The hottest Amsterdam startups in 2017

Pip Pell

Amsterdam’s English-speaking community and convenient location makes it an ideal place for startups to flourish. “The city is seen as a gateway to Europe and used as a launching pad for EU test markets,” says Keadyn investor and partner Ton van ‘t Noordende. An increase in specialised tech events – from AI to VR – has drawn more investors to the city. “There’s been attention from top venture capitalists scouting for startups in Amsterdam from the US, Germany, the UK and the Nordics.”


Most companies don’t know the extent of the cyberthreats that are targeting their systems, says Joep Gommers. His startup, EclecticIQ helps its customers conduct cybercrime investigations by providing threat intelligence for specific industries, as well as warning them of potential security dangers.


Picnic delivers food using 200 electric vehicles. The shopless firm has its own fulfilment centres and only orders food from suppliers once customers have paid. “We’re reducing the time people waste on shopping, so they can do more useful things,” says co-founder Michiel Muller. It operates in 24 Dutch cities.


Founded by Martijn de Kuijper and Mohamed El Maslouhi, Revue lets its customers curate content from across the web in email digests. A Chrome extension clips articles into a template and social-media integration allows rich content to be embedded. The price that customers pay depends on the number of newsletter recipients.


Aart van Veller’s startup believes energy production can be local. Customers select producers such as farmers with wind turbines on their land, and agree to have their electricity supplied by them. More than 100,000 people have signed up, and in February 2016 Vandebron raised €2 million (£1.8m) to boost growth.


Bomberbot uses puzzle games to teach 12- to 14-year-olds coding skills. In the past year, the…

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