Tech taxonomy: classifying innovative companies

Dealroom tracks over 2.6 million companies globally and 1.7M+ startups & scaleups.  However, simply collecting data on startups is not enough – it must be organized and categorized in a meaningful way to truly unlock its value. This is where taxonomy comes in.

In this guide, we’ll dive into Dealroom’s taxonomy so you can make the most of the platform and stay up-to-date with the startup ecosystem.

Industry, sub-industries, niche tags

Companies in Dealroom are categorized against a comprehensive taxonomy of industries and sub-industries, designed specifically for the reality of innovative companies today.

We’ve worked with industry leaders to build out each area of categorization. For example, we worked with the European Space Agency and Fondazione E. Amaldi on our space tech taxonomy. We worked with Mundi Ventures on insurtech classification. We’ve worked with UKRI on Battery tech taxonomy, Brighteye on Edtech, and MTIP, Inkef, Speedinvest and EIT health on Health and Biotech.

Technologies and tech stack

Companies can also be filtered by technologies as well as industries and tags. Technologies include deep tech, AI, blockchain, AR, etc. 


Quantum technology startups

Patents & innovation

We’ve partnered with to bring patent intelligence to Dealroom, along with their universal technology taxonomy, the leading classification for innovation patent filings, helping create a 360-degree understanding of innovation ecosystems, as well as provide a deeper portrait of startups themselves.


Impact & diversity

Dealroom classifies Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on the UN’s set of 17 goals. One of the most important areas of impact is climate tech, which you can learn more about in our Climate Tech Guide.


Startups & other entities

We get asked what a startup is quite regularly, so much so we’ve got a whole other post about it. But in short, we consider a startup to be “a company designed to grow fast”. It can also be described as “venture-backable”.

Startups are not the only entity type we track in Dealroom. We also track and categorize all other players relevant to innovation ecosystems, including corporates, investors, service providers, universities, governments, non-profits, and more.

Mapping the startup landscape

In conclusion, Dealroom’s taxonomy is designed to help investors, entrepreneurs, and government enablers stay up-to-date with the startup & venture capital landscape. If you want to learn more, you can find our full dictionary & taxonomy here or reach out to us if you have any questions.