Good morning! Grab some coffee and be sure not to miss anything from the Dutch startup scene. Here’s what you need to know what happened last week – and what’s upcoming this week!
“A deal that has the envy-factor”. The jury of the Startup Deal of the Year award all wished to close the 4,5 million dollar series A round in 3D Hubs last year.
It was a bit of a disappointment: the Dutch government is not to keen on investing in the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), yet. However, some provinces are willing.
Also, great news for ESN startup Speakap: with a minority share taken by Walvis and Adver-Online, the company hopes to go abroad soon.
Marketing management startup Bynder from Amsterdam last week acquired Startupbootcamp alumnus SocialExpress – adding ‘social media reporting’ to its service.
Dutch CEO Steinar Henskes (24) was named the Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year by The Entrepreneurs’ Organization. With his startup Bird Control Group he beat 2000 contestants worldwide.
There’s a lot going on in Groningen: an old post office will be transformed to the starters hub Platform Zuid. Potentially it will be bigger than the well known B.Amsterdam.
Of course THE event to attend this week is The Next Web Conference this Thursday and Friday. We will be there with a team of five to report and to network with you, our readers. Have a look at the schedule (day 1, day 2) and be sure to give us a heads up (through Twitter or e-mail) if you want to meet us.
Prior to the conference, on Wednesday The Next Web organizes Launchpad, an interactive meetup connecting startups to the corporate world (Philips, KLM, TomTom, among others). You can also pitch your startup if you want!
Monday morning read
Haven’t read enough? Here is some extra food for the brain:
Dutch online news site De Correspondent successfully crowdfunded their start. Here’s how to crowdfund a journalism startup. Great lessons!
What exactly turns a startup into a billion dollar company? Shasta Ventures identified five key traits.
That’s all folks!
Photo by Pieter van Marion (creative commons via Flickr)