CytoSMART raises 5.2 million euros for further product innovation and growth

CytoSMART raises 5.2 million euros for further product innovation and growth

CytoSMART raises 5.2 million euros for further product innovation and growth

CytoSMART raises 5.2 million euros for further product innovation and growth

Eindhoven, 25th of March – CytoSMART, the Eindhoven-based company that develops and manufactures digital microscopes for monitoring live cell cultures, has received 5.2 million euros to fund the growth of their business. New investor Eindhoven Venture Capital Fund II joined existing investors Holland Capital and BOM Brabant Ventures. The funding will be used by CytoSMART to further develop its microscopes and to expand its international sales and marketing strategies.

CytoSMART has created three highly innovative microscopes that scientists can use to digitally and remotely count, screen, check, and film their cell cultures. CytoSMART’s latest microscope is the Omni, the world’s fastest live-cell imager. The company has also created a wide range of options for using the collected images to conduct experiments in its own cloud service. The additional funding will be used for product innovation, expanding product functions, and upscaling the company’s international sales and marketing.

“Since the series A round in 2016, our sales have shot up by over 300 percent,” says Joffry Maltha, CEO of CytoSMART. “In order to continue growing, it is important that we keep innovating with our products and increase our investment in marketing and sales activities in the next few years. That means we will be focusing strongly on new image-analysis applications and continued hardware development.”

Jan-Frens van Giessel, Partner Healthcare at Holland Capital: “We are impressed by the way this young team is shaking up the mostly conservative lab market. We are therefore happy to further support the company in its next phase of growth.”

Merger ETTU and Wortell reflects ambition to become the best Microsoft Cloud Solution Partner

Merger ETTU and Wortell reflects ambition to become the best Microsoft Cloud Solution Partner

Merger ETTU and Wortell reflects ambition to become the best Microsoft Cloud Solution Partner

Merger ETTU and Wortell reflects ambition to become the best Microsoft Cloud Solution Partner

Amsterdam, 7 March 2019 – The IT service providers Wortell from Lijnden and ETTU from Gouda join forces and continue together under the name of Wortell. The merger creates a company of 180 specialists with extensive expertise in digital transformation and accelerating the migration of its clients’ IT base to the Azure cloud. Wortell has the ambition to continue its growth, both organically and through acquisitions. The company is actively supported in this strategy by Holland Capital.

Bundling forces
On the 6th of March the companies merged and will continue under the name of Wortell. The ‘as-a-service’ portfolio will be merged under the Debble brand name. The new organization will continue operating from the locations in Lijnden and Gouda. The complete management team remains intact and consists of Eric-Jan Vroon, Piet Vink, Luc Joziasse and Danny Burlage.

Complete ‘desktop as a service’
Danny Burlage, general manager of Wortell: “We notice that our customers need a complete ‘as-a-service’ solution around the workplace, where managed services are outsourced to the IT partner. A complete cloud managed environment. By bundling Wortell’s forces around Microsoft 365 and Azure together with the online Debble platform, we offer a total solution.” Wortell strives to remain a top player in the healthcare, education, manufacturing and professional services market segments.

Attractive employer
The combined company forms a new group of 180 specialists, which is organized as a self-organizing organization. Wortell’s focus on a self-steering organization has led Wortell to be voted best employer of the year by Effectory in 2018 and in 2019.

Growth ambition supported by Holland Capital
The merger with ETTU is a first step in the realization of Wortell’s growth ambition, aiming to broaden its activities in order to extend the added value to its customers. Holland Capital came on board to support this ambition. “Wortell is a leading Microsoft partner that has excellent growth opportunities both autonomously and through a buy-and-build strategy. With great enthusiasm we will use our funding, network and experience to support the Wortell team in realizing their growth ambitions”, says Ewout Prins, Managing Partner Holland Capital.

About Holland Capital
Over the past 35 years, Holland Capital has invested in more than 130 Dutch SMEs in a responsible and successful manner. With a clear investment strategy, Holland Capital is active in the growth markets of both healthcare and technology. The experienced and involved investment team knows what true entrepreneurship is like. With the joint goal of achieving growth, Holland Capital strives for an open, sustainable and professional relationship with the management teams of the companies in which she invests. Holland Capital is supported by a broad network of successful healthcare and technology entrepreneurs.

 

Margot Engels joined Holland Capital as  Healthcare partner reflecting Holland Capital’s ambitions

Margot Engels joined Holland Capital as Healthcare partner reflecting Holland Capital’s ambitions

Margot Engels joined Holland Capital as Healthcare partner reflecting Holland Capital's ambitions

Margot Engels joined Holland Capital as Healthcare partner reflecting Holland Capital’s ambitions

Amsterdam, 5 March 2019 – Margot Engels joined Holland Capital as Partner Healthcare on the 1st of March. With relevant operational experience in the healthcare services and financial industries, Margot is a valuable addition to the fast-growing Holland Capital team. As a new partner, Margot will focus on attracting and operationally guiding companies in the healthcare sector within the growth & buy-out portfolio.

Holland Capital has a long history with Margot Engels. Before starting as a CEO at Holland Capital, she was active at former portfolio company Opdidakt. Within this organization, among other things, she initiated and co-worked with Holland Capital on several acquisitions, and she implemented various new ‘products’, which resulted in significant growth to the company. Before Opdidakt she worked at PharmaMatch Group and she held various positions within the financial sector.

 

Relay42 Strengthens Journey Orchestration Growth Trajectory with New Senior Leadership Appointments

Relay42 Strengthens Journey Orchestration Growth Trajectory with New Senior Leadership Appointments

Relay42 Strengthens Journey Orchestration Growth Trajectory with New Senior Leadership Appointments

Relay42 Strengthens Journey Orchestration Growth Trajectory with New Senior Leadership Appointments

Amsterdam, 5 March 2019 – Relay42, a platform for Intelligent Journey Orchestration that allows businesses to mirror customer behavior across all channels to deliver true one-to-one personalization in real time, has appointed two new senior leaders to support its growth in the Journey Orchestration market.

Rogier van Nieuwenhuizen joins Relay42 as Chief Executive Officer as of March 2019. Previously Executive Vice President for EMEA at ClickFox, Inc., and Head of EMEA Business and Strategy at McKinsey’s global Customer Experience practice, Rogier brings strong strategic leadership to Relay42, as well as in-depth knowledge of the Customer Experience and Journey Orchestration market.

“I am excited to help Relay42 realize its full potential. I am convinced that there’s enormous potential for Intelligent Journey Orchestration — it’s the crucial step to make for all those companies out there that want to build more meaningful, personalized relationships with their customers. I am impressed with what Relay42 has to offer them. Not only is it a software product that is unmatched in the marketplace, but the company is also made up of so many passionate and intelligent people — developers, consultants, sales professionals — who genuinely want to make our clients successful.”

With Rogier in this leadership role, current CEO and founder, Tomas Salfischberger, will focus on driving product vision and roadmap, as well as propelling international expansion. “I am thrilled to be able to accelerate and internationalize the vision we started 8 years ago,” says Tomas. “It’s great that Relay42 is able to attract this kind of expertise, and I am really looking forward to the next exciting steps for our company.”

Relay42 also announces the appointment of Liesbeth Schuurbiers to the role of People & Operations Director as well as a seat on the Management Team. Previously HR Director at Nespresso Netherlands, Liesbeth brings a wealth of expertise in growing companies, building successful teams, developing strong communities, and developing value-based performance cultures. With years of experience in HR Manager and Business Partner roles, as well as a background in recruitment consulting and employment law, Liesbeth will support strong growth and development of the people, teams, processes, and culture within Relay42.

“I’m excited to get to work building an even stronger organization together with my new colleagues at Relay42,” says Liesbeth. “There is such a passionate and entrepreneurial spirit here, and the coming years I’m looking forward to keeping that spirit alive while we expand upon our core values and create a performance culture where everyone can develop and add chapters to the journey and history of Relay42.”