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Dutch startup news update: Startup Kids, InnovationQuarter, MessageBird

Here’s what you need to know about last week in the Dutch startup scene.

News & Updates

Startupbootcamp is organizing a startup summercamp for kids in Amsterdam called Startup Kids. From August 22-26 children will learn to create something out of their ideas.

The first fund-in-fund investment for InnovationQuarter: it invests in BioGeneration Capital Fund III, the new venture capital fund of BioGeneration Ventures. The fund focuses on companies in the life sciences & health sector. Investors include Dutch and UK based family offices, Topfonds Gelderland and LEH Holding. The amount of the first closing is 25 million euro – the goal is to raise 50 million in total.

MessageBird is the next Dutch startup to enter Y Combinator, found business news site Emerce. It is however not the first: Impraise and Gitlab were its precursors.

A look at out ‘neighbours from the south’, Belgium. In the first half of 2016, Belgium-based tech startups have collectively raised 56 rounds of funding worth a combined 106 million euro, calculated Tech.eu.

We are going to review APIs from now on. First: the Toon API from Eneco. Next is Payconiq (ING).

Rockstart’s third batch of Smart Energy startups presented themselves during Demo Day. Read our report on the pitches.


Delft-based medtech startup Nightbalance has raised a series B round of 12.5 million euro, led by Inkef Capital (founded by pension fund ABP) and Gilde Healthcare Partners.

Monday morning read

The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a
1960s time capsule

Daniel (not his real name) is a Dutch iOS app developer who worked for Popcorn Time. “It was the best stupid thing I’ve done in my life” (NOS, in Dutch)

Facebook’s algorithm sure has some similarities with themafia… (video, CollegeHumor)

Image: Pixabay

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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