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Weekly startup news update: Funding, bankruptcy, SLUSH and plastic roads

Good morning! Here’s all the Dutch startup news you need to know. And your Monday morning reads.

Funding & News

Last week ‘dynamic planning’ app Calendar42 announced an investment of over 1 million euro from several informal investors as well as one of the current shareholders.

3D print company and 2013 Innovation Award winner Luxexcel secured a 7.5 million euro investment from flamish VC firm PMV. Another round of funding should be completed within the coming months. (Link in Dutch).

Rob Kramer told startup founders from abroad that if they want to save some serious money, they should get their product developers to the Netherlands.

And travel information platform Cityshare has been declared bankrupt by the Amsterdam court.

One year old Boat platform GoBoat.nl has been acquired by Wild Blue Media. Founder Robin Doezie sold his company to save time. (Link in Dutch).

Upcoming Events

The Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) is looking for startups that want to win a ticket for SLUSH ’14, November 11 and 12 in Helsinki. Last year over 14.000 people visited the Finnish capital for one of Europe’s biggest startup events. Join RVO’s pitch competition to be in the running!

ECE Get Started is an intense, ongoing ten-week program created specifically to empower ambitious first-time start-up entrepreneurs. Supported by a wide range of tools and insights, you will determine if your idea is worth pursuing and if so, turn it into a scalable business.

Experience the ultimate expression of High Tech and Human Touch at the University of Twente: a festival-style summer school where you can attend high tech courses and experience the only American-style campus in the Netherlands.

Monday Morning Read

The days of putting up with crumbling asphalt streets might just come to an end. Construction company VolkerWessels has revealed plans for recycled plastic roads that are both more sustainable and more practical than old-fashioned blacktop.

Ever been tempted to buy the latest shiny thing just because it has more features than its competitor? We call this “checkbox syndrome” – Why We Spend Money on Things We Don’t Need.

For entrepreneurs, the story of Uber is a fairytale. Five years ago, the ridesharing startup launched. Today, it is valued at about 50 billion dollar. That kind of growth is unequivocally amazing. But it comes with serious hurdles, especially for a startup in an industry that demands new rules and regulations.

 
Photo by Pieter van Marion (creative commons via Flickr)

Suzanne Blotenburg
Tweets @SuusNL - Journalist & writer in the fields of business and economics. Co-editor-in-chief @StartupJuncture. Likes to write about #Startups #Entrepreneurship #Policy #Innovation #Newconomy

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