UK tech startups and scaleups to watch in 2022

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.

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Durham, United Kingdom

2014

Late VC

€90m

€636.2m

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London, United Kingdom

2019

Growth Equity VC

€354m

€414m

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Bristol, United Kingdom

2015

Growth Equity VC

€208.2m

€310.2m

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London, United Kingdom

2018

Series C

€175m

€254m

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Babraham, United Kingdom

2016

Series C

€139.1m

€247.1m

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London, United Kingdom

2014

Series C

-

€240m

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London, United Kingdom

2014

Series C

€136.4m

€231.8m

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London, United Kingdom

2012

Series C

€172.7m

€229.6m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series C

€170m

€228.8m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series C

€160m

€217m

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London, United Kingdom

2019

Series B

€141.8m

€214.7m

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London, United Kingdom

2017

Series C

€43.1m

€199.1m

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London, United Kingdom

2014

Growth Equity VC

€181.8m

€196m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

Series C

€100m

€195m

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London, United Kingdom

2010

Grant

€6m

€191.6m

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Nottingham, United Kingdom

2011

Growth Equity VC

€170.4m

€170.4m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

Series C

€47.7m

€167.3m

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London, United Kingdom

2011

Late VC

€30m

€167.3m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

Series C

-

€160.5m

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom

2015

Series B

€125m

€159m

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London, United Kingdom

2013

Late VC

-

€158.1m

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London, United Kingdom

2014

Series C

€125.5m

€157.3m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

Series C

€81.8m

€154.9m

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London, United Kingdom

2012

Series C

€104.5m

€154.6m

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London, United Kingdom

2014

Series D

€36m

€151.5m

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Oxford, United Kingdom

2016

Series C

€83m

€141.2m

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Oxford, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€90.6m

€140.4m

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Bristol, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€130m

€136m

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London, United Kingdom

2014

Series C

€6.4m

€134.5m

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Stevenage, United Kingdom

2016

Early VC

€131.8m

€131.8m

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€93.6m

€131.4m

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London, United Kingdom

2013

Support Program

-

€130.6m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series C

€80m

€130m

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London, United Kingdom

2020

Series B

€63.6m

€129.1m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€90.9m

€126.9m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

Series B

€90.9m

€126.8m

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Bristol, United Kingdom

2017

Series C

€75m

€123m

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London, United Kingdom

2014

Series C

€110.9m

€119.9m

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London, United Kingdom

2012

Series C

€90.9m

€117.7m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

Series C

€79.5m

€116.7m

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Forres Scotland, United Kingdom

2015

Series C

€48.5m

€115.8m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

-

€30.2m

€113m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€63.6m

€110.2m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

Series B

€100m

€107m

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London, United Kingdom

2019

Support Program

-

€106.7m

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Manchester, United Kingdom

2014

Series C

€68.2m

€106.3m

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Bristol, United Kingdom

2017

Series B

€91m

€102m

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London, United Kingdom

2011

Series A

€72.7m

€101.5m

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London, United Kingdom

2017

Series A

€90.9m

€95.9m

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Oxford, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€68.2m

€95.1m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

Series C

€68.2m

€95m

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London, United Kingdom

2013

Series C

€54.5m

€91.4m

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London, United Kingdom

2020

Series A

€90.9m

€90.9m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€90.9m

€90.9m

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Beckley, United Kingdom

2019

Series B

€69.6m

€90m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€70m

€87m

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2013

Series C

€59.1m

€84.5m

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London, United Kingdom

2019

Series B

€50m

€83.3m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

Series C

€36.4m

€82.9m

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Oxford, United Kingdom

2014

Series B

€12.6m

€82.4m

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Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

2017

Series B

€79.5m

€82.3m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Late VC

€10.2m

€80.6m

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Cardiff, United Kingdom

2012

Late VC

€66m

€80.3m

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London, United Kingdom

2013

Series B

€59.1m

€77.3m

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Somersham, United Kingdom

2015

Series B

€54.5m

€77m

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London, United Kingdom

2020

Series A

€75m

€75m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

Late VC

-

€74.9m

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London, United Kingdom

2020

Series B

€50m

€74m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

Series A

€54.5m

€72.5m

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London, United Kingdom

2018

Series B

€59.1m

€71.3m

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London, United Kingdom

2017

Series B

€60m

€71m

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London, United Kingdom

2017

Series B

€51m

€69m

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Glasgow, United Kingdom

2015

Series B

€42m

€67m

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London, United Kingdom

2018

Series A

€63.6m

€63.6m

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London, United Kingdom

2014

Series B

€32.4m

€63.3m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€43m

€63m

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London, United Kingdom

2018

Series A

€19.7m

€63m

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London, United Kingdom

2014

Early VC

€40.9m

€61.6m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Early VC

€7.8m

€59.4m

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Dundee, United Kingdom

2013

Series B

€50.6m

€59m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€35m

€54m

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London, United Kingdom

2018

Series A

€46m

€53m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€39.1m

€49.1m

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

2013

Series B

€38.6m

€48.1m

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Westminster, United Kingdom

2019

Series B

€45.5m

€45.5m

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London, United Kingdom

2017

Series B

€33.6m

€45m

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London, United Kingdom

2015

Series B

€36.4m

€44.8m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€33m

€43.6m

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London, United Kingdom

2014

Series A

€30.5m

€42.2m

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London, United Kingdom

2019

Series A

€120m

€40.2m

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London, United Kingdom

2020

Series A

€29.6m

€36.7m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series A

€36.4m

€36.4m

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

2017

Series A

€16.4m

€34.4m

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London, United Kingdom

2021

Seed

€32.4m

€32.4m

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London, United Kingdom

2020

Seed

€24m

€30m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series A

€27.3m

€29.6m

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Manchester, United Kingdom

2020

Series A

€18.2m

€29.3m

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Glasgow, United Kingdom

2016

Series B

€9.4m

€29m

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2019

Series A

€20.9m

€23.6m

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London, United Kingdom

2019

Series A

€18.2m

€21.9m

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London, United Kingdom

2019

Support Program

-

€18.2m

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London, United Kingdom

2020

Series A

€18.2m

€18.2m

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London, United Kingdom

2016

Series A

€10.9m

€15.5m

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Cardiff, United Kingdom

2018

Series A

€8.4m

€8.8m

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Belfast, United Kingdom

2021

Seed

€5.8m

€5.8m

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London, United Kingdom

2019

Series A

€12m

€1.5m

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London, United Kingdom

2009

-

-

-

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Cardiff, United Kingdom

2017

-

-

-

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Belfast, United Kingdom

2015

-

-

-

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Belfast, United Kingdom

2015

Series A

-

-

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London, United Kingdom

2021

Series B

-

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