Why a European AI Startup Landscape

It is essential to shine a light on the top AI startups in Europe in order to drive AI adoption and create more partnership opportunities between startups and corporations. By creating a centralized database of quality AI startups, corporations and SMEs will have easier access to AI partners they can trust.

With the objective to foster and accelerate AI in Europe, the appliedAI Institute for Europe (Germany), Hub France IA, Ignite Sweden, AI Sweden, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (Sweden) and the Netherlands AI Coalition (NL AIC) came together in early 2020 to start the initial steps in mapping the AI startup ecosystem in Europe.

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Our categories and criteria

All startups displayed on the European AI Startup Landscape:

  • Have AI at their core or exhibit a significant usage of AI
  • Were founded less than 10 years ago or pivoted their core business model to AI within the last 10 years
  • Have headquarters or founders based in Europe 

Each startup was put forth and verified by the organization(s) of its respective country.

Clustering logic

The clustering logic is based on Shivon Zilis’ landscape of machine intelligence. It is developed from the point-of-view of companies that want to use AI in their businesses:

  • Enterprise Function: Increasing productivity of existing tasks – Support your employees with ready-to-use, AI-enabled tools supporting their day-to-day work to increase productivity.
  • AI Capabilities: Exploiting new data sources – Tap into new insights that were previously too difficult or expensive to be gained through conventional methods.
  • Enabling Technology Type: Building products with ML: Give developers the tools that they need to build and leverage machine learning software to gain a competitive advantage.
  • Industries: Leveraging AI-first products: Use and cooperate with startups using machine learning to offer industry-related products and services.

Who we are


The appliedAI Institute for Europe's vision is to be the open-access accelerator for the application of trustworthy AI.

It has been founded to empower professionals with knowledge, tools, and skills to develop and apply the latest AI technologies responsible as well as shaping a future that we desire to live in.

The mission is to empower people to develop and use trustworthy AI within a strong ecosystem of organizations and individuals by

  • Creating tools for application, operational and technological competence
  • Dissemination activities to build initial understanding, to foster specific expertise, and to broaden skills
  • Strengthening society and talent in applying trustworthy AI.

Contact: Miriam Biller m.biller@appliedai-institute.de

Ignite Sweden

Ignite Sweden is a non-profit initiative that aims to foster innovation and accelerate commercialization by connecting startups to large companies and public organizations.

Since its start in spring 2017, Ignite has facilitated over 6000 tailored matchmaking meetings connecting 1400+ startups with nearly 350 corporates and public organizations, resulting in 453+ commercial paid collaborations.

Ignite Sweden is led by SISP – Swedish Incubators and Science Parks and co-funded by Vinnova - Sweden’s innovation agency and Energimyndigheten - the Swedish Energy Agency.

Contact: Elijah Aldana elijah.aldana@ignitesweden.org

AI Sweden

AI Sweden is the Swedish National Center for applied Artificial Intelligence, supported by the Swedish government and the public and private sectors across the country. The mission is to increase the use of AI for the benefit of our society, Swedish competitiveness, and for everyone living in Sweden.

To achieve this, AI Sweden runs projects of national interest in areas such as information-driven healthcare, AI solutions for the Swedish language, data-driven journalism, and AI to help tackle climate change. The center provides targeted training for partners and the general public. The Data Factory enables partners to AI Sweden to make available and access data and make use of computing power and storage capacity in AI projects.

Contact: Alexander Brunner alexander.brunner@ai.se


Vinnova is Sweden’s innovation agency. We help to build Sweden's innovation capacity, contributing to sustainable growth. Our vision is that Sweden is an innovative force in a sustainable world. We help to build Sweden’s innovation capacity, contributing to sustainable growth. We base our work on the global sustainability development goals of the 2030 Agenda adopted by the United Nations. We identify areas where our efforts can make a difference, and we create opportunities and incentives for organisations to work together to meet important societal challenges.

We stimulate collaborations where knowledge and skills from different perspectives meet and where organisations learn from each other. Our support gives companies and organisations the opportunity to experiment and test new ideas before they become profitable. Every year, Vinnova invests approximately SEK 3 billion in research and innovation.

Vinnova is a government agency under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, and the national contact authority for the EU framework programme for research and innovation. We’re also the Swedish Government's expert authority in innovation policy. Vinnova employs just over 200 people. Our head office is in Stockholm with affiliates in Brussels, Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv.

Hub France IA

The Hub France IA is a non-profit association federating the French AI ecosystem with the objective of supporting this ecosystem to develop and industrialise AI in France and Europe. We were born in 2017 following the "France IA" work of the Cabinet of Axelle Lemaire, former Secretary of State for Digital and Innovation. This work focused on producing reports on AI in France, ranging from ethics to technology transfer. This makes us a privileged interlocutor of political actors on the subject. We have about 120 members (startups, large groups, institutions with AI projects) gathered within the association to develop operational projects. Our action follows 3 main axes: the management of working groups, the piloting of projects structuring the AI ecosystem and the valorisation of the ecosystem's actors.

Contact: Chloe Pledel chloe.pledel@hub-franceia.fr

The Netherlands AI Coalition (NL AIC)

The Netherlands AI Coalition (NL AIC) is a public-private partnership in which the government, the business sector, educational and research institutions, as well as civil society organizations collaborate to accelerate and connect AI developments and initiatives. The ambition is to position the Netherlands at the forefront of knowledge and application of AI for prosperity and well-being. We are continually doing so with due observance of both the Dutch and European standards and values. The NL AIC functions as the catalyst for AI applications in our country.

Contact: Annekaat van Welsem Annekaat.vanWelsem@nlaic.com


Get in touch

If you are a startup with a question about your position on the landscape or would like to enquire about how to be included in the landscape please see the contact details of your respective country (Germany, Sweden, France, Netherlands).

If your organization is interested in becoming a contributing member of the landscape please follow the link to fill out this additional survey.

For other inquiries please contact EULandscape@appliedai-institute.de