Germany is the country with the fastest-growing tech unicorns in Europe

According to the 2022 European Unicorn Soonicorn Report by international tech M&A firm, investor and venture builder i5invest & i5growth, Germany is growing 4 of Europe’s Top 5 Fastest Unicorns.


Extract from 2022 European Unicorn Soonicorn Report by i5invest/i5growth

Gorillas and Flink are groceries delivery apps valued at 3.1 billion US dollars (with 2.6 billion US dollars in revenue) and 5 billion US dollars respectively. Based in Germany, both tech unicorns are fighting for dominion over the European rapid-delivery market boasting a 10-minute delivery from micro warehouses in Germany, France, the UK, Denmark, Spain, Austria and Netherlands.

Razor Group acquires and scales promising e-commerce brands into next-generation household names. The tech unicorn is valued at 1 billion US dollars and has over 200 brands in its portfolio and over 1 million customers. The companies Razor Group acquires must meet a few requirements including EBITDA of at least 250,000 EURO.

SellerX is also acquiring companies and is valued at 1 billion US dollars. The difference between SellerX and Razor Group is that the first is focused on buying Amazon small businesses and has a smaller number of brands acquired (40+).

What you need to know about Germany

With a tech startup ecosystem of 384 billion US dollars, Germany ranks second behind the UK with 989.4 billion US dollars.

The ecosystem value of the UK, Germany, France, Israel, Sweden and Netherlands
(source Dealroom)


Over the last 20 months, Germany has invested 6 billion US dollars in Fintech making it the third country in Europe with the biggest investments in startups developing financial technology.

Top 3 European countries by amount invested in Fintech
(source Dealroom)

United Kingdom

5.2 billion US dollars (2020)

15.2 billion US dollars (2021)

9.3 billion US dollars (2022 to date)


777 million US dollars (2020)

2.6 billion US dollars (2021)

2.5 billion US dollars (2022 to date)


967 million US dollars (2020)

4.2 billion US dollars (2021),

1.8 billion US dollars (2022 to date)

The leading venture capital firms by portfolio size in Germany are High-Tech Grunderfonds, Global Founders Capital, HV Capital, Earlybird Venture Capital and Point Nine.

They are primarily focused on investing in European technology innovations and have participated in deals totalling 24.5 billion US dollars.

Top 5 German tech VC firms by portfolio size
(source Dealroom)


High-Tech Grunderfonds has invested in Mister Spex and commercetools, two global and EMEA unicorns.

Global Founders Capital has invested in various industry leaders including Meta, Canva, Slack, Revolut and Zalando.

HV Capital has a number of future unicorns in its portfolio like IMMO Capital, Europe’s first technology-led residential real estate platform and CoachHub, a leading global talent development platform.

Earlybird Venture Capital supports fast-growing unicorns like Aiven, an information technology company and N26Group, the bank account that can be managed entirely from a smartphone.

Point Nine has investments in 16 billion dollar Delivery Hero and 9 billion US dollars cloud-based customer service platform Zendesk.

The Germany-based startup to watch in Fintech
Based on fundraising timeline, growth indicators, founding team, and other factors
(source Dealroom)


With a whopping growth of 180% growth over the last 12 months, Advanced Blockchain invests in, innovates, and incubates blockchain and Web3 solutions on a global scale. The company deploys extensive investment, development, research, and business resources toward projects in order to generate long-term value for the industry.

Key facts about Germany to talk to your team about

  • Tech ecosystem value: 384 billion US dollars
  • Has invested 6 billion US dollars in Fintech over the last 10 months
  • Most valuable tech unicorns and the industries they are operating in:
    N26Group: 9 billion US dollars, Finance
    Contentful: 3 billion US dollars, Enterprise Software
    BioNTech: 24.6 billion US dollars, Health
    Volocopter: 1.7 billion US dollars, Robotics
    Delivery Hero: 16.6 billion US dollars, Food
    Auto1Group: 12.9 billion US dollars, Transportation
  • Home of 4 of Europe’s fastest-growing unicorns: Gorillas, Flink, Razor Group and SellerX

France and Germany to support the tech start-ups

France and Germany want to build an European Union-wide initiative to fund innovation and research in tech start-up projects across the bloc so that EU can compete more effectively against the tech companies of the United States and China, according to Reuters.

Berlin and Paris called for the European Innovation Council to fund “ambitious” technology start-ups in a paper presented to European Union leaders at the Balkan summit last week.

“A joint effort is also needed to further improve the venture capital environment and regulations to allow successful market transfer of breakthrough innovations, as well as the foundation and growth of disruptive deep technology companies in Europe,” the paper said, according to Reuters.

France and Germany are pushing for reforms in various sectors before a summit of EU leaders in June. At the same time, they say the aim is to create a network to bring breakthrough innovations in science to the marketplace and to open up the network to other interested EU countries.

France and Germany want national initiatives to be complemented by EU ones, which can have more added value for the establishment and the growth of tech start-ups, the paper said. The two countries want their project to focus on tech leaders in academia as well as entrepreneurs and to provide funding for high-risk tech projects.

According to pymnts.com, France has already promised to spend 1.5 billion euros ($1.75 billion) on artificial intelligence by 2022.

There are also companies committing to help the EU grow in the technology sector. Last year, for example, Samsung’s venture capital arm announced it will use a $150 million global funding round to invest in early-stage startups in Europe for investment or acquisition, focusing on tech companies working on artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, augmented reality and virtual reality.- pymnts.com


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