Startup & Scale-Up
Executive Search

Startup Leaders | Director | VP | C-level

Executive Search for Startups & Scale-Ups

Executive search and leadership recruitment designed for high-growth startups and scale-ups. We build high-performing leadership teams for Europe’s leading tech and product companies.

Startup-Minded Leaders Are Hard To Find

Too many startups fail because of the wrong executive hires. Only leaders with the right skills, mindset, and culture fit can help your company scale, but how to find them before business growth stalls? Only an expert approach will do.

Leadership recruitment done right

As one of Europe’s top startup executive search firms, we connect the most ambitious startups and scale-ups with international C-level, VP and Director talent to scale their business, build successful teams and execute their vision.

Here’s how we perform a startup or technology executive search:

Hire leaders who fit your startup’s culture

We have a deep understanding of startup culture and your unique business needs. You’ll receive executive candidates with the right cultural fit and experience who can hit the ground running in a fast-paced environment.

Tap into a Diverse international pool of Executive Talent

Our network of leaders from across the globe allows us to screen efficiently and present a variety of profiles with diversity, equity and inclusion in mind. We’ve placed tech and product candidates from 43 different nationalities in leading VC and equity-backed European startups.

Enjoy discreet collaboration

Thanks to our extensive network, we can run executive searches without advertising publicly. Present your executive hire to investors and employees once the deal is done.

Save time with fast candidate delivery

We kick-start the leadership recruitment process with data-driven selection and high-quality screening to produce the right candidates who convert into executive hires.

Access invaluable industry insight

We guide you every step of the way. From guidance on salary benchmarking to sharing market knowledge, you’ll have clear expectations and the knowledge you need from the get-go.

Rest easy with a partner you can trust

Leverage 20 years of experience in hiring senior talent for tech and startup companies. Our friendly approach and professional results have won over clients from early-stage startups to scale-ups like, Skyscanner and Spotify. 

Our process

We are not your average startup executive search firm.

We work as an extension of your team because executive hires are critical to startup and scale-up success. Our proven executive recruitment framework engages C-level management candidates who match your company culture.

Here’s how we work to find your next executive hire:


We help you define your executive role and benchmark salaries, tailoring them to your startup's unique needs. This ensures you attract candidates who are not only a cultural fit but also primed for the challenges and pace of your business.


We conduct a deep-dive meeting to understand the executive role, organisational context, and candidate qualifications. We then set regular follow-up dates and create bespoke sourcing and selection strategies based on your specific needs.


We use data-driven methods to identify potential candidates from a global network. We then share sample profiles of the types of passive candidates we would approach to ensure we’re on the same page.


We create tailor-made content for each candidate so they have a professional first impression of your company and a strong sense of your employer brand. We understand the importance of confidentiality. Outreach is always discreet.


We screen and select candidates through expert-led video calls or in-person meetings.


We provide detailed summaries of each potential candidate to facilitate your selection. We then organise the interviews for you.


We collect and share post-interview feedback with you and the candidates.


We negotiate and extend offers on your behalf. We can also assist candidates with relocation and provide post-placement care.

Client Success Stories

Chief Information Security Officer


Hire a CISO for Jobandtalent, a series E funded startup.


Jobandtalent is a leading jobs marketplace and one of the fastest-growing scale-up companies in Europe. Jobandtalent has raised $1.3 billion to date.


7 candidates presented, 3 final interviews, 1 hire. In less than 60 days, Nederlia placed a CISO working remotely from the UK.

"Nederlia’s expert advice was invaluable at every stage: from candidate shortlist all the way through to making the final offer. Throughout the process, they adapted particularly well to our way of working and we managed to synchronize beyond expectations. We will 100% work with Nederlia again and would thoroughly recommend partnering with them to hire Executive Leaders who’ll make a real impact"
Ramón Egea Hernansanz
Head of Tech Talent Acquisition at Jobandtalent

Chief Product Officer


Hire a CPO for Bikemap, a series A funded startup. Deliver a diverse shortlist of candidates.


Bikemap provides community-generated cycling maps and navigation services on a global scale to millions of users across the world.


10 candidates presented: 6 male and 4 female (from 7 different nationalities). Hired a female candidate.

Managing Director


Hire 2 Managing Directors for Svea Solar in Germany and Spain.


Svea Solar is a leading solar company powering a shift to sustainable energy consumption.


Hired a Managing Director in Germany and in Spain.

Supporting Europe’s leading startups with executive search services

We’re building the best C-suites for Europe’s top startups and scale-ups with executive search. Find your next CEO, CTO, CISO, Director of Sales or other senior leader today.

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