Techleap Rise showcases Netherlands’ rich startup environment

Amsterdam, 25 August – Yesterday, nine promising Dutch tech startups entered Batch 8 of the Rise programme of, a non-profit organisation aimed at accelerating the tech ecosystem in the Netherlands.’s Rise programme helps promising tech startups scale their company by creating a learning community to support the development of world champions in the Dutch technology sector.

The companies selected for Batch 8 are: Athom, Connecterra, Delmic, RTI Blockchain, Samotics, Sitly, Somnox, Trunkrs and Winc Academy. These companies are active in industries as diverse as logistics, agriculture, healthcare, e-learning and childcare.

As part of the programme, ensures that the selected scaleups have the best learning and network infrastructure at their disposal. Specifically, they gain access to leading experts, networks, and resources to learn from the best entrepreneurs and grow internationally.

The BOLD community

Participants also benefit from the experience of Rise alumni, who are members of the BOLD community,’s curated community of over 400 Dutch scaleup founders and CxOs. Previous participants in Rise include The Cirqle, Felyx, Floryn, Lightyear, Temper and TestGorilla.

Tjarda Voorneman, Head of Programmes at Rise, says: “ brings tech companies in the scale-up phase together to create a peer-to-peer learning community. For each batch, we select companies that have a natural fit, not necessarily in terms of industry, but in terms of philosophy. The success of our programme comes from the willingness of participants to open up about their experiences so others can learn from them.”

The companies of Batch 8

The latest batch of Rise participants showcase the multidimensional quality of the Dutch tech startup ecosystem. Somnox helps people sleep better with their award-winning sleep and breathing robot, while Connecterra empowers farmers of all sizes to increase productivity of their farms, while reducing the impact of farming on the planet.

Trunkrs and RTI Blockchain are shaking up different parts of the logistics sector, Trunkrs by offering environmentally friendly same-day and next-day delivery, and RTI Blockchain by connecting partners in the supply chain of load carrier registration, including suppliers, poolers, shippers and receivers.

Samotics has developed an AI-driven platform to fight energy waste and unplanned downtime of industrial companies, Delmic provides accessible microscopy solutions for companies in life science, geology, materials science and nanophotonics, and Winc Academy provides e-learning courses for people looking to build a career in tech.

Finally, closer to home, Athom is the company behind Homey, a device that controls all household wireless and smart devices, regardless of brand, through a single, easy-to-use hub, while Sitly is a platform that connects parents, nannies and babysitters.

Rise Batch 9: registrations now open

Registrations are currently open for Batch 9 of the Rise programme. Batch 9 will focus exclusively on fintech scaleups. Interested companies can apply via the website of Registration closes on 26 September. The programme will run from November to January, 2023.