Whether you’re a fintech, medtech, or SaaS startup or scale-up, you need funds to develop innovative products. Investors can intervene to save the day and even help the lean business evolve into the next unicorn. However, raising funds is not always simple.
In the past, we at Silicon Canals have come up with lists of startups that have already raised funding. But what about startups that are seeking funds? In this regard, we have compiled a list of Amsterdam startups that are currently fundraising. This list is made possible thanks to StartupAmsterdam’s collaboration with Golden Egg Check.
Golden Egg Check is an online tool to assess the potential, feasibility and investor readiness of companies. It uses the perspective of venture capital investors for this. The company aims to make the Netherlands the No. 1 startup ecosystem in Europe by providing data, insights and networks within the (Dutch) tech and VC ecosystem.
Here are the six startups that are seeking fresh funds.
Founder(s): Derk van Haastert, Reinier de van der Schueren
Founded in: 2021
Funding expectation: less than €500K (The company has already raised €400K of its €700K funding goal this month). The runway for the investment is 12-18 months and the funds will be used for CTO/CPO hire and growth activities.
OOPKOP claims to be the largest provider of mental health for working people in the Netherlands. It offers an accessible marketplace with over 125 (single/large) providers in coaching, mindfulness, sleep support, breath work, retreat, and more.
Employees can get individual, anonymous, online & offline mental health offerings via their employer through the company’s marketplace. OOPKOP further provides support in personal intake consults, frequent mental check-ins, and weekly masterclasses.
OOPKOP’s mission is to be the No. 1 mental health destination for employers, employees and providers, starting in the Netherlands. Operational since December, OOPKOP is working with 25+ companies like Team.blue, Inspark, Cargoroo, and Fronteer.
Founder(s): Veroniek Vermeulen
Founded in: 2021
Funding expectation: less than €500K. The company is currently fundraising through the crowdfunding platform Seedrs, and through venture or angel capital.
Silatha is on a mission to liberate and empower women so that they can continue enjoying their work which increases companies’ performance.
According to the company, a strong presence of women is essential to the success of the workplace. However, due to the pandemic and the psychological damage that accompanies it, many of them have resigned in search of a more fulfilling life. To avoid the loss, companies are investing money in a number of supporting initiatives for the sake of retaining female talent and promoting their wellbeing and success within the workplace.
Silatha is tapping into this need and has developed a meditation and community programme to support companies in creating a healthy environment for women by addressing their mental needs triggered by pregnancy, motherhood, female leadership, menopause, and more. This is to effectively deal with their personal and professional challenges, so that women feel more fulfilled in their job, perform better and ultimately stay.
Founder(s): Myrthe van der Vlis, Maarten Gomes, Joost Esser
Founded in: 2021
Funding expectation: the company is seeking a €500K investment to continue their average 20 per cent M-o-M growth.
Plant B is a DTC brand specialising in frozen plant-based ready meals. The startup delivers high-quality frozen vegan meals at the customer’s doorstep. This foodtech company is data-driven with a focus on “exceptional” customer experience.
The company says, “Our principle is that real food should not only fill but also nourish. Our healthy vegan-ready meals have therefore been developed by an in-house nutritionist. And with our balanced nutritional profile, you get all the nutritional value you need.”
Founder(s): Iris Skrami, Nicolò Tresoldi, Gabriele Trapani, Piero Puttini
Founded in: 2020
Funding expectation: The startup’s Seed funding is expected to open later this year (in autumn). Renoon has already raised funds from investors, including 500 Global in San Francisco, ex-CIO of Gucci, early Spotify employees, Dutch angels, and has received a government grant. Renoon has also mentioned that they are currently in “no rush” with fundraising and that they want to close the Seed round by the end of 2022.
Renoon is an end-to-end SaaS solution that claims to help merchants share fact-checked and credible environmental and social impact information at the point of sale. The company’s mission is to empower industries with sustainability data and reshape purchase decisions at scale – starting with a complete focus on the fashion & apparel industry, which can account for 25 per cent of annual global GHG by 2025 if it continues with this trend.
The startup enables brands to take charge of their sustainability journey with a dashboard that centralises and processes data points through a pre-built framework and a trained ML algorithm. These are constantly updated in light of changing requirements and pressures from consumers and governments due to future regulations from the EU, UK and New York. Brands can publish this data via a widget on their website.
Currently, Renoon claims to impact more than 2 million people each month.
Founder(s): Alexander Gunkel, Max Beaumont
Founded in: 2010
Funding expectation: Skytree is pre-revenue and raising a $10M late Seed round short-term growth acceleration funding for angels and private investors offering interest carrying convertible loans. The minimum investing ticket size is $50K.
Skytree offers a Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology that filters CO2, H20, and other (polluting) substances from the air. The company focuses on automotive, but for the future, it is working on a broad deployment of this real platform technology. This includes trains, buses, and aircraft, and also the air treatment systems of large buildings and homes.
Founder(s): Dr Mrunal Gawade
Founded in: 2018
Funding expectation: The Amsterdam-based startup Holofil is live on Indiegogo. It has raised €4,982 of the €10,000 goal from 75 backers.
Founder Mrunal Gawade says, “Indiegogo approached Holofil to launch exclusively with them and extended exclusive marketing benefits, such as pre-campaign promotion by getting featured on Indiegogo’s home page for 5 days, inclusion in campaign newsletter to Indiegogo community, which are offered to only a few selected products per year. Holofil is working on the campaign launch in close cooperation with Indiegogo.”
The company was not listed by Golden Egg Check.
Holofil is a tabletop holographic display that creates a holographic visualisation immersive experience for marketing, product promotions, branding, education, and training. The company claims that it is upto 5 times more effective in capturing the attention of visitors than a flat-screen and can lead to upto 30 per cent increase in sales of retail products placed inside it.
The device could be used in different scenarios, including retail, healthcare, education, museums, gaming, etc.
Keep an eye on Startuproulette.nl for future editions. The next one is scheduled to take place on July 1.