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This Week in London Startups - Issue #17, 24th August 2021

This Week in London Startups - Issue #17, 24th August 2021
By London Startup Club • Issue #17 • View online

Europe has created 37 startups that have now reached decacorn status.
Europe has created 37 startups that have now reached decacorn status.
According to a Sifted report Europe has now surpassed China in the number of unicorns created since 1990 with 296 compared to 276.
Whilst this is hugely positive news for the entire European ecosystem, it’s still amazing that one country is creating so many unicorns - yet in 2021 Europe has created 72 compared to 22 in China, more than 3x.
But what’s better than a unicorn?
A decacorn 🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄
A startup that has reached a $10 billion valuation. The UK is the third in the world with 15 (8 of which have come in 2021 alone), after the US with 134 and China with 36. Read more on dealroom.
It certainly seems we are entering the golden age of European tech, with 65 of the 170 ‘unicorn cities’ being in Europe.
Haris Qureshi, Editor & Co-Founder @ London Startup Club
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UK Funding Rounds
  • un:hurd, a London-based AI powered digital platform secures £250K to help independent music artists and record labels, more here
  • London-based Semeris scoops £600K to speed up legal documentation, more here
  • UK’s Stacker bags £14.6M to help companies build applications without coding, more here
  • Webiny nabs £2.5M seed to build serverless development framework on top of serverless CMS, more here
  • Tactus Group receives £40M investment as firm eyes global growth, more here
  • Supplements startup Feel gains £3m investment from ITV, more here
  • Aberdeenshire’s Trojan Energy powering up with £2.2m funding boost, more here
  • Mapping startup Edozo closes £2m round, more here
  • InfoSum raises $65M Series B as organizations embrace secure data sharing, more here
International Highlights
  • Pakistan’s B2B marketplace and digital ledger platform Bazaar raises $30 million, more here
  • SoBanHang gets $1.5M to help small Vietnamese stores sell online for the first time, more here
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