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Dutch startup news update: KPN Ventures, Fastned, Qanda

Last week, of course, was crazy. The Startup Fest Europe really shook things up. Here’s what you need to know:


FastNed raised more than 3 million euro through the new Dutch exchange Nxchange.

Magnetic.io, the creator of VAMP, raised 500.000 euro from Volta Ventures.

Microsoft committed a 100.000 euro investment in Grwo during the Techilicious diner in Delft.

News & updates

In case you have been living under a rock: Prince Constantijn will become the ‘new Neelie‘ as special envoy for startups at StartupDelta.

KPN Ventures did its first fund-in-fund investment in the US VC Cottonwood European Technology Fund.

Competition for FastNed: the Dutch energy company NLE is about to invest its 2015 profits into building charging stations for electric vehicles.

At day 2 of The Next Web, French startup Qanda (co-founded by Dutchie Martin Verpaalen) won the Boost pitch competition.

In Eindhoven, the former Startupbootcamp HighTechXL team is being supported by the Eindhoven Startup Alliance.

Startup Fest Europe: recap of recaps

A recap of our reports from events throughout the week:

The Next Women – Queen Máxima: “The level of female entrepreneurship in The Netherlands is higher compared to the male counterpart.”

Startup Fest Europe opening – Tim Cook: “You got to do it for love and passion, not for the green.”

The Future of High Tech – Prince Constantijn: “Startups and corporations validate science.”

Startup Fest Europe day 2

Startup Fest Europe day 3

The Next Web Day 1 – Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten: “If there’s no toilet paper, tweet me.”

Campus Party Netherlands: – It sure got one thing right and that’s atmosphere.

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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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