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UK ‘tops innovation ranking’ despite Brexit concerns

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London-based AI firm Graphcore was named the second-most disruptive firm in the world

The UK’s startup ecosystem continues to “flourish” ahead of its European counterparts despite uncertainty posed by last year’s Brexit vote, a new report on global disruption has found.

The Disrupt 100 report, released today, ranks the world’s 100 most disruptive ventures. The list is decided by a group of top tech firms, including Oracle, Uber, Google UK, and Virgin Startup, and promises to celebrate ventures “with the most potential to influence, change, or create new global markets”.

Almost a third (32%) of the firms listed are based in the UK, compared to just 12% from the rest of Europe, 26% from Asia, and 16% from North America.

The 32 British ventures featured on the list have seen a combined £85m of investment to date....