AM-Flow, which provides post-production for 3D printing, has secured a convertible loan of €300,000 by Innovatiefonds Noord-Holland. The funds will be used to further develop its AI-based identification system. “Now is the time for AM to start competing on price with mass manufacturing,” says AM-Flow’s Stefan Rink, adding that this will be made possible by digitalising post-processing, which is currently still done manually everywhere. Digital post-production will enable the business to offer end-to-end industrialisation.
Amsterdam Scientific Instruments
Amsterdam Scientific Instruments (ASI), a leading developer of advanced camera systems for X-ray imaging and electron microscopy, has received an investment from a consortium of investors led by the TechNano Fund, with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and Innovatiefonds Noord-Holland providing co-funding. ASI is a spin-off of Nikhef – the NWO Institute for Subatomic Physics – and AMOLF, the NWO Institute for Physics of Functional Complex Matter, both based at Amsterdam Science Park.
The Amsterdam-based FinTech scaleup Creative Group has raised €22 million from Prime Ventures, which it says it will put towards global expansion. Creative Group’s services include providing digital prepaid e-vouchers for a number of leading brands as well as top-up services for call and data credit. As the sole investor in this round, Prime Ventures is acquiring a minority stake in the company.
The upmarket online food retailer Crisp has raised a second round of €5 million, according to the business news site Sprout. The number of its daily active users has increased fivefold since last Christmas, says Crisp, and 360 suppliers have joined the platform. Last November, Crisp received an investment of €3 million.
The marketing tech provider HelloMaaS, a Dutch-American startup with locations in Amsterdam and New York, has raised an investment of €400,000. HelloMaaS provides an online marketplace for companies to find vetted marketers, tools and tutorials (MaaS stands for Marketing as a Service). The investment was led by the Amsterdam-based venture capitalist Tablomonto Ventures.
Saar aan Huis
The Haarlem-based care startup Saar aan Huis is receiving €500,000 from VC fund Healthy.Capital. The fund was launched only last month and aims to accelerate innovation in healthcare. Saar aan Huis connects carers to elderly people, enabling the latter to continue living in their own homes for longer.
Transport company Taxi2Airport has raised €2.2 million in funding from VOC Capital Partners. Originally founded in 2003, it received a boost in 2016 thanks to an investment from VentureBuilders and has been recruiting new staff over the last year to accelerate growth. Approximately 30,000 trips are booked through Taxi2Airport’s platform every month, and the figure is expected to double over the next few years. The new funds will play an important role in helping the company expand and pursue plans to offer its services on different websites.
Dutch bicycle manufacturer VanMoof has raised €2.5 million through a crowdfunding campaign supported by 923 people. This follows another crowdfunding round in 2017, which raised €2.5 million in 14 days and helped the company to further its international expansion, launch two new bike models and open four stores across Europe. VanMoof plans to use the new funds to increase production of its electric bike models, invest in software and hardware development and grow its international brand store network.
Several parties, including Mast-Jägermeister, have invested a total of €2 million in Woov, a digital platform that creates apps which help festival organisers communicate with attendees. The apps also allow users to locate friends, discover which artists are performing on which stages and find facilities and food stands. Mast-Jägermeister made its outlay through its M-Venture division, the company’s nightlife-focused investment and innovation unit. In 2019, Woov will work with 800 festivals across 41 countries.
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