Meet the 7 decacorns minted in Germany; they are on a hiring spree

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Globally, more and more startups are whizzing past the billion-dollar valuation mark, and they are scrambling to reach the next milestone – the coveted $10B valuation – and achieve the decacorn status. 

According to a report from Dealroom, Europe has created 37 startups that have now reached decacorn status, and are multiplying fast. These include the 15 from the UK, seven from Germany, while Sweden and Israel have five each, among a few others.

We are focussing on Germany this time, which is one of the leading startup hubs in the world and is home to some incredible companies. What’s even better, many of them are on their way to becoming future unicorns and even decacorns. 

We have compiled a list of seven Germany-based decacorns that are hiring fresh talents right now. If you’re in Germany and looking for a job, check out this list and spread the word.

Some details about these startups such as founders’ names, founded year, and the total funding amount raised have been sourced from Dealroom.

Bastian Nominacher, Martin Klenk, Alexander Rinke | Image credit: Celonis

Celonis

Founder(s): Alexander Rinke, Bastian Nominacher, Martin Klenk

Founded in: 2011

Funding: €1.2B (current valuation €10B)

Celonis believes that every company can unlock its full execution capacity. And to achieve that, Celonis offers an Execution Management System (EMS) that can help companies in running their business processes entirely on data and intelligence. It offers services from analytics to strategy and planning, management, actions and automation. Celonis has thousands of customers, including AstraZeneca, Bosch, Coca-Cola, Citibank, Dell, GSK, L’Oreal, Uber, Vodafone, and Whirlpool, among others.

In June 2021, the company raised $1B in its Series D round of funding. The round saw participation from Durable Capital Partners, T. Rowe Price Associates and a group including Franklin Templeton, Splunk Ventures, and existing investors Arena Holdings.

Headquartered in Munich, Germany and New York City, USA, Celonis has 15 offices worldwide and is looking to add talents – you can apply here.

Franz-Werner Haas, CEO | Image credit: CureVac

CureVac

Founder(s): Ingmar Hoerr, Florian von der Mulbe

Founded in: 2000

Funding: €1.1B (current valuation €17.1B)

CureVac is a clinical stage biotechnology company that provides prophylactic and therapeutic application of messenger RNA (mRNA) technology. It claims to have two decades of expertise in developing and optimising this versatile molecule for medical purposes.

CureVac’s technology uses non-chemically modified mRNA as a data carrier to instruct the human body to produce its own proteins capable of fighting off a broad range of diseases. Based on this technology, the company has built a deep clinical pipeline in the areas of prophylactic vaccines, cancer therapies, antibody therapies, and the treatment of rare diseases.

The company’s latest funding round was raised earlier this year in February 2021. It raised $450M from a post-IPO equity round. Currently, the company is looking to expand its team. Check out the open positions here.

Hakan Koc, Christian Bertermann | Image credit: AUTO1 Group

AUTO1 Group

Founder(s): Christian Bertermann, Hakan Koc

Founded in: 2012

Funding: €1B (current valuation €11.7B)

AUTO1 Group is an online automotive platform that aims to connect buyers and sellers of cars throughout Europe. To ensure efficient pricing, it has developed proprietary algorithms that automatically evaluate used cars and overall market demand in real-time.

The company claims to have sold over 615K cars and generated revenues of around €3.5B in 2019. It operates in almost 30 countries and continues to expand rapidly. AUTO1 Group owns business units like AUTO1.com, Autohero.com or wirkaufendeinauto.de.

Currently, the company is looking to further expand its team and have over 816 open positions listed. You can apply here.

Delivery Hero
Niklas Östberg | Image credit: Delivery Hero

Delivery Hero

Founder(s): Niklas Östberg

Founded in: 2011

Funding: $6.6B (approx €5.3B)

Delivery Hero is a network of online food ordering sites, operating in 21 countries with over 73,000 restaurant partners. Additionally, the company has also set its foot in the e-commerce sector to bring groceries and household goods to customers’ doorsteps.

The company is backed by investors including Insight Venture Partners, Luxor Capital Group, Kite Ventures, Team Europe, ru-Net, Tengelmann Ventures, Point Nine Capital, Vostok Nafta, and Phenomen Ventures. If you are interested in working with this food delivery giant, you can apply here.

Ugur Sahin | Image credit: LinkedIn

BioNTech

Founder(s): Christoph Huber, Ugur Sahin

Founded in: 2008

Funding: €1.3B (current valuation €76.9B)

BioNTech is a biopharmaceutical company pioneering the development of individualised therapies for cancer and other diseases. The company exploits various computational discovery and therapeutic drug platforms for the rapid development of novel biopharmaceuticals. 

Based on its deep expertise in mRNA vaccine development and in-house manufacturing capabilities, BioNTech and its collaborators are developing multiple mRNA vaccine candidates for a range of infectious diseases alongside its diverse oncology pipeline. The most recent example is the Covid-19 vaccine that has been developed in partnership with Pfizer.

According to the company, it has over 20 product candidates in development, 11 ongoing clinical trials, has treated over 440 patients across 17 tumor types, and is supported by more than 1300 employees. BioNTech is looking for more talents at every position, check them out here.

Dominik Richter | Image credit: HelloFresh

HelloFresh

Founder(s): Dominik Richter, Thomas Griesel, Jessica Nilsson

Founded in: 2011

Funding: €357M (current valuation €15.7B)

HelloFresh is a food subscription company that sends pre-portioned ingredients to its customers’ doorstep every week. It enables anyone to cook quick and healthy meals designed by nutritionists and chefs. The company aims to provide each and every household with the opportunity to enjoy wholesome home-cooked meals. 

Currently, HelloFresh operates in the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Australia, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, France, and Denmark.

The company went public on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in November 2017. In Q3 2020, the company delivered over 162 million meals and reached 5 million active customers. It has offices in New York, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Sydney, Toronto, Auckland, Paris, and Copenhagen. The company is currently hiring and also offers relocation support. You can apply here.

Robert Gentz | Image credit: LinkedIn

Zalando

Founder(s): David Schneider, Robert Gentz

Founded in: 2008

Funding: $615.9M (approx €524M) (current valuation €22.3B)

Zalando is an online platform for fashion and lifestyle. The company claims to bring head-to-toe fashion to more than 35 million active customers in 17 markets, offering clothing, footwear, accessories, and beauty.

The platform offers international brands ranging from world-famous names to local labels. The company aims to become ‘The Starting Point’ for fashion and a sustainable platform with a net-positive impact for people and the planet.
The company is looking to expand its team and has over 1,193 job openings. Check them out here.