Ten European Growth Businesses To Watch In 2017

Here are 10 enterprises set for big things in the new year:

Cohu Experience

Cohu Experience is a space company offering opportunities for the widest possible audience to participate in exciting space initiatives. From Finland, Cohu’s Space Nation Astronaut Programme is launching in 2017 – the project is a global training programme where anyone can become an astronaut. It starts with a mobile app, through which everyone can test their astronaut skills with a range of physical, psychological and team-building exercises.


Backbase is a fintech software provider which helps financial institutions around the globe to accelerate their digital transformation. Based in Amsterdam, the company’s Omni-Channel Banking Platform software solution promises to unify data and functionality from traditional core systems into a seamless digital customer experience. Backbase has already worked with more than 80 large financial institutions around the world including Barclays and Hiscox.


MURE VR’s Breakroom product creates a virtual reality (VR) workplace environment – all you need is a headset to get started. The Icelandic company lets people pick the environment they work best from, whether that’s a green field or outer space, all powered by VR technology. Breakroom was designed by environmental and industrial psychologists to increase the focus, comfort and productivity of users.


HomeToGo is an aggregator of the top holiday property rentals, making it easier for travellers around the world to find and compare prices to book the best value accommodation. Berlin-based, its search engine helps users to quickly and easily search and compare listings from six million plus offers in over 200 countries from more than 250 providers. With features such as smart filtering, users can find their ideal vacation rental by sorting according to their preferred destination, travel dates, budget and local amenities.

Lilium Aviation

Lilium Aviation is a Munich-based start-up which has developed electric planes. Founded in February 2015 by four aerospace engineers and product designers from the Technical University of Munich, Lilium is now a thriving start-up with ambitions to change personal transportation forever. The company’s Lilium Jet aircraft is capable of carrying passengers into the heart of towns and cities without the extensive airport infrastructure required by traditional planes, speeding up time and convenience for travellers.


Yello’s first platform, the YelloPad, seeks to change the way payment terminals around the world for electronic payments work. The Paris-based company designed the platform with an eye on a wide range of industries including retail, hospitality, healthcare and loyalty, all with the end goal of benefitting merchants and consumers alike.


BillFront is a Berlin-based start-up with ambitions to become the leading alternative finance platform for digital media businesses. The media industry currently suffers from long payment terms, which hampers the speed at which companies in the space can grow. Billfront’s technology, based on data-driven risk management methodology, connects directly to media companies’ invoicing systems and automatically suggests eligible invoices for financing. It already provides financing between €50,000 and several millions of euros per month through this integration of its customers’ invoicing systems.

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