\UK tech startups and scaleups to watch in 2021

\UK tech startups and scaleups to watch in 2021

The UK is still Europe’s leading startup nation, attracting €17.2bn in venture capital funding in the first half of 2021.

So far this year UK startups have raised a record €17.2bn from VC funds, more than the €14bn in all of 2020.

But which are the country's most exciting startups and scaleups? Which are the ones to watch in 2021?

Our team of experts at Sifted have chosen a list of more than 100 exciting companies we think you need to know about, with an added 'Sifted take' on some to provide an extra layer of insight.

It's a mixture of the big and the small, the well known and the under the radar. But all are making waves. Keep reading below and stay informed about Europe’s new economy!

(P.S The data is from European Startups, with valuation estimates from Dealroom. If there is anyone missing from this list, or anything is wrong, please let us know by email at [email protected]).

Key

Year founded

Amount raised

Last funding round

Valuation

Employees

Dishpatch's logo

Dishpatch

Bringing the UK's best restaurants home

food / food logistics & delivery

sifted.eu/articles/meal-kits-packaging

London, UK

2019

€13m

SEED

€48-72m

10-50

Huma's logo

Huma

Transforming healthcare and research globally

health /

huma.com

London, United Kingdom

2011

€167m

SERIES C

€473-709m

50-100

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PaySend's logo

PaySend

PaySend - fast, easy and secure card2card money transfers

fintech / payments

paysend.com

Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom

2015

€145m

SERIES B

655

50-100

Yulife's logo

Yulife

We bring together life insurance, wellbeing & rewards in one simple app.

health;fintech / insurance

yulife.com

London, United Kingdom

2017

€91m

SERIES B

315

50-100

Motorway.co.uk's logo

Motorway.co.uk

Comparison site to sell your car online

transportation / search, buy & rent

motorway.co.uk

London, United Kingdom

2017

€74m

SERIES B

€230-346m

50-100

Arqit's logo

Arqit

Arqit is developing a quantum resistant blockchain eco-system for enterprise applications

security /

arqit.uk

London, United Kingdom

2016

€64m

SPAC IPO

€1.2bn

50-100

Copper's logo

Copper

Copper is transforming how institutional investors engage with digital assets, providing market-leading infrastructure in addition to custody, trading and prime brokerage solutions

fintech / crypto and defi;wealth management

copper.co

London, United Kingdom

2018

€54m

SERIES B

€182-272m

50-100

Generation Home's logo

Generation Home

Offers next-generation mortgage service, that empowers homeowners to track and manage their mortgage and housing wealth

fintech;real estate / mortgages & lending

generationhome.com

London, United Kingdom

2019

€8m

SEED

€23m

10-50

Afrocenchix Ltd's logo

Afrocenchix Ltd

Natural Hair Care Products - It offers a range of ethical natural products for curly, multi-textured hair

wellness beauty /

afrocenchix.com

London, United Kingdom

2010

€1m

SEED

€4-7m

10-50

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Blockchain's logo

Blockchain

Open-source, noncustodial wallet for crypto

fintech / crypto

blockchain.com

London, United Kingdom

2011

€445m

SERIES C

€4.7bn

500-1000

Checkout.com's logo

Checkout.com

Offers credit card and alternative payment methods

fintech / payments

checkout.com

London, UK

2012

€755m

SERIES C

€5bn

500-1000

Karma Kitchen's logo

Karma Kitchen

Commercial kitchen rental

London, UK

2018

€302m

SERIES A

€1.2-1.8bn

10-50

BenevolentAI's logo

BenevolentAI

Harnessing AI to enhance and accelerate scientific discovery, drug discovery and development process

health / biotech

benevolent.ai

Cambridge, UK

2013

€277m

LATE VC

€909m

100-500

Gymshark's logo

Gymshark

Fitness apparel and accessories brand

fashion / fitness

gymshark.com

Solihull, UK

2012

€240m

GROWTH EQUITY

€1.2bn

500-1000

OVO Energy's logo

OVO Energy

Energy technology company and supplier

energy / energy providers

ovoenergy.com

Bristol, UK

2008

€240m

GROWTH EQUITY

€1.2bn

1000-5000

Gousto's logo

Gousto

An online meal-kit manufacturer and retailer

food / food logistics & delivery

gousto.co.uk

London, UK

2012

€189m

SERIES F

€924m

100-500

Curve's logo

Curve

Payments card that aggregates all user bank cards

fintech / payments

curve.com

London, UK

2015

€175m

SERIES C

€227m

100-500

TrueLayer's logo

TrueLayer

Simple bank APIs

fintech / enterprise software

truelayer.com

London, UK

2016

€159m

SERIES C

€159m

100-500

Tide's logo

Tide

The leading provider of UK SME business accounts and one of the fastest-growing FinTechs in the UK

fintech / banking

tide.co

London, UK

2015

€247m

SERIES C

€591m

500-1000

Rapyd's logo

Rapyd

Global payment network for commerce

fintech / payments

rapyd.net

London, UK

2016

€427m

SERIES D

€1.1bn

100-500

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