Who are the UK's tech unicorns and how did they reach their valuations?

Thomas Macaulay
Thomas Macaulay

Thomas Macaulay

Tom is a senior online editor across Computerworld UK, Techworld & CIO. He studied English Literature and History at Sussex University before gaining a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City University. He's particularly interested in the public sector and the ethical implications of emerging technologies.

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Sightings of the mythical unicorn are becoming more common in the UK. The country has been the birthplace of over 70 tech unicorns and trails only the US and China in the global ranking, according to data from Tech Nation and Dealroom.

Plenty more are contending to join the unicorn blessing. Investment banking firm GP Bullhound predicts that 17 more companies will join the exclusive group by 2021, including challenger bank Starling, payments company GoCardless and lawtech startup Luminance.

We'll be checking if they can progress onto our list of UK unicorns, ranked below in order of most recent valuation.

Read next: What is a tech unicorn? And where did the term come from?

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