekers and 25 startups will be present at the event.
Tech Talk with Etsy and Blendle
Tech Talk is a recurring evening event where the ‘old’ and ‘new’ come together to talk about tech, business and more. Previous speakers were the country representatives of Uber and Twitter and Ace & Tate, CanHav. The speakers are asked to talk about the issues that give them inspiration or fuel their ambition through videos, music clips and short documentaries. At the December 4th edition of Tech Talks Ingrid Meijer, PR/Communications Benelux for marketplace Etsy (the old) and Alexander Klöpping (the new), co-founder of Blendle will share their stories. You can find more information about the event here.
Photo by Pieter van Marion (creative commons via Flickr)