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Dutch startup news update: Nerdalize, Innovation Awards, Monday morning read

Good morning and welcome to another weekly update with all the Dutch startup news. Here’s what you need to know:


Not a lot of funding activity last week. Fitness app Virtuagym raised 2.1 million euro (series A) from Saffelberg Investments to boost its international growth.

News & updates

Nerdalize, which heats homes with computing power (‘cloud heating’), was named the best climate venture in Europe 2015 by Climate-KIC.

At the Accenture Innovation Awards, Nerdalize also won in the category Clean & Affordable Energy. Other winners include BUX (The Internet of Me), Yippie! (Personalized Shopping & Paying), GoodHout (Circular Economy) and WeVolver (Health & Wellbeing). Here’s a list of all the winners.

Last week The Netherlands saw a new startup accelerator coming to town: PortXL settled in the Rotterdam harbour to grow companies in the transport/logistics, energy, chemical/refinery and the maritime industry.

Nuklius launched last week, a talent mapping app that connects people with startup ideas to people with the right talent to develop it.

Monday morning read

How to grow users by slashing marketing – the strange story of e-commerce startup Poshmark, involving an entrepreneur almost going to jail. (Pando)

The time has come for an European startup visa. 5 reasons why. (Tech.eu)

We all know HackerNews, Angellist, ProductHunt and Betalist. What are the best places to promote your startup for virtually nothing? (The Next Web)

A tricky question: When should you start meeting with investors? (Jason Calacanis)

Photo provided by Nerdalize

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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