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Weekly startup news update: Uber, Openlab, SolarFreezer

Here’s what you need to know about the Dutch startup scene:

Funding, launches & updates

Uber is thinking of a new version of its service in The Netherlands, de Volkskrant writes. The taxi company wants to hire real chauffeurs, because the controversial UberPOP is illegal here.

According to several Dutch media SolarFreezer got “several millions” from construction company VolkerWessels and Innovationfund Twente. The startup heats homes with solar power, aiming to get rid of the gas bill.

Rotterdam based startup Openlab launched this week. In contrary to what the name suggests, the company promises anonymous self-testing for infections such as STDs – skipping the visit to an practitioner or a health center.

Video recruitment startup Vicancy is expanding to Belgium by attending a 12-month incubation programme in Antwerp.


Here are some startup events you can attend this week:

Rotterdam: deadline closes today (Aug 17th) for the SMO CE Booster workshop on the circular economy.

Amsterdam: want to learn lean? Enter the InnoLeaps Summer School. (Aug 18th)

Delft: learn more about YES!Delft’s Launchlab, and see if you are fit for the programme. (Aug 20th)

Wageningen: improve lives and solve real-life problems during the 3-day health data hackathon Hacking Health. (Aug 28-30)

Monday morning read

A web developer walks into a bar… (Medium)

What is a pre-accelerator anyway? (Tech.eu)

Startup Toolkit – a collection of free online resources for your startup (Medium)

Photo: taken from Uber’s company website

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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