Dutch startup news update: The Cloakroom, Minibrew, Monday morning read

Here’s what happened in the Dutch startup scene last week. Awards, awards everywhere!

News & updates

Dutch/Danish personal shopping startup The Cloakroom from Amsterdam was acquired for an undisclosed amount by its German competitor Modomoto, TechCrunch reports. The startup will continue to run The Cloakroom brand in their top markets: in Benelux and Scandinavia.

Homebrewing startup Minibrew was voted ‘Startup of the Year‘ by the readers of business website Sprout.

Marqeting won the Entrepreneur Team Award. The online ad agency beat edtech startup Scribbr and e-commerce company Etrias.

Internet of Things company 112Motion won the IBM Amsterdam Global Mobile Innovator Award. The startup creates wearables for monitoring people’s health and safety.

The Chinese space trading company Head Aerospace is moving its HQ to the Space Business Incubation Center in Noordwijk.

Funding

Funding last week:

Robot Robots Company received 5 million euro for the development of surveillance, elderly care and custom robots.

Software startup Simplicate secured a 1 million euro investment to expand internationally.

Flex-Appeal, a communications platform for part-timers, got funded for 185.000 euro and has Randstad as an official launching partner.

Upcoming events

Feb 10: Fintech conference Breaking Barriers with Eric Ries.

Feb 17: Startup skills – how to do community and brand management like Yelp.

Feb 9 – Feb 18 – Smart Mobility pitch event in Delft and Utrecht.

Feb 26 – Hacked in Groningen, an IoT hackathon, part of the Dutch Hackathon League.

Monday morning read

Do you think what it takes to be really original? Take this quiz and find out! (Harvard Business Review)

This is how you raise a seed round in 2016 (Medium)

This is the kind of geekiness you’d expect from a software engineer at Google: Max Braun created a ‘smart mirror’ in his home. “I wanted my ordinary bathroom mirror to be more like the future we were promised in the movies.” Impressive stuff! (Medium)