The Netherlands is filled with traditional slow-paced towns and cities. Among them is Rotterdam, a hub for ultra-high tech lifestyles and structures. Startups thrive in this city. Businesses are steadily emerging from other large cities like Amsterdam and Delft, but the last years show Rotterdam pulling ahead.
WeTechRotterdam is a cooperative initiative to promote the intermingling of tech start-ups in Rotterdam. This is among the support the startups are receiving from the Cambridge Innovation Center. Out of all the innovative technology startups in Rotterdam, let’s look at our top 5, and the amazing thing they’re doing for the technological world around them.
Coolblue is all about consumer electronics. They have an online platform with more than 350 individual shops. Physical retail stores are scattered in various cities in the country, but their customer reach is only the Netherlands and Belgium. For the Ductch, the company is a heavy competitor to Amazon Prime.
Coolblue was founded in 1999, with a series D round funding totaling more than 140 million euros. This was a trade from HAL investments who received 20% of the startup.
MetrixLab supports brand and customer relations. They do marketing research which in the long run, helps companies understand their customer base better. They use all the big data from surveys and studies, or even social media habits, to actual deliverables that companies can act upon. Companies have more innovative thought in the process, and are comfortable in a cohesive brand.
Rotterdam is its founding headquarters, with another set up in San Francisco. Smaller offices around Europe, the US, and Asia total to around 15. Including all rounds of funding, the startup has raised 75 million euros.
Helloprint is all about printing. They boast themselves as the continent’s largest growing printing service. They are found all across Europe and sport a 30 million euro evaluation. The company began to spread its wings in 2013, and has already risen to that evaluation. Their growth rate was at 3% for the last three years. Speaking on Helloprint’s funding, it has received a total of 3 million euros, but that number could be higher because of two other undisclosed rounds.
Like the name implies, Housing Anywhere is a renting platform. This makes sublets available to foreign exchange students to rent, or travelers. The company began gaining traction in 2010, and their work with University students helped spread the word from there. The app began in Rotterdam, but now has spread to 20 other countries.
To help create the international reach of their product, they performed well in their series A round, receiving 5.9 million euros from Real Web. Real Web is a force in Italian real estate, and is a platform-based company as well.
Elderly people do not want more assistance, but the correct assistance. Those at Sensara are dedicated to giving independence to senior citizens, but in a safe way. This includes alerts and advice to families depending on the person. Their self-learning algorithms aid caregivers and anyone who needs access to the report via their app.
Sensara is a spin off of TNO which is a primarily research-based organization. This startup is using their 3.8 million euro investment to continue scaling and innovative development on their product. They hope to open up their customer base to other countries.
A startup is only as successful as the hard work and innovation a team puts into it. In Rotterdam there are a surplus of companies ready to mix-up the tech world. Their innovative ideas and collaborative nature is igniting a “Boston of Dutchland.” Their advances grow with each new idea, and as a hub for tech entrepreneurs, Rotterdam is truly starting to stand out.