Grab a nice warm cup of coffee (or hot chocolate) to brace yourselves against the freezing cold. Sit down, relax and read all you have to know about the Dutch startup scene last week.
We saw a lot of funding activity halfway through January:
E-commerce platform Mall-Connect raised a 1 million euro series A round from Newion Investments, aimed at the development of mobile marketing and loyalty programs, and to enable further (international) growth.
Insurance company Aegon took a minority share in software startup Newest Industry.
Sunny news in snowy Holland: the solar energy analytics startup SolarMonkey secured a seed investment of 200.000 euro from InnovationQuarter and an unknown angel investor. The funding is used to introduce the service to the market.
Software company iWelcome secured a series B investment from PPM Oost and existing investors Newion and Filsa Capital. The investment will be used to accelerate the international growth of the company, by expanding its sales and marketing operations across the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, and for growing its product development and customer success teams.
Dutch startup incubator YES!Delft is launching a new incubation programme: Grow or Go. As the name suggests, theprogramme is designed to ensure a startup grows. During the first 6 months participants work on the basics of their company to prepare for raising capital that allows for a market introduction. Application are now open.
UtrechtInc’s Pressure Cooker programme starts again in 5 weeks. Be sure to apply if you want to have a go!
The bookkeeping software for entrepreneurs of startup Moneymonk expanded its service with a tool to scan all your receipts.
Monday morning read
We’re all in the market to attract and retain the brightest and the best. That’s why culture is key to growth. (Medium)
Truly inspirational: these UK youngsters built an art gallery empire… on Instagram. (BusinessInsider)
Here’s how to keep your inner nerd even more satisfied during a beer and pizza hackathon: mathematicians have come up with a new way of slicing pizza. (New Scientist)