Startup Localyze is expanding its platform to Europe to help companies hire talent across borders. Currently, Localyze offers a free service to help assess visa chances. When the startup was founded, beyourpilot supported the successful application for the EXIST scholarship, among other things.
Localyze, a company founded by women, supports companies in hiring and employing staff across borders. Hanna Asmussen (industrial engineer, Technische Universität Berlin), Lisa Dahlke (human resource management, University of Hamburg) and Franzi Löw (doctorate on: market design of digital markets, Helmut Schmidt University) founded the startup in 2018. Today, they have about 25 employees.
Localyze supports all processes around topics such as relocation, visa extensions to transfers between branches. It uses advanced automation as well as human expertise. The “Global Mobility Software” developed for this purpose is designed to help companies make the recruitment processes of workers from all over the world as efficient as possible.
The all-in-one platform, together with various global mobility experts, manages all aspects of the process. Since launch, some of the fastest growing companies in Europe have used Localyze’s services, including Tier Mobility, Forto, Free Now and Personio, to grow their teams and attract 5,000 employees in more than 90 countries.
Localyze is offering a free service to get started
The UK, Ireland and the Netherlands are home to some of the world’s fastest-growing companies, which are expanding faster than they can find, hire and onboard talent. In the UK, for example, the talent pool of software engineers is limited to about 300,000 people, compared to an extensive international pool of 26.8 million active software developers worldwide. In the Netherlands, despite a booming tech ecosystem, finding talented people is one of the main issues holding back the country’s startups. And in Ireland, job vacancies are on the rise. For companies in these countries looking to hire international talent, Localyze is currently offering a free service to help them understand how likely their candidate is to get a visa by giving them access to the platform’s in-house global mobility experts.
“We are excited to expand Localyze to more European countries. Changes in recent years have left founders and CEOs facing major talent challenges, from Brexit to the global pandemic. But it doesn’t have to be this way, as talented workers from all over the world are interested in working for fast-growing European companies. The key, however, is a platform like Localyze that makes it easier than ever to find the talent that can help your business grow, and allows you to relocate people according to your growth plans. It’s all part of our mission to democratise global mobility and help companies find talent in unexpected places,” explains CEO Hanna Amussen.
Localyze received support from beyourpilot as well as the University of Hamburg
The ambitions of the founders had already attracted the attention of beyourpilot’s founding support: “From my point of view, I can say that I was very impressed by the above-average perseverance and stamina with which the Localyze team pursued its goals. I haven’t experienced this in this form very often,” said Nils Neumann (beyourpilot start-up consultant and head of the Hamburg Innovation department) in an interview about Localyze.
Nils Neumann supervised Localyze together with Nadine Weitendorf from the University of Hamburg as part of EXIST. The startup received the founding grant through the University of Hamburg from March 2018 until the end of February 2019, with a seed funding round in 2020 amounting to 2.1 million US dollars, led by Frontline Ventures. By its own account, Localyze reported revenue growth of over 300 per cent in the first quarter of 2021, which also marked its achievement of profitability. In its Series A funding round, Localyze raised 12 million US dollars last year.