In the first quarter of this year, investors pumped a record amount of 715 million euros into Dutch start-ups.

That is about 90 percent more than the amount of 377 million in the last three months of 2020, according to a global survey by accountancy firm KPMG.

KPMG notes that, just as in 2020, most investors focus mainly on companies that are responding to the corona crisis.

This mainly concerns technological companies, "from educational technology to gaming to digital health".

But now that vaccination programs are running worldwide, more and more account is taken of "the new normal".

“Sectors that have been hit hard by the corona crisis, such as tourism companies, are re-emerging among investors,” said Karina Kuperus, partner at KPMG's Emerging Giants advisory group.

The most striking investments in Dutch companies were the capital rounds of $ 30 million for the electric car manufacturer Lightyear, 25 million in the online supermarket Crisp and 20 million for the electric scooters from Felyx.

Globally, in the first three months of this year, 126.6 billion dollars (105.2 billion euros) went to start-ups, 30 percent more than in the last quarter of 2020. Most of the money went to the United States with investments in include the investment app Roinhood, automaker Rivian and meal delivery company Lalamove. In Europe, the largest injection of capital was for the Swedish payment app Klarna. It raised $ 1 billion.