Dutch startup Astrape Networks raises €1.6M to develop energy-efficient data centres with integrated photonics

Astrape enables the transition to fully optical data networks for a faster and more sustainable internet. Its products are based on a disruptive photonics switching technology, which provides the exponential growth in data bandwidth its partners need with marginal increase in energy consumption.​

🚀 Launch


🏭 Industry



Francesco Pessolano, Willem Jan Withagen, Nicola Calabretta

💸 Funding & Investors

  • Investment (September 2023) : €1.6 million (Pre-seed)
  • Investors : Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM), Rabobank, Brabant Startup Fonds, TTT Smart Industries, Shift Invest, and PhotonDelta.

🎯 Funding purpose

Kickoff the development of the technology needed to drive future data centres and optical networks, specifically the use of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), to build faster, cooler and more energy-efficient data centres. 

🌐 Country HQ

The Netherlands

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