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

Taptap send's logo

Taptap send

London, United Kingdom

2018

€71m

Series B

€295

51-200

Orbex Space's logo

Orbex Space

Transportation /

orbex.space

Forres Scotland, United Kingdom

2015

€67m

Grant

€108

51-200

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Lifebit's logo

Lifebit

Health, Enterprise Software /

lifebit.ai

London, United Kingdom

2017

€64m

Series B

€273

51-200

Elwood Technologies's logo

Elwood Technologies

Fintech /

elwood.io

London, United Kingdom

2018

€64m

Series A

€318

51-200

Goodlord's logo

Goodlord

Legal, Real Estate /

goodlord.co

London, United Kingdom

2014

€63m

Series B

€162

51-200

Plum's logo

Plum

Fintech /

withplum.com

London, United Kingdom

2016

€59m

Early VC

€108

51-200

Unmind's logo

Unmind

Health, Enterprise Software /

unmind.com

London, United Kingdom

2016

€57m

Series B

€214

51-200

Pento's logo

Pento

Fintech /

pento.io

London, United Kingdom

2016

€49m

Series B

€159

51-200

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Fresha.com's logo

Fresha.com

Wellness Beauty /

fresha.com

London, United Kingdom

2015

€167,000,000m

Series C

100-500

OLIO's logo

OLIO

Food, Energy /

olioex.com

London, United Kingdom

2016

€49m

Series B

€195

51-200

Nuclera Nucleics's logo

Nuclera Nucleics

Health /

nuclera.com

Cambridge, United Kingdom

2013

€48m

Series B

€193

51-200

Pollination's logo

Pollination

Westminster, United Kingdom

2019

€46m

Series B

€227

51-200

Taster's logo

Taster

London, United Kingdom

2017

€45m

Series B

€168

51-200

Automata's logo

Automata

Health, Robotics /

automata.tech

London, United Kingdom

2015

€45m

Series B

€182

51-200

AccuRx's logo

AccuRx

Health /

accurx.com

London, United Kingdom

2016

€44m

Series B

€227

51-200

Gravity Sketch's logo

Gravity Sketch

Media, Enterprise Software /

gravitysketch.com

London, United Kingdom

2014

€42m

Series A

€153

51-200

Outfund's logo

Outfund

Fintech /

out.fund

London, United Kingdom

2019

€40m

Series A

€90

51-200

Sylvera's logo

Sylvera

Climate & Sustainability /

sylvera.com

London, United Kingdom

2020

€37m

Series A

€148

51-200

BVNK's logo

BVNK

Fintech /

bvnk.com

London, United Kingdom

2016

€36m

Series A

€309

51-200

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