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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”.

Find your tech solution using Catapult’s Europe-wide access to over 100.000 growth companies and solution providers!

Stay tuned for more industry insights and digital sneak peeks!

Yours, Catapult team.


Banks are Undergoing a Massive Digital Transformation

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Let’s talk numbers.

In 2017, mobile banking grew by 18% compared with just 9% in 2016 enabling businesses to realign their channels through the phone. This trend of “not-queuing-in-the-bank-anymore” among millennials is drastically increasing.

According to the forecast by the end of 2018 various banks and financial institutions in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Western Europe will have half (or even more) of their new inflow revenue in most products coming from digital sales.

With the rapid technological advancement and changes in consumer behavior, banks have 3-5 years at most to become digitally proficient.

A sneak peek to the total revenue of global mobile payment market was astonishing. Annual transaction volume reached $450B in 2016 which more than doubled in 2018 with a total sum of $930B. And the forecast shows steady growth with the expected $1080B by year 2019.

Not so long ago it was announced that JPMorgan, an American multinational investment bank and financial services company, has spent nearly $20B in the past 2 years to scale its technology and prepare itself for the next generation of banking. Its strategy, also known as “Mobile First, Digital Everything” is already showing positive early results.

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And this is just scratching the surface. One thing is clear - the urgency of acting on digitalization is acute.

Digital transformation of any enterprise is a herculean task, and you shouldn't do it alone.

Moving away from offline legacy platforms and into the digital age is no walk in the park. It takes a massive shift in attitude to become “digital to the core”. Well stated in the interview with DBS Bank CIO David Gledhill: “The digital transformation of any enterprise is a herculean task requiring a willingness to embrace cultural change, the ability to immerse the entire organization in the customer journey, and a total commitment to digitize to the core.”  

At the verge of digital transformation, banks and, naturally, other industries, need to start from understanding the consumer needs and, ultimately, finding relevant technologies and solution providers across the globe to step up the digital game. Catapult, being already “digital to the core”, finds the most valuable solutions by scouting through 100.000 growth companies across Europe, using advance AI and ML algorithms.


Stay tuned for more industry insights and digital sneak peeks!

Yours, Catapult team.