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London Startup Ecosystem Overview

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Fintech
#3 worldwide
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Foodtech
#3 worldwide
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Marketing & Sales
#4 worldwide

notable startups
startup iconRover
startup iconSongkick
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The Startup Ecosystem of London is ranked at number 5 globally, and shows a negative momentum decreasing -2 spots since 2020. London also ranks at number 1 in United Kingdom, and 1 in Western Europe.

London is an ideal place to locate for Fintech, Foodtech and Marketing & Sales startups. As the most popular industries in London, there is a sample of 1129 Fintech startups in London, 750 Foodtech startups in London, and 431 Marketing & Sales startups in London, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is also a sample of 3463 startups in London, 11 accelerators in London, 29 coworking spaces in London, 11 organizations in London and 6 leaders in London.

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Whether you need in-home dog boarding, pet sitting, dog walking, or day care, Rover connects pet parents with pet care providers who’ll treat their pets like family. Read more
Songkick is the great live music startup. Fans track their favorite artists so they never miss them live, and artists sell more tickets to their concerts. We are a small team, proudly based in east London, but with global reach. More than 9 million fans use us every month across web and mobile, 90% from outside the UK. We’ve built the most comprehensive live music database on the web and are the biggest independent concert site in the world. We make money by helping fans find and buy tickets to concerts, and have now grown our revenue to millions of dollars. Songkick is backed by two of the most highly regarded investors in the world: Index Ventures and Sequoia – we were Sequoia’s first UK investment. Read more
"Our mission is to help people recognize and engage with the world around them" Shazam is a mobile app that recognizes music and TV around you. It is the best way to discover, explore and share the music and TV you love. Shazam connects more than 500 million people. It took us 10 years to reach 1 billion tags, 10 months to reach 2 billion, 3 months to go from 10 to 12 billion... It's an amazing app, available now in the Apple, Android and Windows stores. And we're always looking for new and innovative ways to delight our users. Read more
Making email work again- Tackling email complexity We take the pain out of handling your organization’s most important data: the information that passes through your email systems. When we started out ten years ago, we saw what others didn’t - that while corporate email was increasingly being used as the primary store for critical business information, it was also becoming more complex; fragmented, less reliable and ever more costly. Read more
We’re an acknowledged world-leader in developing global payment solutions for people’s business and pleasure, whether they’re depositing funds on a gaming site, buying online or sending money to family and friends. We also meet the needs of businesses worldwide, helping them build a global customer base and drive growth. Skrill is a truly global company. Based at our London headquarters and our offices throughout Europe and the US, our staff of over 500 represents more than 30 nationalities. Read more
ClearScore's vision is to help everyone, no matter what their circumstances, achieve greater financial wellbeing. Read more
Depop is a fun new way to buy and sell items from a smartphone. Free to download, users upload stylish mobile images and details of items they’d like to sell to the Depop marketplace for the community to view. It’s a fast, simple and social way to discover new and interesting items for sale. Depop shoppers can follow sellers, like and comment on items for sale and chat directly with sellers before they buy. All transactions are made using PayPal so security is assured. Founded by entrepreneur Simon Beckerman in 2012 and based in London, UK; Depop is funded by investors including Balderton Capital and Holtzbrinck Ventures. Read more
We are making the web faster by providing performance WordPress hosting services, utilizing the latest web hosting technologies like Nginx web servers with load balancing, replicated MariaDB database servers, Redis caching, SSD drives, application performance monitoring by New Relic and a lot more! Read more
Influencer Marketing Hub is the leading industry resource for Micro-Influencers, Agencies and Platforms Read more
Bitstamp is an online bitcoin marketplace that allows people from all around the world to safely buy and sell bitcoins. Read more
The program allows you to download and backup Instagram photos and videos, even from private accounts. Just enter Instagram user name or photo link and press 'Follow user' button. Open up wide new vistas of imagery all from your desktop. Try it! Read more
PowToon is a brand new presentation software that allows just about anyone to create awesome presentations and animated product demo videos containing the WOW!-Factor. Making your own presentoon is intuitive and drag-and-drop simple. PowToon's awesome animation effects, vibrant designs and creative styles give your presentoon a professional look-and-feel. (4 hours using PowToon can achieve the result of 4 days of professional Flash animator work) Read more
World Remit is a Money Transfer Security Provider Company. Read more
Quipper's e-learning platform lets you create fun quiz apps that can be shared on multiple platforms including iOS and Android. Users will 'learn through play' and can test their knowledge against others in our community. The quizzes are in multiple-choice format and use an iterative learning technique. An ever-expanding range of topics includes languages, professional qualifications, high school exams, literature, trivia, and many more. Read more
OpenRent turns renting a property into a streamlined, online process offering drastically lower costs. 100% of the properties on our site are guaranteed available and agent/admin fees are banned. We help landlords find tenants via the major portals and handle all the usual admin (referencing, contracts, deposits, etc) online all for just £20 per property - their first listing is totally free! Read more
The World's First Instant Crypto-Backed Loans Read more
We believe that language learning does not need to be difficult, time-consuming or expensive. That’s why we have created busuu, the easy and effective way to learn another language. With a team of educational experts, designers and developers we have created a mobile and web app that has helped over 50 million users to learn another language. Want to join? Read more
Capital.com is an insurgent fintech on a mission to make the world of finance more engaging, accessible and useful. Read more
Car Throttle is a car community for the Facebook generation or "Buzzfeed for Cars". We're a next-generation content play serving the $9bn automotive ad spend market worldwide. We help brands like Audi, EA and Red Bull looking increase brand awareness/sales in valuable 18-24 demographic thanks to our audience of supersharers. On Facebook, we already have higher engagement than BBC's TopGear. Shortlisted at The Europas 2013 in Best Audio, Video or Entertainment Startup category. Featured in Bloomberg, DailyMail & Evening Standard. Read more
DesignMyNight.com is a nightlife guide and reservations platform. We are the OpenTable/Top table of the bar, pub and club world and the fastest growing nightlife site in the UK. We have a young and ambitious team looking to grow our business in global cities.  Read more
MyMiniFactory is an online open platform for desktop 3D printable files shared by professional 3D designers. Read more
PeoplePerHour is a community of talent available to work for you remotely, online, at the click of a button. Post a Job - let people find you! Tell us what you need done Relevant freelancers are notified to submit a proposal Review proposals and select your expert Pay a downpayment to start the job. Released on completion Read more
Gamer Guides publishes interactive digital video game strategy guides. The Company's products include the Gamer Guides iOS App and the Gamer Guides website. Gamer Guides is committed to helping gamers extract the maximum value, play time and entertainment from their games. Read more
HealthUnlocked is a network communities focused on connecting our users with others who share their chronic condition or health interest. We've partnered with over 450 health organizations around the world monitor these communites and ensure a high quality information.  Read more
Festicket is an innovative social booking platform that offers hassle-free music festival packages to customers all over the world. Working with over 200 festivals globally, this year it has again signed up the likes of Bestival, EXIT, Sziget, Time Warp, Tomorrowland and Ultra Europe, as well as many others, making it Europe’s largest music festival travel platform. Check it out: www.festicket.com Read more
Pitchup.com is an online travel agent focused on campsites, glampsites and holiday parks in 16 European countries. Operating on a commission-only agent model, Pitchup.com has signed up 1,500 sites since launching online booking in 2010. Traffic reached 75,000 visits per day in summer 2015.. Read more
Fresha is a SaaS-enabled marketplace platform for beauty and wellness industry. Read more
Hello, we're MOO - an award-winning print and design company specialising in premium business stationery and promotional materials. MOO makes life a little less virtual. We’re an online print and design company that is passionate about great design and the difference it can make to our customers and the world. MOO launched back in 2006 with the aim to disrupt the $640 billion global print industry and make great design available to all by combining professional design with the accessibility and reach of the web. We want to set a new standard for print, with remarkable new products that bring great design and uncompromising, high standards to the web. Whilst many other printers have chosen to use new technologies to simply reduce the costs of printing (and often the quality), we strive to make print not only cost-effective but better than ever before. Read more
Mixlr is a platform for social live audio. Mixlr allows people to broadcast live audio and engage with fans, friends and listeners in real-time. Read more
Smarkets is disrupting the global betting industry by offering a modern betting exchange with significantly lower transaction fees than the competition. We're a well-funded company with a small, agile development team, and our platform has handled over £500 million of bets since launching in 2010. Smarkets has been featured in publications such as Wired, The Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch and was recently selected as part of the Startups 100. Read more
Learning chess from traditional content such as books and video can be difficult, tedious and is often seen as an insurmountable task. Chessable adapts traditional chess learning content into a unique, interactive, gamified digital format and uses learning-science techniques to optimise the learning process. Chessable makes learning easier and efficient by using insights from neuroscience and educational psychology. It makes learning fun by using gamification. Chessable's ultimate goal is help people achieve expertise quicker than the often mentioned 10,000 hours. Read more
PythonAnywhere is a popular and growing platform-as-a-service that makes it easy for programmers to create, store and run their software in the cloud. Short-term we aim to be the natural choice for new projects using the Python programming language. Later we'll include other languages, and scale alongside our customers, to compete with the likes of Heroku (acquired by Salesforce.com for $212MM). We can fundamentally change the way programmers work, as they move from the desktop to the cloud. Read more
Simply Business exists to make significant positive changes to the insurance industry. As insurance is an industry heavily focused on tradition rather than innovation; Simply Business goes against the industry grain by doing the exact opposite. In addition to pioneering the use of mobile tech for insurance, we've built a digital brokerage platform with the customer's interests at the forefront. Customers can purchase the best-suited policy without being misled or confused by insurance jargon. Read more
The best way for creators to accept donations and share exclusive content. Read more
Perlego is an unlimited eBook subscription service for academic and professional content. Read more
SilkFred is a platform that provides online & offline routes to market for independent fashion brands. Our mission is to power the future of fashion by providing independent fashion brands with an online and offline solution to launch and grow their business. Through fashion e-commerce tech and partnerships with offline stockists, we enable fledgling brands to launch their own e-commerce store and get their collections stocked on shop floors in the major fashion capitals. It's also our mission to help online shoppers discover unique fashion by providing them with a highly curated platform featuring our fashion brands' products. Read more
Bloom & Wild is re-imagining flowers. We aspire to change the way UK consumers buy flowers, and to become the UK’s most loved flower brand. We launched to the public in September 2013 and our current focus is on being the UK’s first florist to offer cut-to-order subscription flowers, delivered direct from growers, through the letterbox. Our flowers are significantly less expensive, longer-lasting and more convenient to receive than those available elsewhere. All our arrangements are designed by our McQueen's and Claridge's trained florist, Vanessa Birley. Read more
" Melissa is a leading global ID verification company that offers instant electronic identity verification to help businesses comply with cross-border Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Cusotmer Due Diligence (CDD), Card Not Present (CNP) and Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements. " Read more
We started in 2001 with a goal: a better customer support experience. Today, Kayako is the leading multichannel helpdesk. Tens of thousands of businesses connect to millions of customers using Kayako. Our customers use Kayako to help their customers and to develop richer customer relationships. Read more
We're building a marketplace to connect art buyers with independent artists and galleries. We intend to disrupt the inefficient, fragmented art market where consumers currently are faced with two unsatisfying options: (1) limited selection and high prices at small galleries, or (2) mass produced canvas prints and posters sold by IKEA, Crate and Barrel, and others.  Read more
Payhip is an e-commerce platform that enables anyone to sell digital products directly to their fans and followers using just a link. You can simply upload your product, enter the price and start selling on Twitter, Facebook or your own website. Payhip takes care of file storage, payment processing and product delivery to your customers. Read more
PaySend is a fintech company that solves the universal problem to securely enable any bank card to send and receive money worldwide. Read more
We help people discover new and exciting drinks. Our aim is to become the largest Flavor Curation and Discovery Service in all verticals where flavor and personal taste is an important driver of sales. We want to give Flavor to the People. Our curators prepare a tasting pack every month, containing 5 samples of spirits from all over the world. Each pack has a story / theme: Whiskies of the World, Star Spangled Bourbon, Once they were Pirates Arrrrr, Schnaps of the Alps... We source the spirits and bottle them in our own tasting bottles, equip them with tasting notes and tasting instructions and ship them all around the world to our customers. In addition to monthly tasting packs we sell pre-made packs for occasions such as gifts, office parties etc. Our members also have access to deals on full bottles. They might like a drink in the tasting pack and decide to buy it, or they might find our deal just impossible to resists and stock up. Flaviar - Tasting is Believing. Read more
TransferGo is a digital international money transfers for migrants and businesses. Read more
Flourish is a powerful and flexible platform for data visualization and storytelling. Read more
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