Top-10 Startup Success Stories: December

December is a very significant month since it includes a variety of crucial days and occasions. And the startups of our community make this month even more special by sharing their incredible achievements and closing huge deals just before entering 2023. Read more and find out how our startups received funding, accomplished new collaborations with strategic partners, and released new product updates, among other news, in our top-10 startup success stories in this December edition.

1. Aquablu

Aquablu introduced its newest innovative product Aquablu REFILL+ designed to un-bottle the beverage industry. Technology dispenses purified chilled and sparkling water enriched with flavours, vitamins and minerals. More information about the product can be found here. The team of Aquablu is expanding. Find some of their vacancies on the Startup job board.

2. Breeze social

Chat-free dating app Breeze has raised 1.3 million euros in funding. The capital injection came from well-known startup entrepreneurs such as Kalo Bagijn, Thomas Plantenga (CEO of Vinted), Thijs Verheul, Thijs Slijkhuis and Sjuul Berden (founders of United Wardrobe), Chris Zadeh (Ohpen) and JC Heyneke (Smarter AI). You can find more information here.

3. Dawn Aerospace

Dawn Aerospace raised $20 million in funding. The $20 million will allow the company based in New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the US to expand its offering of satellite propulsion systems and spaceplane development. The funding will support new endeavours, including developing the Mk-III, an orbital spaceplane, and delivering in-space propulsion products to GEO, lunar and higher-thrust customers. They are grateful to Icehouse Ventures and other investors for backing the future of the company and space technology. The press release can be found here.

4. Envision AI

Envision is excited to share that they are one of the winners of the 11th annual AppleVis Golden Apple Awards. Envision AI empowers people who are blind or have low vision by providing access to everyday visual information. Utilising the iPhone camera, the app can speak out written information, describe surroundings and objects, and even tell you who’s nearby. It became completely free with the release of version 3.0 in July 2022.

5. Mapiq

SaaS scaleup Mapiq extends Series A to 17 million euros! The company specializes in the design of smart offices. With this funding, a scale-up will be able to meet the growing demand of a worldwide organization that is in need of hybrid working models, develop new products and expand its market-leading position on an international scale.

6. Qlayers

Qlayers is raising €𝟭 𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻 through the NPEX stock exchange to further develop its innovative robotic technology for coating large-scale industrial assets. With the proceeds of €1 million, Qlayers aims to scale up faster in the coming years and provide the best service to customers globally.  You can now become an investor of Qlayers and support the company’s mission to make industrial coating processes safer and more sustainable. Discover more here.

7. Sense Glove

Sense Glove, a startup from YES!Delft community were announced as the winner of the KVK Innovatie Top 100! SenseGlove has developed a ‘robotic hand’ that allows you to touch, feel and manipulate a virtual object as if it were a real object. The innovation offers countless application possibilities that entail dematerialisation, financial savings and sustainability.

8. Smart Ship

Smart-Ship and D&A Electric® join forces to increase fuel efficiency, safety and operator performance on all D&A Electric vessels. It will help to optimize ship operator performance and make it easier when combining traditional propulsion with battery-powered and even wind-assisted solutions. More about the project of Smart-Ship can be found on their website.

9. Maeve aerospace

Maeve Aerospace has been selected for a final injection of 17.5 million euros from the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA). Maeve will receive a grant of 2.5 million euros and possibly 15 million euros in co-investments. In addition to the investment from the EU, Maeve expects to be able to complete a successful investment round with interested private investors in the short term. More information can be found here.

10. Maeve aerospace, Somnox, Whiffle, CleVR, Hardt Hyperloop

Julian Jagtenberg (Somnox), Remco Verzijlbergh (Whiffle), Guntur Sandino (CleVR),  Tim Houten (Hardt Hyperloop) & Jan-Willem Heinen has been nominated for the Changemaker Impact Award 2022. Let’s all vote for them and reward them! Click on this link to vote until January 8th!

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