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This article was published on September 11, 2008


    50 innovative companies from Holland

    50 innovative companies from Holland


    Patrick de Laive
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    Patrick de Laive

    CPO and co-founder, TNW

    Patrick de Laive is an experienced entrepreneur and daddy of Bo and Denne. He is co-founder of TNW and sporadicly invests in startups. He is Patrick de Laive is an experienced entrepreneur and daddy of Bo and Denne. He is co-founder of TNW and sporadicly invests in startups. He is a frequently asked speaker at (tech) events across the globe. Check his LinkedIn profile and @Patrick on Twitter for more information.

    Today the shortlist of the Dutch Innovation Awards, organized by Accenture has been announced and 50 Dutch (some from Belgium) companies made it to the list. A professional jury selected these companies out of 200+ submissions.

    I’ve handpicked some of the nominees that might be of interest to you:
    Game Overlord – Game developers
    Habbo Hotel – Virtual hangout for teens
    eBuddy – Web based IM with over 40 million users
    I-wood – Banners on your idle mobile screen (Dutch)
    LiveCastr – Livestream from your mobile
    Movels – Read books on your mobile
    Myngle – Learn languages online
    Netlog – Pan European social network
    I-Rex – Kindle lookalike
    Open Projects – free open source 3D content creation suite
    Paybymail – Payments via email (iDeal). (NOTE: Paypal is non existent in the Netherlands UPDATE: Paypal has almost 2 million Dutch customers in NL, can paybymail grab a piece of the market?)
    Payter – Mobile payments via Near Field Communication
    Rabo SMS Betalen – Per per TXT message no account needed
    SellaBand – Crowdfund your favorite band
    StartyourStation – build your own tv channel
    Symbaloo – Before the iPhone was out they already had the icon interface. Easy startup page
    ViralTracker – Tracking Viral Commercials
    Wuzzon – Mobile content platform (Dutch)
    Zilok – The Next Web startup 2008, online rental platform aka the eBay of rentals

    To see all nominees and vote for your favorite go to the Innovation Award website.