40 Amsterdam Tech Startups To Work For (or Follow) in 2019
Amsterdam startups represent 11% of the total job market in the city, with 60,000 people working at 1,052 tech companies, making it one of the hottest cities for tech companies. Not only has the city produced homegrown successes like Booking.com, Tomtom and Adyen, it is also home to the European headquarters of tech giants such as Netflix, Uber, and Tesla.
Amsterdam tech companies are one of the main drivers of 13% job growth a year, and venture capital activity in the city has tripled over the last four years. With strong support for the tech scene, use of the English language, and affordable cost of living, it’s no surprise that Amsterdam was ranked the foremost European Tech city in which to work.
Amsterdam Startups & Tech Companies
Amsterdam Travel & Hospitality Startups
Polarsteps is a mobile application that helps to track your travel journey via route, photos and trip statistics, so that you can share it with your friends and family. The app plans, tracks, and shares your journey while you are on the move. Created by Job Harmsen, Koen Droste, Maximiliano Neustadt, Niek Bokkers in 2015, the company has received $5.25 million USD in funding, with the latest Series A funding of $3.4 million USD in 2019.
Started by Michael Ros and Casper Knieriem in 2014, Bidroom aims to bring more fairness to the hospitality industry online by eliminating high commission fees imposed by other travel sites. Bidroom is a commission-free hotel booking platform that connects hotels directly with customers. Customers pay a membership fee to access 120,000 hotels in 128 countries with a 5-25% discount on their reservations. They have raised $24 million USD in total so far, with $17 million USD in Series A funding in November 2018.
RefundMe is a platform that allow passengers to receive compensation for delayed or cancelled flights. Their Advanced Business Logic (ABL) technology employs user data to check if customers are entitled for compensation, and settles cases with the airline for a fee. RefundMe is available in 150+ countries, has worked with 350+ airlines in their cases, and has a team of experts specialising in passenger rights guidelines based on EU Regulation 261/2004. Founded by Dr. Joachim Hertel and Eve Büchner in 2012, they acquired Travel Notes, a travel app startup, in April 2016.
Used by 1,000 hotels in more than 45 countries, Hotelchamp has become the leading marketing platform for the hotel industry. Hotelchamp helps hoteliers boost direct bookings on their website using artificial intelligence (AI) and smart technology. Founded by Kasper Middelkoop and Kristian Valk in 2015, they have raised $4.6 million USD with two rounds of seed funding.
Amsterdam E-commerce Tech Startups
An online supermarket platform, Picnic delivers groceries to customers for the lowest prices, with zero food waste and free delivery via electric delivery vans. Picnic runs in 12 cities in the Netherlands, and is expanding into 20 cities in Germany in 2019. It was founded in 2015 by Frederik Nieuwenhuys, Joris Beckers and Michiel Muller, and raised $114 million USD in March 2017 in a Series B round of funding.
Otrium is an online shop-in-shop fashion marketplace that has 300,000 users and 60 brands across the Benelux countries. The marketplace keeps entry costs low for the businesses and mostly helps emerging brands to move excess inventory off their shelves. Launched by Max Klijnstra and Milan Daniels in 2015, the business has have raised $1.8 million USD in 3 rounds of funding–Angel, Seed and Venture.
A floral subscription service that delivers flowers directly from local growers to customers’ doorsteps, Bloomon has been coined the “Netflix of flowers”. The company aims to shorten the supply chain of flower delivery, and is currently present in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and the United Kingdom. Founded by Patrick Hurenkamp, it has raised $26.9 million USD in 2 rounds of series A and B funding.
Amsterdam Health & Science Startups
NLC is a European healthtech incubator that brings tech, people and capital together to build healthtech startups. They work with European research institutes, hospitals, innovative SMEs, inventors, and entrepreneurs to create new healthcare-related ventures. Their investment arm NLC Capital is a pre-seed investment fund that provides seed capital for the ventures. Launched by Bert-Arjan Millenaar, the incubator raised $8 million USD with 2 rounds of seed funding, with $1.14 million USD raised during the latest seed round in January 2019.
A healthtech startup, Agendia provides genomic testing and personalised treatment plans for cancer patients with their MammaPrint and BluePrint tests. Agendia’s genomic testing can assess an individual’s risk for metastasis, and allows a more informed decision about a patient’s treatment plan for cancer. It was started by Laura Johanna van ‘t Veer and Rene Bernards in 2003, which since then has raised $182.3 million USD through 9 rounds of funding. The latest round of private equity funding in July 2018 raised $35 million USD.
SkinVision offers a complete skin health diagnosis with the use of machine learning technology. It is based on clinical trials in partnership with the university clinic of Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich in 2013. SkinVision is designed as a mobile app that helps you track your skin health for moles and risks of skin cancer. The company has a customer portfolio of 1.2 million users and 3.5 million photos uploaded to its database. Founded in 2012 by Mircea Popa and Victor Anastasiu, they have raised $12.2 million USD in Seed, Venture, Series A and B rounds of funding.
Siilo is a free secure messaging app for healthcare teams to connect with one another and discuss challenging medical cases. Information shared is secured through open-source end-to-end encryption and TLS 1.2 transport layer security, and the app also provides features to protect the privacy of patients being discussed. Arvind Rao, Jan-Joost Rueb, Joost Bruggeman and Onno Bakker founded this startup in 2016, with $5.1 million USD secured in 1 round of seed funding with investor EQT Ventures.
Shleep is a sleep-coaching app that helps users understand their sleeping behaviour via their unique algorithm and design a tailor-made coaching programme to help them sleep better. Launched in 2017 by Els van der Helm and Joeran Albers, Shleep was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, and is currently being used at companies like the Huffington Post, Deloitte, Facebook and Spotify.
Amsterdam Energy & Transport Tech Startups
Founded by Eduard Zanen and Jurriaan Ruys in 2013, Land Life Company is an Amsterdam startup that promotes nature reforestation. The founders have developed a low-cost, sustainable tree planting process with their Cocoon planting technology to help with ecosystem reforestation. The startup has raised $6.7 million USD, with $4 million USD raised in Series A funding on October 8 2018. In the fall of 2018, they planted 300,000 trees across 30 hectares of degraded land in the United States, Spain, and Mexico.
Vandebron delivers green electricity and gas to individual and business customers, by selling energy produced by independent energy suppliers on its online platform. By bypassing utilities suppliers, consumers can choose where their energy source comes from and get a better price on true renewable energy. Aart van Veller and Matthijs Guichelaar founded this startup in 2014, and they have since raised $2.3 million USD in 2 rounds of Seed and Venture funding.
Takeaway.com is an online food delivery service platform and app with operations in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Portugal and Vietnam. The platform delivered food orders of $1.28 million USD and had a yearly revenue of $159 million USD in 30 June 2017. It was founded by Jitse Groen in 2000 and has raised $874 million USD over 3 rounds of funding. It is currently valued at $1.3 billion USD, since it has been listed on Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange in 2016 with the ticker AMS: TKWY.
Quicargo is an online marketplace for shippers and carriers to optimise unutilised truck loading spaces. Their smart technology matches real-time shipment requests with available carriers. Founded by Avishai Trabelsi and Roni Liberman in 2015, the men have raised $5 million USD, with $3.42 million USD raised in the latest venture round in October 2018.
A moving comparison website that allows users to compare quotes and select trustworthy independent movers that meet their requirements, ScanMovers works with 100+ high-quality movers who place bids through a closed bidding system. The startup raised $1.48 million USD, with $570,485 in an Angel Round in 2017 and $798,605 in a Seed Round in 2018. It was founded by Boyan Nijpels and Maurits Koopman in 2016.
Etergo is an Amsterdam startup that produces AppScooter, the first electric scooter that has incorporated Android apps into its cockpit. The AppScooter goes from 0 to 28 mph in 3.9 seconds, and runs up to 150 miles with a 3-pack battery. Founded in 2014 by Bart Jacobsz Rosier and Marijn Flipse, Etergo has raised $18.6 million USD in 4 rounds of funding. The latest was a venture round of $11.4 million USD in December 2018.
Launching in early 2019, dott is a Dutch scooter-sharing startup by Henri Moissinac and Maxim Romain. Romain was the Ofo’s former head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the company has raised $22.8 million USD in one round of Venture Series funding in December 2018. Dott plans to launch in several cities across Europe, with an e-scooter pilot at Station F, a startup campus in Paris. The company wants to work with local authorities to gain approval for their e-scooter use, utilises scooters that use e-ABS system for a safer ride, and has local teams of workers to help maintain their fleets.
Active in 10 countries including Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, Greenflux has developed a cloud-based smart charging platform and smart charging controller for drivers of electric vehicles. Greenflux has recently been awarded a tender by the Dutch Government to provide its technology for smart charging stations at more than 100 government offices. Launched in 2011 by Hans de Boer and Jurjen de Jong, the startup has since raised $12.6 million USD in 2 rounds of Series A and B funding.
Fastned is an Amsterdam-based startup with a network of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) across the Netherlands. You can charge your EV at a Fastned station in 20 minutes, and pay electronically through their Fastned app. Started by Bart Lubbers and Michiel Langezaal, the company raised $45.7 million USD, and went public on the NPEX exchange under the ticker NPEX:FAST in 2014.
Graphics, Media & Communication Startups
Launched by Daan Reijnders and Joost Galama in 2013, Instant Magazine is a cloud-based Software As A Service (SaaS) platform that allows companies to create their own digital assets like magazines, white papers and brochures. The digital publications are optimized for mobile, tablets and desktops. They provide helpful ways to self-publish content to generate leads, engage audiences, and empower sales. The company raised $6.8 million USD, with $5.4 million USD raised in Series B funding in 2018.
Framer is a design tool that helps enterprises create realistic interactive prototypes for the web and mobile. It is used by companies like Pinterest, Facebook, Mailchimp, and Deliveroo to design and prototype their platform layouts and interfaces. Founded by Jorn van Dijk and Koen Bok, it has raised $33 million USD in 3 rounds of funding, including $24 million USD in November 2018 with their Series B funding.
Swipeguide is a platform to create and publish interactive and visual instructions to any device and screen in a visual format. Their ‘Instruction Recommendation Engine’ tool uses machine learning to provide instructional design feedback across their platform. Launched in 2015 by Daan Assen and Willemijn Schneyder, this Amsterdam startup has raised $1.48 million USD, with $1.14 million raised in 2018 in February 28 2018.
Creative Fabrica is a graphic design site that gives access to unlimited fonts, crafts and graphics to designers for a monthly subscription price, thereby reducing project costs and boosting productivity. Founded by Anca Stefan in 2016, it has raised $570,608 USD in 1 Seed Round funding with Peak Capital.
Fairphone aims to create smartphones from a long-lasting modular design, made with fair materials, in good working conditions and encourage recycling and reusing. It is a social enterprise started by Bas van Abel and Miguel Ballester in 2010 that makes the world’s first fairly designed and produced smartphone. The startup has raised $40.7 million USD in 7 rounds of funding, with institutions such as ABN AMRO and Dutch Good Growth Fund as their investors.
A work communication tool that helps companies connect with their frontline employees through a messaging system, Speakap helps boost employee engagement and improve the customer experience. Launched by Erwin van der Vlist and Patrick van der Mijl, the company raised $17.9 million USD over 5 rounds of funding, most recently in April 2018 with $14.3 million USD.
Messagebird is a cloud-based communications platform that uses voice, short message service (SMS) and chat application programming interfaces (APIs) to connect enterprises with their customers for customer service and support. Messagebird was started by Adriaan Mol and Robert Vis in 2011, and has since raised $60.1 million USD with a seed round and Series A funding. They have also acquired 4 telecom startups, Highside Telecom, Mollie SMS, Buongiorno SMS and SMSCity.
Yabbu is a communication tool that helps teams make faster decisions, monitor progress, and discuss topics without face-to-face meetings. Information is gathered beforehand and discussions started, with only the most important agenda points left to be discussed. Willem Jacobs started Yabbu in 2011, and it has raised $142,653 USD from 1 round of funding.
Ligo provides legal advice online for entrepreneurs at affordable prices. It offers legal documents, notarial services, and phone consultations with lawyers. The startup is disrupting the legal industry by offering legal services at a monthly subscription rate at around $45 per month. Founded by Wendy Bogers in 2015, they raised $570,611 USD in seed round funding in August 2018.
Amsterdam Fintech Tech Startups
Factris is a fintech startup that provides working capital to small- and medium-sized businesses by buying their unpaid invoices, a type of financing called invoice factoring. Their credit lines start from $114,145 to $5.7 million USD, with prices as low as 0.5% per invoice and funding done within one day. Founded by Brice Laurent and Marcel Meijer in 2017, the company has raised $1.7 million USD in a seed round with Speedinvest in November 2018. They have also recently acquired two other fintech startups, Crown Finance and DEBIFO in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Ohpen is a Dutch fintech that produces a cloud-based banking platform to administer retail investment and savings accounts. The company provides core banking services to clients like Robeco, De Volksbank and Aegon. They raised $45.7 million USD in 2 rounds of Series B and Series C funding. Founded by Bas Wouwenaar, Chris Zadeh, Erik Drijkoningen and Ilco van Bolhuis, they obtained $28.5 million USD in their latest Series C funding on February 5, 2018.
Amsterdam Lifestyle Startups
Tiqets is a mobile and desktop-based ticketing platform for customers to buy and use tickets for museums, show and attractions. It operates in several cities such as Barcelona, London, New York, and Paris, and serves to help speed up admissions to attractions with its mobile-ticketing service. It was founded in 2014 by Christiaan Solcer, Luuc Elzinga, Maarten Raaijmakers, Marijn Speelman, and Robert Westers. Tiquets has raised $45.5 million USD in funding, with $23 million USD in the latest Series B funding in November 2018.
Onefit is a fitness membership subscription with access to gyms and studios in the Netherlands and Germany. Founded by ex-basketball player Camille Richardson and Serge Brabander in 2013, they have raised $5.82 million USD — $970,282 USD from a Venture Round and $4.9 million from Series A funding. The company achieved $11.4 million USD in revenue in 2018, and has launched in Barcelona.
Built for interior design enthusiasts, Cafedeco is an online interior platform to help users find their design style, and get advice and inspiration from designers. Users take photos of furniture that they like, upload them to the platform, and a team of interior design specialists identifies the furniture to find out where they are sold. Cafedeco was launched in 2015 by Anne de Jongh, Peter Bijsterveld, Leon de Haas and Liesbeth Veen-van Adrichem, who raised $342,455 from 3 private investors.
Amsterdam EdTech Startups
Even though Studyportals is based in Eindhoven, it deserves a special mention in our Amsterdam list due to their impressive growth. StudyPortals is an online platform that links students with higher education programmes across the world, including a database of universities, business schools, law schools and 28 million prospective students. The platform covers over 170,000 courses at 3,050 educational institutes for 110 countries. Founded by Edwin van Rest, Magnus Olsson, and Thijs Putman in 2009, Studyportals raised $6 million USD over 3 rounds, with the latest Series A funding on March 27, 2017.
Amsterdam IoT Startups
Hiber is an Amsterdam startup that provides global and affordable Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity via Hiberband nano-satellites to remote locations around the world. The process involves transmitting data from modems and antennas owned by clients directly to the nano-satellites, which are then sent back to earth via two satellite stations. The network will be operational in early 2019 and serve 25 pilot customers, with a potential of $4.6 billion USD for growth. Coen Janssen, Erik Wienk, Ernst Peter Hovinga, Laurens Groenendijk and Maarten Engelen founded the company in 2016 and raised $14.5 million USD over 5 funding rounds.
ZIVVER is a tool that helps to secure sensitive information sent via emails and file transfers through the use of Transport Layer Security (TLS)-secured connections, protected by asymmetric encryption and two-factor (2FA) authentication. ZIVVER integrates with users’ existing email provider, and allows for large files transfers of up to 5TB. Founded in 2015 by Alwin Schoemaker, Jeroen Diederix, Rick Goud and Vincent van Donselaar, the company has raised $15.2 million USD through a Venture Round and Series A funding in 2017 and 2018.
Started by Jeroen Coumans and Marcel Lamers in 2014, Lone Rooftop uses Position Intelligence Engine (PIE) technology to calculate the position of people and utilisation of space in buildings to optimise occupancy rates in buildings. PIE uses existing WiFi signals to reduce waste of energy supply and space in building usage. Lone Rooftop raised $3 million USD over 2 rounds of seed and venture funding.
Bynder is an Amsterdam startup that provides a cloud-based digital asset management software to help companies store and share digital content to create a more streamlined workflow. More than 150,000 brand managers, marketers and creatives make use of the portal to bring their brand message to market faster. Started by Chris Hall in 2013, they have raised $22.2 million USD in funding over 2 rounds–Angel and Series A rounds of funding.