5 Disruptive FinTech Startups

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Fintech industry is booming - innovators and entrepreneurs across the globe are taking over. VCs are making the biggest bets in the financial sector, and the exponential growth of VCs spending doubled in 2018 comparing to all of 2016 and 2017 put together. Fintech is a multi-billion dollar industry with nearly 1,500 venture capitalist-backed deals - and the year is not over yet.

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Apart from Stripe and SoFi, the vastly growing services that pop in the media and on the market a lot, there are dozens of newly born fintech unicorns that conquer B2C and B2B markets. We’ve picked 5 fintech growth companies that have become unicorns by challenging banks and other institutions with new disruptive technologies.


1. Revolut

www.revolut.com

London, England

This banking app provides mobile foreign exchange services designed to help in global money transfer. Expanded to the sectors of cryptocurrency trading, property investment and insurance, Revolut has quickly raised a whopping $250 million led by DST Global at a valuation of $1.7 billion in April. At the moment, a unicorn has a growing number of over 2 million customers with a count of £15 billion-worth of transactions.  

2. OakNorth

www.oaknorth.com

London, England

Another London-based fintech startup worth mentioning is OakNorth, which provides lending solutions for SME. The idea of giving loans that are backed by cash flow or a mix of other assets instead of property appealed to to several backers Singapore's EDBI and NIBC Bank, bringing OakNorth to the funding rounds of total $576 million.

3. N26

www.n26.com

Berlin, Germany

N26 is considered to be one of Europe's pioneers in digital banking, providing mobile banking services intended to redesign banking for the people, making it simple, fast and contemporary. Germany's unicorn raised $160 million in a round led by Allianz X and Tencent. It is expected that the company will process around $16 billion in transaction volume in 2018.


4. Coinbase

https://www.coinbase.com/

San Francisco, California

Continuing the cryptocurrency trends, US-based unicorn, Coinbase, is a digital currency wallet and platform where merchants and consumers can transact with new digital currencies like bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin. The company has raised $217 million in funding, which allowed it to gain a unicorn status with a $1.6 billion valuation.

5. Atom Bank

www.atombank.co.uk

Durham, England

A mobile-only bank intended to offer internet banking services, Atom Bank, focuses on business lending and mortgage products. The company’s valuation is £450 million with netted £149 million in a round led by BBVA (again) and Toscafund. Atom Bank has already taken around £1.3 billion in deposits, as well as lent out more than £1.2 billion to businesses and homeowners.


Now, the real question arises - what is the next step for big banks and financial institutions to up the game, when competing for the same market space alongside innovators and disruptors becomes harder and harder? Catapult has an answer to that question - with its result-oriented and data-based services that help big corporations find the best tech solutions across Europe.

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5 Largest Unicorns in Europe

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There is more than one “corn“!

Even though China and US remain to be accelerating most unicorn companies around the globe, you would be surprised to see how fast Europe is catching up. Before diving into the 5 largest European unicorns, first things first - we must renew our unicorn vocabulary. With the new funding dynamics and types of companies appearing on the market today, we’ve officially entered the age of decacorns and hectocorns.

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As of August 2018, there are more than 270 unicorns (and other “corns”) around the world. And Europe’s tech scene is hotter than ever with over 30 unicorn startups on the market!

Largest venture capital-backed unicorn companies in Europe in 2018, by market value (in billion euros):


Let’s take a look at the top 5 largest unicorns in Europe in 2018:

 
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Spotify

Digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs.

Headquarters: Luxembourg City

Founded: 2006

Employees: 3000+


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Adyen

Global payment company that allows businesses to accept e-commerce, mobile, and point-of-sale payments.

Headquarters: Netherlands

Founded: 2006

Employees: 880


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Farfetch

Online luxury fashion retail platform that sells products from over 700 boutiques and brands from around the world.

Headquarters: England

Founded: 2007

Employees: 2000


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Auto1 Group

Europe's leading car trading platform.

Headquarters: Germany

Founded: 2012

Employees: 3500+



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Telegram

Cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service.

Headquarters: Germany (initially)

Founded: 2013


Despite the industry variety of aforementioned unicorns, they all have one thing in common - being digital, being tech and being innovative. It’s all about disruption - the old processes efficiently transformed into the upgraded digital platforms, systems and offerings. This is the world today, wherein Unicorns, Decacorns and Hectocorns almost always go with the suffix “tech”.

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