Barcelona-based on-demand delivery startup Glovo has announced that it will launch its second technology and engineering hub in Poland. This follows the acquisition of Pizza Portal, a Polish food delivery platform for up to €35 million.
Founded in 2015 by Oscar Pierre, and Sacha Michaud, the multi-category delivery leader, which delivers everything from groceries to pharmaceutical items raised €150 million series D funding, which facilitated it to expand its technology and engineering team.
Why Glovo chose Poland?
Notably, Poland is the first-ever technology hub of the on-demand delivery service outside its home market Barcelona. Glovo has chosen Poland for its technology and engineering hub as the country is rich in technology talent and a prosperous economy.
For its second tech hub, Glovo plans to hire 40 new engineers and 50 tech and product experts who will work at the Warsaw office. With its presence in Poland, Glovo will be able to expand its presence in the Polish delivery market. And, this is accelerated with the acquisition of Pizza Portal, the large food delivery platform in the country.
Poland has a strong vocational system for technology and engineering careers with training programmes with Polish R&D Institute of Education and IBM. The country has been enjoying benefits as the number of graduates in these areas as steadily increased. With three large technology institutions, the country has a number of new startups.
Moreover, there has been increased interest from foreign investors and a slew of startup hubs with Campus Warsaw and IdeaHub creating a buzz in the European startup ecosystem.
Fast-growing delivery player!
The opening of its second technology and engineering hub is an integral part of the company’s roadmap in building a strong engineering team of 300 members to support innovations such as SuperGlovo. Well, SuperGlovo means dark supermarkets that enable groceries to be delivered to customers in 20 minutes of placing an order irrespective of the time.
“Glovo will leverage this local ecosystem but will bring a new perspective and option to local talent. We believe our ambition, strong culture and innovative business model are appealing in this fast-moving, challenging industry,” said Glovo’s CEO, Oscar Pierre.
Launching in a new city every four days on average last year, Glovo is quickly progressing to become one of the fastest-growing delivery players in Latin America and EMEA.
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