Although the pandemic created a financial crisis around the world, it’s the startups that helped keep the economy afloat in several European countries. However, some innovative startups globally have reacted faster and have been critical in helping countries shift towards fully digital. Talking about the Netherlands, startups are the number one job growth engine accounting for higher job growth than any individual sector. In fact, the Dutch startup ecosystem has shown strong resilience during COVID-19, claims a report.
We are into the 6th month of 2021, and the Dutch startups are likely to witness a strong hiring uptick as the business and revenues bounce back, with growth for some even surpassing pre-pandemic levels.
We understand that finding a job doesn’t happen overnight and that it’s a job in itself – we want to make that search of yours a little bit easier. On this note, we have compiled a list of 11 Netherlands-based startups that have raised capital in the month of May and are looking for expansion and hiring fresh talents right now. If your friends are looking for jobs, do share this article with them.
Certain details of these startups, such as founders’ names, founded year, and the total funding raised, have been sourced from Dealroom.
Founded in: 2019
Orderchamp claims to reimagine wholesale by bringing independent retailers and brands together via an online marketplace in order to empower local communities globally. The company collaborates with brands that meet specific quality criteria, meaning the products need to incorporate values like handmade, natural, sustainable, or ethical. In this way, it allows retailers to stand out from the crowd with their unique product assortment.
Based on algorithms, tailored recommendations are made to retailers with the right brands and products. On its platform, the company offers an assortment of more than 200,000 products from over 1,800 different European brands, including Home & Living, Kitchen & Dining, Baby & Kids, Stationery, Jewelry & Accessories, Food & Beverage and Beauty & Health.
Founder(s): Adriaan Mol
Founded in: 2004
Mollie is a payments platform that offers a process for integrating payments into a site or app. It is a technology-based company processing payments for more than 50,000 clients with local payment methods such as Mastercard, VISA, Amex, PayPal, iDEAL, Bancontact, Bitcoin, SEPA Direct Debit, Cartes Bancaires, ESP, Giropay, SOFORT Banking, and more. The company aims to make online payment simple for merchants by taking away the complexity from payment methods and offering a simple, but powerful API. Recently, Mollie also announced the appointment of a new CEO, Shane Happach.
With the recent developments, the company is also looking to expand its team in various roles including marketing, engineering, product, finance, and many others. You can apply here.
Founded in: 2018
GRASP’s solution helps airports to accelerate the transition to fully autonomous processes. It offers an advanced radar system in combination with proprietary developed software that is accurate and GDPR compliant. The software automates repetitive tasks currently performed by security personnel, such as the manual surveillance at access controls. In addition, the solution also provides actionable insight into the performance of passenger security checks which results in potential staff planning improvement and an increase in security capacity – and in the process, helps lead to shorter queue times for passengers.
Currently focused on aviation, GRASP also caters to other industry customers that deal with security operations, such as banks or other high-value environments. The company recently raised funding and is looking to expand its workforce.
Founder(s): Dr. Theo Wiggers
Founded in: 2014
Incision is a platform for surgical performance and online training. The company is on a mission to improve surgical care. It is building a knowledge platform that supports the training and the execution of operations.
Currently, Incision employs more than 40 people internationally and has over 175 Universities and hospitals under contract globally. On its website, the company mentions that it has a medical advisory board with renowned international surgeons including Jaap Bonjer and David Farley. Besides, the company also internationally contributes to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #3 ‘Good health and wellbeing’ and #4 ‘Quality education’.
Founder(s): Ferdinand Grapperhaus, Willem Kesteloo
Founded in: 2014
A spin-off from the Technical University of Delft, PHYSEE (physics + seeing = PHYSEE) claims to be the first company in the world to succeed in developing facades that provide both energy and data, optimising the energy efficiency of buildings. In late 2019, PHYSEE had launched its SmartSkin solution, which has now become part of the complete product SENSE. It is a smart & sustainable building platform that uses sensors, solar cells, and machine learning algorithms to make buildings save up to 30 per cent on their total energy consumption.
SENSE is now completely wireless, which simplifies installation and chain integration and is maximising outside environment to improve indoor climate. In addition to the SENSE solution, PHYSEE has also developed two transparent coatings for glass through which windows will be able to generate power, making buildings energy neutral.
Founder(s): Arjo van der Ham, Koen van Ham, Lex Hoefsloot, Martijn Lammers, Qurein Biewenga
Founded in: 2016
Lightyear is commercialising an electric vehicle with integrated solar cells to minimise the charging needs and grid dependency. Dubbed as Lightyear One, the electric vehicle will have a range of 440 miles (725 km) and will be able to recharge from its own solar roof, minimising CO2 emissions and the charging needs of the user while maximising efficiency.
The company recently raised €20M in strategic funding from SHV, and is looking to hire talents working in the field of technology, people & processes, internship & graduation, operations strategy, and finance & commerce. You can apply here.
Founder(s): Itai Gross
Founded in: March 2020
NADUVI is an online home and living outlet that offers over 250 brands and a mixture of over 25,000 products, with discounts ranging from 30 per cent to 80 per cent. The platform enables brands to sell and deliver directly to consumers. Over the past year, NADUVI has expanded its supplier portfolio as new products and brands are added on a daily basis. This helps the platform attract customers who keep coming back to the website.
Founder(s): Karthik Mahadevan, Karthik Kannan
Founded in: 2017
Envision Technologies’ AI-powered software extracts different types of information from images and speaks them out loud, enabling blind and low-vision users to do activities independently. The company’s software can read all kinds of text, including digital and handwritten text, newspaper, books, and product labels, in more than 60 languages, recognise faces, describe scenes, detect colors, find objects, and so much more.
Envision’s AI software is available in two different variants – an assistive smart glasses as embedded, hands-free technology (currently in partnership with Google Glass with an ability to add different smart glasses in the future), and as an iOS and Android smartphone app.
Founder(s): Tijl Vuyk
Founded in: 1993
Leveraging the low-code, cloud-based, pay-as-you-go automation platform, Redwood Software automates industrial-scale enterprise processes across infrastructure management, finance automation, automated DevOps, supply chain management, and more. The company works with thousands of global enterprise customers, including Coca-Cola, GM, Halliburton, Grainger, Wells Fargo, UBS, Mercedes-Benz, Airbus, Siemens, and Heineken. Notably, Redwood was named the “Best SaaS Workload Automation Solution” in 2019 by EMA.
Last month, the company raised €315M in strategic investment from growth equity firm Turn/River Capital. Redwood Software is currently looking to expand its team and has various roles and is also taking direct resumes. Apply here.
Founder(s): Marnix Broer, Jacques Huppes, Lucas van den Houten, Sander Kuijk
Founded in: 2013
StuDocu is an edtech platform with an aim to empower everyone to excel in their studies by providing the tools to students who want to study more efficiently. The company offers an online platform where students can share their study materials – lecture notes, summaries, and practice materials – to exchange knowledge with fellow students. Since its inception, StuDocu has served 15 million students at 2,000 universities across 60 countries.
The startup recently raised a funding of $50M (approx €41.1M) and currently has a team of 50 people. With the raised capital, StuDocu is aiming to hire 30 new talents in the roles including tech, product, design, marketing, and operations in the coming months. You can apply here if this edtech platform interests you.
Founder(s): Peter Urmson (current CEO)
Founded in: 2006
Spotzer is a media group that provides full-service solutions for creating and maintaining online content for search engines and social networks. The company’s solutions feature websites, videos, mobile sites, and social media, with all packages including a combination of creative services and ongoing services to refresh, redistribute, and further optimise material to improve search rankings.
The company recently raised an undisclosed amount of funding to support its growth strategy. Also Spotzer, which currently has a team of about 125 employees, is looking to expand its team. You can apply here.