The Netherlands appears twice in the list of ten largest deals raised by European tech companies in 2021, with Mollie and MessageBird both achieving $800m in their funding rounds this year.
Despite that, we do lag behind when it comes to deeptech investments—of the top ten rounds for deeptech companies in 2021, no Dutch businesses were present. It’s clear more efforts must be made to accelerate innovation and knowledge transfer between universities and spin-offs or startups in an effort to combat this.
Early-stage deals have also continued to decrease, resulting in a funding gap for startups in the earliest, most risky phase of their business. If the Netherlands is to maintain its reputation as a flourishing startup hub, this investment gap is an area that needs to be solved.