The Dutch professional associations of oncologists and neurologists are concerned about the increasing popularity of medical crowdfunding. They worry that patients are being fooled by the doubtful claims made by alternative healers from abroad, which patients often include in their crowdfunding texts, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research.
Dozens of small companies that received crowdfunding from commercial platforms in the form of a loan, went bankrupt a short time later, according to a study by investigative journalism platform Investico, Trouw and De Groene Amsterdammer. The companies end up in financial troubles due to the high costs involved in repaying their loans, Trouw writes.
The neighbor of 19-year-old Roos Verschuur, one of three people killed in a shooting on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht on Monday, launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the young woman's funeral. Within a day nearly 70 thousand euros was donated. While nothing will bring Roos back, neighbor Martje Beniest wants to do what she can to make things easier for Roos's father, she said to RTL Nieuws.
Young Dutch startup Nerdalize was founded in 2013 with a plan to warm homes using the heat generated from servers, but the innovative company filed for bankruptcy just before the end of the year. The company raised at least 850 thousand euros in a crowdfunding campaign in 2016 after running a pilot program with energy provider Eneco.
The company raised another 750 thousand euros in a second crowdfunding campaign about a year ago, which led to the company winning the Crowdfunding Award last January.
Dutch man Mattijn Lahuis is missing in the jungle of Laos after a kayaking accident on Monday. His family is trying to raise funds to hire a helicopter to help search for the 30-year-old man.
Foundation Stadsherstel launched a crowdfunding campaign to "artisanally" restore the Haarlemmerpoort in Amsterdam. Restoring the neglected gate will cost more than 2.5 million euros. Stadsherstel, which owns the building, is still 171 thousand euros short, Het Parool reports.
The cause of a tragic fire that took the lives of six-year-old Antonin Kellner and his five-year-old sister Alice has still not been determined though rumors persist it involved a Christmas tree going up in flames. A fundraising campaign launched by their neighbors in Emmen collected nearly 66 thousand euros for parents David and Jindriska Kellner, as of Tuesday morning.
Crowdfunding, crowd financing, and crowd investing in the Netherlands showed strong growth of 31 percent last year compared to 2016 figures when 170 million euros was raised. A total of 223 million euros was raised through Dutch crowd initiatives last year, which financed over 5,300 separate actions, according to an analysis from CrowdfundingCijfers.nl
A friend of a British man wo drowned in the Noordzeekanaal after falling off a party boat last month, launched a crowdfunding action to help pay for the Newcastle man's body to be sent back to Britain, as well as for his funeral.
The Association of Caribbean Mediaworkers (ACM) launched a wide effort to raise funds for their colleagues on the Caribbean islands that were hit by Hurricane Irma. Part of that effort is a crowdfunding campaign in the Netherlands, primarily focused on bringing aid and equipment to journalists on the Dutch island of Sint Maarten, which was hit hardest by the Category 5 hurricane on September 6th.
A group of four Amsterdam friends plan to open the Dutch capital's first Japanese style karaoke bar by the end of this year, with six private karaoke booths where you can sing your heart out without worrying about strangers' opinions. To help them reach their goal, the friends launched a crowdfunding campaign.
The football match between FC Den Bosch and FC Dordrecht was suspended for 15 minutes on Friday after a thrown firework exploded near the ball boy's head. The terrified boy ran off the field in tears. He sustained hearing damage, according to Omroep Brabant. FC Den Bosch supporter Luc van Iersel started a crowdfunding campaign to buy the boy and a steward who became unwell during the match each a football themed gift - so they can end the season on a positive note.
A crowdfunding campaign to close the Amsterdam coal plant on Hemweg collected over 5 million euros. Over 41 thousand people and organizations supported the campaign.
At 10:20 a.m. on Monday the campaign raised 5,085,395 euros from 41,547 supporters. The objective of the campaign is to buy the Hemweg plant from owner Nuon and then close it.
Pepper the cat, an adventurous Dutch feline who showed up in Venice six months after going missing from her Tilburg home, did not come out of her adventures unscathed. Pepper picked up lung-worm and now needs expensive medical care.
The cat is currently in an oxygen cage at an Utrecht animal hospital. This treatment costs 350 euros a day, something Pepper's owner Franka can not afford, according to Omroep Brabant
A crowdfunding action started to help Amsterdam student Doeta Aartsma restart her business after her equipment was stolen from her home over Christmas, is gaining support. So far about a third of the 10 thousand euros she needs has been raised.
"I actually feel very rich", Aartsma said to Het Parool. "You could say that I should have lost faith in humanity after this nasty experience, but because so many known and unknown people support me, that is not the case."
Crowdfunded mortgage startup Jungo got the green light from the Dutch authority for financial markets AFM, both AFM and a spokesperson for Jungo told NU.nl. According to the founders, Jungo is the first company in the Netherlands to provide mortgages of which part is funded by private investors.
Some 1,400 people donated more than 26 thousand euros in a fundraiser for an elderly couple who was robbed, beat up and called "dirty Jews" in their home on Heemstedestraat in Amsterdam last year.
The first classical music pub in the Netherlands is opening its doors in Utrecht this weekend. The brains behind the Muzieklokaal are Utrecht women Sanne van Buuren and talitha Verheij, and the money for their dream was raised through crowdfunding
Nijmegen man Ruben de Sain received his crowdfunded robotic exoskeleton just in time for the paralyzed man to celebrate New Year's on his feet. The suit was delivered on Wednesday afternoon
A total of 57 law changes will go into effect in 2016. Significant laws will come into play that affect everything from tax payouts, crowd funding & crowd financing, daycare subsidies and even a new language requirements for welfare benefits.
The men behind Amsterdam brewery Oedipus are in need of solar panels to generate sustainable energy and decided to turn to crowdfunding to raise this money. But instead of promising investors euros in returns, they are promising beer.
Paraplegic patient Ruben de Sain from Nijmegen managed to raise the 85 thousand euros necessary to buy his own robotic exoskeleton through crowdfunding
Rob van der Dussen has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help him cover the cost of freeing his son Romano from a Spanish prison after DNA evidence linked a different man to the rapes that kept Romano imprisoned for the last 11.5 years.
A cafe where visitors can decide themselves what they are paying for a meal is planning to open a venue in Amsterdam after summer. Previously the entrepreneurs tested the concept of the Geef ("GIve") cafe for six months in a pop-up restaurant in Rotterdam.