- Insider spoke with 16 of Europe’s hottest tech startups to watch closely in 2021.
- They confirmed whether or not they’d be hiring and when – as well as what they’ll be looking for.
- The vast majority are recruiting for teams focused on product, business, or operations.
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To find out how much capital they’d raised and what they planned on using the money for, Insider spoke with 16 of the hottest new tech startups to watch in Europe 2021.
Among the objectives that came up time and again were product development, consolidation of growth, and international expansion. One, in particular, stood out: growing their respective workforces.
This is interesting given the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on companies, specifically where lay-offs and redundancy plans are concerned.
The economy is now waking up, gradually.
Activities that were stopped in their tracks due to lockdowns or mobility restrictions are resuming and it looks like emerging companies have decided it’s time to bolster their teams.
Of the 16 startups that Insider spoke with, only one MediQuo – a startup based on a platform that offers an online medical consultation service 24 hours a day – has said it has no plans to expand its workforce in the short or medium term.
The rest confirmed they’re hiring – they told Insider how many personnel they plan to add, over what period of time, and for which roles.
Johanna Gallo, co-founder of APlanet — a startup created with the aim of helping SMEs and corporations to frame everything relating to corporate social responsibility (CSR) — says the company is planning to make new hires.
Gallo says that since raising its seed round in August 2020, the company’s expanded their workforce by 80%, focusing on areas like customer success, product, and technology with the aim of “offering the best service” as they grow.
The founder says the team is constantly looking for new hires for other key areas like user experience (UX) or business development, both in markets where they already have a foothold and in those where they have only recently landed, like the United Kingdom.
Baluwo is a Spanish fintech startup with its business model focused on helping African migrants living in Europe make transfers to their home countries.
CEO Josep Arroyo says his intention is to recruit up to 15 new people by the end of 2023.
The startup’s CEO adds that these positions will be focused on expanding the commercial network in France, the UK, and the US.
Belvo is an open banking API platform in Latin America that was founded in May 2019.
It allows users to connect their bank accounts to a management application and is joining the list of companies that will be growing their team in coming months.
The company claims it has grown exponentially in the last year, going from 18 employees in May 2020 to 70 in May 2021.
According to sources at the startup, they currently have around 15 positions open on their website for areas such as engineering, the legal department, and business development.
In addition, the company is looking to continue making new hires in different segments and countries, mostly in Latin America.
Bipi is a car subscription platform known as the Spotify of rental cars.
According to Hans Christ, CEO of the company, in the last year the number of employees has increased “significantly.”
Furthermore, there are now more than 100 people in the startup.
“We are in full growth and our team will increase even more in the coming months,” says Christ.
At present, the company has over 10 positions open across operations, sales, technology, marketing, product, logistics, and accounting.
“Our objective is that the internal growth policy should go hand in hand with the company’s own growth,” he says.
Capchase is a startup that helps software-as-a-service companies to finance the growth of their operations with cash tied up in future monthly payments.
One of the company’s founders Ignacio Moreno says his company is also in a “fairly accelerated” expansion phase.
In the last nine months, he says the team has grown from eight people to more than 40.
The company is now looking for new recruits for its product and technology teams in Europe, areas where they expect to double the team in the next six to nine months.
Moreno says they are looking to add open up one to two financial analyst positions to continue improving their SaaS risk model.
At the same time, Moreno says that, in the US, they are building a strong team in strategy, finance, and capital markets.
Criptan is a Valencian cryptotrading startup.
Cofounder Jorge Soriano says he intends to expand the workforce “in the next two to three months.”
Soriano also says the company is looking for technical, financial, and operations profiles, but with a particular focus on the technical team.
He also says that, as their intention is to expand their business focus to other countries such as Mexico, they plan to form small teams in each of the regions where they are located.
Although the technical part would be handled by the parent company, Soriano says the company would need to incorporate people for customer service, operations and marketing.
Devo is a startup that uses its software platform to analyze large amounts of datasets (logs) in real time.
Pedro Castillo, founder and CTO (chief technology officer) of the company, says the company’s intends to increase its workforce by more than 50% by the end of the year.
“We are currently looking for professionals to fill different positions in all areas of the company, especially in our engineering team in Madrid,” he says.
Devo has opened job offers for positions such as security engineer, cloud engineer, and DevOps engineer.
ECOncrete is a platform that develops infrastructures that promote the regeneration of marine biodiversity.
Paolo Tedone, regional sales manager of the platform, said the company’s intention is to grow “more than 200% in the next two years.”
The hope is to add between three and four people to sales, two to marketing, two to research and development, and one to design over the next year.
The company has already doubled to four employees recently.
Goin is a Spanish mobile app — it provides sensible saving and investment opportunities for people who aren’t financially literate.
The firm intends to hire more staff in the coming months.
According to CEO of the startup David Riudor,, they are looking for 30 people to fill various positions.
Some of the roles they want to fill cover developers, product managers, business developers, customer success and other profiles to lead the expansion.
People manager at Holded — a company whose software helps small businesses control all aspects of a business from a single platform — says the startup wants to focus on growth “both in Barcelona and Paris.”
Forment says it expects to add around 45 more people to its team by the end of the year — their job offers are available on their website.
It already has 80,000 users and more than $22 million in funding rounds.
Its objective in Barcelona is to strengthen the technical and product team — it’s looking for tech leads, senior backend and frontend developers, and senior mobile developers.
It also wants to hire a vice president of product to lead the department, designers, and various profiles related to data such as data analyst, data scientist, and data engineer.
In Paris, the company is aiming to create a customer success, marketing and product team for its French market. Consequently, it’s looking for a customer success specialist, amarketing manager, and product manager profiles.
After being acquired by leading European software company Visma, the company said it intended to hire more than 300 people, with the aim of improving its product and consolidating its position as the “fastest growing company in the ERP market.”
HumanITcare is a Spanish startup with an artificial intelligence-based remote medicine platform aimed at healthcare professionals, is also looking for new staff.
CEO Nuria Pastor says her company is growing exponentially and that she expects to double the workforce to more than 30 people by the end of 2021.
She says they’re looking for software developers, mobile developers, and data scientists.
5. Kokoro Kids
Kokoro Kids is a Spanish startup.
It consists of a mobile app to enhance the development of cognitive and emotional skills of children aged between two and six.
It does so through activities and games and offering tailor-made experiences. It is one of the companies that is not planning to hire in the short term.
However the company says it’s planning a round of funding for the beginning of next year — with the funding, the company intends to expand its team with technical and artistic profiles, as well as marketing and sales.
Bárbara Buades, CEO and co-founder of Meetoptics — an artificial intelligence meta-search engine specializing in photonics — says it’s looking to hire eight new employees by the end of the year.
According to the startup’s CEO, there are now six people on the team and they want to add two to sales for customer acquisition, market analysis and risk analysis, a product owner, a UX/UI product designer, three software engineers, as well as a frontend and full stack developer.
Mox is a startup dedicated to last mile logistics — it covers everything from goods delivery and staff recruitment to the development of technology systems.
It plans on hiring in logistics and parcels (warehouse workers, forklift drivers and delivery drivers).
As for the timescales, company leaders say these will be linked to the growth in demand and the volume of merchandise, although it will be “an increase in the short and medium term.”
Poll Valls, co-founder and COO (Chief Operating Officer) at Submer says the start-up is seeking to reduce the cost of electricity for cooling computers.
Thanks to consistent growth they are experiencing, they are doubling their workforce “year after year.”
They currently have 70 employees and, over the next year, they plan to add 60 extra people.
Valls says the 60 new staff members will be mainly in front-office (B2B sales, solution architects and marketing) and technical profiles of different types (mechanical engineering, software, robotics, thermodynamics, chemistry, industrial).
Trucksters is a Spanish startup that’s looking to optimize the world of logistics and the long-distance freight transport industry with an innovative service based on a relay system.
One of its founders, Gabor Balogh, says they are in “full growth” and that they plan to incorporate more new profiles to the company, which they’ve already succeeded in doing this year.
Balogh explains that the company currently employs more than 30 people in its offices in Madrid and Valencia, as well as associates in Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium and Hungary. And he anticipates that they will soon be opening a new international branch office.
“We are now very focused on our international expansion and we are mainly looking for different profiles for positions in operations, technology and sales,” he says.
The company’s co-founder says its work model, which combines on-site and remote work, has allowed them to recruit staff from different parts of the world: “We startups have to lead this transformation of the work system, which is more technological and efficient than ever.”