Startup cities in the
8 JULY 2021
Global data platform for intelligence on startups,
innovation, ecosystems and venture capital.
Financial Times-backed new media site
telling the untold Stories of European Tech.
Created by Dealroom and Sifted, and supported by the
European Commission and European Parliament,
European Startups is a two-year project aimed at
facilitating informed conversation and collaboration
among European tech ecosystem stakeholders, to take
Europe’s startup economy to the next level.
At the centre of the initiative is the European Startups
database, a definitive platform providing macro-level
trends. We also publish several research reports and
organise a few events each year.
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Record venture capital investment
smashed previous records with €264B in the
first six months of 2021. This represents
year-over-year (YoY) growth of 2.3x
Europe is the fastest growing major region by
venture capital investment (growing faster than
US, China, Asia). Investment into European
startups grew by 2.9x YoY to €49B.
What you need to know.
Two new unicorns per day
Each day, more than two new unicorns emerged
globally during 2021. There are now 1,601
unicorns and $1B+ exits of which 1,071 still
The combined global value of tech companies
has ballooned to over $35 trillion, of which $18T
from companies founded after 2000, and $10T
from companies founded after 2010. The rate of
innovation is accelerating
Unicorns and $1B exits
VC funding into startups globally
Cities with one or more unicorns
Entrepreneurship is spreading
Knowledge about building startups is much
more widespread. There are now 170 cities wi