UK tech startups and scaleups to watch in 2022

The UK is still Europe’s leading startup hub, attracting $40.6bn in venture capital funding in 2021.

The reference point of Europe’s tech landscape, the UK tops virtually every chart and metric of the region’s startup universe.

Its 48 unicorns and 40,000 startups get the most funding, close the most deals, and realise the most exits than any other country across the continent. It’s an increasingly mature tech space capable of pulling its weight against other global ecosystems.

While growth rates have slowed down in line with global market turmoil, the UK’s ecosystem value jumped 42.8% in 2021, and is steadily approaching $1tn — as much as Germany, France and Sweden combined, and third worldwide, according to Dealroom.

Sifted ranked the most promising startups across the UK in a weighted selection of new entries, older faces and fast-growing hits.

Key

Year founded

Amount raised

Last funding round

Valuation

Employees

Multiverse's logo

Multiverse

Education, Jobs Recruitment /

multiverse.io

London, United Kingdom

2016

€176m

Series C

€795

201-500

Beamery's logo

Beamery

Jobs Recruitment /

beamery.com

London, United Kingdom

2014

€157m

Series C

€727

201-500

10x Banking's logo

10x Banking

Fintech, Enterprise Software /

10xbanking.com

London, United Kingdom

2016

€229m

Series C

€636

201-500

Quell Therapeutics's logo

Quell Therapeutics

Health /

quell-tx.com

London, United Kingdom

2019

€215m

Series B

€709

51-200

Tide's logo

Tide

Fintech /

tide.co

London, United Kingdom

2015

€246m

Series C

€591

501-1000

Primer's logo

Primer

Fintech /

primer.io

London, United Kingdom

2020

€67m

Series B

€386

51-200

ClearBank's logo

ClearBank

Fintech /

clear.bank

Bristol, United Kingdom

2015

€310m

Growth Equity VC

201-500

PaySend's logo

PaySend

Fintech /

paysend.com

Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom

2015

€145m

€655

201-500

ANNA Money's logo

ANNA Money

Fintech /

anna.money

Cardiff, United Kingdom

2017

€40m

Series A

€100

51-200

Artios Pharma's logo

Artios Pharma

Babraham, United Kingdom

2016

€247m

Series C

€695

51-200

Pollinate's logo

Pollinate

London, United Kingdom

2017

€199m

Series C

€420

51-200

Curve's logo

Curve

Fintech /

curve.com

London, United Kingdom

2015

€161m

Series C

€710

201-500

Pollen's logo

Pollen

Travel /

pollen.co

London, United Kingdom

2014

€232m

Series C

€682

501-1000

PrimaryBid's logo

PrimaryBid

London, United Kingdom

2012

€230m

Series C

€650

51-200

Form3's logo

Form3

Fintech /

form3.tech

London, United Kingdom

2016

€198m

Series C

€727

201-500

Netomnia's logo

Netomnia

Telecom /

netomnia.com

London, United Kingdom

2019

€414m

Growth Equity VC

51-200

ClearScore Technology's logo

ClearScore Technology

London, United Kingdom

2014

€196m

Growth Equity VC

€636

201-500

Onfido's logo

Onfido

Legal, Fintech /

onfido.com

London, United Kingdom

2010

€192m

Grant

€455

501-1000

5ire's logo

5ire

Fintech, Enterprise Software /

5ire.org

London, United Kingdom

2021

€100m

Early VC

€455

51-200

Cambridge Quantum Computing's logo

Cambridge Quantum Computing

Security, Enterprise Software /

cambridgequantum.com

London, United Kingdom

2014

€62m

Early VC

€205

51-200

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