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Dutch startup news update: Picnic, Relayr, events

Here’s another recap of what happened last week in the Dutch startup scene.


We got two new funding rounds last week for startups with just a hint of Dutch blood:

Berlin based IoT startup Relayr got 11 million euro from Kleiner Perkins. The startup once started in the Startupbootcamp Amsterdam programme.

Also, Venice based TeddyApp (featured in our Dutchies Abroad series), from Dutch/Italian founder Michelle Franke received 150.000 euro in seed funding from Wellness Holding, the angel investment fund of Technogym. The startup decided to change its name to Coachademy as well.

Next to those two startup, Nestpick is also a close call whether it’s Dutch or not. But having its roots in Rotterdam, we can proudly say: this Dutch/German startup got 11 million euro in series A funding.

Tradecast announced a 1.2 million euro funding round during the Websummit to further expand.

Medtech startup Dovideq also got funded, with approximately 700.000 euro in seed money.

Homebrewing startup Minibrew from Amsterdam got 100.000 beers (250.000 euro) in seed funding from VOC Capital Partners to start producing their beer making machines.


‘Twas the week of the Websummit, and StartupJuncture saw Dutch agritech startup Connecterra win the Alpha Startup Pitch Competition.

The Netherlands had a little event to celebrate entrepreneurs as well: the Challengerday from Dutch business magazine Sprout awarded Picnic with the title Challenger of the Year 2015. After two years of stealth mode, this startup from serial entrepreneur Michiel Muller now does online groceries.


Events coming up:

Get in the Ring Zwolle (Nov 16). It’s no surprise GITR hosts a chapter here, as Zwolle is quickly becoming a little startup hub as well. Come see who will win a spot for the National Finals!

Scratch Conference (Nov 12-15). Come to Amsterdam to see what this programming language can do for education.

Photo by Pieter van Marion (creative commons via Flickr)

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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