Dutch Contentoo receives new multi-million euro investment and scales up in Europe

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Contentoo has raised € 5 million in a new investment round.

With the capital injection, the platform will be scaling up in Europe, with a rapidly growing pool of several thousand freelance copywriters, translators and content marketing strategists around the world. Only the top-10% of freelancers have access to Contentoo.

Founded in 2017, Contentoo is Europe’s leading platform for content marketing talent. Contentoo matches marketing teams with its pre-screened global freelance community of more than a thousand content creators, including copywriters, translators, localisation experts, UX writers, designers, content strategists and SEO specialists.

Companies can thus always scale up and down their content production with the perfect professional(s) for the job, regardless of industry, writing style or content type, and without compromising on quality. Contentoo’s clients include Booking.com, Mollie, Klarna, Swapfiets, Rituals and Marley Spoon, among many others.

Contentoo records a 107 per cent revenue growth compared to 2021 (YoY). Growth is not only exponential in the Netherlands. In the German market, Contentoo has quadrupled in size.

The new funding will continue our European expansion.

We see an increasing demand for Contentoo’s services from companies committed to content marketing and internationalisation.

says Onno Halsema, CEO of the platform.

Entrepreneurial financing

Sophie Heijenberg, an investor at No Such Ventures, is excited about the future:

Contentoo has a strong product within the content marketing niche that also appeals internationally. Contentoo’s drive, team and vision fit well with No Such Ventures.

Contentoo’s investment round involves more than 30 investors through No Such Ventures. They include entrepreneurs Perry Oostdam and Pawel Smoczyk, co-founders of hiring software tool Recruitee, and Jeroen Verberg, founder of Bloomreach-bought Hippo. Hugo Mensink oversaw the transaction on behalf of Amsterdam Corporate Finance.

Flexible and efficient marketing

What appeals to us about No Such Ventures’ investment strategy is its active, supportive role. They know the dynamics of a fast-growing, international scale-up in this sector.

This investment confirms again that we are on the right track with Contentoo.

The European content market is growing fast. It is predicted that the market will account for 140 billion euros by 2024.

Halsema is delighted with the multimillion-dollar investment.

The scale-up’s success was already crowned with a spot in Deloitte’sTechnology Fast 50 list in 2022.

Content increasingly important for growth

We see that the content creation market is hugely important for companies to be successful. For SEO, for content marketing, but especially for entering new foreign markets.

Through our platform, we connect organisations with freelance copywriters and translators with local market expertise. They work remotely, but operate as in-house employees. Companies require quality, yet also flexibility and an efficient workflow.

So we operate as a platform, but with the service of an agency. As a result, organisations are looked after end to end in terms of content marketing.

continued Halsema.

Artificial intelligence and human decision-making

Contentoo also engages in artificial intelligence. Halsema:

AI is used on our platform to match freelancers to clients, create better briefings and speed up work processes.

Clients can also have simple texts, like listings for housing websites or product texts, generated by AI.

However, we believe freelancers are still indispensable for the creation of more complex and creative content.

Contentoo co-founders are experienced team

Contentoo co-founders, Onno Halsema, Jeroen Gunter, Wisse Bakker, Ron van Valkengoed Visual
Contentoo co-founders, Onno Halsema, Jeroen Gunter, Wisse Bakker, Ron van Valkengoed Visual

Onno Halsema has over 13 years of experience in marketing and sales. Prior to joining Contentoo, he worked for global companies, including Vodafone, T-Mobile and Ben.

Jeroen Gunter is the person who founded Contentoo back in 2017. He is a former journalist with 10+ years of experience in content marketing and PR consultancy.

Ron van Valkengoed is passionate about everything related to cloud computing. Before joining Contentoo, he founded many successful companies, such as De Advocatenwijzer and Sustainmobile.

Wisse Bakker – Previously COO of secure communications provider Zivver and COO for domain-name provider TransIP, Wisse has extensive operational experience in high-growth organisations.