\The Netherlands' startups and scaleups to watch in 2021

\The Netherlands' startups and scaleups to watch in 2021

In the first half of 2021, €3.8bn in venture capital funding was raised by startups in The Netherlands, which has a thriving tech ecosystem.

So far this year, startups in The Netherlands have raised a record €3.8bn from VC funds, more than thee €1.7bn in all of 2020.

But which are the country's most exciting startups and scaleups? Which are the ones to watch in 2021?

Our team of experts at Sifted have chosen a list of more than 100 exciting companies we think you need to know about, with an added 'Sifted take' to provide an extra layer of insight on the most interesting.

It's a mixture of the big and the small, the well known and the under the radar. But all are making waves. Keep reading below and stay informed about Europe’s new economy!

(P.S The data is from European Startups with valuation estimates from Dealroom. If there is anyone missing from this list, or anything is wrong, please let us know by email at [email protected]).

Key

Year founded

Amount raised

Last funding round

Valuation

Employees

Delft Circuits's logo

Delft Circuits

Quantum hardware

hardware / quantum

delft-circuits.com

Delft, Netherlands

2016

€2m

GRANT

10-50

Sifted Take

Delft Circuits is doing things differently. Founder Sal Bosman refused to sign a deal with a VC firm due to the common drag-along clause, giving the firm the right to force the sale of the company. Instead, he’s keeping the quantum hardware company going on angels, government grants and bank loans — and is keen to keep it independent for as long as possible.

Still, Delft Circuits has a pretty secure niche — providing cables for quantum computers used by Intel, Microsoft and QuTech. Quantum computers need to be supercooled, which faults ordinary cables.

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I AM POP's logo

I AM POP

Start conversations that grow your business using the all-in-one chat marketing platform

music / marketing

iampop.com

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016

€2m

EARLY VC

€8-12m

10-50

Sifted Take

This social media platform allows companies to send selective messages to their users and fans — an increasingly essential service as the more engaging 'chat-based marketing' is on the up.

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Wonderkind's logo

Wonderkind

Fully automated job advertising platform

recruitment / adtech

wonderkind.com

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016

€2m

SERIES A

10-50

Woov's logo

Woov

Social, Nightlife, Festivals, Chat, Location, Groups

event tech /

woov.com

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017

€2m

SEED

€8-12m

10-50

Soulpicks's logo

Soulpicks

Next-generation POI social recommendation platform. A community of like minds, experts and locals sharing the places they love

travel / app

soulpicks.com

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2018

€2m

SEED

€10m

1-10

Tykn's logo

Tykn

Providing access to human rights through digital identities. Because people matter

fintech / security

tykn.tech

The Hague, Netherlands

2016

€2m

EARLY VC

€10m

1-10

Klippa's logo

Klippa

AI powered document and workflow automation

fintech / enterprise software

klippa.com/en/home-en

Groningen, Netherlands

2015

€1m

SEED

€5-7m

10-50

Sifted Take

Klippa digitises financial documents for businesses, and in 2019 it expanded into Germany, France and Spain. In 2020, Bizcuit Group gave them €1.2m to accelerate their model and to buy out their earlier angel investors — plus they moved into the US market. What are its plans for 2021? Check off Switzerland, Austria and the UK.

Shleep's logo

Shleep

Helping organizations and people sleep better and be happier and more productive

health / app

shleep.com

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017

€1m

SEED

€6-8m

10-50

Onera Health's logo

Onera Health

Medical devices for sleep diagnostics

health / medical devices

onerahealth.com

Eindhoven, Netherlands

2017

€11m

GRANT

€34-51m

10-50

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Naduvi's logo

Naduvi

Outlet for home and living

ecommerce / home living

naduvi.com

Amstelveen, Netherlands

2019

€10m

SERIES A

€4-7m

50-100

Crisp's logo

Crisp

Online supermarket for quality products

food / logistics & delivery

crisp.nl

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2018

€47m

SERIES B

100-500

Sifted Take

The delivery-only supermarket connects customers with local farmers to tackle food waste — and clearly that's appealing to customers, especially during a pandemic. It offers supplies from over 300 small producers, including bakers, fishermen and farmers. It's a clear alternative within the grocery market which is actually expected to grow by 20% between 2017 and 2025 — plus, foodtech is the fastest growing sector in the Netherlands according to Dealroom.

In 2020 it saw a seven-fold increase in sales, more than likely due to Covid-19. In March 2021, the startup announced a raise of €30m from Target Global and Keen Venture Partners.

Get the full lowdown on what makes Crisp different.

Creative Fabrica's logo

Creative Fabrica

Offers premium content from leading designers through an affordable subscription; reducing project costs and boosting productivity

media / content production

creativefabrica.com

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016

€7m

SERIES A

€25-38m

50-100

Sifted Take

In early January 2021, the social marketplace for creatives raised $7m in its Series A round led by Felix Capital. It's using the money to triple its team and expand into new markets — and already has presence n the US, UK, Canada and Australia with 1m users.

ParkBee's logo

ParkBee

Develop smart tech to deliver easy to use affordable parking

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2013

€7m

SERIES A

€20-30m

50-100

LipoCoat's logo

LipoCoat

Our mission is to improve the medical device performance, comfort and safety using (bio-inspired) coatings

health / biotech

lipocoat.com

Enschede, Netherlands

2016

€6m

SERIES A

€6-9m

10-50

Sifted Take

Covid-19 needed a startup like LipoCoat, which spun out of the University of Twente. It's on a mission to combat something called biofouling, when medical devices lose performance over time due to the formation of biomolecules and even bacteria on their surfaces. LipoCoat's nanocoatings prevent this from happening using naturally-inspired molecules that mean contact with the human body doesn't impact the device as much.

Investors saw this potential early on in the pandemic — it raised €1.5m from the High Tech Fund based in Enschede and Innovation Fund Rabobank, allowing it to bring further innovations to market faster. LipoCoat is currently conducting seven research projects.

Polarsteps's logo

Polarsteps

Automatically track your trips

travel / content production

polarsteps.com

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015

€4m

€12-18m

10-50

Purple Gaze's logo

Purple Gaze

Purple Gaze enables researchers to identify brain disorders by providing affordable Eye Tracking software & hardware

health / biotech

purplegaze.io

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2019

€0m

ANGEL

€60-90k

1-10

SkelEx's logo

SkelEx

Designs, produces and markets custom exoskeleton solutions

health /

skel-ex.com

Rotterdam, Netherlands

2013

SEED

10-50

Sifted Take

Designed for manual labourers and manufacturers, SkelEx supports posture and heightens human strength. Since 2017, the company has seen sales of its flagship product, SkelEx 360, quadruple.

In 2019, they told Sifted they expected non-powered exoskeletons to be made mandatory; in 10 years commonplace; and by 2045 significantly evolved. Regardless, external estimates state the exoskeleton market is expected to hit $1.9bn by 2015.

Read more: Seven exoskeleton startups rising up in Europe

Cargoroo's logo

Cargoroo

A smart electric cargo bike (bakfiets). You pay for your use

travel /

cargoroo.nl

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017

€1m

SEED

€2-3m

10-50

Sifted Take

Another electric mobility startup, you ask? Well, Amsterdam, the city where everyone cycles, is at the forefront of all things new in the mobility market. Cargoroo is focused on the countless families who roam the city — and indeed, 70% of its rides have transported kids. The bike has a low-slung box behind the front wheel and is battery-powered. Moreover, the company won the European Startup Prize for Mobility in 2019 and even won EU money to launch in seven EU cities. The future’s bright.

Read more: E-Cargo bikes aim for the family market

Dyme's logo

Dyme

Banking app

fintech / banking

dyme.app

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2018

€3m

SEED

€2-4m

10-50

Sifted Take

Dyme is in the top 10 most downloaded finance apps in the Netherlands, and allows users to access not only all their bank accounts, but analyses all your utility bills and subscriptions for you — and if you're paying too much, they renegotiate on your behalf. It's already saved its Dutch userbase €3 million in total, and in January 2021 partnered with Tink, an open banking tech. [21 fintechs to watch in 2021, according to top founders])(https://sifted.eu/articles/21-fintechs-to-watch-in-2021/)

Pyramid Analytics's logo

Pyramid Analytics

Recognized innovator in business analytics, combining the best of self-service analytics and legacy BI systems

enterprise software /

pyramidanalytics.com

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008

€61m

LATE VC

€91-136m

50-100

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