For the ‘top European fintech start-ups’ list, Sifted reporters dived into the data, strategy and challenges behind the most important fintech companies in what Sifted describes as “the hottest start-up sector in Europe in terms of money raised”. It reports that approximately €23 billion of venture capital has flowed into fintechs since 2015.
Sifted chose companies based on fundraising, how quickly they are hiring and how formative they have been to the start-up ecosystems around them.
Meanwhile, the ‘top Irish start-ups’ list identifies Irish-found companies that are making a mark in their respective sectors and helping boost the start-up ecosystem in Ireland.
Almost 23,000 start-ups were founded in Ireland in 2019, according to a report from company intelligence firm CRIF Vision-net. That’s up 1.2 per cent on 2018 – a sign that the current landscape for starting a business in Ireland is positive.
Responding to the news of being listed, Conor Fennelly, founder and CEO of LEVERIS, commented:
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Sifted’s start-ups lists were compiled in conjunction with dealroom.co, a company focused on discovering and tracking innovative companies before everyone else.