Startups have been the rising stars of the business world for the last ten years. There is a ranking in the world for how entrepreneurial countries are. The order is decided by how the government is connected with the world, demographics of the population, capital access, skilled laboring, how much a country is developed with its infrastructure, in law, and technological expertise. According to this ranking, the top-5 countries as entrepreneurial countries are listed as; Japan, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, and South Korea. As we can see, Europe, Pacific Rim, and North America dominate all regions with the resources of all economies.
First, let's cover the regions of startups around the globe; Africa and the Middle East, North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Today's focus of startups will be on Europe. After the United States and Asia's famed reputation across the globe, Europe is the fastest growing and dynamic region for startups. It may not be possible to compare it with Silicon Valley yet, but European cities are on their way to shine in the global startup ecosystem. Although there are shiny cities in Europe, there are also many new rising stars. In the beginning, it all started in London, Berlin, and Paris. But with the current changes and shifts, the ecosystem is getting bigger in Europe, and it is getting harder to follow the trail of cities on the map. Besides the top-3 hotspots, new locations like Wroclaw, Helsinki, and Minsk are becoming rising startup cities.
In Europe, there are forty-four countries, and instead of listing the top 10 startups, this post will share the top-5 countries in Europe and their top-2 startups.
We mentioned that the ecosystem began around London, Berlin, and Paris, so it isn’t going to come as a surprise that United Kingdom, Germany, and France are the top-3 countries in Europe.
Delivery Hero SE is a European multinational online food-delivery service based in Berlin, Germany. The company operates in 40+ countries internationally in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and partners with 500,000+ restaurants.
GetYourGuide is a Berlin-based online travel agency and online marketplace for tour guides and excursions. It is accessible worldwide, via the website and mobile app for iOS and Android.
BlaBlaCar is a French online marketplace for carpooling. Its website and mobile apps connect drivers and passengers willing to travel together between cities and share the cost of the journey.
Shadow gives you access to a full-featured high-end PC to run Windows-based applications on the devices you own.
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The Rapid API is the mobile-first financial network that makes the world’s favorite ways to instantly connect your business to 900+ locally preferred payment methods in 100+ countries. Fast and easy it is to deploy a global payments solution and let your customers pay their preferred way.
Badi is an AI-powered online room rental platform that allows anyone to publish, find, and securely book rooms from anywhere in the world. They offer a seamless user experience in a supply-constrained market.
Spotahome is a Spanish startup that offers a disruptive model aiming to revolutionize real estate worldwide. Its marketplace offers the most complete listings of apartments, rooms, studios, and student residences for residential renting of more than 30 days through an online booking platform, with no visits, which allows tenants and property owners to save time and money.
MessageBird, an omnichannel communications platform, built for a global scale. A cloud-based communication platform aims to modernize and simplify the overcomplicated space of customer communication.
Picnic is a pure online grocery player that offers an application that enables its users to find and order grocery items through their mobile phones. Picnic offers delivery services only in the Netherlands.