Startups are springing up everywhere in Europe at an increasing rate. In the beginning of this year, we took a look at major European countries and tried to come up with a list of 5 startups (each country) to look out for in 2015. We started with Italy, continued with Spain and now it’s time for the Netherlands. It’s been hard to narrow this list down, but we’ve decided to just go with 5 promising Dutch startups out of different sectors. All of them entered the market within the last two years and each of the listed startups has something special to add to the web experience in 2015.
1. LeadBoxer: Founded in 2014, LeadBoxer is a B2B service which converts website traffic into qualified leads. LeadBoxer is based on an existing cloud technology developed by the team at Opentracker.net. The core service of the Amsterdam-based startup is to register engagement from different sources. LeadBoxer shows you which companies are looking at your site, lets you understand what products they are interested in, and helps by moving the right targets along a fully customisable sales pipeline.
2. Node1: The Amsterdam-based startup offers strategic insight, execution roadmaps and trained developers available to enable businesses improve their conversations, conversions, productivity and transactions by providing a secure, stable and logical set of web enabled API business services. Node1 does this by applying business analysis, off the shelf packages and custom development of software with lean development processes. Founded in 2013, Node1 so far raised € 100k in seed financing.
3. CrowdyHouse: Founded in 2013, CrowdyHouse is a crowdfunding platform for design. On CrowdyHouse designers present their ideas for products. When enough people fund and order a product idea the designer uses this funding to create their product and deliver it to them. The young company is based in Amsterdam and secured € 70k in seed funding in April 2014.
4. Sightcorp: A developer of easy-to-integrate and cross-platform Face Analysis Technologies which make it possible to understand people’s interests, profiles and deep subconscious responses to stimuli in real-time. The technologies from Sightcorp are able to detect people’s faces in different real-life setups and retrieve relevant information like age, gender, facial expressions, eye location, head pose, ethnicity and more. The startup is based in Amsterdam and was founded in 2013.
5. Songvice: A marketplace where upcoming musicians can get mentored by experienced music experts and obtain honest and objective feedback on their songs. One of the top features of Songvice is a music experts directory (record labels, experienced musicians, sound engineers). Songvice also offers on-demand technical reports on how artists can improve their original songs. Last but not least, Songvice created a gamified music learning community where more experienced musicians can earn real money for giving advice. Songvice was founded in 2014 and ist based in Amsterdam. The startup took part in the Rockstart Accelerator program.
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