\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 rankings[email protected]).

Key

Year founded

Amount raised

Last funding round

Valuation

Employees

Cambridge Quantum Computing's logo

Cambridge Quantum Computing

Independent quantum computing company

enterprise software /

cambridgequantum.com

London, UK

2014

€321m

LATE VC

€164-245m

50-100

Multiverse's logo

Multiverse

Networking platform and support for apprentices

marketplace & ecommerce / recruitment

multiverse.io

London, UK

2016

€58m

SERIES B

€160-240m

100-500

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Streetbees's logo

Streetbees

Connects you with real people on the ground to gather real time insights

enterprise software /

streetbees.com

London, UK

2015

€58m

LATE VC

€182m

100-500

Moneybox's logo

Moneybox

Investment app

fintech / investing

moneyboxapp.com

London, UK

2015

€57m

GROWTH EQUITY

€144-216m

100-500

Heroes's logo

Heroes

Ecommerce company that acquires and scales up Amazon businesses

marketplace & ecommerce /

makeheroes.co

London, UK

2020

€55m

SEED

Eigen Technologies's logo

Eigen Technologies

Provides machine learning, qualitative analysis tool for businesses

legal / enterprise software

eigentech.com

London, UK

2014

€55m

SERIES B

€18-27m

100-500

Form3's logo

Form3

Cloud-based platform for complete end-to-end processing of payments

fintech / payments

form3.tech

London, UK

2016

€52m

SERIES C

€120-180m

100-500

Cleo's logo

Cleo

An intelligent assistant for your money

fintech / AI

meetcleo.com

London, UK

2016

€52m

SERIES B

€160-240m

50-100

Duffel's logo

Duffel

API-based travel agency platform

marketplace & ecommerce / travel

duffel.com

London, UK

2017

€51m

SERIES B

€109-164m

10-50

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Tractable.AI's logo

Tractable.AI

Insurtech using AI to evaluate costs

fintech; enterprise software / insurance

tractable.ai

London, UK

2014

€104m

SERIES D

€91-136m

100-500

Wagestream's logo

Wagestream

App for employees to access earned wages before payday

fintech / financial management solutions

wagestream.co.uk

London, UK

2018

€47m

SERIES B

€96-144m

50-100

Signal AI's logo

Signal AI

Uses artificial intelligence to better curate the news for different business sectors

AI / enterprise software

signal-ai.com

London, UK

2013

€47m

SERIES C

€91-136m

100-500

Railsbank's logo

Railsbank

Banking as a service platform

fintech /

railsbank.com

London, UK

2016

€47m

GROWTH EQUITY

€36-55m

100-500

Citymapper's logo

Citymapper

Transport app for cities

travel; transportation / navigation & mapping

citymapper.com

London, UK

2011

€53m

LATE VC

€145-218m

50-100

Elvie's logo

Elvie

Health and lifestyle technology for women

wellness beauty /

elvie.com

England, UK

2013

€45m

SERIES B

€150-225m

100-500

Harbr Data's logo

Harbr Data

Full stack data exchange platform

enterprise software / deep tech

harbrdata.com

London, UK

2017

€43m

SERIES A

€43.4m

50-100

Hibob's logo

Hibob

Cloud-based HR management software

jobs recruitment; enterprise software /

hibob.com

London, UK

2015

€105m

SERIES B

€255-382m

100-500

SumUp's logo

SumUp

Mobile payments company

fintech / payments

sumup.com

London, UK

2011

€39m

DEBT

€1bn

1000-5000

bit bio's logo

bit bio

Developing a scalable technology platform capable of producing consistent batches of every human cell

biotechnology / health

bit.bio

Cambridge, UK

2016

€38m

SERIES A

50-100

Wayve's logo

Wayve

AI-software for self-driving cars

health; sports /

wayve.ai

London, UK

2015

€36m

SERIES A

€73-109m

50-100

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