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Dutch startup news update: underwater data centers, a wrong lesson from Uber and funding

We’ve had a busy month of January in the Dutch startup scene. Let’s hope this month will be just as productive. Here’s your weekly update.


Developers platform Wercker announced a funding round of 4.5 million dollar (4,1 million euro) on Thursday.

SciSports, an Enschede-based startup, has raised 1.35 million euro from a group investors in the world of sports and IT.

The Hague-based startup GetSocial last week announced a 2.5 million dollar (2.3 million euro) venture investment in its monetizing platform for mobile games.

Edtech startup ProctorExam secured extra seed funding last month.

Watermelon, a customer service tool for colleagues to Whatsapp with clients using different devices, got an investment of € 150k. (link in Dutch)

Cronofy, a UK-based unified calendar API service, has closed a $1.6M (€1,47M) seed round led by Firestartr alongside Amsterdam-based venture capital firm henQ.

Startupbootcamp Amsterdam organized their ‘E-commerce Accelerator Demo Day’ on January 22. Ten startups pitched the results of three months of acceleration. So far, the young companies already raised over 3.2 million euro.


Solar testing/simulation startup Eternal Sun announced the acquisition of Spire Solar, the solar simulation division of the listed US company Spire Corporation.

Stuvia, a market for study materials, has payed students over 500.000 for their notes in 2015.

Specialty beers subscription startup Flessenpost – bringing beers to your home each month – has won the Startup Pitch of the “Minor Entrepreneurship of the Amsterdam Business School (UvA) and the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship. (link in Dutch)


The national railways (NS) is setting up an investment fund of 5 million euro for smart mobility startups. On February 18 2016 you can pitch your startup to get funded, find a launching customer or to partner up with NS or ANWB.

Monday Reads

Medium – The last few years, it’s become cliché for startups to describe themselves as “Uber for X”. But many took the wrong lesson from Uber. Yes, convenience is huge, but it was only part of the picture. The magic of Uber is that it used mobile to create a 10x better product than the incumbent (taxis), and did so at a lower price. The “and” is everything.

NY Times – Taking a page from Jules Verne, researchers at Microsoft believe the future of data centers may be under the sea.

TechCrunch – I can barely keep up with the amount of new venture capital sloshing around Europe, as new funds are closed. And, if my sources are correct, we aren’t done yet. The latest to close a new fund is Stockholm and Palo Alto-based Creandum: a €180 million early-stage fund.


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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