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Election watch: integration, postal votes and donations in today's round up


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The Netherlands goes to the polls to elect 150 MPs for the lower house of parliament next week. Here’s a round up of the campaign news from March 12.
Baudet apology
Broadcaster RTL and the editors of television talk show Jinek have apologized to far -right politician Thierry Baudet about the way he was ‘roasted’ on the programme on Thursday evening.
Baudet walked out on the show after comedian Martijn Koning talked about Baudet’s ‘Jewish girlfriend’, referred to anti-Semitism within the party, and brought up Baudet’s Indonesian roots.
RTL said in the statement that the comic had refused repeatedly to show the editors the text and that should have been reason to remove him from the line up. Koning told the AD in a reaction to the row that he had expected trouble. ‘My aim was to hit Baudet hard and I did,’ he told the paper.

Tech entrepreneur makes massive donation to D66 and PvdD

Tech entrepreneur makes massive donation to D66 and PvdD

16 founder-led companies cashing in on the WFH economy

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Market cap: $4.2 billion, up 7% since March 20
Why they've thrived: LogMeIn allows users to communicate securely online and gives administrators the ability to access remote computers. The company also owns the videoconferencing service GoToMeeting.com.
Arash Ferdowsi and Drew Houston of Dropbox
Dropbox cofounders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi celebrated a long awaited IPO at the NASDAQ in New York City on March 23, 2018.
Dropbox
Market cap: $9.5 billion, up 32% since March 20
Why they've thrived: Consumer and enterprise attention in Dropbox has risen in recent months, as the need for cloud-based storage has skyrocketed. Dropbox benefits from consumer brand recognition, a rarity in the cloud space, and investors appreciate the company's strong recent quarterly earnings.

Techleap.nl presents plan to grow startups, scale-ups in the Netherlands

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Techleap.nl presents plan to grow startups, scale-ups in the Netherlands
Wednesday 22 January 2020 | 10:38 CET | News
Start-up organisation Techleap.nl has presented its strategic growth plans. StartupDelta was renamed Techleap.nl last year, with Prince Constantijn van Oranje staying on as special envoy to "transform the Netherlands into a country that will enable future technological leaders to build large companies for a better world."
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Techleap.nl Presents Action Plan to Make the Netherlands Europe's Best Ecosystem for Leaders in Tech

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AMSTERDAM, Jan. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 
Today Techleap.nl launched the Techleap.nl action plan in The Hague in the presence of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Mona Keijzer. With this plan, Techleap.nl aims to transform the Netherlands into a country that enables future technology leaders to build large companies for a better world. The plan has ambitious goals to achieve by 2023.  
The Dutch delegation at CES Las Vegas 2020 (PRNewsfoto/Techleap.nl)
These include a 15% increase in the number of internationally successful scaleups, a 25% decrease in the percentage of difficult-to-fill vacancies for software developers, a tenfold increase in the available venture capital in the Netherlands, and a doubling of the number of deeptech startups. 

The rich are getting richer: Quote 500 assets rise 10% in the past year

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The beer family continue to lead the list
The richest 500 people in the Netherlands increased their combined wealth by some 10% to nearly €180bn last year, according to the latest issue of the Quote 500 rich list, launched on Monday evening.
Top of the list is Heineken heiress Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, with assets of €14.2bn, a rise of €1.5bn thanks to Heineken’s rising sales, Quote said.
Number two on the list is Frits Goldschmeding, who founded staffing agency Randstad. But his wealth dropped €400m to €4.4bn after the company took a knock on the stock exchange.
New on the list in joint third place are Gerita and Inge Wessels, daughters of construction giant Dik Wessels who died in 2017, with combined assets of €3.6bn. Media tycoon John de Mol with €2.7bn and Luxaflex owner Ralph Sonnenberg with €2.6bn complete the top five.