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After a semester of hard work at the Amsterdam Business School, it was time for the pitch finals of the UvA minor Entrepreneurship. On Thursday the 2nd of February, 8 out of 24 startups pitched their ideas at the Demo Day in Amsterdam’s TQ building. Big winner of the night was HurryQ, that won both the jury prize (€500 cash and €1000 worth of consultancy from trademark agency de Merkplaats), and the audience prize (€250). Symbolic runner up prizes went to NATR (audience), and Zazu (jury). The UvA’s Tech and science incubator ACE Venture Lab sponsored the event.
On Thursday the 2nd of February, StudiStartupJob officially launched at Startup Village Amsterdam. The student recruitment agency matches students looking for a side job with startups that need additional capacity. This allows talented students to work on their experience and resume, while startups gain motivated and driven new employees.
First it was a music service with which consumers could discover and recommend playlists. Now Kollekt.fm launched a new service for businesses and brands, called Atmosphere. The service matches you with a music expert that will set up music playlists for your stores.
Last summer, Mine Kafon raised €177,5K in one and a half month with a successful Kickstarter Campaign. The campaign was set up to raise money for the development of a drone that detects and destroys landmines. Since its start in 2012, the Mine Kafon foundation won several different awards, among them the 2016 Future Maker Award at the Global Innovator Conference in Beijing, the Focus Forward filmmaker competition, and the Design Indaba awards in South Africa. Mine Kafon aims to create a global awareness of land mines, and wants to work towards a landmine free world.
Online rental service Zoef.com launched its brand new website last week. The Dutch startup was able to improve its platform and services after they had brought in an investment of 1,4 million euro last year. Zoef.com offers a platform on which you can rent party, catering, video and audio products. On its brand new website, Zoef describes itself as ‘the easiest’, ‘the smartest’, ‘the best’, and ‘the biggest’ in what they do. That’s quite a few bold claims to make, so we asked CEO Niels Duijvestijn how Zoef.com is going to live up to these statements.