Parliamentary questions on the Social Debt initiative

1. Parliamentary question on MT/Sprou article

D66 MP Hülya Kat wrote parliamentary questions on Tuesday as a result of an MT/Sprout interview with entrepreneur Jamal Oulel. The entrepreneur once had to deal with a financial loss and is now trying to help young people get rid of their debts. “They are stuck in a negative circle, and it is reinforced by the debt collection industry and bailiffs,” Oulel tells MT/Sprout. ‘They constantly introduce price increases and thus make money from the misery of these young people.’ With his company SocialDebt, he takes over young people’s debts and reduces outstanding bills to one monthly payment.

Kat would like to know from the Minister for Poverty, Participation and Pensions Carola Schouten if she recognizes the image that ‘with quick financial support sometimes much bigger problems can be prevented’. She would also like to know, among other things, whether the Social Debt initiative can be scaled up further with public and private partners. Minister Schouten has not yet answered the questions.

Read the story: Jamal Oulel juxtaposes debt collection agencies with his fintech Socialdebt

2. After all, Tesla does not break German advertising regulations

Tesla will not be banned in Germany from advertising its self-driving features. This is stated by the federal court following a complaint by the Wettbewerbszentrale, a monitoring organization for fair competition. The case had previously been brought before a lower court, which ruled in favor of the organization, to which Tesla appealed. The Wettbewerbszentrale then filed a complaint with the Federal Court, which again ruled in favor of Tesla.

It concerns two Tesla functions: Autopilot and the Full Self-Driving system. In the future, Tesla cars will be able to drive autonomously with this, or that is the plan, but the time is not yet. Earlier this month, the announcement of this system already led to a charge of fraud by the Californian regulator DMV. Tesla would act as if the system is already ready, according to DVM.

3. $3.6 million to Dutch gaming company

Dutch gaming company DreamFuel Games has raised $3.6 million from investors. The company announces this in a press release. The growth money comes from the hands of the Hong Kong-based investor SkyVision Capital, American Jump Capital and Seychelles-based OKx Blockdream Ventures.

DreamFuel Games was founded in 2020 by entrepreneurs Marc Bruinsma and Sander Dijkens. The company developed a game where users can make purchases with cryptocurrencies for NFTs or digital objects.

4. Sensoterra scores 1 million

The water management technology company Sensoterra also scores growth money. The start-up raises 1 million euros from future Food Fund and ROM Utrecht Region, the regional development company from Utrecht. Sensoterra supplies water sensors for the agricultural industry. In this way, the company tries to prevent water wastage in the industry. Sensoterra was founded in 2015 and is located in Houten.

5. The labor market even tighter: 16,000 vacancies

The labor market tightened even more in the second quarter of this year. There are now no less than 143 vacancies for every hundred unemployed, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) informs. In the first quarter of 2022, there were still 133 vacancies for every 100 unemployed. At the end of June there was 467 youcurrent vacancies vacancies open, an increase of 16 thousand compared to the first quarter. At the same time, the number of unemployed fell by 11 thousand.

Most unfilled vacancies were in trade (100 thousand), business services (75 thousandend) and care (65 youish). The total number of jobs in the Netherlands increased as well 94 deniersend to one 11,395 thousandend. A record, CBS reports.

Also read: Does your company need to raise wages to attract scarce talent?

6. Nuclear startup raises DKK 12.5 million

Dutch nuclear energy startup Thorizon raises 12.5 million euros from lenders, reports Financieele Dagblad. The group wants to use the money to develop a new type of nuclear power plant. The company produces energy from nuclear waste. Thorizon works with thorium and molten salt for this and claims that no CO2 is released during its energy process. The startup enters into a collaboration with the French nuclear company Orano.

The growth money comes from the private investor Positron Ventures, the state investor Invest-NL and the North Dutch development company PDENH. Founder Sjef Peeraer told FD: ‘There are many nuclear start-ups worldwide, but not many that work with molten salt and thorium’.

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7. And then this: Airbnb wants to keep partygoers out

Airbnb will use special software to prevent parties in rented Airbnb apartments. This is reported by CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky’s American rental platform in an online press release. the company tries to keep risky users out of the software. The software looks at the number of positive and negative reviews from users, how long they have been using the platform and whether they live close to the object to be rented.

If the software marks a user as risky, i.e. a possible party animal, they can no longer book an entire home. However, it is still possible for such a user to reserve a room. The software has been tested in Australia in recent months and will first be implemented in the US and Canada. Ultimately, it should apply to Airbnb users from all over the world.

What we also read:

  • Festivals lack staff, material and, yes, sometimes even visitors (FD)
  • Why big tech benefiting from current oil surpluses (Bloomberg)
  • What is the secret behind the technologynav Toronto? (FD)
  • Elon Musk jokingly tweeted that he would buy Manchester United (The Guardian)

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