Author: Harmen van Sprang

Pioneer Interview with Barqo

Barqo is a person-to-person boatsharing platform from the Netherlands. It makes sailing accessible and more sustainable by connecting people who own boats with people who want to rent a boat. Floris van Hoogenhuyze shares his ideas and inspirations for starting Barqo with Dutch curator, Harmen van Sprang. What inspired you to start Barqo? Our world is filled with boats:…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer Interview with Manuel Cayre from Mobypark

Mobypark allows parking owners to share their parking spot and contribute to a better living in cities. In this interview, co-founder Manuel Cayre talks about his inspiration for starting Mobypark and what’s ahead for his company now and in the near future. 1. What inspired you to start Mobypark? A real pain! We were going…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer Interview with Bram and Brian from 3D Hubs

3D Hubs is the world’s largest and fastest growing network of 3D printers. In this interview, founders Bram de Zwart and Brian Garret talk about their inspiration for starting 3D Hubs and what they envision for the company further down the track. 1. What inspired you to start 3D Hubs? While working at 3D…  Read more

The Social Value Creation of 4 Sharing Economy Companies in 2014

The largest Dutch insurance company Achmea commissioned True Price to research the social value creation of four fast growing Dutch and international sharing economy platforms Croqqer, SnappCar, Thuisafgehaald and Peerby. The study reveals that together these 4 initiatives created a social value of 4 million euro’s due to more and better social relations between people, increased…  Read more

Konnektid concludes crowdfuding campaign

After a little more than 40 days of crowdfunding, Konnektid’s campaign ended on December 10th with a total amount of €105.734! This meant that they surpassed their goal amount of €100.000. In total, 75 people invested in Konnektid. The fast-growing online knowledge-sharing community will use the investment to build an iPhone app grow it’s worldwide community of knowledge-sharers….  Read more

Konnektid awarded EU subsidy of EUR 175,000

Konnektid, the online knowledge-sharing community, was chosen as one of the ten first ‘EuropeanPioneers‘ and was awarded an EU subsidy of €175.000. With this European support, the fast-growing platform will implement open source FIWARE technology that will help grow its community. The goal is to make it easier and quicker for people to connect and…  Read more


Maarten de Jong, the Managing Director for Oneplanetcrowd, a crowdfunding platform for social or sustainable projects shares his company’s story. 1. What inspired you to start Oneplanetcrowd? Oneplanetcrowd was founded by StartGreen, a venture capital firm for sustainable (technological) innovations, managed by Coenraad de Vries and Laura Rooseboom. They saw crowdfunding was becoming increasingly popular…  Read more


Vandebron is a startup based out of The Netherlands that enables people to buy their power directly from a sustainable producer. The company sees itself playing an important role in the transition to an autonomous energy supply. In this interview, Aart tells us more about the company and what he envisions for it in the…  Read more

Market News: Amsterdam startup Peerby raises $2.1 million to bring smalltown sharing to your doorstep

Good news from the Netherlands! Amsterdam-based local borrowing platform Peerby raises $2.1 million. The investment round is led by French XAnge Private Equity. Netherlands-based Sanoma Ventures invested for a second time. TechStars and angels from Canada and the United States also invested. Dutch founder Daan Weddepohl is going to use the funds for product development and and…  Read more