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19/09/2017 Aandeelhouder expand

Sounding the gong for De Aandeelhouder

The trading day on Euronext’s Amsterdam exchange is opened by the team behind Deaandeelhouder.nl (DAH).

The website has been completely renewed and, together with columnists such of – among others –  ING and Benelux newswire ABM Financial News, investors are kept up-to-date on the Amsterdam exchange. De Aandeelhouder offers private investors a platform with investment information, providing the self-investor with support in making their own investment decisions.

For more information: www.abmfn.nl

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18/09/2017 Fondsevent expand

Sounding of the gong marks tenth edition of Fondsevent

By sounding the gong, attention will be paid to the Fondsevent, which will take place 25 September in Amsterdam. This year, the event has the theme "At the break of old and new" which looks to both history and future with inspiring speakers and top investors of nine asset managers. The event is the largest knowledge and networking event in the Netherlands for private banking, asset managers and investment advisors.

In this year’s plenary part of the event, attention will be paid to the increasing influence of psychology on customers and earning models. The issues includes how the advisor or asset manager can influence the behaviour of his client but also how they can customize their own behaviour for them to be better prepared for opportunities offered in a rapidly changing world.

Fondsevent is organized by Fondsnieuws - part of the FD Media Group - in collaboration with nine renowned fund houses: Allianz Global Investors, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Deutsche Asset Management, Fidelity International, Henderson Global Investors, Kempen Capital Management, NN Investment Partners, Robeco, and Pictet Asset Management.

For more information: www.fondsevent.nl

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15/09/2017 ENGIE Sustainable Business Challenge expand

ENGIE sounds the gong for the Sustainable Business Challenge

ENGIE (ticker symbol: ENGI), listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris, sounds the gong for the Sustainable Business Challenge. They do this in partnership with a delegation from the municipality of Leiden and SustainableMotion.

For the fifth time, the Sustainable Business Challenge is organized by SustainableMotion; a project agency that believes in the transformation of young talent. Every year 100 young talents, with a realistic view, work on sustainability issues of companies that want to connect sustainability with their business. The program supports the talents in the out-of-the-box thinking and concretizing their innovative ideas. ENGIE is constantly looking for new sustainable solutions and new forms of cooperation, which is important for the energy transition. Therefore, the company, together with the municipality of Leiden, offers a challenging case: how do we make the Leiden station area 'the most sustainable entrance of the Netherlands'? ENGIE partakes in the Sustainable Business Challenge for the fourth time this year.

ENGIE stands out with regards to the energy transition of almost all its competitors. Because it is both a technical service provider and an energy supplier, the company can mean just a bit more for its customers. With smart technological solutions, the company looks at whether it can reduce the energy needs of its customers. Then it fills in the remaining energy requirement with renewable energy. ENGIE accelerates the transition with this two-step model.

For more information: www.sustainablebusinesschallenge.nl

14/09/2017 Da Vinci Derivatives expand

Da Vinci Derivatives sounds gong for new membership

Recently, Da Vinci Derivatives received a membership to Euronext Amsterdam. The company, located at Beursplein 5, celebrates this by opening the trading day at the Amsterdam exchange.

Da Vinci Derivatives was founded by a group of traders, in 2015, as a company that manages for own account with equity contributions. Da Vinci identifies and handles financial derivatives with a short to medium-long maturity and with a strong focus on volatility. This means that multiple products are traded against each other based on correlations, but also that long/ short positions are undervalued or overvalued in various market segments.

By focusing on building a corporate culture, in which ethics and the will to stand out take center stage, Da Vinci wants to grow in a responsible way. In the last two years, the company has grown significantly and with its membership at the Amsterdam exchange, it will continue this growth.

For more information: www.davinciderivatives.com

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13/09/2017 Nationale-Nederlanden expand

Nationale-Nederlanden supports Dutch people in pursuit of their goals

International insurance and asset management company Nationale-Nederlanden, part of NN Group and listed on Euronext Amsterdam (ticker symbol NN), sounds the gong after starting their fall 2017 advertising campaign. This campaign features portraits of truly unique Dutch people.

For more than 150 years, Nationale-Nederlanden has been part of the Netherlands, and the people who live there. Truly unique individuals, yet who all have things in common. Nationale-Nederlanden wants to help the people of the Netherlands to reach their goals, both now and later. The ‘Your Later’ Service offers customers a complete overview and total control over their income later in life, so that they can continue to do the things that are important to them. And, with the Entrepreneurs Mortgage, entrepreneurs can apply for a mortgage and create their ideal homes, like everyone else. With personalized services like these, Nationale-Nederlanden helps every customer pursue their goals.

For more information: www.nn.nl

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12/09/2017 Dam tot Dam Weekend expand

Sounding of the gong marks start Dam tot Dam Weekend

Euronext listed ABN AMRO, Ahold Delhaize, and KLM, open trading together with ASICS and Le Champion, organizer of the Dam tot Dam Weekend, to mark the start of the ‘Dam tot Dam Weekend’ on 16 and 17 September. Frank van den Brink, Director Employee Experience at ABN AMRO, sounds the gong.

During the weekend 87,000 athletes will be in action in four different Dam tot Dam-events. Saturday 16 September, 16,000 hikers will join the ‘Dam tot Dam Wandeltocht’, later that day the ‘Damloop at night’ will take place having 15,000 participants running a track through Amsterdam. The following day, 6,000 cyclists arrive at Dam Square for the start of the ‘Dam tot Dam FietsClassic’. To finish the weekend, 50,000 runners start the ‘Dam tot Damloop’. In total 150,000 spectators are expected to join the events over the weekend. ABN AMRO, ASICS, Ahold Delhaize, and KLM are sponsoring the Dam tot Damloop, which is the largest running event in the Netherlands.

For more information: www.damloop.nl

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11/09/2017 Clarency expand

The Dutch Payments and Exchange Company expands to Singapore

The Nederlandse Betaal en Wisselmaatschappij (NBWM/Dutch Payment and Exchange Company) sounds the gong for the opening of their officein Singapore 11 September. Miel van Blitterswijk will be at the head of NBWMs Asian and Pacific activities.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has officially approved the license for DPEC’s activities in Singapore. Miel van Blitterswijk: “Singapore is an important trade-hub between Asia and Western countries. Currently, Asian companies are being overcharged by their banks on their currency conversions. They get bad rates, high costs and an insufficient service. We will solve these problems for Asian companies who do business internationally from our Singapore office, just like we’re doing now in Amsterdam.”

NBWM will launch in Singapore under a new name. “Our current name is not the most suitable name for non-Dutch speakers, so we created a more international name: Clarency. It’s a compound of clarity and currency. This name perfectly represents what we do. The currency markets are open 24 hours per day. Having our office in Singapore, we’ll be operational in two timezones at the same time. This improves our service to both Asian and European clients.”

For more information: www.nbwm.nl

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08/09/2017 Villa Pinedo expand

DPA opens trading with Villa Pinedo

Every year, about 70,000 children from divorced parents in the Netherlands hear that their parents are getting divorced. Parents think they are putting the child first, but in practice this often appears to be more difficult than thought. By sounding the gong, Stichting Villa Pinedo and ambassador Mark Tuitert ask for the attention of this fact during the Day of Divorce. They do this in partnership with, among others, the CEO of listed DPA, Eric Winter.

On this day, Villa Pinedo and De Balie organize an afternoon program where children from divorced parents, policy staff, professionals and divorced parents are invited to have a dialogue with each other. Also, the premiere of the new 'Non-Task' TV commercial takes place.

For more information: www.villapinedo.nl

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07/09/2017 Exchange Traded Funds expand

Sounding of the gong for Exchange Traded Funds

The prominent ETF providers in the Netherlands: Amundi, Deutsche Asset Management, SPDR ETFs, Think ETFs, UBS ETF and Vanguard celebrate the success of the Exchange Traded Funds in the Netherlands with the opening of the trading day at the Amsterdam exchange of Euronext.

In the first half of this year, there was once again a record net inflow in the Netherlands and Europe. The day will end with an client event in Amsterdam.

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06/09/2017 Euronext Tech Hub expand

Sounding of gong for Euronext’s expansion into new countries to support the growth of European tech SMEs

Euronext, the leading pan-European exchange in the Eurozone, sounds the gong after announcing the opening of new offices in five European cities outside its core markets – in Germany (Frankfurt, Munich), Italy (Milan), Spain (Madrid) and Switzerland (Zurich) – to assist Tech companies in developing their business on a greater scale through capital markets. The countries were selected for their growth opportunities in the Tech sector.

Euronext’s representatives in the new European countries will use their strong expertise and local networks to help entrepreneurs better explore their financing options, and assist with access to capital markets. They will be supported by a new European team of analytics and communication experts.

In the coming months, Euronext will extend the following Tech initiatives into the four new countries: TechShare, Morningstar® Equity research programme, and Tech 40 Label and Index. With more programmes following in 2018.

For more information: www.tech.euronext.com

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05/09/2017 ABN AMRO circular pavilion expand

ABN AMRO opens circular pavilion

ABN AMRO (ticker symbol: ABN) opens trading on the occasion of the opening of the circular pavilion; Circl. ABN AMRO has chosen to build Circl in a circular way to gain experience that it then shares with its customers.

Almost all used materials in Circl are demountable and have been used before. For example, ABN AMRO employees collected 16,000 old jeans, which were incorporated into the ceiling as insulation material. The meeting rooms are surrounded by window frames from old offices that have been demolished. The furniture previously used by ABN AMRO was used and restored. In the building, sustainable DC is used and 500 solar panels provide energy.

Circl fits perfectly in the sustainability ambitions announced recently by ABN AMRO, called Mission 2030. This makes the bank fully committed to the sustainability of its real estate portfolio and wants to bring it to average energy label A by 2030.

For more information: www.abnamro.nl

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04/09/2017 #Futurechair expand

Give the future a chair

With the opening of the trading day, Lizzy Butink (a.s.r. Real Estate Investment Management), Marianne Davidson (VolkerWessels Vastgoed), Pamela Logjes (Dutch Green Building Council), and Yvette Watson (PHI Factory), ask for attention to their new initiative: #Toekomststoel (#Futurechair).

The interview between three ‘Future Leaders’ of the Dutch Green Building Council and Jan Terlouw became the start of a special mission. A mission inspired by a passage from Terlouw’s book ‘Het Hebzuchtgas’.  They invite everyone to have an extra chair at each meeting, classroom, talk show, and even in Parliament. The chair can have a different meaning for everyone: it can offer a new perspective, a place of thought or something else.

For more information: www.asrvastgoedvermogensbeheer.nl

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01/09/2017 6th Amsterdam City Swim expand

Gong ceremony announces 6th edition of the Amsterdam City Swim

The sounding of the gong announces the sixth edition of the Amsterdam City Swim. By annually organizing a unique, impactful and social swimming event in the Amsterdam canals, the Foundation Amsterdam City Swim strives to raise as many funds for research into underexposed diseases. As long as there is no cure for ALS, the Amsterdam City Swim aims to raise money for the ALS Foundation in the Netherlands and draw attention to the disease ALS. Sunday September 3 the 6th edition of the Amsterdam City Swim takes place, and over 2500 adults and 300 kids will participate and swim in the Amsterdam canals to raise money for the ALS Foundation.  

Unilever (ticker symbol: UNIA) has been the main sponsor of Amsterdam City Swim with their Dove Men + Care brand since 2015. Unilever has chosen to support the event with Dove Men + Care because it stands for: CARE MAKES A MAN STRONGER. Not only does this mean to take care of your own body with the Dove Men + Care products, but also care for the people around you.

For more information: www.amsterdamcityswim.nl

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31/08/2017 BNR Nieuws Radio expand

BNR Nieuwsradio celebrates the launch of its renewed podcast app by sounding the gong. With this innovative app it is possible to listen to live radio, but also to listen to On Demand podcasts with news and knowledge. The written news articles have also experienced an overhaul. The podcasts include innovation, business, and economics. Because of these easy-to-use audio clips, the listener won’t have to miss a thing.

Sjors Fröhlich, editor-in-chief at BNR Nieuwsradio: "Radio will always last, the medium is far too beautiful. A podcast is perhaps the most intimate form of radio. That is why BNR is so fully committed to it."

For more information: www.bnr.nl

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30/08/2017 Child and Youth Finance International expand

Child and Youth Finance International sounds gong with Ye!

The Ye! Community, an international network of young entrepreneurs ages 16-30, sounds the gong on the occasion of their new Ye! Stream live feature. It allows community members to connect with other young entrepreneurs, connect with coaches, and connect with the information needed to grow their businesses. A newsfeed where entrepreneurs can discuss, ask for advice, source information, and collaborate with other entrepreneurs.

The Ye! community is an initiative of Stichting Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI), and has been endorsed by the G-20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion. They support young entrepreneurs around the world by connecting them to each other, to mentors, resources, tools and guides. There are currently 15000 members on the website representing 121 countries.

CYFI is a global, multi-stakeholder network promoting economic citizenship for children and youth.  CYFI leads the world’s largest movement dedicated to enhancing the financial and entrepreneurial capabilities of children and youth. Launched in April 2012, the Child and Youth Finance Movement has already spread to 125 countries with partners and collaborators having reached more than 36 million children and youth.

For more information: www.yecommunity.com

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29/08/2017 HISWA Boat Show expand

HISWA in-water Boat Show opens trading

Paul Boomsma, CEO of HISWA in-water, and Michelle Jonker, open the trading day at Euronext by sounding the gong. They do this on the occasion of HISWA in-water Boat Show, which opens its doors for the 34th time this year.

In the Amsterdam Marina there are about 250 boats from 29 August to 3 September. The HISWA in-water Boat Show offers a wide and diverse overview of small and large boats, series built or custom-built, made of aluminum, steel or polyester. For people who want to orient themselves to a possible purchase, the HISWA in-water is the preferred place, as virtually all major Dutch and European brands are represented at the boat show. The offer consists of daysailers, cabin sailboats, sailing yachts, catamarans, motor yachts, boats, tenders, sports boats and RIBs. On the quays are suppliers with water sports items.

For more information: www.hiswatewater.nl

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28/08/2017 The Dutch Burns Foundation expand

The Dutch Burns Foundation sounds the gong to draw attention to young children and their increased risk of burn injury, especially during the summer months. Ambassador Kick (9), burned by an accident with hot tea, sounds the gong.

Young children are overrepresented in the burn centers in Groningen, Beverwijk and Rotterdam. Over a quarter of burn patients (25.8% in 2016) admitted in the three Dutch burn centers are under 5 years of age. Especially during the holiday season, there is an increased risk of burn injury, because the circumstances during a holiday are different compared to  the circumstances at home and the daily routine is missing. For example: the campsite tabletop with the hot cup of tea is a little lower and less stable than the dining table at home. A child only needs a split second to reach for the hot tea cup.

The consequences of burn injury for young children are severe. They have a much thinner skin and the burned body surface area is relatively large compared to a similar burn in adults. Children often need reconstructive  surgery for many years. The three burn centers and the Dutch Burns Foundation (both part of Brandwondenzorg Nederland) want to prevent these accidents and therefore call on parents of young children to be alert.

For more information: http://www.brandwondenstichting.nl/

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25/08/2017 NSI expand

NSI sounds gong for 25th anniversary

On 25 August 1992 Houthaven Plan B.V. was founded which was renamed Nieuwe Steen Investments in 1993 and listed in 1998. The honour of sounding the gong goes to Erna Smit, who has been with NSI from the very beginning.

In February, management announced a new strategy in which it will focus purely on investments in offices. Year to date, with over €355 million of deals and the sale of 60% of its retail portfolio, NSI is one of the most active real estate companies in The Netherlands.

NSI (ticker symbol: NSI) is a specialist commercial property investor and the only listed real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on The Netherlands. The NSI team aims to maximise returns for its shareholders through pro-active management of its investment portfolio and disciplined asset rotation. The portfolio was valued at €1.1 billion at the end of June 2017.

For more information: www.nsi.nl

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24/08/2017 NLgroeit sounds gong expand

NLgroeit sounds gong

Nlgroeit, a community for entrepreneurs with a company turnover between 1 and 100 million, recently made the 250th match between an entrepreneur  and an experienced mentor. On this occasion, nlgroeit and cruisereizen.nl together sound the gong at the Amsterdam Exchange.

Faizal Siddiqui, CEO of Cruisereizen.nl, joins the mentor program of nlgroeit: a joint effort between the Ministery of Economic Affairs, NLevator and the Chamber of Commerce. The initiative aims to increase the growth capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Netherlands.   

Nlgroeit develops and supports initiatives where entrepreneurs can help each other in their peer-to-peer coaching process. The program brings entrepreneurs in contact with other entrepreneurs, mentors, coaches and trainers, who can help them to set their next growth leap. Nlgroeit wants to strengthen the strengths of existing initiatives: working together on a strong ecosystem for ambitious and growing entrepreneurs in the Netherlands.

For more information: www.nlgroeit.nl

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23/08/2017 Week of Regional Entrepreneurship - MKB Amsterdam expand

Week of Regional Entrepreneurship - MKB Amsterdam

From 14 August to 23 August, the gong ceremony at Beursplein 5 focuses on the activity and entrepreneurship in the various regions in the Netherlands. Euronext has invited the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Regional Development Companies to put their work in the spotlight during the Week of Regional Entrepreneurship.

SME Amsterdam opens the trading day. SME Amsterdam is an association that works for the benefit of local entrepreneurs in and around Amsterdam. They have a lot of contact with municipalities, provinces and other interested parties. In addition, they help local business collectors with lobbying. They focus on topics such as reducing local government pressure and local charges, fair procurement opportunities, accessibility of the region, safe and sustainable business climate and well-trained staff.

Bart Drenth, chairman of SME Amsterdam: "Amsterdam has a beautiful historic city center with a great national and international appeal. But Amsterdam is (much) more than the inner city alone. The city of Amsterdam has other areas that are of major importance in the coming decades. It is also becoming increasingly clear that places around Amsterdam belong to the urban fabric of the metropolis. The city of Amsterdam is not an island in the region and the province, but it is a part of it. We advocate an integral spatial-economic view of the entire metropolis. Our partners are regional entrepreneurs who would like to contribute to this. We are pleased to open the exchange together with them."

For more information:  www.mkb-amsterdam.nl

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22/08/2017 Week of Regional Entrepreneurship – Impuls Zeeland expand

Week of Regional Entrepreneurship – Impuls Zeeland

From 14 August to 23 August, the gong ceremony at Beursplein 5 focuses on the activity and entrepreneurship in the various regions in the Netherlands. Euronext has invited the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Regional Development Companies to put their work in the spotlight during the Week of Regional Entrepreneurship.

Economic Impulse Zeeland (Impuls), the regional development company of Zeeland, sounds the gong at Beursplein 5 and underlines the importance of regional development companies for the Dutch economy.

Impuls also celebrates its ten-year anniversary. The development company was founded 2 July 2007 with the aim of increasing the dynamics of the economy in Zeeland. The organization does this by connecting people, both inside and outside Zeeland, in an innovative and surprising way, leading to new economic impulses. They further develop Zeeland into an innovative and healthy province. For example, Invest in Zeeland, the promotion and acquisition branch of Impuls, has guided over 100 companies in the past ten years at their location or expansion in Zeeland, this created 2379 jobs.

René van Vlerken, Head Small & Mid Cap Listings at Euronext Amsterdam: ''The Regional development companies are extremely important for the growth of the Dutch economy and accelerating innovation.'' Entrepreneurship and the exchange go hand in hand, for over 400 years. Euronext plays an important role in the financing of the real economy. "With initiatives like Euronext Growth and our exclusive TechShare program, we support medium and small businesses in their growth, we provide access to finance, help in promoting the organization, and  increase its visibility."

For more information: www.impulszeeland.nl

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21/08/2017 Week of Regional Entrepreneurship - Innovation Quarter expand

Week of Regional Entrepreneurship -  Innovation Quarter

From 14 August to 23 August, the gong ceremony at Beursplein 5 focuses on the activity and entrepreneurship in the various regions in the Netherlands. Euronext has invited the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Regional Development Companies to put their work in the spotlight during the Week of Regional Entrepreneurship.

Han Weber, regional minister for Energy in the Province of Zuid-Holland, opens the Amsterdam exchange today for entrepreneurs seeking investment capital for the marketing of their energy-innovations. On 1 September, a new investment fund will be launched, specifically for these entrepreneurs: ENERGIIQ, the energy-innovation fund of the Province of Zuid-Holland. ENERGIIQ will be executed by InnovationQuarter.

InnovationQuarter, the regional development agency for Zuid-Holland, is the fund manager of ENERGIIQ. With IQCapital and UNIIQ, InnovationQuarter in the past few years has built an extensive track record as investor in innovative and fast-growing companies. With ENERGIIQ InnovationQuarter hopes to finance even more sustainable entrepreneurs who can make a specific contribution to energy transition.  

René van Vlerken, Head Small & Mid Cap Listings at Euronext Amsterdam: ''The Regional development companies are extremely important for the growth of the Dutch economy and accelerating innovation.'' Entrepreneurship and the exchange go hand in hand, for over 400 years. Euronext plays an important role in the financing of the real economy. "With initiatives like Euronext Growth and our exclusive TechShare program, we support medium and small businesses in their growth, we provide access to finance, help in promoting the organization, and  increase its visibility."

For more information: www.innovationquarter.nl

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18/08/2017 Week of Regional Entrepreneurship - - UvA-AMC-HvA Ventures expand

Week of Regional Entrepreneurship - -  UvA-AMC-HvA Ventures

From 14 August to 23 August, the gong ceremony at Beursplein 5 focuses on the activity and entrepreneurship in the various regions in the Netherlands. Euronext has invited the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Regional Development Companies, and regional entrepreneurs, to put their work in the spotlight during the Week of Regional Entrepreneurship.

UvA, AMC and HvA Holding BV are fully owned subsidiaries of the University of Amsterdam, Academic Medical Center and the University of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam respectively. The three holdings manage companies set up to valorise and commercialize the intellectual property generated by the universities.

“New ventures”, a subdivision within the holdings, primarily focuses on commercializing groundbreaking innovations from the three knowledge institutions, assisting scientists and entrepreneurs with company creation, investments, scaling up and exits. As of 2017, the three holdings collectively manage approximately 35 active portfolio companies. In addition to growing technology centric companies, the holdings also stimulate entrepreneurship amongst students and researchers by sponsoring many educational programs and events in Amsterdam. In this respect, the holdings actively contribute to and participate in initiatives that further develop the thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Amsterdam region.

René van Vlerken, Head Small & Mid Cap Listings at Euronext Amsterdam: ''The Regional development companies are extremely important for the growth of the Dutch economy and accelerating innovation.'' Entrepreneurship and the exchange go hand in hand, for over 400 years. Euronext plays an important role in the financing of the real economy. "With initiatives like Euronext Growth and our exclusive TechShare program, we support medium and small businesses in their growth, we provide access to finance, help in promoting the organization, and  increase its visibility."

For more information: www.uvaholding.nl

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17/08/2017 Week of Regional Entrepreneurship - LIOF expand

Week of Regional Entrepreneurship - LIOF

From 14 August to 23 August, the gong ceremony at Beursplein 5 focuses on the activity and entrepreneurship in the various regions in the Netherlands. Euronext has invited the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Regional Development Companies to put their work in the spotlight during the Week of Regional Entrepreneurship.

LIOF visits the Amsterdam exchange to open trading during  the Week of Regional Entrepreneurship by sounding the gong. They attended the gong ceremony with Limburg-based companies: Ronmas, Robomotive, Vectioneer, Mine Kafon, Accerion, and GDO. LIOF helps SMEs in Limburg to grow and supports them every step of the way. By supporting SMEs we stimulate growth in the entire region. If the region grows, so does everyone in it. For LIOF growth is not just about sales and profits but also about greater competitiveness - to offer advantages and generate social returns. LIOF’s work in the region is made tangible by creating jobs in Limburg, providing relevant products and services in and for Limburg, and enhancing the reputation of the region as it ascends the rankings for innovation and job opportunities.

René van Vlerken, Head Small & Mid Cap Listings at Euronext Amsterdam: ''The Regional development companies are extremely important for the growth of the Dutch economy and accelerating innovation.'' Entrepreneurship and the exchange go hand in hand, for over 400 years. Euronext plays an important role in the financing of the real economy. "With initiatives like Euronext Growth and our exclusive TechShare program, we support medium and small businesses in their growth, we provide access to finance, help in promoting the organization, and  increase its visibility."

For more information: www.liof.nl

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16/08/2017 Ministry of Economic Affairs expand

Week of Regional Entrepreneurship - Ministry of Economic Affairs 

From 14 August to 22 August, the gong ceremony at Beursplein 5 focuses on the activity and entrepreneurship in the various regions in the Netherlands. Euronext has invited the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Regional Development Companies to put their work in the spotlight during the Week of Regional Entrepreneurship.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, along with regional governments (mostly provinces), is a shareholder of five RDCs (NOM, Oost NV, LIOF, BOM and IQ). The RDCs connect national innovation and top sector policy to regional economic policy, and in doing so are important for the services to innovative SMEs. Through their venture capital companies RDCs support and finance innovations of SMEs and contribute to the economic growth and employment of the region. Pieter Waasdorp, director of entrepreneurship, sounds the gong in the presence of colleagues, all of whom are concerned with the RDCs.

Pieter Waasdorp: "The Ministry of Economic Affairs supports and encourages entrepreneurship in the Netherlands in different ways. For example, by improving access to finance for SMEs, by providing information and by issuing guarantees such as the BMKB and the GO to companies. In addition, we encourage the start-up and growth of companies and help companies to new forms of funding. We do this together with partners like the Regional Development Companies, but also with Startup Delta and the Chamber of Commerce. "

René van Vlerken, Head Small & Mid Cap Listings at Euronext Amsterdam: ''The Regional development companies are extremely important for the growth of the Dutch economy and accelerating innovation.'' Entrepreneurship and the exchange go hand in hand, for over 400 years. Euronext plays an important role in the financing of the real economy. "With initiatives like Euronext Growth and our exclusive TechShare program, we support medium and small businesses in their growth, we provide access to finance, help in promoting the organization, and  increase its visibility."

For more information:  www.rijksoverheid.nl

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