See the industries and their definitions


Note: A company can be tagged with a maximum of two industries. This happens when none of the industries is suitable for the selected companies (these are generally rare cases). Sub-industries provide an additional layer of classification.


Startups working towards transitioning to sustainable energy, making our energy consumption more green and more efficient, solutions for recycling and handling waste.
From energy-efficient buildings to AI-powered smart meters to enterprise-grade solutions for solar and wind power, renewable energies and storage are a few examples.



Clean Energy

Reduces carbon dioxide emissions through significant energy efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities.
Renewable energies such as wind, solar, hydro-power or geothermal are examples.

Example: Scatec Solar

Energy Efficiency

Using less energy to provide the same level of energy: energy-saving technologies, smart grid, energy-efficient buildings.

Example: Tado

Oil & Gas

Oil refining technologies, pipe monitoring systems, oil & gas transport tech or software.

Example: Crusoe Energy Systems

Energy Providers

Startups providing energy, such as electricity or gas.

Example: Lumos

Waste Solution

Process of treating solid wastes and offers a variety of solutions for recycling items that don't belong to trash. Solutions for sustainable waste disposal.

Example: Greyparrot


Water treatment, water waste, producing industrial water, filtration technologies, water monitoring, and irrigation.

Example: Sallinova

Energy Storage

Technologies meant to capture energy to store it for later use, such as batteries, electric storage devices, hydrogen.

Example: Northvolt


Technology that enables a fashion experience when you wear it or interact with it




Clothing technology. It can involve the manufacturing, materials - innovations that have been developed and used. New fibres or virtual reality fitting for example.

Example: Vinted


New luxury fashion items, VR & AR luxury experiences.

Example: Farfetch


Accessories such as glasses, sunglasses, jewellery, connected accessories.

Example: Ace & Tate


Footwear (Shoes) incorporating smart textiles, smart tech, wearable tech.

Example: Allbirds


Computer programs and other technology used to support or enable banking and financial services.

Technology and innovation that aims to compete with traditional financial methods in the delivery of financial services.



Financial Management Solutions

Solutions such as software and algorithms helping companies and consumers better manage their financial operations and processes. Ex: accounting software, billing software.

Example: Taxfix, Spendesk, Linxo


Startups developing solutions assisting in investment decision-making or providing a way to invest in assets, stocks, securities, etc.

Example: Robinhood, Scalable capital, Raisin


Startups developing solutions to improve the way financial transactions are settled, how money is transferred between two parties.

Example: Klarna, Transferwise, Checkout

Mortgages & Lending

Startups developing solutions enabling digital lending (loans, lending platforms), providing online mortgage brokerage services, providing finance for individuals and businesses.

Example: Zopa, Lendinvest, Monedo


Startups developing solutions designed to squeeze out savings and improve efficiency from the current and traditional insurance industry model.

Example: Lemonade, Alan, wefox


Startups developing solutions, and digitising the activities, services and products of traditional banks.

Example: Revolut, Nubank, Mambu


Startups developing solutions for the use, exchange and democratisation of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, or financial startups using cryptocurrencies in their business.

Example: Coinbase, Ripple, Chainanalysis

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FoodTech is an ecosystem made of all the agrifood entrepreneurs and startups (from production to distribution) innovating on the products, distribution, marketing or business model.



Logistics & Delivery

Startups answering the delivery challenges in the food industry, with home delivery of groceries, restaurant meals or meals prepared in their own kitchens.

Example: Meal Kits, delivery marketplaces, discovery boxes, restaurant delivery, delivery robots

In-Store Retail & Restaurant Tech

Startups reinventing the restaurant industry. It means improving the management of restaurants and institutional catering, connecting customers and businesses directly to local chefs for catering and new experiences.

Startups developing solutions for the food retail industry, from the digitalisation of the supply chain to a better in-store shopper experience.

Example: reservation platforms, food service management. catering, restaurant software

Innovative Food

Startups developing new food products answering the need for more transparency, health and environmental concerns. Products range from market innovations to radical disruptions using revolutionary ingredients.

Example: alternative protein, future foods, meal substitutes, packaging, product innovation, drinks


Startups disrupting agriculture. They come up with solutions to improve farming output and quality using drones, sensors and farm management software. AgTech is also about new farm products, next-generation farms and urban farming.

Example: farm management software, drones & robots, urban and novel farms, agriculture marketplaces, ag-biotech

Kitchen & Cooking Tech

Startups developing new generation of appliances or cookware. They provide more technology, new distribution channels or more personalisation.

Example: cooking robots


Startups involved in the development, marketing, and monetisation of games (video games, online games, board games…)




Startups in the electronic sports sphere, where a multiplayer video game is played competitively for spectators, typically by professional gamers.

Example: ESL

Mobile Gaming

Startups involved in the development, marketing, and monetisation of mobile games (iOS and Android games).

Example: Zynga

Console & PC Gaming

Startups involved in the development, marketing, and monetisation of video games.

Example: Krafton

Board Games

Startups involved in the development, marketing, and monetisation of board games.

Example: Cards against humanity

Betting & Gambling

Startups involved in the development, marketing, and monetisation of online betting & gambling games.

Example: PokerStars


Health Tech, or digital health, uses technology (databases, applications, mobiles, wearables) to improve the delivery, payment, and/or consumption of care, with the ability to increase the development and commercialisation of medicinal products



Medical Devices

Startups developing devices or instruments with the purpose of preventing, monitoring, alleviating or treating diseases and handicaps. Also the investigation, replacement or modification of the anatomy or of a physiological process. And the control of conception.

Health Platform

Startups developing digital health platforms with the aim of improving health management for both patients and service providers.


Startups developing health solutions involving the use of living cells and cell materials for the purpose of bettering the health of humans.


Startups developing and discovering new drugs.


Marketing technology (also known as MarTech) describes any number of systems and tools that help marketers better engage with potential and existing customers.




Advertising Technology (adtech) is defined as different types of analytics and digital tools used in the context of advertising.

Example: Marin Software

CRM & Sales

Startups developing tools and software for managing relationships and interactions with customers and potential customers.

Example: Pipedrive

E-commerce Solutions

Startups developing products and services that help a company conduct business electronically (its e-commerce business).

Example: Mirakl

Marketing Analytics

Startups developing tools and software to help companies derive insights and analytics from their marketing activities. To understand how their customers interact for example.

Example: 6sense

Media technology is any hardware, software, or tool that is used to compose, create, produce, deliver and manage media including audio, video, images, information, interactive media, video games, virtual reality, and augmented reality environments.



Content production

Startups that develop tools, physical or digital products or a platform that allows, facilitates, enable users to create and share content of various type: writing, images, music, videos.

Example: GoPro


Startups which product or platform is about the distribution of free or paid content - text, images, music, information - such as a newsletter, self-publishing, book reviews.

Example: Substack

Social Media

Startups which product or platform is about the creation and sharing of various form of content - text, images, music - in one or more virtual communities.

Example: Twitter


Startups that develop a streaming product of platform. In this form of media, content - video, music, audio - is constantly delivered to the end-user while being delivered by a providor. Streaming is so used to described a type of medium. Live-streaming is when this content is delivered in real-time.

Example: Quibi

Real Estate

Real Estate tech or PropTech (property technology) is the use of information technology to help individuals and companies research, buy, sell and manage real estate.



Mortgages & Lending

These subsets of Real Estate startups provide financial services specifically tailored towards the real estate market. These solutions will then be focused on mortgages, for example. Importantly, there might be an overlap with FinTech startups.

Example: Assetz Capital


Workspace refers to premises (either private or public), provided to help new businesses to establish themselves. These typically provide not only physical space and utilities but also administrative services and links to support and finance organizations, as well as peer support among the tenants. In Dealroom, a “Workspace” doesn’t take equity from its tenants, whereas an “Accelerator” does.

Example: WeWork

Search, Buy & Rent

These types of startups are generally platforms that facilitate the discovery, purchase or rent of homes/rooms. Often those companies function on a marketplace-based model, and their revenue is generated with commissions.

Example: HousingAnywhere


These startups provide solutions that facilitate the construction/surveying of real estate properties.

Example: Civdrone

Real Estate Software

These startups provide a software-based solution to make the management and overview of facilities easier and more efficient. Another interesting example is about companies that provide energy efficiency solutions for ‘smart buildings’, these, too, can provide software specific for the real estate market.

Example: SMS Assist

Real Estates Services

These companies provide services around the real estate world that cannot be categorized under the aforementioned categories. For example, these could include tailored customer service and interior design solutions.

Example: Happy Wait



Insurtech is the intersection between insurance and technology. Insurtech needs to have a predominant part of the company's business strictly related to insurance. 

Divided by value chain



These startups focus on optimizing reinsurance processes or acting as a bridge between reinsurers and insurers/insurtechs. For instance, acting as risk transfer marketplaces.

Example: Nayms

Product & price

These startups help insurance companies optimize the definition of their products and its pricing, often enhancing the role of actuarial in the insurance industry.

Example: Akur8


The process in which the insurance companies evaluate the risk profiles of the customer and decide if to establish a contract with them and what the level of risk of the client is. 

Example: Concirrus


The process which goes from the notification of a loss from the client to the analysis of its validity and entity of the damage and its internal workflow processing.

Startups in this field offer either workflow management solutions for claims handling or solutions based on IoT, computer vision, satellite imagery etc to assess the claim remotely and automatically.

Example: Omni:us

Distribution and brokerage

Startups with this tag offer either solutions to improve the distribution process for insurers, or act as marketplaces, comparator websites and brokers selling policies themselves.

Example: Xempus


Managing General Agent or Managing General Underwriter (MGA/MGU) are startups that do not have an insurance carrier license, so are not insurers, but establish partnerships with insurers/insurtechs who are licensed and give them the permission to carry the risk. So MGAs act in front of the customer as full insurers while not being it.

Example: Bought by Many

Challenger insurance

Challenger insurance refers to the insurtech startups which have a license and are so independent to create products and underwrite risk for clients.

Example: Lemonade

Full-stack insurance

Insurtechs, who like the challengers, have a license and cover the whole value chain but do not sell directly to customers or businesses but provide insurance as a service (IaaS) and white-label solutions to other players which then offer the insurance service.

Example: Element Insurance

Divided by sector (L&H)


Health insurance

This insurance segment covers medical expenses and increasingly include additional services such as digital platforms (telemedicine and other services) and digital health engaging and rewarding for a healthy lifestyle.

Example: Alan

Life insurance

An insurance segment that provides a financial payout in case of death, or critical illness and in some cases, to allow beloved to sustain living expenses in case of tragedies. Sometimes mixed with pension insurance and savings products.

Example: Bestow

Pension insurance

This insurance segment provides savings products with a certain guaranteed return.

Example: Vantik

Cyber insurance

Covers damages from cyber attacks, mostly for businesses. It sees many cybersecurity specialists establishing a partnership with insurtech/insurers.

Example: Coalition


Insurance segments covering product warranties, strongly related to e-commerce and retail.

Example: Extend


Includes insurance covers such as General Liability, Workers' Compensation, Professional Liability, Commercial Auto, Tools & Equipment for businesses (especially SMEs, freelancers, contractors, entrepreneurs).

Example: Tapoly


Composed of either product more related to P&C lines such as flight delay and luggage damages/loss and related to L&H such as medical coverage during travel abroad.

Example: Koala insurance


Insurance products for pet ownership and can include veterinarian and health coverage as well as liability insurance.

Example: Pawlicy Advisor


Startups developing solutions, software, tools and machines used to solve problems or improve conditions with respect to the movement of people and goods

Sub-industry Description
Mobility Startups developing transportation solutions getting people from point A to point B. This includes ride hailing, ride sharing, public transport and micromobility.

Example: Uber, Via, BlaBlaCar, Mobike
Search, Buy & Rent Marketplaces and other solutions to enable and facilitate new and used vehicle purchasing, vehicle rental and leasing, as well financing.

Example: Auto1Group, Cinch, Openlending, Drivy
Maintenance Solutions to improve maintenance and aftermarket for vehicles including platforms to connect users to networks of repair dealers, claim estimation for insurance, B2B solutions and marketplaces for parts.

Example: Fixico, Snapsheet, CassTime, Carzone
Navigation & Mapping Startups developing solutions to track vehicles, provide navigation and mapping. This includes navigation apps, telematics providers, platforms for mobility data sharing, logistics tracking.

Example: Cambridge Mobile Telematics, Waze, Wejo, Shippeo
Autonomous & Sensor Tech Startups developing solutions for autonomous driving or to enhance other vehicle sensing capabilities. This included autonomous driving vehicles, software and sensors and V2X.

Example: Waymo, Horizon Robotics, Luminar, AutoTalks
Vehicle Production Startups producing or developing solutions for vehicle production, as well as vehicle parts such as motors, chassis.

Example: Rivian, Joby Aviation, REE automotive, Infinitum Electric
Logistics & Delivery Startups developing solutions for the transportation of goods, the packaging of products for storage and shipment involving both internal and external distribution networks.

Example: Flexport, Glovo, Forto

Other industries:

Jobs Recruitment
Startups developing solutions, services & software designed to improve the recruitment process within a business or for individuals seeking a job.

Home Living
Startups developing products and services improving the comfort of homes. It includes home automation or domotics, smart home tech, garden tech, connected devices to be used inside the home.

Startups developing solutions aiming at disrupting the telecommunications industry: startups offering mobile plans, internet subscriptions, better communication services.

Startups developing solutions, software and tools designed to enhance teacher-led learning in classrooms and improve students' education outcomes.

Enterprise Software
Startups developing computer software designed to satisfy the needs of an organisation rather than individual users.

Startups dealing with the design, construction, operation, and use of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.

Startups developing apps, solutions and technology for the dating industry (Tinder, online dating, facilitating people to meet with a potential partner).

Event Tech
Startups developing solutions and technologies helping you plan, manage and organise data when putting on an event (conference, wedding, party, etc).

Startups developing innovative semiconductors (chips), working on processors, chips for sensors, chips for the automotive sector, AI chips, IoT chips, data centre chips.

Wellness Beauty
Startups providing consumers with products and services designed to improve mental and physical wellbeing

Startups using technology to make better shampoos, makeup accessories, perfume and beauty products in general.

Startups developing products, solutions and tech for children or to help parents with their children

Startups developing products, solutions and tech-related to music, streaming music, musical instruments, musical equipment, discovering music, music apps, music creation.

Startups developing solutions for housing, serving, and maintaining files and data online or offline.

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