This week in Dutch tech 20/6 – 27/6


The warm weather finally arrived! But before we begin to wind things down for the summer months, let’s catch up once more with the latest developments in Dutch tech. 

Of course, in our mind, the best news from the week that passed was our own TNW Conference taking place in Zaandam, just outside of Amsterdam. (Next year we are back at one of our favourite locations at NDSM island, grab your 2-for-1 tickets now!) 

This year featured some of the best keynote speakers and panellists in our 18-year history, along with rich networking opportunities and the signature festival feel that TNW is known for.

What we are writing about

What we are reading 

  • Dutch Dealroom rival Bounce Watch secures pre-Seed funding (Silicon Canals)
  • Noord-Nederland helpt ASML voor Nederland te behouden (Computable.nl)
  • Europe is at risk of over-restricting AI and falling behind US and China, Dutch prince says (CNBC

Dutch startup of the week: Source.ag

The founders of Source.ag standing in a greenhouse in front of plants, both are white men and one is wearing a white t-shirt and the other a black oned
Rien Kamman and Ernst van Bruggen founded Source.ag in 2020. Credit: Source.ag
The founders of Source.ag standing in a greenhouse in front of plants, both are white men and one is wearing a white t-shirt and the other a black oned

Source.ag is a Dutch agtech startup founded in 2020 by Rien Kamman and Ernst van Bruggen. The company specialises in AI-driven solutions for greenhouse farming to address global food shortages while conserving water usage. 

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Source.ag recently launched a new product called Source Cultivate which supports growers in their decision-making process with accurate yield forecasting up to eight weeks before harvest. It claims a 90% accuracy in yield forecasts three to four weeks out, and has been developed in collaboration with top-tier growers. 

Other products track and improve cultivation processes, streamline and enhance greenhouse operations, and also include an autonomous irrigation system which uses AI to adjust irrigation in real-time. 

The startup recently expanded into North America, opening an office in Chicago. It has raised a total of approximately $37mn to date. 

Our weekly coverage of Dutch tech news will be taking a break over the summer. If you have any ideas of what we should feature, a particularly interesting startup to keep an eye on, or what kind of news you would like to see covered, drop us a line and let us know. See you again in September!

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