The Netherlands’ startup scene has become vibrant and active, as confirmed by the Quarterly Startup Report.
According to the recently published Quarterly Startup Report, the Dutch startup ecosystem saw increased VC funding in the second quarter of 2023 (€525M), up from the first quarter (€420M) but down from the second quarter of 2022 (€710M).
While the number of deals remained stable (108 deals), this rise in investment signals growing confidence in the Dutch startup scene.
Amsterdam’s thriving startup ecosystem
Netherland’s capital city Amsterdam also boasts a thriving startup ecosystem. The city offers a favourable environment for tech innovation, with renowned tech giants, a high quality of life, work-life balance, and access to international talent.
According to the 2023 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER), Amsterdam emerged as one of the top 3 startup ecosystems in Europe.
The Amsterdam region is home to approximately 4,000 startups that employ 196,000 people, and the last few years have seen an overflow of funding pouring into the ecosystem. In H1 2022, venture capitalists invested €2.8B in Amsterdam-based startups, highlighting its attractiveness to investors.
While investment in Amsterdam’s startups decreased in H2 2022, H1 2022 saw the second-highest funding ever at €698M, highlighting the continued appeal of the city’s startup ecosystem to investors.
Amsterdam is an attractive investment destination as the Dutch tech companies are supported by government initiatives like startup visas and a vibrant coffee culture. Currently, Amsterdam has 12 unicorns, making it the fourth-largest startup hub in Europe.
Unicorns are privately owned firms with market capitalisations exceeding $1B. They play a pivotal role in Amsterdam’s vibrant tech landscape, making it an appealing destination for job seekers looking for innovative career prospects.
Today, we bring you the list of Amsterdam-based unicorns that are currently hiring. Certain details of these startups, such as founders’ names and the funding amount, have been sourced from Dealroom. Check them out below.
Founder/s: Jouk Pleiter, Gerbert Kaandorp (no longer with the company)
Backbase is a fintech company that aims to transform banking by prioritising customer-centric approaches. It offers a white-label Engagement Banking platform that enables banks and credit unions to modernise their customer-facing operations swiftly.
The startup operates globally with offices in major cities and serves over 150 customers worldwide, including notable institutions like Advanzia, Banco Caja Social, BNP Paribas, and HDFC. Their goal is to facilitate seamless digital journeys that meet the expectations of today’s digitally savvy customers.
Currently, Backbase has 82 job opportunities, you can explore them here.
Founder/s: Eugene Danilkis, Frederik Pfisterer, Sofia Nunes
Mambu is a fintech company that partners with financial institutions to develop, launch, manage, and expand their banking and lending services. Its aim is to provide exceptional banking experiences to over a billion people worldwide.
With a workforce of over 800 employees, Mambu continually adds 3.5 million new end-user accounts to its platform every month, totaling 50 million accounts.
The company aims to empower financial institutions to offer innovative and accessible banking solutions to a wide and expanding user base.
Currently, Mambu is hiring across various positions. Check out its vacancies here.
Founder/s: Pieter van der Does, Arnout Schuijff
Adyen is a payment platform that connects directly to major payment methods such as Visa and Mastercard, offering end-to-end payment solutions for online, mobile, and in-store transactions.
Operating globally, Adyen serves clients like Facebook, Uber, Spotify, Casper, Bonobos, and L’Oréal, facilitating secure and efficient payment processes across various industries and countries.
Currently, the company has 181 job opportunities, check them out here.
Founder/s: Daniel Gebler, Michiel Muller, Frederik Nieuwenhuys, Joris Beckers, Bas Verheijen
Picnic is revolutionising grocery shopping with a mass-market home delivery system for consumer goods. It controls the supply chain and works with local suppliers, operating a fleet of over 1000 delivery cars in around 120 Dutch cities.
Currently, the company has 167 open positions across various teams. Check out the vacancies here.
Just Eat Takeaway
Founder/s: Jitse Groen, Piotr Czajkowski
Just Eat Takeaway.com is a global online food delivery marketplace that connects consumers with restaurants, specialising in delivery services. They also offer their proprietary delivery services to restaurants that don’t have their own delivery infrastructure.
The company is associated with nearly 679,000 restaurants worldwide and operates in numerous countries, providing convenient food delivery options across a wide range of regions.
Currently, the company has 270 open positions across various teams. Explore your future opportunities at JustEat Takeaway here.
Founder/s: Bram Bastiaansen
ACT Commodities is a trading company that helps businesses buy and sell environmental commodities for compliance and voluntary purposes. Currently, the company is hiring for various positions. Check out the vacancies that fit your profile here.
Founder/s: Ali Nikam
Bunq is a challenger bank that aims to transform traditional banking by allowing users to share accounts and make worldwide payments with Maestro and Mastercards. It expanded into 30 European markets without venture capital funding.
In April 2021, deposits exceeded €1B, and in July 2021, it raised €193M in a Series A round with Pollen Street Capital, valuing the company at approximately €1.6B. This funding coincided with Bunq’s first profitable month, highlighting its innovative approach and rapid growth in the fintech sector.
Currently, the company has 46 open positions. Find your match here.
Founder/s: Adrian Mol
Mollie is a fintech payments platform with a mission to simplify online payments for merchants. It offers an easy-to-implement payments API that provides access to multiple payment methods.
With over 130,000 clients, Mollie processes payments using various local methods, and it has a presence in European cities like Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, Munich, and Paris, facilitating online transactions for businesses across the continent.
Currently, Mollie has openings all over Europe in positions across business IT, engineering, product, operations, and other departments. Check the open positions here.
Founder/s: Michiel Langezaal, Bart Lubbers
Fastned is dedicated to accelerating the shift to electric mobility by building a widespread fast-charging infrastructure for electric vehicles across Europe.
The company’s fast-charging stations offer electric vehicle drivers a quick and convenient way to charge, providing up to 300 kilometers of range in just 15 minutes.
Their network spans the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, and Belgium, with a significant presence at Dutch highway rest areas, contributing to the growth of electric transportation in the region.
Currently, the company has 16 open positions. Click here to check the vacancies.
Founder/s: Roger Hodenius, Jan van Kuijk
Flow Traders is a global fintech company specialising in tech-driven liquidity provision, particularly for Exchange Traded Products. They offer liquidity for financial products worldwide, employing transparent strategies and order types.
With offices in major financial centers, Flow Traders claims to be a prominent player in the industry, known for its focus on technology and transparency in financial markets.
Currently, the company is looking to expand its workforce and has about 23 new open positions, check them out here.
Founder/s: Sander van Deventer
UniQure is focused on the research and early development of human gene-based therapies. The company leverages modular and validated technology platforms to rapidly advance a pipeline of proprietary gene therapies to treat patients with severe genetic diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) and liver.
UniQure is a biotechnology company specialising in the research and early development of human gene-based therapies. It utilises modular and validated technology platforms to advance a pipeline of proprietary gene therapies, primarily targeting severe genetic diseases affecting the central nervous system (CNS) and liver.
UniQure’s aim is to provide innovative treatments for patients with these conditions. Currently, the company is looking for talent across various departments, check them out here.
Founder/s: Harold Goddijn, Pieter Geelen, Corinne Vigreux, Peter Frans Pauwels
TomTom is a digital mapping and car navigation company. Its focus is on providing superior products and maintaining up-to-date maps through an extensive fleet of surveying vehicles and a large user community.
Trusted by millions of drivers, businesses, and governments worldwide, TomTom claims that its technologies play a pivotal role in accurate navigation and location-based services.
Currently, the firm has 26 open positions across various teams. Check out the vacancies here.