These top female-founded startups in the Netherlands are doing big things in 2019



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With the changing times, women entrepreneurs are now strongly embarking on the satisfying path of entrepreneurship. Kylie Jenner has officially become the youngest self-made billionaire at the age of 21, following the footsteps of some of the most famous billionaires in the world, including Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel, who passed the $1 billion benchmark before age 30.

Considering this paradigm shift and on the occasion of women’s day, just like last year, this year too, Silicon Canals has compiled a list of the most successful female-founded startups from the Netherlands that you should watch out for in 2019 and beyond. We have made this list based on the fundings these women-led startups have raised in the past couple of years. Go ahead and check out! and Happy women’s day to all the influential women reading this post on behalf of the whole Silicon Canals team!



Founder – Chantal van der Velde & Graciëlla van Hamersveld

Funding raised: €300K seed funding

Based out of Rotterdam, Closure is an online platform for completing subscriptions, contracts and accounts after death. The platform was founded in 2017 and aims to resolve the emotional as well as digital processing of your deceased loved ones’ online accounts and subscriptions.

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The Great Bubble Barrier

Founders – Anne Marieke Eveleens, Francis Zoet and Saskia Studer

Funding raised: €500K

Based out of Amsterdam, this startup was founded with a single purpose to put an end to the plastic trash ending up in the sea. Founded in 2017,  this Dutch startup creates a barrier to stop the plastics from flowing past, while letting fishes and ships pass through.



Founder – Wendy Bogers

Funding raised: €500K

Headquartered in Amsterdam, Ligo is a legal services company, that helps businesses save time and money on legal matters. Founded in July 2015, the startup offers legal documents, notarial services, and free phone consultation with lawyers and legal workflows.



Founder – Eline Leijten

Funding raised: €500K

Established in 2015, Plugify is the online marketplace for booking live music performances. Headquartered in Amsterdam, this platform enables artists to create a page free of charge and makes visitors easily book a performance with prices which are immediately visible.


The Next Closet

Founders – Lieke Pijpers and Thalita van Ogtrop

Funding raised: €2 million

Based out of Amsterdam, The Next Closet is an online peer-to-peer marketplace in the Netherlands for secondhand designer clothes and accessories. Founded in 2013, the startup focusses specifically to women looking for affordable high-end designer fashion. With The Next Closet, it’s not only possible to sell high-end authentic items, but also allows users to ‘follow’ each other’s closets and share items on social media.



Founder – Diane Janknegt

Funding raised: €3.1 million

Based out of Amsterdam, Wizenoze was established in 2013 with an aim to create an AI-powered readability analysis engine, helping authors to write materials that are readable by everyone. Developers can easily tap into all the platform’s features via an API on the innovative platform.



Co-founder – Willemijn Schneyder

Funding raised: €1.3 million

SwipeGuide is a platform to create, publish, share and track interactive and visual step-by-step instructions to a customisable smart app that fits any device. The startup saw the light in December 2015, and since then the softwareis used by various companies around the world to improve user guides, manuals and instructions to reduce downtime and single-use paper waste.



Founder – Hanneke Stegweg

Funding raised: €720K

iLost is an online platform that helps find and report lost items. Based out of Amsterdam, it focuses on simplifying lost and found process and reunite rightful owners. Founded in 2012, iLost has returned over 25,000 items to owners in 53 countries.



Founder – Marina Tognetti

Funding raised: €1.89M

Founded in 2007, Myngle is a global language learning school that offers professional one-on-one language tutoring over the web. This platform has a toolkit for synchronous learning, which consists of VoIP in combination with an integrated whiteboard and feedback.

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Akansha Srivastava previously served as Silicon Canals' Editor in Chief. A typical tech trend follower. Favourite job: analyzing the global tech industry. A true camera geek, gadget lover and travel enthusiast. You can reach her via [email protected].

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