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Weekly startup news update – Forcare funding, bootcamp for scientists, events

Good morning! What was going on last week in the Dutch startup scene? And what do you need to know for this week? As always: sit back and grab a coffee.


Football data startup Metrica Sports last week raised 100.000 euros, to make football more insightful. The investments will be used to develop the product further.

Also, Dutch VC Prime Ventures invested a whopping 5 million euro in Forcare, which makes software for healthcare systems. Forcare will deploy the funding to drive global growth, expand its sales team and strengthen its worldwide position. IBM and Philips are already partnering with the startup from Zeist.

SanomaVentures invested an undisclosed amount in the Dutch edtech startup ITSLanguage. Investments usually vary from 100.000 to 1 million euro.


Scientists, behold: make your academic work a business during the Ace Venture Lab Bootcamp. In 5 days, researchers, senior scientists and MSc students will learn how to launch a business. There are only ten spots, apply here!

Also, just yesterday, Revolve Music launched, a startup from Amsterdam which creates a website specially designed for musicians.

Want to get funded with convertible loans? Capital Waters has put a nice resource online: a template for aloan agreement. Check it out here.


Interesting events this week:

On April 16th you can find out which startup made the deal of the year (2014). StartupJuncture is mediapartner of this event, so be sure to give us a heads up if you’re there!

On the same day, there’s another edition of Rockstart Answers Amsterdam. Get inspired by solving problems for startups and meet new people.

Also, if you’re into security, The Hague is the place to be this week. Be sure to check out some pitches or match with investors during the Safety & Security Investormatch on April 17th.

Monday morning read

The Secrets of Unicorn Companies (Medium)

A lot of female CEO’s are on the rise in Ireland (GeekTime)

Maybe you’ve already read it. If you didn’t please do! Lessons learned after a bankruptcy (StartupJuncture)

Photo by Pieter van Marion (creative commons via Flickr)

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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