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

Thomas Macaulay
Thomas Macaulay

Thomas Macaulay

Tom is online editor. 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 surprisingly common in the UK. The country has been the birthplace of 60 of the 169 unicorns (35 percent) ever founded across Europe and Israel, according to research prepared for Tech Nation by venture capital analytics firm Dealroom.co.

London is home to 36 of them, but cities outside the capital are also competing with some of Europe's biggest metropolises. Oxford and Cambridge combined have produced more unicorns than both Paris and Berlin, while the five to emerge from Manchester is the same number created in Amsterdam.

A number of other startups are on track to join the exclusive group in 2019. Read on for our list of UK unicorns, ranked in order of valuation at the time of writing.

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