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Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) is mapping “scaleups” — European startups that have been able to break the “early-stage barrier” and are
a candidate to become large global companies and real job creators.
The SEP mapping and scouting database covers all European countries with the goal of providing insights and data about scaleup companies and exits involving European startups.
SEP regularly publishes the research report, SEP Monitor.
The SEP Monitors are available for download below. SEP Monitor is based on ongoing online resource and data mining; results and findings are preliminary.

SEP MONITOR Nov 2016,
Scaleup Finland

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SEP MONITOR Oct 2016,
Scaleup Norway

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SEP REPORT Sep 2016,
Startup Transatlantic M&As: US vs. EU

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SEP MONITOR Sep 2016,
Denmark: A Scaleup Forge in the Nordics

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SEP MONITOR Jun 2016,
Iceland: A Growing Ecosystem Full Of Potential

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SEP MONITOR Jun 2016,
ICT Scaleups in the Nordics

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SEP MONITOR Nov 2015,
Portugal Rising: Mapping ICT Scaleups

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SEP MONITOR Jul 2015,
A Five-Country Comparison of European ICT Scaleups

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SEP MONITOR Feb 2015,
Mapping German ICT Scaleups

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SEP MONITOR Dec 2014,
Mapping French ICT Scaleups

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SEP MONITOR Nov 2014,
Mapping UK ICT Scaleups

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SEP REPORT Nov 2014,
The European ICT Scaleup Scene

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SEP MONITOR Sep 2014,
Mapping Italian ICT Scaleups

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SEP MONITOR July 2014,
Mapping the European ICT “Exits”

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SEP MONITOR June 2014,
Mapping Spanish Scaleups

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SEP MONITOR May 2014,
Mapping European Scaleups

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About SEP Monitor

SEP Monitor is realized by Mind the Bridge in collaboration with CrESIT (University of Insubria). SEP Monitor is based on the Startup Europe Partnership mapping & scouting database that focuses on scaleups.
SEP categorizes high-tech companies as indicated below:
Startup:  ‹$1M funding raised (since foundation) and at least one funding event in the last five-year period.
Scaleup: >$1M funding raised (since foundation) and at least one funding event in the last five-year period.
Scaler: >$100M funding raised (since foundation) and at least one funding event in the last five-year period.
Dual Company: startups founded in one country that relocated their headquarters – and with that part of their value chain – abroad, while maintaining a strong operational presence in the country of origin.

SEP categorization is based on capital raised, not on valuation. An alternative methodology is the one used by The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Venture Source that are tracking venture-backed private companies valued at $1 billion or more (aka The Billion Dollar Startup Club or Unicorn Club)
For companies that exited via M&A, the valuation is the amount that the company got acquired for. For a company that went public, the exit valuation is that on the day of the IPO.
Sources of information include the SEP database, portfolios of VC companies, corporate venture units, business angels, accelerators and active seed and early stage funds, crowdfunding platforms, tech competitions, and other relevant channels.
Research is ongoing and results reported in the SEP Monitor are preliminary and cannot be considered as final. SEP welcomes everybody in the European startup ecosystem to contribute to the research by providing data and indicating cases of scaleup companies and exits to be monitored (contact: info@startupeuropepartnership.eu).

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