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Smart office analyst raises for international growth

Energy innovation fund ENERGIIQ, informal investors and existing shareholders are jointly investing €3.4m in smart office software developer Mapiq.

The Delft, Netherlands-based company will use the capital injection to scale up its software platform. Mapiq allows organisations to make more efficient and flexible use of their office space and facilities, thereby increasing employee satisfaction, saving costs and reducing CO2 emissions.

Mapiq was founded in 2013 by CEO Sander Schutte and CTO Jasper Schuurmans. At the time, the two founders, who had both been PhD students at Delft University of Technology, had already clocked up several years’ experience as entrepreneurs. Mapiq made its breakthrough a year later thanks to partnering with Deloitte, which rolled out the Mapiq platform in its energy-neutral office building The Edge in Amsterdam. Mapiq is now a frontrunner in the smart office market with national and international customers like PwC, AkzoNobel, Heineken, KPMG, ENGIE, Unilever and Microsoft.

This investment will allow Mapiq to continue its international growth acceleration and boost employment in the greater Rotterdam The Hague area.

Increased job satisfaction

As companies compete for the best talent, employee wellbeing is becoming an increasingly important consideration. In this respect, the workplace plays a vital role. From a nondescript location where people perform routine nine-to-five jobs, the office environment is undergoing a transformation into an inspiring meeting place where great results are achieved together – and where everything runs frictionless.

Mapiq’s smart office platform taps into the trend of activity-based working. Employees can easily switch between spaces and workplaces depending on the type of activity they are engaged in. Mapiq informs users about free desks, meeting rooms, lockers, the location of colleagues and other conveniences by means of an intelligent 3D card. Using seamlessly integrated data and technology, Mapiq then links employees to workspaces and facilities that suit their needs.

The system’s analytics platform provides predictive information and gives facility managers tools to further optimise capacity based on data insights. Mapiq enables employees to work more flexibly and share the office more efficiently. At the same time, the system makes offices future-proof.

Significant reduction in CO2 emissions

The innovative software is connected to the customer’s IT systems, in combination with sensors provided by Mapiq or other parties as necessary. Mapiq developed both the hardware and the software, which are in compliance with the GDPR as well as ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 for quality and information security. Offered as a SaaS subscription, the monthly costs of the platform depend on the size of the office building.

Mapiq allows organisations to make data-driven decisions on their housing and safe costs. Every square metre of office space accounts for around 70 kg of CO2 emissions annually. More efficient use means that less space is needed per employee, which results in a significant reduction in these emissions.

Sander Schutte, CEO of Mapiq: “The role of the office is constantly evolving. Organisations can save money by using their expensive offices more effectively and by optimising space in the ‘war for talent’. Mapiq is indispensable for making offices more efficient and attractive for employees. This financial injection will help us accelerate our international expansion and strengthen our leading role.”

Rafael Koene, ENERGIIQ fund manager at InnovationQuarter: “We are very impressed with Mapiq and convinced that the company will achieve strong, profitable growth in Europe and beyond. It is our expectation that Mapiq will be a market leader in a few years’ time with a product that not only delivers a more pleasant and effective working environment but also reduces CO2 emissions substantially. ENERGIIQ has every confidence that these great ambitions will be realised.”

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