Silicon Valley VC investor Neal Dempsey visited Groningen this week, to check out the scene and meet with promising startups and scale-ups. Dempsey is a General Partner of Bay Partners, one of the oldest investment funds in Silicon Valley, and is currently looking for promising startup cities around the world and help improve local startup ecosystems.
In 2003, Voys and Spindle founder Mark Vletter worked in Haiti for roughly six months. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. After an 11-hour flight, you go from a country that has everything to a country that has nothing. In Haiti, he saw what a lack of access to information and communication does to a country and its people. Today, 48% of the world’s population still has no access to free communication. “This needs to change”, Mark says. “With 48percent.org we want to bring equality to the world by enabling that last 48% to have access to unrestricted communication.”
Last Thursday, Deloitte announced the annual ranking of the 50 fastest growing tech companies in the Netherlands. No less than 8 companies in the ranking are based in Groningen and this is the fourth year in a row where Groningen as a city is in second place. And just like last year whopping 33% of Groningen companies are in the top 10 too.
After 5 years of hard work, Lily is now in beta. Devhouse Spindle proudly presented the new digital assistant for teams during The Next Web Conference last month, resulting in almost 300 companies signing up for the beta trial and Spindle becoming the second most talked about startup during the conference, based on Twitter retweets and likes.
What’s the best political party to vote for when you have a startup? With the elections just around the corner, Startup Delta, Sprout, RTLZ, Accenture and Get in the Ring organized a political debate in Amsterdam last Thursday, with representatives from 6 different parties explaining their policies and future plans for startups.
Ten years of impressive and constant growth, numerous awards and nominations, and a very unique organization model. That’s Voys, providing online telecommunications for businesses, without the hassle of long term contracts and without managers.
Voys was nominated for the prestigious European Business Awards last week, as National Champion, and is competing in three different categories. In total, 636 companies out of 33.000, in 34 countries, have been selected for extraordinary high performing businesses.
Last week, the jury members of the Groningen Entrepreneur Award (Groningse Ondernemingsprijs) announced nine companies have been nominated for this year’s award. The different nominations are a mix of successful companies from both the city and province.
Groningen has the largest number of successful startups after Amsterdam, and the only city with a consistently growing number of listed companies in the Deloitte Fast50 over the last four years. But Groningen is far more than a collection of successful companies: it’s becoming a thriving ecosystem, fueled by collaboration and innovation. It’s time to claim some bragging rights, so here’s why Groningen kicks serious ass: