July 15, 2023

Last call for entries: Europe’s Leading Startup Hubs 2024

Applications for next year’s Financial Times incubator and accelerator report are still open for a few weeks


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Over the past decade, European tech has blossomed into a world-class ecosystem on the back of thousands of promising ventures and organisations. 

Among them, incubators and accelerators have been instrumental in supporting early-stage founders on their startup journey — European giants like Revolut, Bolt, Monzo and Kahoot have all gone through a startup programme. Despite this, information about them can be sparse and often inaccurate. 

That’s why Sifted is partnering with our colleagues at the Financial Times, along with Statista, on a research project aimed at discovering Europe’s "Leading Startup Hubs" in 2024.


The first call for applications has passed but applications can still be submitted by manually completing the questionnaire and emailing it to before the end of July.

You will then receive a survey link to be shared with your alumni, who can evaluate your programme(s) based on their own experiences. You will be contacted about the alumni survey upon registration.  

Other operators — including VCs, angel investors and advisers — can also put forward incubators and accelerators they know of via this link, and indicate whether they would recommend them. Answers won’t be attributed to respondents. 

Both the Financial Times and Sifted will publish a ranking of the top European startup hubs in February 2024, along with a report to be published online and in the FT newspaper. 

The criteria that will be considered in the ranking will be:

  • Mentoring & training provided
  • Infrastructure, eg offices, labs, software
  • Legal assistance
  • Business development advice
  • Networking opportunities
  • Funding opportunities
  • Cost/fees/equity taken

For any questions or enquiries, feel free to contact and the team at Statista will respond.