Dutch startup news update: Swiping for presents, livestock cloning and climate change

A recap of what happened in the Dutch startup scene last week. And what’s new.

News & Updates

Laser startup Bird Control Group, from Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Steinar Henskes, today announced a partnership with Total to repel birds from their offshore installations, like oilrigs.

Bram de Zwart, founder of 3D Hubs, was featured on Wired as speaker on the Main Stage at WIRED Retail – “the world’s largest and fastest-growing network of 3D printers, which gives over one billion people in the world access to a 3D printer within 10 miles of their home.”

In this holiday-season Dutch startup app Feli managed to get a lot of media attention. It helps you find the perfect present by – yes – swiping!  (Link in Dutch).

DAMAE Medical, a French startup that developed an instrument that uses infrared light to detect skin cancer won the latest edition of EIT Digital’s Idea Challenge in Eindhoven. Competition for Dutch SkinVision?

Events

On December 3, four finalists battle for the Shell LiveWire Award in B amsterdam: zijn EXO-L, KonneKt, Robot Care Systems and Skytree. The most innovative startups wins 20.000 euro. Th audience can vote for another 5.000 euro.  Tickets are still available. (Link in Dutch).

On December 11 the first of YES!Delft Port Innovation Lab LaunchDay (demo day) will take place. 9 port-related startups and 4 “regular teams” will pitch in front of investors and audience.

Monday Read

COP21 kicks off in Paris today (the 21st Conference of the Parties) –  the annual meeting of all countries to tackle climate change. Great timing for Facebook and Microsoft to announce the so-called Breakthrough Energy Coalition to invest in zero-carbon energy technology around the world. (TechCrunch).

What costs $500 million USD and can churn out up to 1 million cattle embryos a year? A new livestock cloning facility in north China is hoping to do just that, starting production in the first half of 2016, according to one of the companies involved. (VB)