\German startups to watch in 2021

Germany is one of Europe’s leading startup powerhouses, attracting $5.4bn in venture capital funding in 2020, more than double four years ago.

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Germany is one of Europe’s leading startup powerhouses, attracting $5.4bn in venture capital funding in 2020, more than double four years ago.

But which are Germany’s most exciting startups? Which are the ones to watch in 2021?

Our team of experts at Sifted have chosen a list of 100 exciting companies we think you need to know about, with an added “Sifted take” one some to provide an extra layer of insight.

It's a mixture of the big and the small, the well known and the under the radar. But all are making waves. Keep reading below and stay informed about Europe’s new economy!

(P.S The data is from Europeanstartups.co. If there is anyone missing from this list, or anything is wrong, please let us know by email at [email protected]).

Key

Year founded

Amount raised

Last funding round

Valuation

Employees

Lilium‘s logo

Lilium

The world's first fully electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet

transportation / vehicle production

lilium.com/

Weßling, Germany

2014

€342m

SERIES B

€909-€0

N26 Group‘s logo

N26 Group

Bank account that can be managed entirely from a smartphone

fintech / banking

n26.com

Berlin, Germany

2013

€711m

SERIES D

€3.18-B

1000-5000

Raisin‘s logo

Raisin

A pan-European marketplace for savings

fintech / investing

raisin.com/

Berlin, Germany

2013

€205m

GROWTH EQUITY

€400-€600 M

100-500

Pitch‘s logo

Pitch

Platform for working together on presentations

enterprise software /

pitch.com/

Berlin, Germany

2018

€47m

SERIES A

€109-€164

100-500

Comtravo‘s logo

Comtravo

Utilises AI and natural language processing to manage booking and travel information for business

travel / business travel

comtravo.com/

Berlin, Germany

2015

€38m

SERIES B

€36-€54 M

100-500

Coachhub‘s logo

Coachhub

The Digital Coaching Platform‎

education; jobs recruitment /

coachhub.io/

Berlin, Germany

2018

€49m

SERIES B

€113-€169 M

100-500

Deposit Solutions‘s logo

Deposit Solutions

An open architecture platform for retail deposits

Hamburg, Germany

2011

€171m

SERIES E

€1-B

100-500

INFARM‘s logo

INFARM

Urban farming services company

food / agritech

infarm.com/

Berlin, Germany

2012

€202m

SERIES C

€309-€464

100-500

GetYourGuide‘s logo

GetYourGuide

A booking platform for travel experiences

travel: event tech / online travel agency

getyourguide.com

Berlin, Germany

2009

€728m

CONVERTIBLE

€1-B

500-1000

AUTO1 Group‘s logo

AUTO1 Group

A leading digital car-selling platform

transportation / search, buy & rent

auto1-group.com/

Berlin, Germany

2012

1Bm

CONVERTIBLE

€3-B

1000-5000

Omio‘s logo

Omio

A multi-mode travel search tool

travel / booking & search

omio.com/

Berlin, Germany

2012

€360m

CONVERTIBLE

€909-M

100-500

FlixBus‘s logo

FlixBus

Bus travel across Europe

travel /

flixbus.com/

Munich, Germany

2011

€510m

LATE VC

€1.82-B

1000-5000

Blinkist‘s logo

Blinkist

Enables users to read the most important insights from non-fiction books in 15 minutes

education /

blinkist.com

Berlin, Germany

2012

€31m

SERIES C

€68-€103 M

100-500

SellerX‘s logo

SellerX

Buys and builds Amazon businesses.

ecommerce / retail

sellerx.com/

Berlin , Germany

2020

€20m

SEED

€80-€120 M

1-10

Planetly‘s logo

Planetly

Analyses, reduces and offsets companies' carbon emissions based on data

saas / climate tech

planetly.org/

Berlin , Germany

2019

€5m

SEED

€21-€31 M

10-50

Gorillas‘s logo

Gorillas

On-demand grocery delivery service

marketplace and ecommerce / food

gorillas.io/

Berlin , Germany

2020

€41m

SERIES A

€182- M

50-100

Isar Aerospace‘s logo

Isar Aerospace

Isar Aerospace develops rockets for sustainable access to space for small and medium satellites and satellite constellations

space tech / aerospace

isaraerospace.com/

Gilching , Germany

2018

€91m

SERIES B

€300-€450 M

50-100

Wandelbots‘s logo

Wandelbots

Wandelbots enables everyone to teach robots new skills without writing any code.

iot internetofthings; robotics /

wandelbots.com

Dresden, Germany

2017

€35m

SERIES B

€109-€164 M

100-500

Contentful‘s logo

Contentful

Content management system for web and mobile apps

enterprise software /

contentful.com

Berlin, Germany

2013

€143m

SERIES E

€291-€436 M

100-500

EyeEm‘s logo

EyeEm

Get highly curated images quickly and affordably

media / content production

eyeem.com

Berlin, Germany

2011

€22m

SERIES B

€65-€98 M

100-500

Volocopter‘s logo

Volocopter

Manned, fully electric and safe VTOL

robotics; transportation / vehicle production

volocopter.com/

Bruchsal, Germany

2011

€160m

SERIES C

€182-€0 M

100-500

Babbel‘s logo

Babbel

Learn a language like you've always wanted to

education /

babbel.com

Berlin, Germany

2007

€30m

SERIES C

€80-€120 M

500-1000

Penta‘s logo

Penta

Free online business bank account for startups and SMEs

fintech / banking

getpenta.com

Berlin, Germany

2016

€17m

SERIES B

€32-€48 M

Kontist‘s logo

Kontist

Banking app dedicated to freelancers and founders

fintech / banking

kontist.com/

Berlin, Germany

2016

€3m

EARLY VC

€4-€6 M

50-100

Sono Motors‘s logo

Sono Motors

Electric car startup

energy; transportation / vehicle production

sonomotors.com/

Munich, Germany

2016

€108m

SERIES C

€250- M

100-500

ZenJob‘s logo

ZenJob

Automated, data-driven, full-service staffing platform

jobs recruitment /

zenjob.de/

Berlin, Germany

2016

€50m

SERIES B

€109-€164 M

100-500

Billie‘s logo

Billie

Receive payments for invoices

fintech; enterprise software / payments

billie.io/

Berlin, Germany

2016

€47m

SERIES B

€120-€180 M

100-500

Mapify‘s logo

Mapify

Travel experience platform

travel / online travel agency

mapify.travel

Berlin, Germany

2017

€1m

SEED

€4-€5 M

10-50

Trade Republic‘s logo

Trade Republic

Mobile-only and commission-free broker

fintech / investing

traderepublic.com

Berlin, Germany

2018

€79m

€248—372m

100-500

Clue App‘s logo

Clue App

Clue is a cycle-tracking app that empowers women to track their fertility easily and accurately

femtech / sexual wellness

helloclue.com

Berlin, Germany

2013

€27m

€73—109m

100-500

Scalable Capital‘s logo

Scalable Capital

Low-cost portfolio management technology

fintech / investing

scalable.capital

Munich, Germany

2014

€119m

€418m

100-500

Opinary‘s logo

Opinary

Polling tools for leading publishers

marketing; enterprise software /

opinary.com/

Berlin, Germany

2013

€4m

EARLY VC

€12-€18 M

10-50

Grover‘s logo

Grover

Grover is a company that enables people to subscribe to tech products monthly instead of buying them

ecommerce /

grover.com/de-de

Berlin, Germany

2015

€31m

SERIES A

€44-€66 M

100-500

Neufund‘s logo

Neufund

Building a blockchain-based and investor-directed platform which bridges the worlds of blockchain and venture capital

fintech / investing; cryptocurrency

neufund.org/

Berlin, Germany

2016

€16m

ICO

€16-€24 M

10-50

wefox‘s logo

wefox

Service platform for insurance brokers insurers and end-customers

fintech / insurance

wefox.de/

Berlin, Germany

2015

€241m

SERIES B

€1.55 B

100-500

IDAGIO‘s logo

IDAGIO

Classical music streaming service

music /

idagio.com

Berlin, Germany

2014

€18m

SERIES B

€40-€60 M

10-50

Ecosia‘s logo

Ecosia

Search engine that plants trees

media /

ecosia.org

Berlin, Germany

2009

SEED

50-100

CareerFoundry‘s logo

CareerFoundry

Career accelerator for vocational tech skills

education; jobs recruitment /

careerfoundry.com

Berlin, Germany

2013

€6m

CONVERTIBLE

€18-€27 M

500-1000

Urban Sports Club‘s logo

Urban Sports Club

One membership gives you access to the largest and most flexible sports offer in your city

sports / sport league & club

urbansportsclub.com

Berlin, Germany

2012

€11m

SERIES C

€227- M

100-500

Orderbird‘s logo

Orderbird

Provides POS systems to the catering industry

fintech; food / in-store retail & restaurant tech; financial management solutions; payments

orderbird.com/

Berlin, Germany

2011

€32m

SERIES D

€55-€0 M

50-100

Adjust‘s logo

Adjust

Mobile intelligence platform for app marketers

marketing; enterprise software / marketing analytics

adjust.com

Berlin, Germany

2012

€233m

LATE VC

€818- M

500-1000

Personio‘s logo

Personio

HR management software

jobs recruitment: enterprise software /

personio.de/

Munich, Germany

2014

€119m

SERIES B

€455- M

500-1000

navabi‘s logo

navabi

Premium plus size fashion for women

fashion / apparel

navabi.co.uk

Berlin, Germany

2008

€47m

MEDIA FOR EQUITY

€40-€60 M

50-100

Market Logic Software‘s logo

Market Logic Software

Software to plan, execute, and reuse market research

marketing: enterprise software / marketing analytics

marketlogicsoftware.com/

Berlin, Germany

2006

€47m

LATE VC

€180-€270 M

100-500

Forto‘s logo

Forto

The digital freight forwarder across air and sea

transportation: enterprise software / logistics & delivery

forto.com/

Berlin, Germany

2016

€100m

SERIES B

€109-€164 M

100-500

ProGlove‘s logo

ProGlove

Manufactures wearables for the Industry 4.0

iot internetofthings /

proglove.de/

Munich, Germany

2014

€44m

LATE VC

€144-€216 M

100-500

Mambu‘s logo

Mambu

SaaS banking engine powering innovative lending and deposits

fintech / banking

mambu.com

Berlin, Germany

2011

€43m

SERIES C

€120-€180 M

100-500

Quandoo‘s logo

Quandoo

Real time booking platform for restaurant reservations

food / in-store retail & restaurant tech

quandoo.com/

Berlin, Germany

2012

€37m

ACQUISITION

€210- M

100-500

Enfore‘s logo

Enfore

Gives small businesses access to the tools, capabilities and insights

fintech: marketing / payments

enfore.com/

Berlin, Germany

2009

€35m

SERIES A

€138-€207 M

50-100

Amboss‘s logo

Amboss

A learning and knowledge system for medical students and physicians

health: education / medical devices

amboss.com/

Berlin, Germany

2012

€30m

SERIES B

€120-€180 M

100-500

Caroobi‘s logo

Caroobi

Integrated marketplace for automotive aftersales

transportation / search, buy & rent

caroobi.com/

Berlin, Germany

2015

€28m

SERIES B

€73-€109 M

10-50

Getsafe‘s logo

Getsafe

Helps individuals manage their insurance contracts through their smartphones

fintech / insurance

hellogetsafe.com/

Heidelberg, Germany

2014

€52m

SERIES A

€109-€164 M

100-500

Auxmoney‘s logo

Auxmoney

Peer-to-peer loan marketplace

fintech / mortgages & lending

auxmoney.com/

Düsseldorf, Germany

2007

€175m

LATE VC

€750- M

100-500

Watchmaster‘s logo

Watchmaster

Online store of pre-owned luxury watches

fashion / luxury

watchmaster.com

Berlin, Germany

2015

€23m

SERIES C

€36-€54 M

50-100

Joblift‘s logo

Joblift

Aggregates job ads, using machine learning

jobs recruitment /

joblift.com/

Berlin, Germany

2015

€25m

CONVERTIBLE

€40-€60 M

50-100

Automation Hero‘s logo

Automation Hero

Robotic process automation

robotics: enterprise software /

automationhero.ai/

Berlin, Germany

2017

€17m

EARLY VC

€53-€79 M

50-100

VoltStorage‘s logo

VoltStorage

Solar power storage systems based on the ecological Vanadium Redox Flow (VRF) technology

sustainability / energy

voltstorage.com/

Munich , Germany

2016

€7m

EARLY VC

€24-€36 M

10-50

Spryker‘s logo

Spryker

Spryker runs a commerce-focused operating system

saas / retail

spryker.com/

Berlin, Germany

2014

€138m

SERIES C

€455- M

100-500

Mambu‘s logo

Mambu

Mambu runs an SaaS banking platform that sits behind banking apps and accounts. The company became a unicorn in 2021, announcing a mega €110m round and securing a $2bn valuation today. Find out more: https://sifted.eu/articles/mambu-110m-raise-unicorn/

fintech / saas

mambu.com/

Berlin , Germany

2011

€153m

SERIES D

2B- M

500-1000

Kaia Health ‘s logo

Kaia Health

A digital therapeutics company focused on artificial intelligence

health tech / artificial intelligence

kaiahealth.com/

Munich, Germany

2016

€42m

SERIES B

€98-€147 M

50-100

Artnight ‘s logo

Artnight

An online meeting point for creatives

creative / event tech

artnight.com/

Berlin , Germany

2016

SERIES A

- M

100-500

Bitwala ‘s logo

Bitwala

A blockchain banking experience that merges the crypto and fiat world

banking / fintech

bitwala.com/

Berlin , Germany

2015

€34m

LATE VC

€60-€90 M

50-100

Finn.Auto‘s logo

Finn.Auto

Offers all-inclusive, immediately available, monthly car-subscriptions

B2C / marketplace

finn.auto/

Munich , Germany

2019

€29m

SERIES A

€80-€120 M

10-50

Luminovo‘s logo

Luminovo

A deep learning company

saas / enterprise software

luminovo.ai/

Munchen , Germany

2017

€2m

SEED

€8-€12 M

10-50

Parcellab ‘s logo

Parcellab

Post purchase customer experience for online retailers

retail / logistics

parcellab.com/

Munich , Germany

2014

€3m

SERIES B

€8-€12 M

50-100

Schuttflix ‘s logo

Schuttflix

Helps manage construction sites effectively

saas / real estate

schuettflix.de/

Gütersloh , Germany

2018

€14m

EARLY VC

€24-€36 M

10-50

Sdui‘s logo

Sdui

Sdui is a start-up providing tools for mobile communication in education

B2B / education

sdui.de/

Coblenz, Germany

2018

€2m

SEED

€8-€12 M

10-50

Taxdoo‘s logo

Taxdoo

Taxdoo is a developer of an API platform that automates international VAT compliance for online retailers

fintech / legal

taxdoo.com/

Hamburg, Germany

2016

€18m

SERIES A

€68-€102 M

50-100

Twaice ‘s logo

Twaice

Twaice supports enterprises across industries with digital twin-based predictive battery analytics software

saas / deep tech

twaice.com/

Munich, Germany

2018

€14m

SERIES A

€44-€66 M

50-100

Upvest‘s logo

Upvest

Upvest is empowering financial institutions of Europe to offer securities to retail investors with a modular, scalable and accessible API

saas / fintech

upvest.co/

Berlin , Germany

2017

€13m

SERIES A

€20-€30 M

10-50

Celus ‘s logo

Celus

Online software for building embedded systems

saas / semiconductors

celus.io/

Munich , Germany

2018

€2m

SEED

€7-€10 M

50-100

Sharpist ‘s logo

Sharpist

Digital, mobile coaching for managers

saas / education

sharpist.com/

Berlin , Germany

2017

€6m

SEED

€18-€27 M

500-1000

Wingcopter ‘s logo

Wingcopter

Wingcopter provides worldwide drone solutions for commercial and humanitarian applications to improve and save lives.

marketplace and ecommerce / robotics

wingcopter.com/

Darmstadt, Germany

2017

€1m

SEED

€4-€6 M

50-100

Medloop‘s logo

Medloop

Software for medical practices that automate processes

saas / health

medloop.co/

Berlin, Germany

2018

€6m

EARLY VC

€24-€36 M

10-50

Lanes and Planes ‘s logo

Lanes and Planes

Business travel booking platform

marketplace and ecommerce / travel

lanes-planes.com/

Munich , Germany

2017

€9m

SERIES A

€36-€53 M

10-50

Keleya ‘s logo

Keleya

Offers pregnant women individualized workouts and diet plans via App

health / wellness

keleya.de/

Berlin , Germany

2017

€1m

EARLY VC

€4-€6 M

10-50

Demodesk‘s logo

Demodesk

An intelligent meeting platform for remote sales and success teams

saas / marketing

demodesk.com/

Munich , Germany

2017

€10m

SERIES A

€29-€44 M

10-50

Onefootball‘s logo

Onefootball

Global football community

sports: media / social media

onefootball.com

Berlin, Germany

2007

€16m

SERIES C

€25-€38 M

100-500

Dubsmash‘s logo

Dubsmash

Record yourself and share the clip with your friends

media / content production

dubsmash.com/

Berlin, Germany

2014

€14m

SERIES B

€36-€54 M

10-50

AlphaPet Ventures‘s logo

AlphaPet Ventures

Sells pet food and supplies to pet owners

food: home living / logistics & delivery

alpha.pet

Munich, Germany

2016

€13m

EARLY VC

€52-€78 M

50-100

Rasa‘s logo

Rasa

Open source conversational AI tools for enterprises

enterprise software /

rasa.com/

Berlin, Germany

2016

€36m

SERIES A

€95-€142 M

100-500

Medigo‘s logo

Medigo

Simplifies the complex process of booking medical travel

health / health platform

medigo.com

Berlin, Germany

2014

€11m

EARLY VC

€13-€19 M

10-50

Ree Technology‘s logo

Ree Technology

We are a startup building technology to remote control robots

robotics /

ree.technology

Berlin, Germany

2018

€10m

EARLY VC

€40-€60 M

50-100

Rows‘s logo

Rows

The best business data and APIs in a spreadsheet

enterprise software /

rows.com/

Berlin, Germany

2016

€8m

SERIES A

€29-€44 M

50-100

Plantix‘s logo

Plantix

Image recognition for plant diseases

food / agritech

plantix.net/

Berlin, Germany

2015

€12m

SERIES A

€27-€40 M

50-100

BRYTER‘s logo

BRYTER

AI-Toolbox for experts

education: enterprise software /

bryter.io

Berlin, Germany

2013

€21m

SEED

€58-€87 M

50-100

Cargo One‘s logo

Cargo One

Booking cargo made easy

transportation / search, buy & rent

cargo.one

Berlin, Germany

2017

€57m

SEED

€153-€229 M

50-100

Bitbond‘s logo

Bitbond

Scalable blockchain database

fintech / cryptocurrency

bitbond.com

Berlin, Germany

2013

€4m

ICO

€6-€10 M

10-50

Candis‘s logo

Candis

Online software for automated accounting

fintech: enterprise software / financial management solutions

candis.io

Berlin, Germany

2015

€14m

SERIES A

€51-€76 M

50-100

Check24‘s logo

Check24

Largest German price comparison website

travel: media /

check24.de

Munich, Germany

1999

LATE VC

€1.50-B

1000-5000

Pets Deli‘s logo

Pets Deli

Healthy food ingredients and supplements for dogs and cats

food: home living / logistics & delivery

petsdeli.de/

Berlin, Germany

2013

EARLY VC

10-50

BestSecret‘s logo

BestSecret

An 'invitation' only online shopping community

fashion / apparel

bestsecret.com

Aschheim, Germany

2007

€248m

BUYOUT

€225-M M

100-500

SoundCloud‘s logo

SoundCloud

Social sound platform where anyone can create and share sounds

Berlin, Germany

2007

€421m

SERIES F

€455-M M

1000-5000

Tier ‘s logo

Tier

Provides electric scooter ride-sharing services

mobility / scooters

tier.app/

Berlin, Germany

2018

€365m

SERIES C

€864- M

500-1000

Dance Bikes ‘s logo

Dance Bikes

Dance is an e-bike subscription service founded with the purpose of positively impacting health, sustainability and livable cities

mobility / bikes

dance.co/

Berlin, Germany

2020

€15m

SERIES A

€60-€90 M

10-50

Sennder ‘s logo

Sennder

Digital road freight forwarding

mobility / logistics and delivery

sennder.com/

Berlin, Germany

2015

€64m

SERIES C

€273-M M

100-500

YFood ‘s logo

YFood

Designs smart food solutions for a modern generation

food /

yfood.eu/

Munich , Germany

2017

€19m

SERIES B

€60-€90 M

100-500

Gitti‘s logo

Gitti

A nail polish innovation with nail colors that are based to 55% on water, are vegan and odorless

Berlin, Germany

2019

€3m

SEED

€12-€18 M

10-50

Evernest‘s logo

Evernest

Online real estate platform

real estate /

evernest.com/

Hamburg, Germany

2019

€2m

SEED

€8-€12 M

10-50

Everdrop‘s logo

Everdrop

Ecologically responsible house cleaning products

B2C / home and living

everdrop.com/

Munich , Germany

2019

EARLY VC

- M

10-50

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