2016: A Year in Review
At the start of a brand new year, let’s take a look back at what 2016 had to offer. What’s clear is that the startup industry is still flourishing, with many young entrepreneurs that have plenty of innovative, disruptive ideas for the future. We have profiled several startups that stood out to us particularly, companies that we feel you should know about. We asked them about their 2016 and their plans for 2017 and beyond.
When a startup comes along that claims to make parking “fast fun and easy”, your initial reaction may be: “Really? Never been to Amsterdam I guess?” But ParkEagle may have a solution that will actually save car drivers valuable time finding a spot, thus reducing exhaust and also unclogging urban traffic at the same time.
Virtual reality is hot, and Eindhoven startup VRee makes the most of it. Their VR-platform connects the real reality with the virtual reality. Key feature is their full body suit, tracking the movement of players and translating that to the virtual environment. This has not only gained the company quite a bit of attention, but also quite a bit of seed money.
For Camptoo, 2016 has been quite a breakthrough year. The company’s sales have grown tenfold and over 17.000 days were booked through the online platform, which allow users to rent out campers or caravans for their holiday travel.
It was a world first when Amsterdam startup GiGi introduced their scooter. It is electric, like the Bolt and Gogoro. But GiGi also folds up, which means it can be reduced to the size of a big suitcase. You can take it in the train, or keep it in the trunk of your car. Right after the launch we got to take GiGi for a spin. We found that it is absolutely adequate for short rides within the city limits.
Every year, a third of all the food that is produced ends up in the trashcan. We really don’t think twice about throwing out that pot of leftover pasta or a half full jar of mayo that’s still good but taking up space. The bigger issue here is that supermarkets also throw out perfectly good food the day after the expiration date. August de Vocht, founder of startup NoFoodWasted, tries to battle this food waste with his app Afgeprijsd (Dutch for Priced Down), where users can find priced down products that are being sold in their neighborhood.
If you’re buying a new house that is being built from the ground up, chances are you’ve visited a model home, glanced over blueprints and mock-ups, and daydreamed about your new palace. If it’s up to the guys at Virtual Reality startup Bricks & Goggles, all of that will be a thing of the past. Soon, people will wander around their new house in real time immersive virtual reality.
Television without commitment, that’s the three word pitch of Dutch paid television startup Mobile2Morrow TV. It’s the first television service in the Netherlands that offers channels a la carte: as a viewer, you have total control over the amount of channels you want to subscribe to, which can save consumers quite some money.
With a tagline ‘fitbit for cows’, this Amsterdam based startup had our attention right from the early start. Connecterra provides connected activity monitors for dairy farms. It allows farmers to track every single cow at every given moment. Throw some analyses by machine learning and data science in the mix and you get a comprehensive analysis that provides insights on how to keep every cow happy and healthy
To stand out at The Next Web conference, you can take two approaches. A very big, loud, shiny booth where you hand out swag or free drinks. Or you can have a very good idea for a business. Qanda was hanging around at a small table with a little card with their name on it, yet they effortlessly drew our attention. The French/Dutch startup is tired of everyone shouting their unwanted opinion on social media. Their mobile video app is designed to ask questions and actually listen to the answer.