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The progress of technology has resulted in new living facilities that challenge the conventional way of living. There are several startups that operate in the tech sector to bring about sustainability. One of the priorities of the European Union is to achieve an effective and secure energy transition. As cities play a key role in the energy transition, the way cities use energy is subjected to change of late. Notably, there are reports that cities consume three-quarters of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

To achieve this, there are many concepts that come to play, including smart cities, healthy living, energy transition, and sustainability. As a result, there are many startups working on these and trying to bring a change in these sectors. In a recent development, 10 Dutch startups that are responsible for changing the future of city living were chosen to take part in CES 2020 in January along with His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn van Oranje. Below are these Dutch startups that aim to transform the future of urban living.

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AirBliss+ (Eindhoven)

Founders: Adel Arigue, Jose Tavares
Founded year: 2017

Why its hot: AirBliss+ based in Eindhoven develops a safe and smart anti-pollution mask, which is touted to be the most comfortable one for prolonged use. This solution addresses the issues faced by consumers with existing masks. It aims to empower everyone to take the necessary action to protect themselves.

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AurAir (Nijmegen)

Founders: Lisa Esselink
Founded year: 2018

Why its hot: AurAir operates with the mission to improve the way people monitor and manage air quality indoors such as home and office as this is where they spend most of their time. Though there are many such solutions, some are way too expensive and the others miss out on the necessary features. This is where AurAir wants to make a difference by providing a solution with its AurAir metre that is affordable and easy to use.

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Circularise (Delft)

Founders: Jordi de Vos, Mesbah Sabur
Founded year: 2016

Why its hot: Circularise aims at sustainability and believes that adopting the circular economy will prevent wastage of raw materials involved in making a product. The company disrupts the long-held linear systems and reduces the harmful effects on the environment. Circularise develops an open-source protocol and dencentralised network to integrate transparency into global supply chains and migrate towards a circular economy.

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Coolfinity (Amstelveen)

Founders: Maarten ten Houten
Founded year: 2016

Why its hot: In many tropical countries that have limited power, it is difficult to achieve cooling to preserve food, save lives, and other purposes. This is where Coolfinity attempts to make a difference by providing constant cooling in just a couple of hours of power. It is touted that the ice battery-powered cooling solutions let the fridge run 24/7 with just six hours of power a day.

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DEN Smart Home (Enschede)

CEO: Marijn van der Wal
Founded year: 2017

Why its hot: DEN Smart Home has developed the smartest lock of the future. It focuses on both convenience and safety as it aims to ease the everyday lives of homeowners. The company invests smart locking systems and lets delivery services and other service providers access your home in an innovative and secure way. It is possible for you to grant access to the delivery personnel via your smartphone.

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Hiber (Amsterdam)

Founders: Coen Janssen, Erik Wienk, Ernst Peter Hovinga, Laurens Groenendijk, Maarten Engelen
Funding: €7.1 million
Valuation: $20 million – $30 million
Founded year: 2016

Why its hot: Hiber, which was formerly called Magnitude Space is a space startup. It was founded by a team of satellite experts and entrepreneurs called Hibernauts. They work with the ambition to launch and run a nano-satellite constellation in space to provide affordable and global connectivity for the IoT devices. Back in November last year, Hiber was considered the first commercial satellite company in the Netherlands as it launched its first two nano-satellites into orbit.

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Hydraloop (Leeuwarden)

Founders: Sabine Stuiver, Arthur Valkieser
Founded year: 2016

Why its hot: Hydraloop operates with the intention to inspire people to save both energy and water by providing affordable and smart water recycling products. The company wants every home to use recycled water just like an oven, washing machine or fridge. Hydraloop’s vision is to have all houses built with a greywater recycling system in the coming years.

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i4Things (Herten)

Managing Partner: Rob Wolters
Founded year: 2014

Why its hot: i4Things makes the smart home easy and simple for the mass market customers by taking away mutually incompatible apps. The startup provides a context-aware, intuitive, white-label interface, which provides an attractive subscription-based business model. It is fully-managed and cloud-based and lets insurance and energy companies benefit by increasing their ARPU.

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Lightwell (Amsterdam)

CEO: Peter-Paul Metz
Founded year: 2008

Why its hot: Lightmotion is a Dutch smart lamp post enabling telecom (5G), sensors, LED lighting, and electric vehicle charging. The company supports cities in their ambition to become smart and optimise the usage of public space. Lightwell offers fixtures including a smart city system and is the founding partner of the Direct Current public lighting initiative.

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Meatable (Leiden)

Founders: Krijn De Nood, Mark Kotter
Funding: €3.2 million
Valuation: $14 million – $21 million
Founded year: 2018

Why its hot: Meatable makes 100% delicious, real, guilt-free meat sans the necessity to slaughter livestock. The company’s patented and proprietary one-cell technology revolutionises the meat industry’s impact on animal welfare and climate change. Also, Meatable increases food security without compromising the culinary experience of real and tasty meat. Currently, the company focuses on the development of pork and beef.

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