European AI Startup Landscape

Top AI Startups in Germany, Sweden and France

Motivation

With the objective to foster and accelerate AI in Europe, appliedAI by UnternehmerTUM (Germany), Ignite Sweden, AI Sweden and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (Sweden) came together in early 2020 to start the initial steps in mapping the AI startup ecosystem in Europe.

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.

Why is it so important to bring together AI startups and corporations? There are several reasons why collaboration between startups and fully developed companies is the best option, not only for both parties – but for the economy as a whole. First, while almost all companies require a broad selection of AI solutions, startups focus on one specific niche. They provide the necessary solutions with the latest technology. Secondly, AI systems increase in performance with more data and applications. Therefore, in non-competitive use cases, a technology from a startup that supplies many companies tends to perform better than a stand-alone solution for one specific application in one company. Additionally, AI is a fundamentally challenging task to implement in the eye of a rapidly increasing need to develop new roles, adapt processes, collect data, hire new skills, or work in agile settings. Partnering with startups helps companies to get rid of some of these challenges and allows them to focus on value creation.

On November 17, 2020 during the virtual Sweden Innovation Days event the first version of the landscape was presented which includes over 500 startups from France, Germany and Sweden. Supported by the German Entrepreneurship and the German Accelerator program as well as Vinnova, Sweden's Innovation Agency - appliedAI (Germany), Ignite Sweden, AI Sweden, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (Sweden) as well as Hub France IA (France) developed a list of the top AI startups in their respective countries which have been combined here to provide an overview of the best AI startups in Europe. The goal of this landscape is to give companies guidance and promising startups a visible platform, benefiting both parties and driving the adoption of AI.

Following the initial launch of the German/Swedish/French landscape, other European AI initiatives will be asked to participate in order to grow the landscape to include startups from more countries.

About the Landscape

All startups displayed on the European AI Startup Landscape have AI at their core or exhibit a significant usage of AI. They were founded less than 10 years ago or pivoted their core business model less than 10 years ago and their headquarters or founder are based in Europe. Each startup was put forth and verified by the organization(s) of its respective country.

German startups - appliedAI

Swedish startups - Ignite Sweden, AI Sweden and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

French startups - Hub France IA

For more information about the methodology of each country see the country pages here: Germany, France, Sweden.

Contributing Organizations

Contributors

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Get in Touch

For general inquiries please contact Samantha Warren, Communications Manager at appliedAI.

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

If you are a startup with a question about your position on the landscape please see the contact details of your respective country (Germany, Sweden, France).

Contact Us
Samantha Warren
Samantha Warren

Communications Manager

About the Contributors

RISE is Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner. Through our international collaboration programs with industry, academia and the public sector, we ensure the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contribute to a sustainable society. Our 2,800 employees engage in and support all types of innovation processes.

RISE is an independent, state-owned research institute, which offers unique expertise and over 100 testbeds and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services.

appliedAI is Germanys largest initiative for the application of AI technology with the vision to lift the whole country into the AI age. appliedAI was formed as a neutral and trustworthy initiative that acts both as a platform and service provider. We take our responsibility in the ecosystem seriously and aim to advance each and every partner to the next level of AI maturity. We work on the technological challenges, both in the application and applied research, from a strategic and innovation standpoint as well as with a perspective on education and people development. Our activities and services are primarily determined by the partners that join the initiative. Our founding partners were among others BMW, Google, Infineon, Linde, NVIDIA, and Siemens.

appliedAI is part of UnternehmerTUM. UnternehmerTUM is one of the largest innovation centers in Europe and a non-profit. As a neutral platform for entrepreneurship and innovation, more than 200 employees serve more than 2500 individuals, >100 startups, and >100 companies per year.

Ignite Sweden is a national program that aims to establish tighter bonds between Sweden’s vibrant startup scene and the country's thriving, established companies is necessary to increase the pace of innovation and economic growth.

Since its start in 2017, Ignite has organized matchmaking events in Sweden and abroad connecting 545 startups with 178 corporates, resulting in 3152‬‬ meetings and most importantly 100+ commercial collaborations.

Ignite Sweden is led by Kista Science City, LEAD, Minc, Sahlgrenska Science City, Sting, THINGS and Uminova Innovation, and coordinated by SISP – Swedish Incubators and Science Parks. It is co-funded by Vinnova – Sweden’s innovation agency, the Swedish Energy Agency and Tillväxtverket - the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

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.

Hub France IA is an association founded 2017 by independent members of the French AI ecosystem. Its ambition is to promote a dynamic AI ecosystem in France and Europe, to foster the development of new players and the sustainable competitivity of French companies facing non-EU disruption or value loss. Hub France IA boosts AI adoption in all industrial sectors by creating cooperation projects on national and European level.

Hub France IA ambitions to be a central actor in reclaiming European sovereignty and is therefore keen in participating in actions that foster strong, autonomous European AI networks, competitive on the international market or with the potential to become so.

Hub France IA organizes a number of activities to strengthen the AI community in France and Europe. These include strategic and thought leadership initiatives, providing logistical services for its members, including facilitating cooperation and commercial transactions among members (a marketplace), offering training services, helping with talent recruitment, providing legal services. Hub France IA also hosts and co-organizes conferences and events that bring together the AI community at the national, European, and global levels. Finally, Hub France IA is also a knowledge hub, developing technological and economic knowledge about AI.


German Accelerator empowers German startups to scale globally. We take high potential companies on a fast-paced learning journey in the world’s leading innovation hubs in the U.S. and Asia. German Accelerator provides mentoring from dedicated experts, access to our vast global network of business partners and investors, as well as free office space in all our locations. Our programs are highly customized to the participants’ individual needs in order to help them enter international markets and succeed quickly. We don’t take any equity and our programs are free of charge with the exception of “Next Step,” a market discovery program for the Asian region. Since launching in 2012, German Accelerator has nurtured 288 startups which have raised more than US$4.9 billion in funding so far. German Accelerator is currently run by German Entrepreneurship GmbH and is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Visit www.germanaccelerator.com for more information.

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.

At German Entrepreneurship, it is our mission to promote innovation in companies of all sizes – from DAX-listed corporations to medium-sized companies and startups. Our credo: Individual solutions instead of one-size-fits-all. We run the German Accelerator program, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy, and the Accelerator at the LMU University Entrepreneurship Center in Munich. We also help companies set up their own corporate accelerators, such as the VW Data:Lab or the Siemens AI Lab. Since our foundation in 2008, we have accompanied more than 590 startups such as Celonis, Flixbus, Foodora, and N26 on their way. In more than 500 innovation projects, we have developed and successfully implemented customized solutions and concepts for numerous customers and partners from various industries.