Europe’s startup scene is often overshadowed by Silicon Valley, but the continent is gaining ground with around 100 tech firms valued at over €1bn.

Here, Sifted’s reporters — in partnership with Dealroom.co — dig into the data, strategy and challenges behind the most important European startups.

We have picked companies based on the money they have raised, how quickly they are hiring and how formative they have been to the startup ecosystems around them.

(If there is anyone missing from this list, or anything is wrong in the numbers, please let us know by email at [email protected]).

NB The Dealroom data about employee growth is mainly from LinkedIn, and so is not perfect (people may not always update their profiles when they move jobs, for instance). But it gives some idea about the rate of change from 2018 to 2019. We have classed 0%-20% growth as “staying level”, 20%-100% growth as “growth” and 100% plus growth as “hyper-growth”.

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