Amsterdam’s Top Funding Rounds: 2021 Recap

Amsterdam's Top Funding Rounds: 2021 Recap

Looking to join a fast-growing Amsterdam startup?

21 February 2022

Dave McClure, a well-known angel investor based in San Francisco once said the following about startups: “The path to the mountain ahead of you is not the path you took to the mountain you stand on.”

This last year has proven that a flexible, innovative, and agile culture has been key when facing challenges such as remote work and industry changes.

Startups’ ability to change and adapt fast has been impressive, not to mention a lot of them kept growing and secured new funding rounds in 2021. If you’re just starting your career, or you’re looking for new opportunities, it’s worth considering joining a startup.

Staying up to date with startup funding rounds can be time-consuming, so we’ve rounded the best 7 for you.


1. Shackle: 

HQ: Amsterdam 

Founded: 2020

2021 Funding: $2.5 million

Shackle is a digital software company helping those in the hotel industry deliver an optimised guest experience. Their software offers hotels useful features from keyless hotel check-in and check-out to in-app food delivery services and on-demand room upgrades. In June 2021, Shackle raised $2.5 million through early-stage venture capital.


Shackle are looking for a Senior Backend Engineer, a Senior iOS Developer and a Senior Android Developer to join their ambitious team. 

2. Recharge:

HQ: Amsterdam

Founded: 2010

2021 Funding: $35 million Series B round is one of Europe’s fastest-growing technology companies. Each year, they help over 3 million people process more than $500 million in consumer-branded payments. In 2021 they closed a colossal $35 million Series B round of funding. The new investment, one of the largest into a Dutch scale-up in 2021, has accelerated their international expansion, launching a new development hub in Lisbon, Portugal. 


Want to work for Recharge in their shiny new Lisbon office? We’re working with them to hire Software Engineers and QA Engineers

Read more here about their tech stack, team and new office in Lison:
Fintech Powerhouse launches development hub in Lisbon, Portugal


3. Flyr: 

HQ: California

Founded: 2013

2021 Funding:  $150 million Series C round

Flyr helps airlines access accurate forecasts for commercial travel and transportation. Having built their dynamic interface with input from leading global airlines, the UI enables a symbiotic relationship between automation and analyst by highlighting where influence is needed most.

Flyr has raised a total amount of $187.3M since 2014; in the last year alone in 2021, they beat previous money raised by collecting $150 million from seven investors on 27th September 2021 from series C investment. 

Flyer are looking for a Fullstack Engineer to join their team in Amsterdam. Speak to one of our consultants to learn more about their company and team.


4.  Avant Arte: 

HQ: Amsterdam 

Founded: 2015

2019 Funding: Seed Round not disclosed


Avant Arte started as a blog in 2015 and has grown into a platform for contemporary artists to showcase their art that pushes the boundaries and tells important stories. They are on a mission to make art ‘radically more accessible’. Users can explore and discover Avant artists making finding and owning art more accessible for everyone. The Avant Arte team didn’t secure a new round of funding in 2021, but due to their profitability over the last financial year, they are rapidly expanding their  Engineering and Product teams. 

They are hiring a Senior Fullstack Engineer. Speak with one of our specialist recruiters to learn more.

5. Insify:

HQ: Amsterdam

Founded: 2020

2022 Funding: €15 million Series A

Insify are changing the insurance landcape as we know it. Insify offer ambitious entrepeneurs straight-forward, affordable insurance, without all the paperwork. The best part? You can arrange business insurance with them within 2 minutes, online! Insify have just secured a round of Series A funding totaling a whopping €15m!


They are hiring a Frontend Developer and a Senior Software Developer. Reach out to one of our Frontend Specialists to learn more. 


6. Clear:

HQ: Amsterdam

Founded: 2019

2021 Funding: €1.1 million, Seed Round


A real-time blood glucose measurement, Clear helps its users improve their metabolic health. This innovative app raised €1.9 million over two rounds — a venture and a seed round. The funds were raised over 2020 and into 2021 with the help of 10 investors — with the last round raising the largest share of investment of €1.1 million. More about Clear’s open vacancies here


7. Seenons:

HQ: Amsterdam

Founded: 2019

2021 Funding: €6 million, Seed Funding


Striving for more sustainable waste solutions, Seenons use their smart logistics to marry together all partners involved in industrial waste, working towards a circular economy. In just one round of funding in October 2021, Seenons raised €6 million through seed funding from two investors. 

Seenons are hiring across Sales and Marketing and are offering an internship for Frontend and Backend Developers.

To sum up

If you’re looking for a job in an exciting, fast-growing startup in Amsterdam, these companies are a pretty good place to start. Many of them are looking to add new tech talent to their teams to facilitate even further growth.

If you’re actively looking for a tech job, our specialist tech recruiters are ready to help you. Learn more about how we work with our candidates.