Top UK startups to follow in 2020

Other countries may be catching up fast, but the UK is still Europe’s leading startup nation, attracting $11bn in venture capital funding in 2019 (more than the next two biggest, France and Germany, combined).

But which are the UK’s most exciting startups? Which are the ones to watch in 2020?

Here, Sifted’s reporters — in partnership with — dig into the data, strategy and challenges behind the most important European startups.

We have picked companies based on the money they have raised, how quickly they are hiring and how formative they have been to the startup ecosystems around them. If there is anyone missing from this list, or anything is wrong in the numbers, please let us know by email at [email protected]

Please check out our jobs board to see some of the companies hiring from this list, as well as our lists from other European countries.

NB The Dealroom data about employee growth is mainly from LinkedIn, and so is not perfect (people may not always update their profiles when they move jobs, for instance). But it gives some idea about the rate of change from 2018 to 2019. We have classed 0%-20% growth as “staying level”, 20%-100% growth as “growth” and 100% plus growth as “hyper-growth”.

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