The Netherlands’ startup ecosystem witnessed many peaks in 2022. According to a report from Dealroom, the capital city of the Netherlands alone secured €698M in funding in 2022, and the value of its startup environment has been rapidly increasing.
However, the once-lucrative tech industry has been going through a turmoil due to the deteriorating economy globally. This has led to massive layoffs and hiring freezes.
Despite such difficult times, startups in Amsterdam proved to be the best job growth engine, providing new high-quality local employment. According to a survey released by Dealroom in collaboration with StartupAmsterdam, companies in the Dutch capital city created more employment in 2022. Across the city, 49,000 positions were filled in 1,700 local startups, indicating a 6 per cent rise year-on-year. Besides, foreign startups also added about 23,500 jobs, as per the report, while Enterprise Software and Security startups made up 30 per cent of the total.
Even a number of unicorns are now looking to expand their workforce.
In this particular article, we are focused on sharing about Amsterdam-based unicorns that are currently hiring as working for any one of them can be a thrilling experience. A 2021 survey done by Dealroom and StartupAmsterdam reported that Amsterdam produced 12 unicorns since 2012 and ranks fourth in Europe as a startup environment behind London, Berlin, and Paris. To clarify, a unicorn is a privately owned corporation with a total market capitalisation of more than $1B.
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 is on a mission to re-architect banking around the customer. The company’s white-label Engagement Banking platform empowers banks and credit unions to rapidly digitise their customer-facing operations and create “seamless journeys” that meet and exceed the expectations of today’s digital-savvy customers.
With global headquarters in Amsterdam, Backbase has regional offices in Atlanta (Americas HQ), Boise, Mexico City, Toronto, London, Cardiff, Dubai, Kraków, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. The company has over 150 customers around the world, including Advanzia, Banco Caja Social, Banco de la Nacion Peru, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Berenberg, BNP Paribas, Citizens Bank, and HDFC, among others.
Currently, the company has 77 job opportunities, you can explore them here.
Founder/s: Eugene Danilkis, Frederik Pfisterer and Sofia Nunes
Mambu helps financial institutions of all sizes to design, launch, service, and scale their banking and lending portfolio. The company aims to create an industry-leading platform that will enable more than a billion people to have “brilliant” banking experiences.
With over 800 employees globally, Mambu continues to invest in its people and the community. Every month the company claims to add 3.5 million new end-user accounts to its platform, with a total of 50 million.
In January 2021, Mambu raised €110M in funding led by TCV. Besides new investors Tiger Global and Arena Holdings, existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Runa Capital and Acton Capital Partners also participated in that round.
Currently, the company is hiring across various positions. Check out its vacancies here.
Founder/s: Pieter van der Does, Arnout Schuijff
Adyen is a payments platform providing end-to-end infrastructure that connects directly to Visa, Mastercard, and other payment methods. It offers payment services across online, mobile, and in-store channels.
The company is operational in the Netherlands, Brazil, Singapore, the UK, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Mexico, China, New Zealand, Malaysia, India, Japan, and the US. Its customers include Facebook, Uber, Spotify, Casper, Bonobos, and L’Oréal.
Currently, Adyen has 277 job openings, you can check them out here.
Founder/s: Daniel Gebler, Michiel Muller, Frederik Nieuwenhuys, Joris Beckers, Bas Verheijen
Picnic aims to revolutionise the way people buy groceries. Picnic has developed the modern-day milkman, a mass-market home delivery system for fast-moving consumer goods.
The company controls the entire supply chain and works closely with local suppliers. There are now more than 1000 Picnic delivery cars driving around in about 120 Dutch cities.
In September 2021, the company raised €600M in its Series D round to accelerate its growth and become the ‘most’ sustainable grocery delivery service in Europe. Picnic currently has 174 open positions across various teams. Check out the vacancies here.
Just Eat Takeaway
Founder/s: Jitse Groen, Piotr Czajkowski
Just Eat Takeaway.com is an online food delivery marketplace that connects consumers and restaurants through its platforms. The company mainly collaborates with delivery restaurants. The company also provides its proprietary ‘restaurant delivery services’ to restaurants that do not deliver themselves. It is connected with nearly 680,000 restaurants globally.
Currently, Just Eat Takeaway.com operates in the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland.
Currently, the company has 344 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 revolutionise the traditional banking industry. The platform allows users to share bank accounts with whomever they want and pay with worldwide Maestro and Mastercards wherever they go.
The fintech company turned out to be the only self-funded challenger bank that branched into 30 European markets without a penny of VC funds. In April 2021, its deposits surpassed €1B for the first time, having doubled in 2019 and then again in 2020.
In July 2021, bunq announced the largest series A round ever secured by a European fintech. bunq raised €193M in a deal with British private equity firm Pollen Street Capital, valuing bunq at approximately €1.6B. At the same time, bunq also reported its first-ever profitable month.
Currently, the company has 63 open positions. Find your match here.
Founder/s: Adrian Mol
Mollie is a payments platform that offers an easy-to-implement process for integrating payments into a site or app. With its payments API, Mollie offers multiple payment methods uniformly. The fintech company is on a mission to make online payments simple for merchants by taking away the complexity of payment methods and offering a simple, but ‘powerful’ API.
The company processes payments for more than 125,000 clients with local payment methods such as Mastercard, VISA, Amex, PayPal, and more. It has offices across Europe, including Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, Munich, and Paris.
Currently, Mollie has 29 open positions across Business IT, Engineering, Product, Operations, and other departments. Check the open positions here.
Founder/s: Michiel Langezaal, Bart Lubbers
Fastned aims to accelerate the transition to electric mobility by giving freedom to electric drivers. The company develops a fast-charging infrastructure for electric vehicles across Europe. The company owns and operates a network of electric vehicle charging stations in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, and Belgium. The majority of its stations are located in Dutch highway rest areas.
With over 215 fast-charging stations, the company provides a fast-charging infrastructure where drivers can charge their electric vehicles with up to 300 km of range in 15 minutes before continuing their journey.
In December 2022, the company secured €13M to grow its EV fast-charging network. And currently, it has 16 open positions. Click here to know more about the vacancies.
Founder/s: Roger Hodenius, Jan van Kuijk
Funding: €521M (IPO)
Flow Traders is a global tech-enabled liquidity provider that specialises in Exchange Traded Products. The fintech company focuses on providing liquidity in financial products both on- and off-exchange across the world. It designs strategies using publicly available information and non-controversial, simple, and transparent order types.
The company has offices in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Milan, and Cluj, and has more than 500 employees. Currently, Flow Traders is looking to expand its workforce and has about 48 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.
Currently, the company is looking out for talent across various departments. Click here to know more.
Founder/s: Harold Goddijn, Pieter Geelen, Corinne Vigreux, Peter Frans Pauwels
Funding: €125M (according to Dealroom)
TomTom is a digital mapping and routing company that focuses on car navigation. The company’s aim is to gain a competitive advantage through superior products, a leading brand, and a flexible production structure.
TomTom claims to offer better maps through a combination of its high-quality map database that is continuously kept up to date through input from its extensive fleet of surveying vehicles and its large community of users. Headquartered in Amsterdam and with offices in 30 countries, the company’s technologies are trusted by millions of drivers, businesses and governments every day.
Currently, TomTom has 97 open positions across various teams. Check out the vacancies here.