The 30 Überkinder of German SaaS10 min read

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German SaaS companies are well beyond the cool factor of technologically booming, alternative, and arty Berlin. The whole country is witnessing a surge in SaaS businesses that are taking root in its lands — from Munich through Mainz, all the way to Hamburg. Some of the most interesting industries for both budding and established SaaS businesses are HR, marketing, productivity, and accounting. Making people, processes and companies more efficient is where German SaaS strength lays.

With SaaStock on Tour Berlin just around the corner, we offer you a glimpse into Germany’s most exciting SaaS businesses. Come meet and learn from and with them on June 7th.

Contentful

Contentful provides businesses with the content management infrastructure for their marketing needs. Through its CMS-like web app, it enables content managers to create, manage, and publish content to various platforms, on all types of devices. Some of the big names that are already using Contentful include Spotify, Urban Outfitters, Red Bull, The British Museum, Xoom, and Lenovo.

CEO: Sascha Konietzke
Founded: 2013
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $44.8М from Benchmark, General Catalyst, and others

Searchmetrics

Searchmetrics offers a suite of tools that allow businesses to master their digital marketing strategies on the basis of in-depth and effective SEO. The Suite provides insights, recommendations, and forecasts. T-Online, eBay, Siemens, and Symantec craft their online marketing strategies with data and analysis from Searchmetrics.

CEO: Volker Smid
Founded: 2007
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $39.5M from Iris Capital, Neuhaus Partners, and others.

Quandoo

Restaurant reservations got easier with Quandoo. The real-time online reservation platform for restaurants operates in 12 countries and offers tables at more than 17,000 restaurants around the globe. It helps restaurant owners widen the customer base, generate more business and optimize the existing on. In March 2015, the company was acquired by Tokyo-based Recruit Holdings.

CEO: Philipp Magin
Founded: 2012
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $14.5M from Piton Capital, TA Capital.

Uberall

Uberall is a location marketing platform, which allows businesses to list all their locations online, boost local SEO, capture new customers and stay in touch with customers through social media and review sites — from one cloud-based platform. It currently encompasses 100 social media and other channels.

Co-CEOs: David Federhen and Florian Hübner
Founded: 2012
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $29.8M from HPE Growth Capital and others

Personio

Personio helps small businesses manage their HR and recruitment. The cloud-based holistic solution enables companies to organize and manage employee data, as well as stay on top of HR processes such as applicant tracking, interviews, and onboarding of new employees within the same platform.

CEO: Hanno Renner
Founded: 2015
Based in: Munich
Funding to Date: $14.3M from Global Founders Capital, Northzone, and others

TIMIFY

Appointment scheduling for businesses is what TIMIFY takes care of. With its help, companies can create a bookable online service platform. They can also employ a user-friendly online calendar, and get all their data across desktop and mobile devices. TIMIFY is available in eight language, across 27 countries.

CEO: Andreas Knürr
Founded: 2012
Based in: Munich
Funding to Date: $4.9M

ChartMogul

ChartMogul provides subscription analytics and revenue recognition services for businesses. The platform supports the operations of more than 1,000 leading subscription-based companies. It’s available for Stripe, Braintree, and Recurly, and integrates with many others.

CEO: Nick Franklin
Founded: 2014
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $3.7M from Alven Capital, Point Nine Capital and others.

Datapath.io

As a cloud to cloud network platform, Datapath.io ensures that companies’ multi-cloud applications stay in sync. Datapath.io can seamlessly scale to hundreds of virtual networks located in diverse cloud regions and providers. The service is fully managed, with an API and web-based interface.

CEO: Sebastian Spies
Founded: 2015
Based in: Mainz
Funding to Date: $1.2M from Target Partners, Speedinvest, and Techstars.

Mambu

Mambu is a SaaS-based banking engine, whose aim is to enable innovative lending and deposits. It allows a diverse range of financial institutions — from traditional banks to fintech companies — to efficiently and quickly start and develop their lending portfolios. Mambu operates in 46 countries and has more than 6,000 active products currently.

CEO: Eugene Danilkis
Founded: 2011
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $13.1M from Acton Capital Partners, CommerzVentures, Point Nine Capital, and others.

Instana

Instana is a next-generation application performance management (APM) solution, which helps enterprises monitor and manage their microservice deployments. Once users have installed the software on their servers, it detects and maps all of the different components that make up these applications clearly showing interactions and dependencies.

CEO: Mirko Novakovic
Founded: 2015
Based in: Solingen
Funding to Date: $26M from Accel, Target Partners, and others.

Userlane

User onboarding and employee training are the focus of Userlane. The platform aims to make understanding any software an easy and seamless process through automation. With its help, companies can create interactive guides without coding and implementation costs.

CEO: Hartmut Hahn
Founded: 2015
Based in: Munich
Funding to Date: $4.9M from Capnamic Ventures and others.

Solytic

Solytic offers an innovative SaaS solution for analyzing photovoltaic (PV) systems. Beyond providing data about the product output like similar solutions, it also analyzes the whole system and sets it against an independent benchmark.

CEO: Johannes Burgard
Founded: 2017
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $3.7M from Vattenfall AB.

Konux

KONUX empowers the rail industry. Their self-learning system collects, integrates and analyzes data from multiple sources. Currently digitising Deutche Bahn’s high-speed rail network, the technology uses artificial intelligence to help continuously monitor infrastructure and improve operations.

CEO: Andreas Kunze
Founded: 2014
Based in: Munich
Funding to Date: $38.5M from New Enterprise Technologies, MIG AG and others.

Ryte

Ryte helps digital businesses improve their websites and SEO results. The web-based platform provides companies with all-round monitoring, analysis, and optimization tools for their websites, content, and search. Brands like Sixt and s.Oliver, as well as agencies like Elephate, Builtvisible, and iProspect use it.

CEO: Marcus Tandler
Founded: 2012
Based in: Munich
Funding to Date: $3.8M from Senovo and others.

Trecker

Trecker is a great example of how SaaS solutions can benefit the agriculture industry. It offers a platform for German farmers and contractors to easily take care of their administrative tasks. Trecker provides a farm management software that helps farmers reduce costs and optimize working hours.

CEO: Miro Wilms
Founded: 2012
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $2.8M from Target Partners.

sevDesk

With sevDesk, small businesses and freelancers get their own chief financial officer. The tedious tasks of handling accounting, banking, and invoicing become easier with the help of the SaaS platform. SevDesk connects to various apps, allows online banking, and even enables store management and P&L and VAT reports.

CEO: Fabian Silberer
Founded: 2013
Based in: Offenburg
Funding to Date: $3.8M from LEA Partners and others.

Signavio

Signavio is a leading provider of cloud-based process modeling and management systems. Born out of an obvious need for a more collaborative and accessible approach to process management, it was started by four students. It currently has over 1 million users in over 1000 companies.

CEO: Gero Decker
Founded: 2009
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: €46.5M from Summit Partners.

Twyla

Twyla is a conversation design platform that allows businesses to create their own Artificial Intelligence chatbots for customer service. By turning knowledge into conversational intelligence through chatbots it automates customer service. Twyla integrates with Salesforce, Intercom, Oracle, ZenDesk, Shopify, and many more apps.

CEOs: Paul Gibbins and Chris Lotz
Founded: 2015
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: €200K from BoHa Capital, hub:raum, and others

eWings

The eWings platform aids booking and managing flights for companies and frequent fliers. Sorting flights by price, duration, and number of stop-overs, as well as helping manage train and hotel bookings, eWings takes the stress out of business travel.

CEO: Thilo Hardt
Founded: 2013
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $1.3M from High-Tech Gründerfonds, DN Capital, and others.

Perfect Commerce

Perfect Commerce is an established provider of spend management services, as well as an open supplier network that helps procurement. Some of its features include sourcing, purchasing, invoicing, contract management, as well as catalog and vendor management.

CEO: Hampton Wall
Founded: 1998
Based in: Bonn
Funding to Date: $104.1M from Mobius Venture Capital, Apax Partners, and others

Riskmethods

Riskmethods provides a 360-degree view on risk exposures in supply chains. The cloud-based platform provides geo-based modeling of complex supply chains, as well as automated risk monitoring and in-depth real-time analytics.

CEO: Rolf Zimmer
Founded: 2013
Based in: Munich
Funding to Date: $23.9M from Senova Systems, EQT Ventures, Digital+ Partners, and others.

SnapShot

SnapShot is a cloud-based data and analytics platform for hotels. It offers solutions for independent hotels, hotel chains, as well as for developers who want to integrate its features. SnapShot already serves more than 6,000 hotels, and has 60 data partners.

CEO: Stefan Tweraser
Founded: 2013
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $32.7M from Beijing Shiji Information Technology.

Shyftplan

Shyftplan offers a powerful online shift scheduler for companies. Its mission is to make HR management easier and less expensive by empowering businesses to better handle their employee scheduling through seamless employee assignment, export and analysis of logged hours, and one-click payroll.

CEO: Jan-Martin Josten
Founded: 2014
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $5.5M from KIZOO, Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners, and others.

Doo

Doo, a top event management automation platform, enables companies to automate their event processes to save time and optimize results. With the help of Doo, businesses can analyze their event data and pinpoint important marketing leads. They can also better engage attendees and potential customers during events.

CEO: Michael Liebmann
Founded: 2014
Based in: Munich
Funding to Date: $3.7M

Shipcloud.io

The Shipcloud.io platform helps retailers send, track, and return goods. It offers access to numerous carriers in one place, including DHL, DPD, Deutsche Post, FedEx, and more, as well as integrated shipment tracking. Shipcloud.io integrates with a number of platforms and CRM solutions.

CEOs: Stefan Hollmann and Claus Fahlbusch
Founded: 2013
Based in: Hamburg
Funding to Date: $3.3M from K-Invest and Enjoyventure Management.

PressMatrix

PressMatrix is a digital publishing platform for publishers, agencies, and enterprises. It enables businesses to deliver their editions to mobile and desktop users. The platform has already published 70,000 issues for more than 300 customers.

CEO: Jens Guetzkow
Founded: 2011
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $3M from High-Tech Gründerfonds and LBBW Venture Capital.

CANDIS

CANDIS helps companies automate their accounting processes. It compiles invoices from email and more than 500 other sources, and extracts the data needed for accounting. The tool shows missing invoices and keeps track of daily receivables and liabilities.

CEOs: Christopher Becker and Christian Ritosek
Founded: 2015
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: $1.2M from Point Nine Capital, Speedinvest, and others.

Celonis

Celonis provides an enterprise-ready process mining solution. Its process mining technology is based on big data and can visualize every process that takes place in a company. In this way, it helps businesses improve transparency, efficiency, and speed of operation.

CEO: Alexander Rinke
Founded: 2011
Based in: Munich
Funding to Date: $27.5М from Accel Partners and 83North.

Rasa

Rasa is an open source machine learning toolkit that enables developers to create complex Artificial Intelligence chatbots and voice assistants. They can be built in-house and can handle sophisticated conversations with customers. Rasa has been used by both startups and prominent Fortune 500 companies.

CEO: Alexander Weidauer
Founded: 2016
Based in: Berlin
Funding to Date: Undisclosed amount from Techstars and Salisbury Ventures.

Quantilope

Quantilope offers businesses an agile insights software solution. It provides marketers and market researchers with actionable and in-depth consumer insights. The automated self-service platform can handle the whole research process — from questionnaire design to analysis and reports.

CEO: Peter Aschmoneit
Founded: N/A
Based in: Hamburg
Funding to Date: N/A


Whether you are one of these 30 companies or a contender we are yet to hear about, come join us in Berlin on June 7th and learn how to grow your SaaS from the likes of Steli Efti, CEO and Co-Founder of Close.io, Christoph Janz, Panaging Partner, Point Nine Capital and Nicola Anderson, VP Marketing at GoCardless. We also have exciting partnership opportunities if you want to showcase your SaaS more prominently to 200 attendees. Just ask [email protected]

P.S.

One more fantastic company that found us:

Filestage

Filestage is a web application to share, comment (+draw) and share videos, designs and documents. Customers and co-workers mark change requests directly online in the file. Filestage replaces long feedback rounds via e-mail with an efficient workflow. Customers include companies such as Sixt, Lufthansa, Rabobank, Jung von Matt and Canadian Tire.

CEO: Niklas Dorn
Founded: 2014
Based in: Stuttgart
Funding to Date: Undisclosed

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