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Startups to Keep your Eye on in 2022

3 MIN READ | 2022-02-01

Startups to Keep your Eye on in 2022

Startups help us understand the future of technology and how people will engage with it.

The most exciting startups to watch are not just disrupting their industries and looking to become the next unicorn, but are also bold pioneers in many ways taking full advantage of the digital world.

Let’s have a look at some of the startups you should keep your eye on in 2022.


The automotive industry is rapidly innovating and transforming. Lightyear is most known for inventing the first commercially available, self-charging electric, solar vehicle in the world known as Lightyear One. The company comprises an international team of 90 engineers and is based in Helmond, Netherlands.

Explore on-site & remote positions at Lightyear such as:

  • Brand Manager
  • CRM Marketing Manager
  • (Graduate) Internship - Vehicle Dynamics
  • Junior Manufacturing Engineer
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist


Based in Duivendrecht, Picnic revolutionises grocery shopping with pioneering e-commerce and urban logistics development by delivering groceries at every doorstep for free. Its operation is run in-house, from the supply-chain and forecasting to warehouse systems, partnership and fleet strategies.

Explore on-site & remote positions at Picnic such as:

  • Customer Success Supervisor
  • DevOps Engineer
  • HR Advisor
  • Industrial Design Intern
  • Tech Product Analyst


Belsimpel is a Groningen-based startup in the telecommunications sector. With Belsimpel, you can select from various phones and service providers, allowing you to compare and find something that suits your needs.

Explore on-site positions at Besimpel such as:

  • Back-end Developer (NL/EN)
  • Junior Controller
  • Management Traineeship
  • Network Engineer
  • System Engineer


Catawiki is the most popular curated marketplace for unique items in Europe. With an international workforce of 500+ employees stressing across Europe, Catawiki ensures a safe and hassle-free shopping experience.

Explore on-site & hybrid positions at Catawiki such as:

  • Brand Copywriter
  • Business Recruiter
  • Data Scientist
  • Senior UX Designer
  • Tax Manager


Easygenerator is a Rotterdam-based startup that provides intuitive e-learning software with which you can create, collaborate, and share courses. It is a platform where teachers, lecturers, employers, and students and learners, can meet and share ideas.

Explore on-site & hybrid positions at Easygenerator such as:

  • Full-Stack Developer
  • Global Business Development Representative
  • Internship: Information Management
  • Product Owner
  • Technical Community Lead


Also known as "bank of The Free", bunq is a mobile Dutch neobank for all your banking needs with advanced security measures to help keep your money and personal information safe.

The Dutch fintech firm is the only self-funded challenger bank to branch into 30 European markets without any VC funding. As a result, their deposits surpassed €1 billion for the first time in April 2021, doubling this number in 2019 and again in 2020.

Moreover, as of December 2021, bunq has become the first digital bank in Europe to offer mortgages.

Explore on-site & hybrid positions at bunq such as:

  • Business Analyst
  • Creative Copy Writer
  • Growth Marketing Lead
  • Product Design Intern
  • Social Media Specialist

Nearfield Instruments

Nearfield Instruments is a metrology equipment company based in Rotterdam that creates and distributes innovative process control metrology solutions for the worldwide advanced semiconductor I.C. manufacturing sector.

In 2021, the company received a €17.5 million investment from Invest-NL and Innovation Industries. According to the CEO, this generous investment will help the rapid growth of Nearfield Instruments by bringing non-destructive subsurface nano-scale metrology.

Explore on-site & hybrid positions at Nearfield Instruments such as:

  • AFM Researcher
  • IP Lawyer
  • Program Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • UX Designer


These are just a handful of startups you should keep your eye on in 2022. Are you looking for more options? Explore 8 of the fastest-growing startups & scaleups in the Netherlands!