\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

Elder's logo

Elder

Platform to match live-in carers with the elderly

health /

elder.org

London, UK

3025

€18m

SERIES B

€38-58m

100-500

Zilch's logo

Zilch

Buy now, pay later service

fintech / payments

payzilch.com

London, UK

2018

€109m

SERIES B

€109-164m

10-50

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Trouva's logo

Trouva

Retailer for independents

legal; fintech / investing

trouva.com

London, UK

2016

€33m

LATE VC

€80-120m

50-100

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Kheiron Medical

Healthtech focused on breast cancer research

health / education

kheironmed.com

London, UK

2016

€32m

SERIES A

€80-120m

50-100

Beamery's logo

Beamery

Recruitment software that makes hiring quicker and more efficient

jobs recruitment /

beamery.com

London, UK

2014

€157m

SERIES C

€102-153m

100-500

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Farewill

Online wills, probate and funeral platform

legal / legal documents management

farewill.com

London, UK

2015

€32m

LATE VC

€88-133m

100-500

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Goodlord

Processes payments and electronic contracts for landlords and tenants

commission / legal

goodlord.co

London, UK

2015

€31m

SERIES B

€48-72m

100-500

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Impala

API service for the hotel industry

enterprise software / API

getimpala.com

London, UK

2016

€30m

SERIES B

€73-109m

50-100

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Freetrade

Stock market investment app

fintech / investing

freetrade.io

London, UK

2015

€70m

SERIES B

€300m

100-500

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The Plum Guide

Home rental service vacation rentals in a city

travel / accommodation

plumguide.com

London, UK

2015

€26m

SERIES B

€67-101m

100-500

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Cognism

AI tools for extracting sales and recruitment leads from big data

marketing /

cognism.com

London, UK

2015

€37m

LATE VC

€44-65m

100-500

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Bloom & Wild

Flower delivery startup

home living /

bloomandwild.com

London, UK

2013

€116m

SERIES D

€72-108m

100-500

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Zencargo

Digital freight forwarder

transportation / logistics & delivery

zencargo.com

London, UK

2017

€59m

SERIES B

€80-120m

100-500

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What3words

Allows people to find a location more accurately

fintech; marketing / ecommerce solutions

what3words.com

Ivybridge, UK

2012

€27m

LATE VC

€39m

100-500

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Primer

API-based digital payments

fintech /

primer.io

London, UK

2020

€22m

SERIES A

€67-101m

10-50

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Farmdrop

Online grocery platform

food / logistics & delivery

farmdrop.com

London, UK

2012

€21m

SERIES B

€34-50m

50-100

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WeFarm

Social media for farmers

food;enterprise software / agritech

wefarm.org

London, UK

2015

€31m

SERIES A

€47-70m

50-100

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Argent Labs

Safe, simple, decentralised Ethereum wallet

fintech / cryptocurrency;investing

argent.xyz

London, UK

2018

€18m

SERIES A

€44-65m

10-50

Codat's logo

Codat

API-based financial software provider focused on small businesses

fintech / enterprise software

codat.io/

London, UK

2017

€64m

SERIES B

€36-55m

50-100

Plum's logo

Plum

Automated savings bot

fintech /

withplum.com

London, UK

2016

€18m

EARLY VC

€35-52m

50-100

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