Germany Unicorns

The 17 Unicorn Startups founded in Germany

Over 15 unicorn startups are founded in Germany and here is the complete list of these unicorn companies.

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How do unicorn startups emerge?

How are they formed?

What does it take to become one of the Unicorn startups?

These are all questions many entrepreneurs ask themselves when building their companies.

Here are the 17 startups in Germany – Celonis  and GetYourGuide included – which have become unicorns.

The 17 Unicorn Startups in Germany

ABOUT YOU

ABOUT YOU

ABOUT YOU offers a wide selection of quality apparel and accessories at a great price, all in one place.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    July 2018

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Hamburg

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Sebastian Betz, Tarek Muller

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fashion, Marketing, Personalization, Retail, Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $300,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    3

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ATAI Life Sciences

ATAI Life Sciences

ATAI Life Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company developing clinically-tested therapies for mental illness.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.00

    B (

    March 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Munich

  • Started in:

    2018

  • Founders:

    Christian Angermayer, Florian Brand, Lars Christian Wilde, Srinivas Rao

  • Industries:

    Biotechnology, Health Care, Life Science, Therapeutics

  • Number of employees:

    10-50

  • Funding Amount:

    $347,100,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    31

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AUTO1 Group

AUTO1 Group

An online platform connecting car buyers and sellers, AUTO1 Group offers easy-to-use services across Europe.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $7.20

    B (

    January 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Berlin

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Christian Bertermann, Hakan Koc

  • Industries:

    Automotive, Internet, Marketplace

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,387,053,390

  • Number of funding rounds:

    10

  • Number of investors:

    23

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Celonis

Celonis

Celonis is an innovative, fast-growing software company that develops enterprise software solutions for improving business performance through better process execution.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.50

    B (

    June 2018

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Munich

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Alexander Rinke, Bastian Nominacher, Martin Klenk

  • Industries:

    Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Database, Enterprise, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $367,500,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    5

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Deposit Solutions

Deposit Solutions

Deposit Solutions provides an open banking platform that connects providers of deposit accounts (deposit banks) and consumers desiring to transact in deposited funds.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.13

    B (

    September 2019

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Hamburg

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Tim Sievers

  • Industries:

    Banking, Financial Services, FinTech

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $198,871,072

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    11

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FlixBus

FlixBus

FlixBus is an online platform that combines a great experience with premium tech and effective IT systems.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.25

    B (

    July 2019

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Munich

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Andre Schwammlein, Daniel Krauss, Jochen Engert

  • Industries:

    Public Transportation, Transportation, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    €500,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    15

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GetYourGuide

GetYourGuide

GetYourGuide is the world’s leading online marketplace for booking tours, activities, and attractions.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.10

    B (

    May 2019

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Berlin

  • Started in:

    2009

  • Founders:

    Johannes Reck, Martin Sieber, Tao Tao, Tobias Rein

  • Industries:

    Consumer Reviews, E-Commerce, Hospitality, Recreation, Tourism, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $886,168,933

  • Number of funding rounds:

    12

  • Number of investors:

    35

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Gorillas

Gorillas

Gorillas is an on-demand grocery and household items delivery service that allows customers to order online from local, independent merchants.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    March 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Berlin

  • Started in:

    2020

  • Founders:

    Jörg Kattner, Kağan Sümer, Ronny Shibley

  • Industries:

    Delivery, Delivery Service, Grocery, Same Day Delivery

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $335,415,309

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    8

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Lilium

Lilium

Lilium is a German technology company developing all-electric, high-performance aircrafts.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    June 2020

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Weßling

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Daniel Wiegand, Matthias Meiner, Patrick Nathen, Sebastian Born

  • Industries:

    Aerospace, Air Transportation, Transportation

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $376,400,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    6

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Mambu

Mambu

Mambu offers a scalable, customizable, and versatile software solution that gives banks the power to create various lending and deposit services on their own with a level of customization never before possible.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.08

    B (

    January 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Berlin

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Eugene Danilkis, Frederik Pfisterer, Sofia Nunes

  • Industries:

    Banking, Financial Services, FinTech, Lending

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    €152,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    9

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N26

N26

N26 is an online bank that offers mobile banking to customers within the European Union.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.50

    B (

    January 2019

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Berlin

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Maximilian Tayenthal, Valentin Stalf

  • Industries:

    Banking, Finance, Financial Services, FinTech

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $819,009,300

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    18

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NuCom Group

NuCom Group

NuCom is an agency that provides a combination of services to its clients. These are content, commerce, and operational excellence.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.20

    B (

    February 2018

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Unterföhring

  • Started in:

    2018

  • Founders:

    No Data

  • Industries:

    Consumer, E-Commerce, Lifestyle

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $550,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    1

  • Number of investors:

    1

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Omio

Omio

Omio offers a multi-mode price comparison tool allowing travelers to find the best prices among airlines, trains, buses, and rental cars.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    October 2018

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Berlin

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Naren Shaam

  • Industries:

    Internet, Search Engine, Travel, Travel Accommodations

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $396,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    10

  • Number of investors:

    26

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Ottobock

Ottobock

Ottobock is a global manufacturer of advanced prosthetic and orthotic medical devices for people with mobility challenges.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.52

    B (

    June 2017

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Duderstadt

  • Started in:

    2019

  • Founders:

    Otto Bock

  • Industries:

    Health Care, Medical Device

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    No Data

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    2

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Personio

Personio

Personio is a cloud-based HR management and recruiting platform that empowers employers with the tools they need to attract, track, and build effective teams.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.70

    B (

    January 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    München

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Arseniy Vershinin, Hanno Renner, Ignaz Forstmeier, Roman Schumacher

  • Industries:

    Employment, Human Resources, Recruiting, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $254,332,944

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    17

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sennder

sennder

sennder is a digital freight-forwarding company that empowers commercial shippers to get their goods where they need to go, faster.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    January 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Berlin

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    David Nothacker, Julius Koehler, Nicolaus Schefenacker

  • Industries:

    Freight Service, Industrial Automation, Logistics, Shipping

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $260,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    16

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wefox

wefox

Wefox is the world’s first digital insurance company—combining technology and human expertise to give customers a better way to manage, track, and pay for their insurance.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.65

    B (

    March 2019

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Berlin

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Dario Fazlic, Fabian Wesemann, Jonathan Seoane, Julian Teicke, Teodoro Martino

  • Industries:

    FinTech, Insurance, InsurTech

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $268,500,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    26

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