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Great News: Two of Rockstart’s Alumni Receive Fresh Funding

Some exciting developments have taken place over the past week for two of our alumni startups, which we’re extremely proud of. Firstly, Finch Buildings, a sustainable, modular real estate builder from Rockstart’s 2015 Smart Energy accelerator program, has recently welcomed two new investors! Both Cairn Participaties and DOEN Participaties BV have chosen to invest in Finch Buildings as they look to expand to an international market and strengthen their platform for sustainable living.

“With DOEN Participaties and Cairn Participaties we have not only acquired smart capital, but also a partnership with two parties with extensive knowledge about the future of the real estate market and frontrunners in sustainability,” Jurrian Knijtijzer, founder of Finch Buildings, stated in a press release. “This is, together with the current shareholders, a perfect strengthening combination.”

Based on a circular model, the buildings developed by Finch are adaptable to their surroundings and circumstances. Just like a life-sized lego set, they offer flexible and sustainable architecture for users to build whatever kind of facility they require.

The second exciting announcement comes from our 2014 Web & Mobile alumni, Bomberbot. They’ve recently revealed they received an investment from Social Impact Ventures worth €750,000. The startup will use this financing to fuel its growth in an effort to positively impact children’s education on a global scale.

“We are happy to have investors who believe in the importance of Impact Companies for our society, and who believe in our mission to bring programming education to children all around the world,” Bomberbot stated in a blog post.

Bomberbot provides children between 8 and 12 years-of-age with online educational programs to develop computational thinking. They also assist teachers in implementing digital learning methods in their existing curriculum. With the recently acquired funding, they are hoping to expand their workforce and enable their software to be available to a broader curriculum.

The news on the two funding rounds comes just a month after alumni Undeveloped announced the acquisition deal with Epic.com. As we pointed out in a recent blog post, the right funding can be hard to come by. However, when it does come through, it’s important to take stock of the milestones and use them as incentives to keep on thriving. Scaling is possible, just ask our alumni.


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