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Europe’s biggest startup hubs are also growing the fastest

First- and second-tier startup hubs not only bigger, but they are growing quicker, according to a Sifted analysis of Dealroom data.

By Ian Hathaway

Europe’s first- and second-tier startup hubs are growing the fastest, pulling away from their smaller rivals, according to a Sifted analysis of Dealroom data.

In 2018, Europe’s four leading startup hubs—London, Paris, Berlin, and Stockholm—collectively accounted for 37% of venture deals worth at least €2m. That’s up from 31% in 2014.

Europe’s second tier startup hubs—led by Dublin, Helsinki, Munich, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and seven additional cities—collectively expanded their share of venture deals slightly from 14% in 2014 to 15% in 2018.

The remaining startup hubs, as a group, lost ground. That’s the main takeaway from Sifted’s Chart of the Week in partnership with Dealroom.

Combined, the sixteen Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities now account for 53% venture deals in Europe, up from 46% in 2014.

This follows a global trend over the last decade, which shows that although more cities than ever are participating in the venture-backed startup economy, the leading cities are growing even faster, and pulling away from the rest.

But the smaller hubs are still mostly growing in absolute terms as Europe’s whole startup ecosystem is growing, as can be seen in this date here and here.