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Weekly startup news update: Amsterdam Capital Week, Virtual Reality and NYC

Your weekly Dutch startup news update!


Last week’s money matters…

Amsterdam based Yippie, the browser extension for finding lower prices of items in webshops announced a 600.000 euro seed investment from three private investors and entrepreneurs.

Value Creation Capital, a syndicate of ‘entrepreneurial’ investors announced the launch of its first fund with €8 million in assets under management.

Utrecht & San Francisco-based startup Gitlab has secured an additional $4 million from Khosla Ventures for its developer collaboration service.

News Corp, one of the four largest media companies in the world, acquired adtech platform Unruly, backed by Dutch VC firm Endeit.

Launches & Updates

Mainport Innovation Fund II (MIF II) is set to be launched on 1 October 2015. Established by KLM, Schiphol Group, Delft University of Technology, Port of Amsterdam and NS Dutch Railways, the fund focuses on innovation in transport, logistics and aviation.

Arthur van Hoff’s Virtual reality startup Jaunt is about to announce a massive Series C round of financing, Variety has learned. Exact numbers weren’t available ahead of the company’s official announcement, but multiple sources peg the amount north of $50 million.


Amsterdam Capital Week is coming! (23-26 September). A week in which startups from around the world travel to Amsterdam to meet and pitch for over 500+ investors. With 20+ events, workshops and (crowd)funding festivals.  Amsterdam Capital week is initiated and part of the StartupAmsterdam Program.

Startups and Photonics – is that really a match? Yes, it is. On Wednesday September 23rd 2015 join us on the High Tech Campus Eindhoven for a one-day conference explaining why building businesses based on Photonics chip technology has become so important to Europe’s future.

Monday read

Because of its bustling atmosphere, incredible diversity, and wealth of opportunity, New York City has always been a beacon for those keen on taking the entrepreneurial plunge. This year, 236 of the Inc. 5000 companies are located in NYC, and women lead many of them. (Inc.)

Meet Wall Street’s favorite Silicon Valley incubatorPlug and Play is a West Coast technology accelerator and investor which counts DropBox, Zoosk and SoundHound as portfolio companies. (Business Insider).

Photo by Michell Zappa (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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