What are some well-known German startups

The 25 most successful startups in Germany

Germany is the founding country

Anyone starting out as a founder in Germany can benefit from the good conditions and numerous opportunities. Although a low start-up rate can be measured compared to other countries, companies from Germany can establish themselves much better. This is also shown by the number of investments for startups in Germany. Several billion were invested in promising companies from various industries and thus in German startups in 2020. In addition to B2B and digital corporate concepts, business ideas are getting greener and greener. Increasing environmental awareness has reached the start-up scene more than ever and many young entrepreneurs are realizing their idea of ​​a green economy.

In addition, the rate of female founders in Germany increased in 2020 and the situation on the labor market improved thanks to attractive business opportunities. As a result, many young companies and German startups were able to develop rapidly - such as the following top startups, which all achieved great success despite different industries. That is why they are among the most successful German startups.

The 25 most successful startups in Germany

The following startups have been able to establish themselves as successful companies in recent years and thus also establish themselves on the market. We want to show you here who is among the 25 most successful startups in Germany.


The Berlin startup N26 is a direct bank where customers can use their current account via a smartphone app. The checking accounts are free and income and expenses can be easily tracked here via the app. All customer advice takes place online via live chats. The innovative startup can now generate millions of euros in sales and is internationally known. In 2019, N26 was assured of lucrative investments in two financing rounds and is currently estimated at over three billion euros. The founders Valentin Stalf and Maximilian Tayenthal have big plans for their direct bank and, due to their rapid growth, are among the most successful startups in Germany.

Horizn Studios

Horizn Studios is a top startup founded in 2015 that specializes in the development of new types of luggage. The modified cases offer some features: Power banks are integrated in the products, there are special pockets for notebooks and smartphones and some of them are equipped with GPS modules. And these are just a few of the features of modernized suitcases. In the first year, the successful founders of Horizn Studios sold more than 10,000 pieces and initially couldn't keep up with production. Thanks to numerous investors, the founders from Germany were able to secure 10 million euros in investment capital. In the meantime, the innovative startup claims to have reached eight-digit sales - and these are continuing to grow at this German startup.


The startup Holidu, founded in 2014, has committed itself to the mission of making it easier to find and book holiday homes. With a search engine for holiday homes and apartments, the founders want to enable vacationers to find ideal accommodation at the lowest price. At the same time, it should also be easier for providers. With the software and service solution Bookiply, the company also helps holiday home rental companies to get more bookings with less effort. In 2019, the startup of the successful founders was able to close a Series C financing round of 40 million euros through well-known investors. A year later, the Series C was then expanded by five million euros. But despite the corona pandemic, the startup is on a growth path. Holidu now employs over 220 people and is therefore one of the most successful startups in Germany.


The startup Kumovis develops and sells 3D printing ecosystems that are tailored to the requirements of regulated markets, especially medical technology. This allows, for example, surgical instruments, but also skull plates or spinal implants, to be adapted to the individual needs of the patient. The founding team of Kumovis consists of Dr. Miriam Haerst, Alexander Henhammer, Stefan Fischer, Stefan Leonhardt and Sebastian Pammer, who got to know each other at the Chair of Medical Technology at TUM and did research there. The founders from Germany therefore come from the fields of industrial engineering as well as electrical and information technology as well as medical technology, which is what characterizes the strength of the top startup. The start-up's first 3D printer has been on the market since mid-2019 and the first machines have already been put into operation for customers.

Seven senders

The Berlin startup Seven Senders was founded in 2015. This connects retailers with premium parcel delivery companies worldwide and enables customers to deliver faster and cheaper. The dispatch by Seven Senders is completely transparent. This means that the packages of this top startup are being tracked at all times. By June 2019, 16 million euros flowed into the German startup Seven Senders. The company of the successful founders now employs over 130 people and the founders from Germany have won over customers such as EMP, Westwing and Limango.


Tourlane is an online travel agency for individual travel and was founded in 2016. With this idea, the founders Julian Weselek and Julian Stiefel from Germany have already convinced the US investor Sequoia and an AirBnB founder. The two successful founders from Berlin put together individual long-distance trips for their customers, including all flights, accommodation, transfers and on-site activities. Within 18 months, their business idea raised $ 81 million from investors. The innovative startup now has 80 permanent employees who know their way around the world and is therefore one of the most successful German startups.


The startup Medwing is a job platform for professionals in the healthcare industry. In times of a shortage of skilled workers, the Medwing platform and thus the innovative startup enable better networking between employers and employees. In this way, the nursing staff in particular should feel through the German startup how popular they are on the job market and how valuable their job is. Around 100,000 nursing staff are now registered with the top startup Medwing, but the founders from Germany want to double this number in the next few years.

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- MEDWING (@medwingcom) June 4, 2020


Zeitgold is also one of the most successful startups in Germany. The young company is now one of the most successful FinTech startups in Berlin. The innovative startup wants to digitize the preparatory bookkeeping of small companies. The top startup Zeitgold offers its customers a complete digital solution for their accounting. The company has been around since 2015 and was founded by Dr. Jan Deepen, Stefan Jeschonnek and Kobi Eldar founded. The investors also include Holtzbrink Ventures, Battery Ventures, Axa and Deutsche Bank.

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The innovative startup Comtravo is a platform for business travel bookings and is one of many successful travel startups in Berlin. The company's software converts text queries, such as e-mails, into structured data using Natural Language Processing (NLP). It also uses AI technologies to offer the best travel options based on previously specified preferences and previous booking behavior. Comtravo was founded in 2015 by Michael Riegel, Jannik Wässa and Marko Schilde, as well as an experienced team from the travel and internet industry. More than 900 companies now use Comtravo and the founders from Germany employ 110 people.


The Munich startup Personio from 2015 offers a holistic HR software package that provides great support in personnel management for small and medium-sized companies. The program, with which employees are recruited and managed, should enable transparency, organization and measurability in the process for personnel. In its last financing round, the top startup Personio was able to collect around 75 million US dollars, which means that the investment volume is now 130 million US dollars. Investments by well-known investors keep the startup on the road to success, which is why it is currently one of the most successful startups in Germany.


At Nyris, much of the business revolves around artificial intelligence. Anna Lukasson-Herzig and her brother Markus Lukasson founded the company in 2015. The Düsseldorf startup now has 15 employees and offices in Berlin and Düsseldorf. The AI-based Nyris software analyzes the smartphone camera image with regard to colors, shapes and digital data, which then work like a digital fingerprint. In this way, various objects are recognized at this top startup and the user then receives the relevant data. Nyris can now count among its largest customers among others Daimler, Metro or Lufthansa. The founders from Germany have not only won the Rhineland Pitch in recent years, but have also already collected several million euros from donors. Google and Microsoft are now also supporting the innovative company, which is rightly one of the most successful startups in Germany.


The innovative startup Cluno is also one of the most successful startups in Germany, but also one of the startups with the largest amount of outside capital. Because since it was founded in 2017, the young company has been able to collect 140 million euros to date. The mobility startup offers various models from automobile manufacturers on subscription via a website and an app and enables customers to switch car models at will after a few months. The company wants to create an alternative to buying and leasing a car. The top startup Cluno intends to use the investors' capital to further expand its fleet of cars.


In 2017, Sascha Feldhorst, Sascha Kaczmarek and René Grzeszick founded the MotionMiners company in Dortmund. This is a spin-off from the Frauenhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics. The company records the movements of employees with mobile sensors and small radio transmitters. Because with the results of this technology of the successful founders, the physical strain of employees is measured, so that the strain is reduced and the process times in companies are shortened. This top startup can therefore also reveal potential for improvement in companies.


In 2018 the startup Numaferm won the "Start me up!" And is now one of the most successful startups in Germany with a turnover of 500,000 euros and twelve employees. Numaferm is a young biotechnology startup that was founded in 2017 as a spin-off of the Institute for Biochemistry at Heinrich Heine University by Dr. Christian Schwarz and Philipp Bürling was founded. To enter the market, the Düsseldorf-based company received seven-digit financial aid. The startup has developed a process thanks to which peptides can only be produced at a tenth of the otherwise very high conventional costs. This process is of great importance because peptides are required for the manufacture of cosmetics, medicines and fertilizers. Thanks to the cheaper production process, the founders from Germany can now also make medicines available to poor countries.


At the startup Cognigy, artificial intelligence is in the foreground. The company's AI software is designed to enable “automated conversations driven by artificial intelligence”. Possible locations for the voice assistants are in chatbots, service centers or internal employee dialogues. Sascha Poggemann and Philipp Heltewig founded Cognigy in 2016 in Düsseldorf, which meanwhile is one of its major customers, including Daimler, Henkel and TÜV Rheinland. In 2017, the startup raised a seven-digit amount from international investors in its first financing round. Accordingly, the next round of financing was not long in coming. In 2019, Cognigy received another 5.5 million investment with which the two entrepreneurs want to further accelerate their expansion. As a result, the company now also has locations in San Francisco, Sydney and Seoul and is therefore one of the most successful startups in Germany.


The e-mobility startup ChargeX was founded in 2018 and is developing a new type of charging infrastructure for electric cars. The company thus enables intelligent charging of several electric cars for use in commercial properties and apartment buildings. Therefore, the focus of the start-up is on the housing industry, parking space operators, but also companies and employers with their own electric cars. Thanks to the charging solution they have developed with an intelligent charging algorithm, ChargeX enables individual mobility data, so that cars are charged as required and, thanks to integrated load management, do not exceed the connected load. Thanks to this technology, the company was able to record a successful first round of financing, which guaranteed the e-mobility startup financial aid in the mid six-figure range.

Bliq Ride

In 2017 Julian Glaab founded the startup Aipark with Johannes Riedel, Matthias Natho, Mathias Rudnik and Torgen Hauschild. The company wanted to use an app to specifically navigate drivers to free parking spaces, so that long searches for parking spaces are a thing of the past. In the meantime, however, the founders have switched to B2B business. With Blig Ride, the Berlin start-up has developed an app that is supposed to make life easier for so-called gig workers (people who accept jobs from placement platforms). The business idea is now: Bliq Ride shows on a map exactly where a high demand for rides is expected. In addition, the app bundles travel and delivery inquiries from several providers such as Uber, Lyft and Co. Due to the constant change of client, the drivers should be well utilized. The founders have already convinced some investors with this idea, making the company one of the most successful startups in Germany.

Food punk

Another successful startup in Germany is Foodpunk. Foodpunk offers individual and modern nutrition plans for its customers. The focus is on the requirement to arouse enjoyment and at the same time joy and a sense of community with healthy nutrition. The diet is created on the basis of science-based nutrition plans and innovative foods. Whether gluten-free or low-carbohydrate food, every customer gets what they need here. This idea, too, essentially promotes sustainable consumption, as the ingredients come from a regional environment and are used seasonally. Marina Lommel founded Foodpunk in 2015 and has already won several prizes and awards.

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The innovative startup Physec is a cybersecurity startup from Bochum that Heiko Koepke and Christian Zenger founded in 2014. The focus of the top startup is on applied cryptography in the Internet of Things (IoT). This describes the technologies of a global infrastructure in the Internet, which enables physical and virtual objects to be networked with one another and to allow them to work together. But they want to create fast, safe and easy digitization of products and processes. Physec now employs 20 people and is based in Bochum. Thanks to their outstanding research results, the founders and their startup are among the most successful startups in Germany.

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- PHYSEC GmbH (@PHYSECGmbH) November 18, 2019


The innovative startup Comatch is an online marketplace for freelance management consultants and industry experts. The mediation platform brings customers and consultants together and thus enables projects to be carried out between companies of all sizes and specialists. To this end, Comatch's customers are included in a network and, following a selection process, added to a pool. In this way, Comatch creates quality advice and transparency. After a successful financing round, founders Christoph Hardt and Jan Schächtele were able to collect eight million euros from enthusiastic investors in 2018. Among other things, this capital should flow into the expansion of the company, which means that Comatch will join the ranks of the most successful startups in Germany


Blinkist provides the most important and interesting information from the world's most popular non-fiction books, bestsellers and guides in one app. Users can either quickly read through this information in 15 minutes in short texts or listen to it on the go through professionally edited audio tracks. In this way, Blinkist creates a revolutionary approach to advanced training on scientific topics. Because many of the investors were also convinced of the business idea, the German startup was able to collect amounts in the millions through several financing rounds. The idea of ​​imparting knowledge is particularly convincing on the American market. What is considered to be ingenious there usually has a good chance of getting off to a good start internationally. In the meantime, the founders Holger Seim, Tobias Balling and Niklas Jansen were able to register a hype of the app in this country too and are thus also among the most successful startups in Germany.

The Climate Choice

The two founders of "The Climate Choice" know that climate change is a very important and still underestimated topic. But they want to take action and in 2020 they launched a startup that is actively helping to save the climate. Because the Berlin startup has set itself the goal of making climate transformation easy and uncomplicated for every company. The focus is clearly on the measurability, reduction and compensation of CO2 emissions. Together with the private sector, companies should cut CO2 emissions in half by 2030 and become climate-neutral by 2050. The Climate Choice wants to show companies of all sizes using seven categories practical solutions on how to become a climate expert quickly and easily. There are tips on topics such as mobility, digitality and environmentally friendly production as well as climate-friendly energy sources.

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- THE CLIMATE CHOICE (@climatechoice_) February 19, 2021


Another young company that is one of the most successful startups in Germany is CleverConnect. Launched in 2018 after the merger of two companies, it helps companies find talented employees. Thus, the startup kills two birds with one stone. On the one hand, CleverConnect helps job seekers to find work. On the other hand, it supports companies in recognizing and sorting profiles quickly and efficiently so that suitable candidates can be recruited as quickly as possible. Thanks to the simple and promising business model of global HR tech solutions, CleverConnect can now record several million euros in sales and has thousands of customers.


Has digitization found its way into all companies long ago? No, unfortunately not quite yet. But this is exactly the problem that the founders of bytabo address. With their start-up, founded in 2015, they help medium-sized companies to exploit potential for the digital future. Thus, the startup starts with process optimization and the development of new business models. In addition, the founders want to solve customer problems with their own IT department and enable user testing, subsequent programming, usage analyzes with data science and AI. The startup was able to finance itself from the start and was even built up during the two founders' study days. But through an intensive market analysis, the founders were able to adapt their strategy to the needs and have also invested more in the team for long-term and future success.

bytabo brings medium-sized businesses into the digital future - the interface between people and the world of highly innovative technology

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- StartupValley (@startup_valley) July 2, 2020


BLVRD is one of the most successful startups in Germany as well as one of the youngest. Pronounced as "Boulevard", the startup wants to use an online fashion search engine to find the best result for offline shoppers. Because with the search engine, consumers can search for specific outfits and see in which shop in the nearby city this outfit can also be bought. Users receive information about the colors, sizes and prices of the garments. So instead of waiting for orders, you can go straight to the store without searching and try on the clothes there. But how is BLVRD financed? By paying dealers for listing and getting valuable information about customers in return. The still young startup from Hanover was founded in 2019 and already has big plans. In the future, the startup wants to cover 80 percent of the major cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

If you would like to find out more about successful startups in the individual German cities, feel free to take a look at the individual articles in the startup series: