Startups are springing up everywhere in Europe at an increasing rate. In the beginning of this year, we took a look at major European countries and tried to come up with a list for each country of 5-10 startups to look out for in 2016. We started with Germany and since it’s been hard to narrow this list down, we’ve decided to introduce you to 10 of the most promising German startups out of different sectors. All of these fast growing companies entered the market within the last two years and each one of them has (in our view) a successful year ahead.
1. Movago: Founded in 2015, Movago is a tech driven professional moving platform. The Berlin-based startup envisions to make professional moving convenient and affordable based on a standardized fixed pricing and its self-learning routing algorithm. Improving the underlying economics for each job and making service quality more transparent will (hopefully) result in best value for price for both private and corporate customers. The young company already operates across Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, the UK, Ireland and Italy. So far they raised about $ 10.3 million in funding.
2. Juniqe: An online shop for fresh art, apparel and accessories. Berlin-based Juniqe offers a handpicked selection of artworks by independent artists printed on various products, such as posters, canvases, acrylic glass, T-shirts, tech cases, and home accessories. The platform also enables artists to share their talent with a larger audience and make helps them to make money by doing so. Juniqe was founded in 2014 and secured a total of roughly $ 3.2 million in venture capital.
3. HomeToGo: A fast growing meta-search engine for accommodations which started in 2015. HomeToGo aims to gather the best providers of apartments and houses for you and browses their offerings to meet your individual needs. Whether a family vacation, a trip with friends or a romantic trip for two – HomeToGo tries to find the best option for you. So far, the Berlin-based company scored about $ 9.9 million from well known investors.
4. Spotcap: Founded in 2014, Spotcap enables small business owners to grow their business by providing fast and flexible financing. The fintech company has developed a sophisticated and dynamic decision process, assessing the real-time performance of businesses to grant short term credit lines and loans. Spotcap is headquartered in Berlin with local offices in Madrid, Amsterdam, and Sydney. In total, the young company secured roughly $ 21.93 million in funding.
5. Marley Spoon: Launched in the spring of 2014, Marley Spoon provides easy-to-cook recipes with farm-fresh ingredients, and offers high flexibility to customers in deciding what—and when—to cook. With tasty recipes from around the world, Marley Spoon aims to bring delightful, everyday cooking into the kitchen. So far, the Berlin-based startup raised $ 10.5 million in venture capital. Marley Spon is operating in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, USA and Australia.
6. Dubsmash: Founded in 2014, Dubsmash is a viral video messaging app that lets users create and share dubbed “selfie” videos. The startup enables its users to mix short video recordings of themselves with a popular sound. App users select an audio clip, such as a short movie scene or part of a popular speech, record themselves lip-syncing while it is playing, and then share the resulting Dub with their friends. The app is available as iOS and Android version. Headquartered in Berlin, Dubsmash has so far scored roughly $5.91 million in venture capital.
7. Movinga: Headquartered in Berlin, Movinga is an online relocation service provider which was founded in 2015. Movinga relocates customers for an up to 70% lower price than average/traditional moving companies. After its start in Germany, Movinga is now also operating in Austria, Switzerland, France and the UK. They just scored $25 million from Index Ventures and are now expanding/scaling the company also in Italy, Benelux and Scandinavia. In total, Movinga secured about € 32.82 million from well known VCs and business angels.
8. zeotap: A young tech company that helps telecom operators activate and monetize their data assets. zeotap’s carrier-grade platform aims to make some of the most comprehensive deterministic data sets available to the mobile advertising market. zeotap works with publishers and supply-side platforms to optimize yield as well as advertisers and demand-side players to make ad buying more efficient. zeotap was launched in November 2014 and raised roughly $ 7.7 million in funding till today.
9. Giant Swarm: The Cologne-based tech startup keeps the complexity out of software products. With Giant Swarm, developers can compose and run distributed software simple and instant. With the ease of a platfrom as a service (PaaS) and all the control and flexibility of infrastructure as a service (IaaS). The blueprints a developer composed with Giant Swarm are repeatable and sharable. The promising startup was founded in 2014 and has raised about $ 2.33 million in venture capital since then.
10. Remerge: A pioneering platform built for app retargeting from ground up. Remerge’s mission is to provide the world’s most efficient and scalable App-to-App Retargeting platform by streamlining complex and manual processes with technology. Remerge was founded in 2014 and has offices in Berlin and San Francisco. So far, the ambitious Remerge team secured roughly $ 4 million in funding.
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