Utrecht-based Qwiksense received 400.000 euro in growth capital. The startup aims to create healthier offices by measuring energy usage and indoor air quality, for instance.
Qwiksense has developed an algorithm that makes office buildings a healthier and more efficient place to work in. Think measuring and adapting CO2 levels, temperature, air quality and occupation.
Qwiksense was founded in 2011 by Paul Stomph (27), Rino Stevens (27) and Felix Mann (25). The startup graduated in 2013 from UtrechtInc and is a Rockstart Smart Energy alumnus (2014).
The investment comes from Stichting DOEN (a foundation supporting a green and social society) and several strategic partners like Draaijer+Partners, M+P ingenieurs, Topspin Investments and Siteworkers. The company has received several grants, as well as some small seed and angel money before.
The 400.000 euro will be used primarily to expand the team (hire more developers) and to do some sales, said Stevens to StartupJuncture.
Healthy building, healthy people
"We strive to make buildings more 'energetic'. The more they are energetic, the more energetic the people in them get. Sustainability in buildings is much more than just being energy efficient. It's about people as well", Stevens also said in a press release.
Pilot in schools
Right the startup is analyzing the workspaces of Rabobank, Ahold, Nuon, Essent and the municipality of Utrecht. By teaming up with the strategic partners Qwiksense can expand its solution to other markets. For instance the company will do a pilot in schools and is looking at buildings in healthcare as well.