Rockstart makes an exit: Brazilian portfolio company iClinic acquired for almost €28 million

RockStart’s portfolio company iClinic has been acquired by Ayfa Limited, which paid €27.9 million for 100 percent of the startup’s total share capital. This exit gives the Amsterdam-based accelerator a 20+ times return on its investment in iClinic from 2013. iClinic is a medical practice management software in Brazil, open to physicians, dentists, psychologists, physical […] Podcast — Accelerator Special: How 500 Startups, Rockstart, and Techstars adapt to the new reality

In this special episode, we talk to Aaron Blumenthal (USA), Antonio Pisante (Italy), and Rune Theill (The Netherlands) to learn more about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on startup accelerators. Will the accelerator business model survive the pandemic? What advice do the programme managers give their portfolio startups? Find answers to these questions — and much more — in today’s show.


Danish agritech startup Nordetect gets funding for on-the-spot chemical testing kit that measures farm fertility

Nordetect, a chemical analysis company based out of Copenhagen, has closed a funding round with Rockstart, PreSeed Ventures, SOSV, and Luminate Venture Corp. The Danish startup has developed a “Lab-on-a-Chip” for the agricultural industry, enabling quick chemical analysis on the spot. Using Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Kalium (or NPK), Nordetect’s nanosensors cover all nutrient types and […] Podcast #141: What’s going on at UiPath, who is verifying your ID online, the OECD “digital tax” proposal, interview with Rockstart’s Mark Durno

This week, Natalie Novick and Andrii Degeler discuss the job cuts at UiPath, the issues of third-party document verification at an example of IDNow and Veriff, the OECD United Approach proposal, the new podcast series from our friend Martin Bryant, and much more. The featured interview of this episode is one with Mark Durno, managing partner at Rockstart AgriFood in Copenhagen.

Shell announces winners of 2018 New Energy Challenge

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