Sifted’s top European startups

Dive in for our take on the most exciting startups in Europe. Sorted by country and sector.
  • European startups

    Europe’s scene is often overshadowed by Silicon Valley, but the continent is gaining ground with around 100 tech firms valued at $1B

  • UK startups

    The UK is still Europe’s leading startup nation, attracting $11bn in venture capital funding in 2019.

  • French startups

    $4.8bn in VC funding was raised by French startups, up nearly threefold since 2015, and France has become one of the hottest tech hubs.

  • Spanish startups

    Spain has a rapidly growing ecosystem of entrepreneurs, angel investors, early-stage incubators and venture capital funds.

  • German startups

    Germany is one of Europe’s leading startup powerhouses, attracting $4.8bn in venture capital funding in 2019, nearly double four years ago.

  • Polish startups

    Ask venture capitalists in London, Paris and Berlin where the up-and-coming startup hub is in Europe and many will say Poland.

  • Fintech startups

    Financial technology is by a long way the hottest startup sector in Europe in terms of money raised, with €23bn of venture money flowing int

  • Dutch startups

    In 2019 nearly $1bn in venture capital funding was raised by Dutch startups, the 7th highest in Europe.

  • Swedish startups

    We all know the legendary Swedish startup success stories such as Spotify, Skype and iZettle.

  • Irish startups

    The Irish startup ecosystem is booming. But what are the startups you need to follow in 2020?

  • Austrian startups

    With top startups in sectors from edtech to gaming to fintech, the Austrian startup ecosystem is going from strength to strength.

  • Finnish startups

    Home to one of Europe’s preeminent startup conferences, Slush, Finland has a fast-growing startup ecosystem.

  • Italian startups

    Italy has been a little slow off the mark in creating a thriving startup ecosystem but is catching up fast.

  • Portuguese startups

    Portugal has had a string of big startup success stories. But who are the next generation of Portuguese startups to watch?

  • Latvian startups

    Latvia has some real startup success stories in recent years. But who are they? And who are next generation startups to watch?