The United Kingdom is known for being one of the largest tech hubs in Europe.
To visualize the depth and breadth of the UK’s tech scene, we used CB Insights data and analytics to create a periodic table of tech in the United Kingdom. The table below covers venture capital investors, accelerators, and angel investors. It also lists funded private companies in select industry categories that are particularly prominent in the UK, along with notable exits of UK-based companies.
The 146 companies and investors on the table were pulled from analysis using CB Insights data around funding, company momentum as captured by our Mosaic algorithms, and recent investments in the space.
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We expect that this list will change over time as new entrants emerge and gain prominence and others falter, exit, and are removed. If you believe someone should be added, please leave a comment with your rationale.
Navigating the periodic table of tech in the UK:
The top part of the table lists private investor-backed companies in select industries, as well as notable investors in the UK.
The bottom two rows of the table outline notable exits of UK-based companies.
We broke UK tech down into the following categories…
Venture Capital Firms:
This category encompasses venture capital firms that are headquartered in the United Kingdom. The list includes prominent UK VCs like lndex Ventures and Balderton Capital, among many others.
This category includes UK incubators and accelerators such as London-based Seedrs.
Corporate Venture Capital Firms:
These are corporations with dedicated venture arms operating out of the UK. This category includes Unilever Ventures and Eight Roads Ventures.
Angel investment groups:
This category counts angel groups that are headquartered in the UK and includes London-based London Business Angels, among others.
This includes UK-based companies that have exited in the form of M&A or an IPO, including Zoopla and Deepmind Technologies.
Among the categories we selected are a few industries, like cybersecurity, that have seen a large amount of deal activity in the UK.
- Unicorns – companies in this category include money transfer service TransferWise, which raised a $58M Series C in January 2015 led by Andreessen Horowitz.
- E-commerce and marketplaces – startups here include food delivery service Deliveroo, which raised an $100M Series D in November 2015 led by DST and Greenoaks Capital Management.
- Lending platforms and services – this category encompasses lending platforms like Prodigy Finance, which raised an $100M debt and equity financing in August 2015 led by Credit Suisse and Balderton Capital
- Telecom services – some of the most well-funded startups are in this category and it includes OB3 Networks. The satellite services provider raised a $460M Series H in December 2015 that included Google and North Bridge Venture Partners in the round of financing.
- Payments – startups in this category include payments company Flypay, which raised a $10.7M Series A in July 2015 from Timeout Group.
- Cybersecurity – companies in this category include security startup Avecto, which raised a growth equity round of financing in December 2015 from JMI Equity.
- Business intelligence, analytics, performance management – businesses in this category include Brandwatch, which raised a $33M Series C in October 2015 led by Partech Ventures.
- Travel – this part of the table includes travel services like Momonda Group. Momonda raised an $130M private equity round of financing in October 2014 led by Great Hill Partners.
- Retail Banking – companies in the category include Atom Bank, which raised an $128M Series B in November 2015 led by BBVA.
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