Dutch startup news update: Brexit and EU founders, The Ocean Cleanup

We know some of you must still have a hangover from the Brexit news. Let us ease your pain with some good Dutch startup news and a Monday morning read with a little hope!

News & updates

Biotech / life sciences startup Pluriomics got a prestigious 3.2 million euro grant from the EU.

Solar startup Solease got a 1 million euro loan from PPM Oost to add solar panels to 200 households in the province of Gelderland.

Dutch entrepreneur Boyan Slat from The Ocean Cleanup is one of the 2016 Thiel Fellows, receiving a 100.000 dollar grant.

The young inventor last week launched his prototype to clean the oceans of plastic soup.

The Belgian business accelerator Gumption launches in Utrecht.

UNIIQ: a new €22M proof-of-concept fund for the South Holland province.

Have a look at 5 new startups in YES!Delft’s new incubation programme.

We interviewed Dutch fintech startup Surence, a company on a mission to change the way people reach financial goals, by offering online efficient investments.

Growth Tribe Academy, the training company known for its growth hacking courses in Amsterdam, itself is growing fast.

Funding

Bidroom, the online hotel booking platform from The Hague, announced a 1 million euro investment from informal investors. The startup is competing with industry giants like Booking.com, Expedia and Hotels.com.

Car sharing platform ParkFlyRent announced it has secured some additional growth funding from its current shareholders, as well as a management buy-in.

Online platform for selling tires Pneusmart raises 765.000 euro in funding.

Monday morning read

The sentiment of British tech entrepreneurs regarding the Brexit isn't that positive. However, for EU startup hubs there's an opportunity looming to surpass London as Europe's top hub. Berlin will sprint away and Amsterdam might become a new alternative.

How Brexit could ruin London's Startup Scene (Bloomberg)

So yeah, there are dark clouds above, but there's also hope for English entrepreneurs. (Medium)

'Eurogeddon', 'Berlinification': Brexit creates a new vocabulary for startups in Europe (TechCrunch)

Ok, enough Brexit. Here's how to nail your startup one-liner, and also how not to do it. (Startupbootcamp)

I don't know why our business is growing – kill your conversion funnel! (The Next Web / Medium)