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Weekly startup news update: LOEY Awards, Lesara, Monday morning read

What happened last week in the Dutch startup scene? Grab some coffee and be up to date in no time!


Last week search engine WizeNoze received 1,75 million euro to make the internet more child friendly. Also, a new investment fund aimed at students launched at Twente University. LipoCoat was the first spinoff to secure funding.
And there was some great news for wellness & beauty startup Treatwell – after a year-and-a-half the startup was acquired by Wahanda for 34 million euro.


An extra impulse to the Dutch e-commerce landscape: German online clothing discounter Lesara is now active in the Netherlands.

Video resume startup Vicancy sure has international ambitions: next to an office in Bali, the startup is going to attend the one-year accelerator programme iStart in Belgium. The company will still be based in The Netherlands.

Last week we spotted a kick-ass crowdfunding campaign on Symbid. The SPIN Remote isn’t just your typical universal remote – it responds to nearly every device you aim it at. Check it out!


You can still cast your vote for the annual LOEY Awards for best Dutch online entrepreneur. This year there are a lot of startups amidst the 20 nominees! Voting deadline is June 10th. Eight candidates will then be selected to pitch for an expert panel July 1st.

A message for wannabe startuppers or teams in need: be sure to attend the not-for-profit Meet Your Co-Founder Event, organized by UtrechtInc and Computable.

Anyone interested in FinTech can meet like-minded people at the Holland Fintech Meetup, June 12th in Amsterdam.

Monday morning read

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Great read from journalism startup Blendle: co-founder Alexander Klöpping shares his findings after a year of micropayments for news.

Photo provided by Loey Awards

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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