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Dutch startup news update: Catawiki, Barqo, Robot Care Systems

Another Monday, another weekly update! Here’s what you need to know about the Dutch startup scene.

Funding & News

Online auction platform Catawiki was named the fastest growing European tech company in the Deloitte Technology Fast500. In the last four years, the startup/scale-up has shown a 45.080 percent growth in revenue.

The ‘Airbnb for boats’ Barqo today announced a 500.000 euro investment from angels to attract more partners and customers (Emerce)

Edtech startup StuDocu received an early stage investment of 1.35 million euro from Peak Capital and Point Nine Capital.

Booking platform for flexible work and meeting spaces Deskbookers got 1.5 million euro in seed funding for further expansion.

Mobile security startup Onegini also got a 1.5 million euro series A investment from The Hatch Firm and InnovationQuarter.

Ouch. According to FT, Google Ventures is on a ‘bumpy ride’ and is apparently stopping its European investment fund. This doesn’t mean that investments in Europe won’t be done anymore – but Google “is pooling investments next year in a single global vehicle.” Google Ventures Europe invested in 6 European startups so far, Tech.eu reports.


Entrepreneur Peter van Rosmalen has won the Next Entrepreneur 2015 Award with his company Paperwise. The startup makes paper out of waste from the agriculture sector, up to 50 percent less polluting than FSC paper.

Robot Care Systems from Maja Rudinac won the Shell Livewire Award for innovation. The startup helps the elderly live more independant.

Monday morning read

The secret to scaling your startup is about coaching people, says Linkedin CEO Jeff Weiner (BusinessInsider)

Announcing, postponing… what’s next for European tech IPOs? (Tech.eu)

Bonus: Why nobody will steal your shitty startup idea (Medium)

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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