The European startup ecosystem is diverse and has achieved many impossible feats. However, women in technology have not got the same level of recognition as men. But in the recent years, with many women racing up to show their talent in the tech sector, this gender gap is gradually fading away.
As there are not many women entrepreneurs in the tech sector, the ones who exist are highly honoured and celebrated for their hard work. They strive hard to lift up the spirit of the aspirational women in the community to take part in the progress and make their dreams come to reality.
We made the list based on Tech Nation and Dealroom’s latest report and also handpicked few ourselves. Do let us know if we are missing someone really cool and should be part of the list.
Founders: Jonathan Savoir, Katherina-Oliver Lacey
Founded year: 2014
Why its hot: Quincus was founded with the intention to resolve the most complex issues that exist in the logistics industry. Its data intelligence platform along with Enterprise APIs lets ground providers, airlines, and port operators maintain visibility over the logistics inflows and outflows. Furthermore, the company uses artificially intelligence supply chain optimisation and geo-mapping for real-time visibility, data, and operation.
Founder: Lucie Glenday
Founded year: 2016
Why its hot: MySense is a simple-to-use health analytics platform that monitors your health, wellbeing, and behaviour patterns. The platform is supported Artificial Intelligence and establishes what ‘being well’ looks like for individuals. MySense’s cutting-edge technology provides real-time communications letting carers enjoy peace of mind by taking proactive steps to maintain a person’s wellbeing.
Founders: Ambarish Mitra, Jessica Butcher, Omar Tayeb, Steve Spencer
Funding: €111 million
Founded year: 2011
Why its hot: Blippar is one of the technology companies that has witnessed a rapid growth and has progressed to become a leading mobile visual-browser. The Blippar app is available on both Android and iOS platforms and uses Augmented Reality. It provides users with Blippbuilder and Studio to let users recognise the world around them.
Founders: Brent Hoberman, Chloe Macintosh, Julien Callede, Ning Li
Funding: €101 million
Founded year: 2009
Why its hot: made.com is an online e-commerce platform providing designer furniture at an affordable price. It operates with the intention to disrupt high-end furniture stores by handling everything from manufacturing to e-commerce. The company sells affordable furniture as they need not pay middlemen.
Founder: Priya Lakhani
Funding: €1.8 million
Founded year: 2013
Why its hot: Century is a successful and award-winning teaching as well as learning platform meant for schools, colleges, and universities. The company uses Artificial Intelligence, learning science, and neuroscience. The company creates constantly adapting pathways for students. Also, it develops powerful assessment data for teachers and mentors.
Founders: Andrius Skerla, Philipp Mintchin, Stephen Mason, Yulia Dankova
Funding: €12 million
Founded year: 2015
Why its hot: Splyt brings the world’s biggest brands in mobility together to create a truly interconnected experience. Though mobility is a fundamental part of our daily lives, it is highly fragmented for global travellers and Splyt aims to resolve the same with its single connectivity solution. The company supports businesses across the globe to integrate mobility directly into their platforms and let their customers commute between two points efficiently.
Founder: Anne Boden
Funding: €283 million
Founded year: 2014
Why its hot: Starling Bank is a mobile-only bank providing personal, joint, and business accounts. The app helps users visualise and manage their finances in real-time. The app sends instant real-time payment notifications, in-app card lock, 24/7 in-app customer service, a flexible overdraft, and insights into spending habits. Starling Bank lets customers connect to an ecosystem of financial products and services and take control of their finances with this one-stop mobile solution.
Pando (formerly Forward Health)
Founders: Barney Gilbert, Lydia Yarlott, Philip Mundy
Funding: €3.2 million
Founded year: 2016
Why its hot: Healthtech startup Forward was rebranded Pando. It is a team of technologists and clinicians who believe that intelligent and secure communication is fundamental to healthcare. Pando is an essential tool for secure collaboration of the team. The platform is designed to benefit anyone in the health and social care industry who work in a team and have a need to share images and sensitive information and images securely.
Main image picture credits: Quincus
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