Today we’re exploring the city of canals, coffee shops, bikes, and stroopwafels. Amsterdam is an outstanding European attraction, but most importantly for us, it is a hotspot for fast-growing startups, also home to The Next Web Conference, one of Europe’s biggest tech events. With international tech talent, high quality of life, and a large number of innovative startups, the Dutch capital is one of Europe’s most active startup hubs.
For this article we’ve scouted super promising early-stage startups, founded between 2018 and 2021, taking into consideration team size, funding, growth rate, innovation, and market size. Here are 10 exceptionally promising Amsterdam-based startups to keep an eye on in 2021 and beyond:
Dott is a shared micromobility operator aiming to create more inclusive cityscapes with less congestion and pollution. In addition to fostering strong collaborations with municipalities and local mobility ecosystems, Dott is delivering accessible, convenient, and safe rides to make green travel the easy choice for everyone in Europe. Founded in 2018, the team has raised the impressive amount of over €118.8 million to develop safer and more sustainable scooters, with bigger wheels, reliable road grip, a double brake system, and swappable batteries.
Crisp is an online-only supermarket that prioritises ultra-fresh and transparently sourced products. The startup uses technology and a zero food waste model to make the supply chain shorter and more transparent, building a lasting solution to the pitfalls of traditional online supermarkets. They achieve this by purchasing directly from small makers, breeders, and growers. Launched in 2018, the startup has grown to a team of 200+ and has raised over €21 million. Ordered through a mobile shopping app, customer orders are delivered within one-hour time slots.
Orderchamp is a fast-growing wholesale marketplace connecting thousands of European brands and retailers, via algorithm-powered recommendations. Orderchamp offers more than 200,000 products (including Home and Living, Kitchen and Dining, Baby and Kids, Stationery, Jewelry and Accessories, Food and Beverage, and Beauty and Health) and only collaborates with brands that share handmade, natural, sustainable, or ethical values. Created in 2019, the team has raised around €19.9 million to build and improve the platform to empower local and online retailers.
Lepaya is a skills training startup that provides high-impact training at the career points of professionals. They do this through Lepaya’s learning app and short interactive classroom sessions with the expert trainers. The training programmes are flexible, easy to access, non-time consuming, and constantly measure behavioral change of participants. Founded in 2018, the team has raised €6.5 million to help workers to be more effective and unlock their full potential to stay a step ahead in life and in business.
Finom is a fintech startup built specifically for entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized enterprises. They aim to bring the technologies of the future to business management processes for entrepreneurs, enabling them to spend their resources on their businesses and on themselves. Created in 2019, Finom has raised more than €16 million to bring together different financial services such as accounting, financial management, and a business account into one solution. Early-stage businesses can sign up for an online account within minutes and enjoy all the advantages via mobile and web apps.
Overstory aims to become the standard in predictive planet intelligence. By applying machine learning to satellite imagery, Overstory creates insights into the quantity and quality of forests and other natural resources. By applying artificial intelligence to satellite imagery, the startup analyzes vegetation on Earth to prevent wildfires and power outages, enabling smarter infrastructure management and safer communities. Born in 2018, the team has raised over €1.7 million to provide utilities with visibility, risk analysis, and optimization recommendations for vegetation management.
Sentinels is an intelligent transaction monitoring platform. The startup empowers compliance officers and supports financial institutions on their journey to deliver highly scalable services. Sentinels increases growth, decreases operational costs and ensures customer satisfaction. Founded in 2019, the team has raised €5.7 million to replace too-lean and too-rigid business rules with machine learning models and an investigator-centric approach. Overall, Sentinels converts current compliance efforts into data-driven confident decisions, resulting in faster and more efficient case management and risk assessment.
Founda is on a mission to give the healthcare world the technology it needs for a fair price. The startup has built infrastructure for the global healthcare sector. Healthcare IT systems, applications, and organizations ranging from startups to large hospitals use Founda’s platform for connectivity. Born in 2019, the team has raised over €12.5 million to improve collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation through better interoperability in healthcare. They replace old, expensive, and single-purpose connections with deep and scalable integrations in healthcare IT systems.
Dyme offers its users an easy-to-use and efficient solution to manage their subscriptions, by combining financial data with machine learning technologies. With the Dyme application, users receive insight into their recurring expenses, listing all subscriptions in one clear overview. The app lets users manage, cancel, and switch their subscriptions, with a single click. Founded in 2018, the fintech startup has raised around €2.6 million to empower people to easily understand and manage their subscription expenses from the comfort of their smartphones.
TestGorilla aims to make hiring the best people easy and unbiased, offering screening tests at an affordable price. Recruiters can use TestGorilla to save valuable time, make hiring decisions objectively, and avoid expensive mis-hires. The recruiting startup replaces subjective, incomplete, and often inflated CVs with objective, reliable, and fair test results that measure aptitude, practical job skills, culture add, and motivation. Founded in 2019, the team has raised around €9.5 million and has developed a library of more than 150 scientifically validated tests.
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