Dutch startup news update: largest funding rounds and why weather forecasts are so often wrong

A rainy Monday, so lots of time to surf the internet. Here’s your weekly shot of Dutch startup news!

Funding

The Hague-based Part-up, the online platform for temporary teams, announced they raised 650.000 euro by a group of twelve informal investors.

Amsterdam-based car repair startup Fixico secured a 2 million euro funding round, led by British-Dutch technology fund Orange Growth, as well as previous investors and shareholders.

‘Carpooling for stuff’ startup PickThisUp secured an undisclosed amount of seed funding from an angel investor and three other informals.

Amsterdam-based fashion platform Otrium closed its second seed round of 600.000 euro, led by Dutch VC Keadyn.

Amsterdam-based startup Media Distillery raised 600.000 euro from Dutch VC’s Peak Capital and Vortex Capital Partners. CEO Roland Sars also invested.

Updates

Venturebeat looked at Amsterdam’s electric startup scene, and quoted StartupJuncture as key actor in the field. 🙂

Get Chef's, a new platform that battle's food waste, will launch in the beginning of July. Restaurant owners can use the platform to offer their dishes to local consumers, to prevent them from ending up in a bin.

Research institution TNO today announced it wants to sell a majority stake of its business department. TNO has the goal to bring new research and tech to the market. “We can do this better in cooperation with a commercial party”, TNO declared.

Which Dutch crowdfunding projects and campaigns could use a little hand? Which entrepreneurs are likely to raise enough money but still have time left to raise more? We listed 10 projects you can back.

Startups and scaleups who do business with an international investor have a bigger chance to succeed, writes FD (in Dutch). The paper bases itself on a report (in English) called Escalation of Commitment in Venture Capital Decision Making.

Monday Read

The Nordic Web compared the 10 largest rounds from the 1st half of 2016 to the previous two years. Following this, they summed up the 20 largest rounds of 2016 so far.

Business Insider – Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt has outlined what he sees as being the ideal startup in five years' time.

VentureBeat – Does it seem like every time you walk out your door in Europe you run straight into a startup accelerator? Well, it’s not just you, according to a new report published today from Gust, an online platform to manage startup fundraising, and Fundacity, a fundraising network. For better or for worse, Europe now has more startup accelerators than any other region in the world.

The Econimist – And because the weather is so nice (again) today: here’s why weather forecasts are so often wrong!

The Guardian – Bree was a funny, friendly 16-year-old video blogger with a strange family. But all was not what it seemed. Ten years on, The Guardian revisits YouTube’s first viral sensation.