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Dutch startup news update: Touchwonders, Invest-NL and a robot academy

 

Here’s what happened in the Dutch startup scene last week:

Funding

Groceries delivery startup Superbuddy closed its latest funding campaign on Leapfunder, raising 102.500 euro. Regional VC PPM Oost will match the investment in the current angel investment campaign, up to an undisclosed amount.

Travel startup Parcompare received funding from the Mainport Innovation Fund (MIF). The company announced last week without giving financial details. The startup connects mobility solutions such as parking, taxi and public transport to busy destinations around cities, like airports, cruise terminals, event spaces and transport hubs.

Amsterdam-based flower subscription startup Bloomon got a 21.4 million euro (23 million dollar) series B investment. The financing was led by Benelux venture capital firm Fortino Capital. INKEF Capital, Partech Ventures, and Bloomon’s angel investors also participated in the round.

News & Updates

From sensors that help prevent pressure wounds to energy from kites and and automatic analysis of plastic for better recycling. Incubator YES!Delft welcomed 8 new teams to its Incubation Program last week.

Smart watch startup Wachterenterprises was declared bankrupt. Watcherenterprises is the company behind the kidswatcher smartwatch (renamed to KiGO watch) and the Vlinder alarm for elderly people.

The Dutch government launched plans a new investment bank for entrepreneurs that should be able to support financing needs from 2018 onwards. Invest-NL will get a capital buffer of 2.5 billion euro, the government declared. (Link in Dutch).

Utrecht-based app builder Touchwonders was bought by Belgian Xplore Group. The startup is known for apps like Weeronline and apps for ING, Rabobank en Pon.

Eindhoven-based Smart Robotics launched a robot academy for people to learn how to deal with robots. 30.000 people should do so on an annual basis, the company says. It also promises to ease people’s mind with regards to robots taking over our jobs. “They are not such a big threat.” (Link in Dutch).

Monday Read

Medium – Renowned game company Cards Against Humanity purchased an ad during the Super Bowl, the most-watched American television broadcast of the year, reaching 114.4 million viewers. “While we succeeded creatively, the advertisement showed a disappointing return on investment ($0), and we are now going out of business.”

Tech EU – European Tech Exits Report: In 2016, we tracked 658 deals worth €160 billion (up 8% from 2015).

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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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