London Startups #1 BEST STARTUPS LONDON 2020 UK Guide
Despite corona, most of the tech scale up world is booming right now and with areas like blockchain creating whole new concepts to contribute to the world’s economy there’s no doubt that Tech as a category is rapidly growing.
In fact, IT engineers salary‘s reportedly growing to £74k it’s clear the heady days are back again.
And due to the near overwhelming challenges the business world is going through it’s the ones with the special quality that will make it, as Steve Jobs explains in this video below.
So to help you keep track of some of the players and shakers here’s a list of some of the top startup companies in London and across the UK’s mainland to keep an eye on in 2020.
AI Tech Startups
0. Deep mind (acquired by Google)
Deep mind now owned by Google is one of the high growth world leaders in artificial intelligence research and its application in different fields, like games, medicine, energy efficiency
FiveAI is building answers for the self-driving industry’s greatest challenges by building its own high-functioning, complete self-driving system and testing it on London’s public roads.
2. Dark Trace
Dark Trace has become one of the fast growing tech companies by providing support and help to stop advanced spear-phishing and business email compromise with AI that understands your organization.
Dark Trace does this by detecting the most advanced email threats, from targeted impersonation attacks and social engineering, to supply-chain threat and human-factor vulnerabilities.
HealX are creating the world’s most efficient AI ( artificial intelligence) platform for rare diseases.
HealX aims to support and help make drug discovery faster, smarter and safer and by supporting their team and partners in discovering and translating new treatments towards the clinic.
5. Move AI
Move Ai combines computer vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning to create enterprise software solutions from real-time performance data.
6. Della AI
Della AI, is becoming one of the best fast growing tech companies the UK has by using AI (artificial intelligence), to support and help business and legal leaders torn between the need for real time speed and proper legal review.
Della implement AI to easily locate what matters in contracts, so that they can make faster business decisions while avoiding contractual issues.
7. Good vision
Good vision believe it has never been easier to design traffic all on one single platform. and help companies and organisations collect and analyse traffic camera data using their AI (artificial intelligence) driven analytics to give complete insight into any traffic movement.
Scribeless helps worldwide large and small businesses convert more leads as their software allows users to access the power of their scalable & affordable handwritten notes service.
Blyng is an AI powered virtual assistant chatbot, engaging leads with natural language processing to ask essential questions and provide the best answers before handing over to the partner company’s sales team.
Using A.I, (artificial intelligence intelligence) Brisk want to save businesses time keeping their business and their people protected and provide peace of mind beyond just an insurance policy.
11. Babylon Health
Babylon health is definitely one of the UK’s leading fast growing tech companies and their mission is to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth which is a big statement but what is without doubt is that they’ve already made ground breaking and rapid progression in the UK by partnering with NHS Trusts such as Hammersmith & Fulham.
Babylon’s AI has been designed around a doctor’s brain to provide accessible healthcare for millions in the palm of their hands, however they actually are making greater in-roads into the private company health care market.
With existing operations in the US, UK, Canada, Rwanda plus multiple countries across APAC and the Middle East, Babylon health are a unicorn level tech startup to watch.
BenevolentAI founded in 2013 by Ken Mulvany and with a £200m+ funding level is transforming the way medicine is designed, developed, and tested by taking in millions of data points and processing them using A.I.
Benevolent AI then use this data to discover new ways to develop better medicines and learn through data how patients respond to treatment generating insights into the actual causes of the disease.
13. Pando (formerly Forward Health)
Pando want to be the essential tool for teamwork and secure collaboration and is designed to benefit anyone working in health and social care, working in a team, with a need to share sensitive information and images securely by offering a variety of purpose-built features including secure messaging, image capturing and patient lists.
Cut your team’s reliance on bleeps, switchboard and WhatsApp, and give yourself a break too.
Stress? Mental Health Problems? Something to celebrate? Professional development? Literally anything on your mind?
While Sanctus can’t work on everything, their life and mental health coaching support employees by creating impartial spaces where they can talk about their mental health & wellbeing with a professional mental health coach.
And before you ask, no, there aren’t any tweed jackets, hypnotic pocket watches or references to Freud.
Sanctus Mental Coaches aren’t there to judge, diagnose or “fix” anyone, simply to give people the space that they need to talk. – Sanctus Mental Health Coaching
15. Touch Surgery
Learn, prepare and test on surgical procedures, anytime, anywhere. Touch Surgery combines core concepts from gaming and surgical training to allow healthcare professionals to learn and teach surgical procedures all on their mobiles.
Thriva was started in 2016 with the aim of building the world’s first preventative health service as there is no simple and convenient way to track what’s really going on inside your body which means most people are forced to wait until something goes wrong until they can react – Thriva want to change that.
Thriva does this by letting you understand what’s really going on inside your body such as with smart finger-prick blood tests you take at home.
Autolus, founded by Martin Pule, uses of advanced cell programming and has an early stage development pipeline of products to try to treat solid tumours and haematological malignancies better with the mission statement to revolutise medicines that treat and cure life-threatening diseases.
Elder understands that arranging care for someone you love is never easy. It’s often stressful, confusing and complex and Elder work with the whole family to get the best outcome for everyone.
Elder does this as it allows users to book a free consultation (including mental health) to talk through your family’s situation (which may be impacting your mental health as well) with one of our expert care and support team with them providing advice on navigating the system and supporting and helping you understand whether live-in care is suitable.
After that and if you agree it’s suitable you complete an online or freepost application form covers everything from health requirements and medication, to favourite meals and hobbies and then their matching team work with your family to support and help you find the most suitable available carer.
19. Hinge Health
Hinge Health (Founders: Dan Perez, Gabriel Mecklenburg) is a digital health company that makes use of both hardware and software to tackle musculoskeletal injuries using tech such as dedicated software and wearable sensors to remotely deliver physical therapies as well as behaviour based health to patients suffering from chronic “MSK” conditions.
Medopad (Founders: Dan Vahdat, Rich Khatib) develops apps that connect patients with medical professionals and organise patient’s data from wearables, medical databases and other sources and then transmits this data safely and securely to doctors.
21. Orchard Therapeutics
Orchard Therapeutics (Founders – Andrea Spezzi, Ben Auspitz) is a commercial stage biotech startup transforming the lives of patients suffering from rare diseases by implementing innovative and powerful gene therapies and to achieve this it has partnered with world leading institutions in gene therapy such as UCL London, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the University of Manchester.
uMotif (Founded by Bruce Hellman, Ben James) is a healthcare data capture firm that has developed a software platform to provided patient facing technology to capture data and use it for clinical research.
While the apps were focused on weight loss, the users often requested additional guidance related to other areas of their health and lifestyle. And this is why the company started focusing on the interconnections between physical activity, nutrition, sleep and mindfulness.
In 2018, having a solid experience in weight loss solutions and over 60 mln users globally, Verv launched its major rebrand. The changes have touched upon the brand’s appearance and reflected a new brand vision focused on the healthy lifestyle and well-being.
Improbable was founded in 2012 by Herman Narula and Rob Whitehead.
As Cambridge University computer science graduate students, they shared a love of games and an ambition to make bigger, better multiplayer worlds than were technologically possible.
Improbable are headquartered in London and have offices around the world and have also received over $600m in funding from some of the most reputable investors in the world, including the SoftBank Vision investment Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, investment Horizons Ventures and NetEase investment.
Improbable Groundbreaking gameplay enabled by Improbable technology.
Energy Tech London Startups UK
Bulb are the UK’s biggest green supplier and supply 100% renewable electricity from solar, wind and hydro.
26. POD Point
Pod Point are the UK’s largest independent provider of electric vehicle charging. Since forming in 2009, they have manufactured and sold over 69,000 charging points across the UK and Norway.
Pod point have also developed an extensive public network connecting EV drivers with 3,000+ charging bays at locations including Tesco, Lidl and Center Parcs.
Bboxx designs, manufactures, distributes and finances innovative plug & play solar systems to improve access to energy across Africa and the developing world.
More than 150,000 BBOXX products have been sold in more than 35 countries, improving the lives of nearly 1 million people.
Moixa want to be the UK’s leading smart battery company and to do this they have developed Smart Battery hardware and GridShare software to facilitate smart energy storage and sharing.
This pioneering smart energy-management software helps renewable energy work intelligently for individuals and large and small businesses as their GridShare software facilitates and interprets complex interactions between energy-storage devices and the grid, enabling data-based decision making and ensuring value is created throughout the supply chain.
LimeJump is changing the way the world transacts energy by embracing machine learning algorithms and human trading ability to deliver renewable resources where demand requires electricity, in sub-second speed.
Limejump’s Virtual Power Platform is an aggregation of flexible energy generation and storage assets of different sizes and technology types and their goal is to deliver 100% renewable energy at all times to our customers (i.e. “people like us”) through the direct real-time connectivity between renewable energy sources, storage flexibility such as batteries and demand response.
Econic catalyst technologies have been patented, validated in pilot operations and continue to secure additional venture capital investment and their team of scientists, engineers and commercial managers conduct their cutting-edge work in a state-of-the-art facility at Alderley Park, the internationally renowned science hub south of Manchester.
All of their efforts are intently focused on a future where waste CO2, a damaging greenhouse gas, is turned into commercial and environmental gain.
31. Buffalo Grid
Buffalo Grid solar-powered technology makes phone charging and internet services available to all and are laying the foundations for a future where everyone is connected.
Hometree believes that customers (i.e. “people like us”) should get better, cheaper home care plans and customers should never be subjected to poor customer service and constant price hikes.
Marketplace London Startups UK
Bringing women’s technology out of the dark ages. Get smarter with Elvie. Award-Winning Technology. Comfortable & Easy to Use.
Rent deposit-free with flatfair. Tenants pay a small one-off fee and landlords get double the protection compared to a traditional deposit.
35. Blow Ltd
blow LTD is the UK’s leader in beauty services on demand, specialisng in Kerastase blow dries, makeup, OPI nails and more.
Trouva brings you beautiful homewares from Support Independent Boutiques around the world. Trouva make it easy for you to discover just the right piece for your home
Papier brings you designer collections you won’t find anywhere else. Quality you’ve never felt before. Personalisation that’s a cut above the rest.
38. Koru Kids
Koru Kids is a London based childcare service which specialises in after school nannies and support and help families to find nanny shares.
Mobility Tech UK
Citymapper use the power of open data, mobile and payment technology to make transport sustainable and hassle free.
Zeelo is a bus service with a personal touch and a big hairy goal to make shared transport viable alternative to the car.
Zeelo aim to do this by focusing on the urban area mobility market (up to 100km) they intend to tackle the growing challenges such as cost and closed city centres associated with reliance on private cars
41. Vivacity Labs
Vivacity Labs provides support and help to organisations make the best decisions so we can all travel safely, sustainably and smartly.
Vivacity Labs provides support and help to governments manage traffic by providing live and historic data on the types of vehicles driving on the roads, Viva Labs give them visibility into congestion and travel patterns by deploying sensors with on-board cameras which process and discard all the video on the sensor.
42. VU City
VU City helps people to make better decisions on urban planning through accurate, impartial data in a 3D Digital Twin.
VU.CITY UK’s platform covers well the whole of London and the centres of other major UK and international cities. Adopted by over 80% of London’s boroughs, VU.CITY is helping simplify the process of support planning and providing a working blueprint for the rest of the world.
Zencargo are building a world with smarter trade
What if both large and small businesses only ordered and moved the exact products they needed? Zencargo are on a mission to synchronise supply and demand to help every business deliver amazing customer experiences as efficiently as possible.
From their early days JustPark has been helping drivers park on driveways around sports stadiums to where JustPark are now, helping over 3.5m drivers park across over 45,000 locations around the country – JustPark is now well and truly one of the most loved parking support apps.
JustPark make parking easy for drivers – whilst helping parking owners and operators (of all shapes and sizes), optimise and re-purpose their under-utilised parking real-estate.
Wayve are building artificial intelligence capable of complex driving using end-to-end deep learning; one which can scale across diverse urban environments.
Wayve is building a full driving software system which is data-driven at every layer, learning to drive. Their unique end-to-end machine learning approach (Ed: Nice, they are being honest about the use of so called artificial intelligence…) learns to drive in complex, never-seen-before urban environments and learn to drive with computer vision by both observing human driving, and by using reinforcement learning.
Zenzic are accelerating the UK’s connected and self-driving vehicle ecosystem, by facilitating and promoting development across the UK.
Zenzic (formerly Meridian) was created by government and industry to focus on key areas of the UK’s capability in the global connected and self-driving sector. A sector predicted to be worth £907 billion by 2035.
Beryl is a design and tech company with the main objective to inspire more people to get on bikes in cities with innovative products designed to make cycling safer
Fixter take your car to the best independent garages, hand picked for you.
Fixter’s fully-insured drivers collect your car at the time, date and location of your choice; then deliver it right back when and where you want it. Their in-house experts approve your car’s service at every stage and if a service or MOT reveals something unexpected, they will call you immediately to explain the situation and make a recommendation.
Arrival is a technology company founded to create Generation 2 Electric Vehicles.
Devices on wheels — they outperform legacy technology to deliver an experience like no other, but are priced the same as fossil fuel equivalents.
50. City Maas
City Maas have done something really novel and useful and created an app that aims to improve inclusive travel for disabled people via an innovative design that responds accordingly to the user’s disabilities to give the best travel options in real time.
Property Tech UK
Hubble’s vision is for every business to have the right workspace to succeed.
Hubble believe every business deserves their perfect workspace – one that will help them grow, win work, attract amazing people and build a brilliant reputation. Hubble use office search alchemy to make that happen
Residently are a great hot London Startups property example as they claim to be the only rental service that guarantees an impeccable end-to-end service with total flexibility and peace of mind throughout.
Residently provide a transparent, slick experience and help you move in when it suits you and set everything up so you don’t have to. Start living right away, enjoying every possible service you could imagine.
From stylish furniture, high speed internet, to cleaning and ironing right through to contents insurance and art rental, Residently will try to sort it out.
Whether you’re in one of their elegant Georgian flats, Victorian cottages or a warehouse apartment, Residently are only a phone call away from every need.
The Triptease Platform is built to help hotels take back control of their distribution and increase their direct revenue.
The Triptese platform identifies a hotel’s most valuable guests then works across the entire customer journey – from acquisition to conversion – to make sure they book directly at the hotel.
Huckletree’s belief is that you can’t change the world alone and that we need to be braver together in order to build a better future.
Especially at a time like this, Huckletree are building hubs across Europe for both large and small businesses of all sizes to come together (for now, virtually) by sector, scale, be brave, and lead industry change.
Huckletree build physical workspaces for teams, digital programmes and accelerators and Huckletree connect them to valuable investor and talent networks. Everything they do is about curation – getting the right mindsets, skills and people around a particular sector under the one roof.
55. Appear here
Appear here helps you find a store for rent in New York, LA, Paris and London.
Choose from prime high street spaces, mall kiosks, venues & market pitches.
Food Tech Startup Guide
56. Feast it
Tell Feast it about your event and the types of suppliers you’re looking for and you’ll be assigned a personal Event Pro who will get to work finding the perfect suppliers for your event and will be on hand every step of the way, from submitting your enquiry until after your event.
57. Butternut Box
Your dog’s box is portioned to your dog based on their individual dietary requirements.
Buternut Box take all the hassle away by pre-portioning meals into daily servings – just open, serve and set their tails to “wag”. Butternut Box’s nutritional consultation takes into account the age, weight, breed, body condition and activity level of your dog to help them create your unique meal plan.
Olio connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away.
This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. For your convenience, OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too.
OLIO is super easy! To make an item available, simply open the app, add a photo, description, and when and where the item is available for pick-up and to access items, simply browse the listings available near you, request whatever takes your fancy and arrange a pick-up via private messaging.
59. City Pantry
High growth City Pantry deliver food from hundreds of top restaurants in London and well across the UK’s hungry users.
From meeting food and team lunches to work events and more.
60. Perk Box
Perkbox is an all-in-one platform which helps you create a great employee experience.
Attract, engage and retain the best talent with Perks, Recognition, Medical and Insights.
SAAS Tech Startups
What3Words have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address that will never change.
For example ///filled.count.soap marks the exact entrance to what3words’ London headquarters.
3 word addresses are easy to say and share, and are as accurate as GPS coordinates.
51.520847, -0.19552100 ←→ /// filled.count.soap
What3Word’s vision is to become a global standard for communicating location. People use what3words to find their tents at festivals, navigate to B&Bs, and to direct emergency services to the right place.
Great high growth businesses put consumers and data at the heart of every decision. Attest’s mission is to empower anyone at every business to do this, all of the time.
Attest believe that if every team had access to unlimited data, the world would be full of better products and services, not to mention happier people.
By simplifying the process of gathering quality consumer data, Attest are tring to transform an entire industry and making research accessible to everyone that needs it.
AI isn’t about pre-scripted chatbots or asking your smart speaker about the weather.
PolyAI are building voice and text-based virtual customer service agents that truly understand what your customers (i.e. “people like us”) want and PolyAI’s virtual agents are context sensitive, flexible and provide the best responses at every turn of the conversation.
Tessian protects businesses from insider and external threats on email like data exfiltration and spear phishing.
Yieldify provide customer journey analysis and optimisation tools to improve the online user journey.
Fintech Tech Startup Guide finance
Technology has the financepower to simplify our lives: that’s the principle on which the team founded Lendable in 2014. Getting a finance loan shouldn’t be a complicated or lengthy process in the digital age.
So Lendable built a platform that harnesses technology and data in order to make personal finance hassle-free and customer-friendly.
There’s no need to fill in lengthy forms, deal with paper-based applications, wait days for a decision by the lender, queue in a branch, or get stuck in hold loops on overburdened customer service hotlines. Lendable aims to fix all of that.
More than 400,000 customers (i.e. “people like us”) use high growth Moneybox to invest towards the things that matter most to them in life.
Investing can be a great way to grow your money and can offer higher long term returns than leaving your money in a current or savings account.
Wagestream lets employees stream their earned wages whenever they need them, track their finance and earnings in real time, save money, and learn important finance and money skills – all through an easy-to-use app
With online fraud as much as £11bn annually, and payment fraud increasing by 53% year on year and Shieldpay’s mission is to eliminate not just peer-to-peer fraud but all payment fraud so that everyone, everywhere, can transact with each other with total confidence.
Fully authorised and regulated by the FCA for payment services, SheildPay protect both buyer and seller in any transaction by verifying the identity of both sides. Funds are held securely in the Shieldpay vault and are only released when both parties agree.
ShieldPay have partnered with Visa to revolutionise digital peer-to-peer marketplaces by enabling the secure use of payment cards on marketplaces and classified sites, globally and ShieldPay’s patented payment process creates a unique financeenvironment of trust and security that every other peer-to-peer payment system lacks.
Fraud is a huge concern for both users of these platforms, and the platforms themselves and the security Visa and Shieldpay can now offer is set to revolutionise the finance space.
70. Starling Bank
This new app only challenger bank has made an impact on the UK’s finance scene since it received its banking licence in 2016 picking up no fewer than three gongs at the 2019 Smart Money People British Bank Awards including Best British Bank, Best Business Banking Provider and Best Current Account Provider.
With its proprietary API, TrueLayer gives smaller tech startups access banking data while avoiding – like all APIs – the need to build, design and maintain their own systems.
“Open Banking is about much more than liberalizing the finance industry to increase competition and reduce costs,” said Cofounder and CEO of TrueLayer, Francesco Simoneschi. “It is also about raising security standards and protecting consumers and businesses. Online fraud ripples out and raises costs for everyone making card payments.”
TrueLayer has already launched a beta of its own Payments API.
This API enables finance businesses to start accepting cash via payments through Open Banking
Trussle as a result have signed big finance deals with Zopa, BitBond, ClearScore and Anorak, amongst many others.
With so many new and huge finance markets to enter and almost endless potential financepartners to partner with, TrueLayer has “true” (Ed: groan….) potential to hyper grow their revenues in 2020 as they fine tune their offer.
Nutmeg thinks it’s one of the fintech companies with a difference by not developing complex algorithms to make decisions on behalf of its customers (i.e. “people like us”) and instead relies on human beings to perform this role.
But that hasn’t stopping Nutmeg enjoying significant growth with over 50,000 customers (i.e. “people like us”) causing Banking (Ed: removed through fear…) Goldman Sachs to invest finance in a funding round of $58 million.
“Our customers are our greatest advocates and Nutmeg wanted to give them an opportunity to invest in, as well as with, a business they’ve helped to make a success,”
Martin SteadNutmeg CEO and Director
73. Funding Circle
Funding Circle is one of the largest of the UK’s peer-to-peer finance lenders and the first to go public with close to 50,000 small to medium-sized UK businesses borrowing a total of £5 billion on its finance platform.
Funding Circle has had some ups and downs since it went public but recently announced a record year so lets watch this space
“In the third quarter, loans under management reached £3.7 billion and projected returns for 2019 continued to show an improvement over recent years,”Co-founder and CEO
Fundamentally Funding Circle pairs up small and amateur lenders with small loan-takers.
Monese offers current accounts and money transfers to a ew generation of consumers and has a good reputation for its quick and simple application process.
In September 2019, Monese raised a gigantic $60 million in series B venture capital investment funding from venture capital investment firms led by Kinnevik and others including PayPal so watch this space!
Winners of the Best Banking App gong at the Smart Money People awards and was at the time of press just behind Starling in terms of revenues.
Monzo entered the fray as a new challenger bank scene in 2015 focussing on developing an intuitive new banking experience for customers (i.e. “people like us”) and Monzo are very much successful in their challenger bank ambition and is now holding around $1.1 billion in deposits
“we’re literally the safest bank you could possibly imagine, because the money just sits in the central bank. It seems bizarre. Anyone from another bank who looks at our balance sheet just scratches their head. They can’t understand it. Unless the UK fails as a country, that money is safe.”CEO Tom Blomfield
76. Receipt Bank
Receipt Bank offers its clients cloud computing with AI and data handling thrown in which means Receipt Bank helps them saves time and effort by enabling the automatic compilation of accounts and expenses.
Through this process users are able to download spreadsheets and reports and connect up the platform with their existing software and has been embraced by clients .
The mortgage space and InsureTech and Lending in general is one that has traditionally found itself highly resistant to digital transformation.
Trussle does this by scanning different lenders to find customers (i.e. “people like us”) the best mortgages available and then continuously monitors the market post-sale to help its clients identify and switch to better deals later.
How frigging cool is that!
Chatbots are massive and have never been easier to build thanks to the new advances of both middleware and artificial intelligence software.
Enter Cleo, which is a new AI chatbot that connects users Facebook accounts and helps them manage their finances better to track their expenditure and savings. And this process helps them save money and plan their finance for the future better.
Which we all need…
Using Curve, we can now access all our cards via a single card and PIN combo, doing away the need to have a wallet full of cards. You can even switch payment options after the payment has been made. How cool is that?
With such a great product Curve could really be on the high growth up curve in 2020….
The london based Revolut challenger bank is providing a digital alternative to traditional banking by using prepaid cards and peer-to-peer payments and supports several cryptocurrencies on its platform.
Revolut has had some brand and culture challenges reportedly but the company is now recording an average of 3.7 million monthly active users, and an average of 1.2+ million daily active users so things could very much work out for Revolut with years of growth ahead them highly likely.
Founded by Kristo Kaarmann, a former manager at Deloitte, and Taavet Hinrikus, an angel investor and former Strategy Director at Skype, Transferwise is no longer a new Fintech or new finance London company spring chicken and possibly the most well known Fintech startup of recent years.
Transferwise broke into the finance marketing by allowing users to send money abroad with exchange rates eight times cheaper than most mainstream banks and also allowing users to send money easily, cheaply, safely, and quickly.
Recently Visa announced that TransferWise will begin offering its customers (i.e. “people like us”) an additional capability to quickly and securely move money to debit cards in real-time, so watch this space as TransferWise continues to improve it’s offering and move increasingly into the mainstream
SumUp is mobile payments company that provides card readers to smaller businesses for them to use without a contract.
They take a 1.69% cut of payments made using the terminal but provide an easy and cost-effective way for businesses to make transactions.
The company recently bought Shoplo, a Poland-based multichannel eCommerce platform that allows small businesses to start selling online.
As part of SumUp’s expansion strategy, they also acquired Danish company Debitoor, an invoicing-software platform originally established for freelancers and SMEs.
In 2019 SumUp, announced that it has raised a from venture capital investment firms including Bain Capital Credit, Goldman Sachs Private Capital, HPS venture capital Investment Partners, and TPG Sixth Street Partners.
SumUp plans to use this capital to accelerate its growth and acquire new merchants in its current and new markets across the globe.
The funds will be used to continue expanding SumUp’s product suite, both organically and through more acquisitions such as the acquisition of Debitoor, for accounting and Shoplo for ecommerce.
This little-known fintech was founded in 2009 under a different name before evolving into Checkout.com in 2012 and have since grown to a team of more than 300 employees in eight offices, expanding into the UAE in 2013, and the US in 2017.
Checkout.com enables companies to process and accept cross-border payments from credit and debit cards, online banking, Apple Pay and others such as Klarna – all with a single integration.
As a result Checkout is considered a direct finance rival to the huge Dutch payment titan Adyen, which is listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange.
Checkout.com provides online payment finance solutions for a number of growing businesses and has reported $46.8m in total revenues in 2017 according to their Companies House filings, a 56% up on the previous year.
The company’s clients include Samsung, TransferWise, Adidas and Virgin and was ranked 2nd place in Deloitte’s UK’s Technology Fast 50.
Sonovate allows companies to invoice finance and back office for contract recruitment agencies and consultancies. Market leading 100% funding. Online, iOS and Android timesheets.
In 2005 Zopa claim to have built the first ever peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company to give people access to simpler, better-value loans and investments.
OakNorth is redefining finance lending to lower mid-market businesses globally. Oacknorth provide finance data and technology-driven solutions to borrowers and lenders
Onfido is building the new identity standard for the internet. Onfido let your users verify their identity anywhere, anytime.
Say goodbye to jargon, paperwork and terrible customer service. Cuvva is building insurance the way it should be
Tide is a high growth award-winning smart business account. The hassle-free account for your small business. Get your sort code and account number in minutes.
90. Go Cardless
GoCardless is on a mission to take the pain out of getting paid for businesses with recurring revenue.
GoCardless have created a global bank debit network, to rival credit and debit cards. On top of it, GoCardless have built a platform designed and optimised for taking invoice, subscription, membership and instalment payments.
GoCardless now process over $13bn in transactions a year and they are proud to count 50,000 businesses around the world as GoCardless customers (i.e. “people like us”), from small businesses to household names like TripAdvisor and the Guardian.
GoCardless’s recurring payments platform integrates with the applications businesses use every day, giving businesses more visibility over payments and saving them huge amounts of time on tasks like payment reconciliation. GoCardless partner with more than 150 billing and subscription software partners globally, including Xero, Sage, QuickBooks, Zuora and Salesforce.
Whether you want to hire a team member, open an extra office, invest in new equipment or simply pay an upcoming bill it’s important to know you have the finance or cash to afford it.
Having a clear picture of the financial future is essential finance good practise – whether that’s an accurate cashflow forecast or an understanding of the funding options available to you. Without this knowledge, it’s hard to take the decisions that count.
Enter Fluidly – intuitive cashflow management powered by AI. Fluidly is for businesses that want to know exactly what their financial future holds and how to optimise their finance.
Blockchain Tech Startup Guide
Blockchain.com positions themselves as the most trusted and fastest growing crypto company, helping millions across the globe have an easy and safe way to access cryptocurrencies
93. BC Bitcoin
BC Bitcoin is one of the UK’s most trusted Crypto Brokers specialising in a variety of different crypto currencies. BC Bitcoin should be your go to choice.
Clearmatics is a great example from our list as it provides protocols and peer-to-peer platform architecture – cryptographic systems for member owned and governed networks to exchange value.
Verisart is the world’s leading platform to certify and verify artworks and collectibles using the Bitcoin blockchain and one of the coolest blockchain tech companies right now
Since its launch in 2015, Verisart has provided contemporary artists including Shepard Fairey with a free and easy way to generate permanent certificates of authenticity and reduce the scope for fraudulent activity.
Verisart combines museum certification standards, distributed ledger technology and image recognition to its provenance and registry services.
96. Monolith AI
Monolith AI was born from the founder’s Ph.D. at Imperial College London and NASA and is a decentralised banking alternative, powered by Ethereum
97. Aztec Protocol
AZTEC is one of the leading London based deep-tech blockchain companies working on cutting edge privacy infrastructure for public blockchains.
Their new office, located near Old Street, positions them at the centre of the growing blockchain community which includes startups, enterprise, enthusiasts and investors.
Aztre have an established network within traditional finance, elite universities and software engineering which provides us with the experience and support required to deliver innovative and useful products.
Layertwo are developing trading settlement technologies. Layertwo is one of the blockchain companies London has and Layertwo are looking forward to coming off stealth mode soon
Mimica is building the future of work automation as Mimica software observes, learns and automates your most repetitive work.
Nivaura’s flagship platform, Aurora is used by banks, issuers and law firms to create and execute new issue legal documentation, and to efficiently disseminate relevant data to settlement teams, paying agents, securities depositories and stock exchanges as well as other relevant capital markets infrastructure and service providers.
Tracr is connecting the Diamond Industry by establishing Provenance by building an end-to-end diamond industry blockchain traceability platform
Chainalysis create transparency for a global economy built on blockchains, enabling banks, business, and governments to have a common understanding of how people use cryptocurrency.
With a combined experience of over forty years in payments, financial services, trade and software development, the Plutus team is more than well prepared to revolutionize the practical usage of bitcoin and improve the standards of the industry and its use of blockchain technology.
nChain create value that can be measured financially, but choose to measure success in the value they create to advance human lives and human experiences. In that way, Blockchain is so much more than a tool for enterprises.
More than a product to plug in and take advantage of. nChain believe that Bitcoin is a lens. Looking through it, they see new opportunities to tackle some most daunting global challenges. Peering through it, nChain argue that they can see new realities for security, safety, privacy and personal liberty.
106. Carbon Chain IO
A granular and automated greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reporting platform for global supply chains
Carbonchain‘s automated cloud-based platform makes it easy and cost-effective to map out any supply chain’s GHG emissions/
Carbon Chain’s reports are based on recognised GHG accounting methodologies to allow straightfoward auditing
LedgerComm was founded on the belief that the loan market process is in serious need of an overhaul.
Today, by embracing best in class technology, solving problems quickly and having a strong client focused work ethic, LedgetComm’s platform drives a new kind of global financial services company. One where corporations, funds, banks and business owners can trade, raise capital and settle risk assets on a platform that is secure and easy-to-use.
The experts in natural language conversation-as-a-service.
Futr is in the business of producing natural language chatbots for central government organisations as well as police, emergency and rescue forces by providing chatbots to staff and citizens to use every day very much like Facebook Messenger, Skype and Slack.
Novoville aims to do this by making it easier for members of the public to interact with their local government or authority by allowing citizens (us!) to submit requests and find info including web consultations and via IM (instant messaging) as well as a simple web based payments system for services such as paying parking fines and council tax bills.
Babylon is well on the path to be one of the largest HeathTech and GovTech startups in the UK with a Billion+ valuation.
As a mobile health platform it is used to power the NHS’ GP at Hand service which allows patients to book appointments and talk to their doctor through their smartphone in certain regional NHS trusts like Hammersmith & Chelsea
Fashion Tech Startup Guide
Thread are making personal shoppers redundant at the affordable level as the app recommends what to buy based on your style, size and budget for free using AI and real-life stylists working behind-the-scenes to give users personalised ideas.
Lovecrafts high growth story (ED: yarn, surely…) all began way back in 2012 when the team wanted to create the same wonderful yarny home for their crocheting friends and LoveCrochet was born in 2015.
Today, LoveCrafts have a global community of happy crafters all over the world and are the number one destination for knitting and crochet supplies.
Unmade mission is to bring fashion & sportswear value-chains into the 21st Century.
UnmadeOS removes the guesswork from Production and connects Demand directly to Supply, enabling organisations to offer no compromise designs and sustainable fulfilment to consumers.
Snupps has evolved from a private visual organizer to a high growth social platform, connecting people around the stuff they own and love.
As collectors, both Sari and Mac wanted the connectivity around their collections to be seamless – whether privately with close friends, or publicly with like-minded people around the world. Today, they use Snupps to keep track of their stuff and connect with others around the things they love – from sneakers and streetwear, to watches and art.
Lyst Established in 2010 from a small shed in Shoreditch London, Lyst’s journey began when founders Chris Morton and Seb Trepca set out to create a way for people to find the fashion they always wanted.
Now Lyst is one of the largest global fashion search platforms and lets you search thousands of online fashion stores at once, bringing together 5 million products from 12,000 of the world’s leading brands and retailers in one place.
High growth Depop was founded by co-founder of PIG magazine and RETROSUPERFUTURE sunglasses, Simon Beckerman.
Originally a social network where PIG’s readers could buy items featured in the magazine. After realizing that Depop needed a selling function, Simon re-envisioned the app as a global marketplace — a mobile space where you can see what your friends and the people you’re inspired by are liking, buying, and selling.
In turn, your friends and creative influencers all over the world can see the things you like, buy, and sell, and are inspired by you.
This ecosystem has supported Depop becoming a global conduit of connection, not only in m-commerce, but culture, design, and creative communities around the world.
FarFetch exists for the love of fashion and their mission is to be the global technology platform for luxury fashion, connecting creators, curators and consumers.
118. This is YR
This is YR goal is to enable you to build stronger relationships with your audiences through customisation experiences.
This is YR are pioneers in product customisation for the retail and event industries, ready to partner with your brand – whether you’re launching a small-scale project or an international campaign.
119. Near St
Near St is made possible by our bespoke NearLive technology.
It is a powerful platform that seamlessly integrates with all kinds of new and old POS systems and allows automatic extraction of data in what they call Real-Time Local Inventory data, ready to feed it into partners like Google.
120. Love the Sales
Love the Sales is one of the leading website for shopping the sales online as they make it easy to shop all the sales in one place.
Love the Sales partner with over 850 of the biggest retailers worldwide to find the best offers on the web for you, your wardrobe and your home and let you ‘favourite’ full price items and get alerted as soon as they go on sale.
Cocoon is a London-based monthly subscription service for handbag lovers where, for a £99 monthly membership, you can choose a bag from our collection of the most sought-after new season, pre-owned and limited-edition styles.
While one monthly complimentary bag swap is included as a standard, you can keep you bag for as long or as little as you’d like.
COCOON’s comprehensive offer includes the most coveted brands and styles –from vintage Fendi to the latest Bottega Veneta and their value-driven approach provides COCOON members access to brands reflective of their style and taste, allowing them to indulge in newness and variety in a smarter, less wasteful way.
Their hands-on approach guarantees premium personalised service and their flexible delivery options cater to the fast-changing needs of their members’ busy lifestyles.
Reflaunt is a technology that promotes circularity by connecting luxury brands with the secondary luxury market.
The technology allows customers of brands to resell, donate or recycle their past purchases directly from the e-commerce site of the brand or the retailer.
123. Heist Studios
Heist mission was born, to liberate women from disappointing underwear by innovating against ignorance and creating against constriction, they believe underwear can be an instrument for progress.
Through an innovative combination of technology from the uk’s sports and space never before used in the category, and their scientific knowledge of the female form, Heist have created one of the uk’s underwear world firsts and have created shapewear that takes 5cm off your waist without a hint of tightness.
EDITED have been automating retail decisions since 2009 and fuse data science and market data to help clients win in their markets.
The EDITED team helps the world’s biggest best retailers and new tech companies get their products and business pricing right by using artificial intelligence and advanced machine learning (Ed: that’s like different to normal machine learning, right?), their powerful artificial intelligence platform maps the uk’s entire retail market in seconds which helps their business and company partners be first to spot new crucial gaps in their market to then convert into gains.
Ethical Tech Startup Guide
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Ethical is increasingly a purchasing decision of customers (i.e. “people like us”)and as a result businesses are embracing their more ethical future and that can at times be difficult to define exactly what this means in terms of business practice.
But one thing is sure it’s a journey and every step forward should be encouraged, embraced and rewarded so here we take a look at some of the scales ups in both the capital and the UK and some special examples from around the world that are taking bold new steps and helping lead the way.
125. Element AI
The team at high growth Element AI work hard to ensure that artificial intelligence is designed, developed and deployed in service of the public good— not because it is one possible path to safe AI among many, but because it is the only and best way forward.
The Element AI team engage with governments, civil society, tech companies, academia and new businesses to ensure deployment respects laws and regulations and is grounded in human rights and research the design and technical aspects of explainability and transparency, choose artificial intelligence and machine learning projects that lead to positive social impacts and are dedicated to putting our own house in order first through responsible and sustainable business practices.
Element AI help organizations adopt the safe and responsible artificial intelligence that they believe will be imperative to long-term growth, which is best for all of us.
126. Urban Things
The team at Urban Things have created a new m-Ticketing solution is the modern passenger, journey and payment solution for modern travel operators.
Increase ridership with smarter ticketing, a bespoke RTI app and a branded passenger portal.
New on-board ‘Hex Tags’ enable QR, NFC and Bluetooth check-in for 95% less capital expenditure than current ticketing solutions.
The cloud-based back office system handles fares and capping, CRM, revenue protection, customer insights and more.
Glimpse is a new collective for creative people who want to use their skills for good and run independent campaigns and work with new business, tech companies, NGOs, brands and people they like.
How cool is that!
128. Safe & the City
Safe & the City‘s award-winning team provides the technology and insights to improve safety risks and create the visibility to share the difference you’re making.
129. Moving Mountains
Moving Mountains is a big, bold and powerful metaphor that maps to the brand’s massive and seemingly impossible goal of living in harmony on a sustainable planet, as well as a daily affirmation in the form of the plant based diet, food and human health.
Simeon, the founder & CEO of Moving Mountains®, is a Vegan and a firm believer in the plant based diet, as well as being a lifelong passionate supporter of environmental world issues. Simeon took to work to develop a company that could make a real and long-lasting positive world change and disrupt the animal agriculture food industry that is responsible for a high amount of the majority of the earth’s resource destruction.
It all started after a routine blood test at the GP, which returned Simeon with a high cholesterol reading. The GP’s responses were to cut out meat and dairy or go on statins. Already a Vegetarian at the time Simeon was surprised that dairy products could cause so much damage to the human body and decided to follow more of an overall plant based diet from then on.
Starting with the Moving Mountains® Burger, Simeon spent two years in development laboratories with a dedicated team of scientists and chefs to create the ideal tasting product. Hundreds of recipes have been tried and tested to achieve the final result of the burger that’s available for everyone today.
130. Super Carers
Super Carers was started by two brothers, after their own difficult experience of finding care. Adam and Daniel Pike wanted to make sure no other family found themselves in the same situation, and decided to start SuperCarers.
Launched in November 2015, SuperCarerstook to work and helped hundreds of families around the country find home care for their loved ones.
131. Pact Coffee
Pact Coffee was brought into the business world to work to change people’s minds about coffee and they think about it like wine, not flour – it’s a cupboard staple, but one that’s infinitely better if it’s been lovingly grown and expertly processed. That’s a big high five form coffee lovers!
132. Pip & Nut
Pip & Nut are obsessed with making tasty things and are brimming with ideas & energy and passionate about ingredients & flavour.
Logically app is home to a suite of tools, including bespoke fact-checking and an AI-curated feed designed to help you navigate the news.
Using the app, you can submit claims to be checked by our team and share the results on social media. Our news feed is automatically generated by a specially designed AI to help you to contextualize what you see, think critically, and see stories and viewpoints from across the political spectrum.
Delphis Eco is the UK’s first cleaning product company to make its bottles from 100% recycled plastic (high five!), and the first to receive EU Ecolabel accreditation for cleaning products which will help make this world a better place.
In fact, Delphis Eco boasts the largest accredited product range on the uk’s eco market, and the well good news is, it’s a range that’s growing.
UK’s best Eco Tech Startup Guide
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Being eco friendly is increasingly a purchasing decision for most of us and as a result businesses are embracing more eco friendly processes, materials and product methods and adding transparency on how they achieve this as much as possible.
It’s something that good for the planet, good for all living things and good for us so let’s take a look at some of the most exciting eco friendly tech and the UK has right now.
135. All Plants
All Plants believe the world (and everyone on it, including us) would be better off if we ate more plants and they believe eating 100% plant-based meals should be tasty, easy and convenient.
The chef-made dishes contain the tastiest, most exciting plant-based ingredients we can find.
Instantly freezing our meals ensures nutrition and taste is locked in – so it tastes just as good in your kitchen as it does in ours.
Olio connects neighbours with each other and with local busines so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. High time and high five!
This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. For your convenience,
OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too.
Unpackaged vision is a world without unnecessary often free packaging, with world resources preserved for future generations and their mission and time allocation is to reduce packaging waste by developing systems that enable businesses and individuals to reuse and refill; and campaign for policy change.
For Chipsboard sustainability is the core principle and the reason why Chip[s] Board was founded on and is the driving force behind our need to improve the world we live in.
Their philosophy is that a circular economy within waste (by-product) management and material production will create a new sustainable model, utilising the abundant resources we currently have rather than continuing to process virgin materials.
139. Library of Things
Library of Things were 3 close friends when we started Library of Things. In their spare time they tested the idea for 2 years+ in our South London neighbourhood, inspired by similar ventures in Berlin & Toronto.
We put in 000s of hours between us, unpaid, because we saw how powerful it was when neighbours became friends & local spaces became home. When a shared collection of high quality Things unlocked experiences for everyone.
Notpla are a combination of designers and chemists, engineers and entrepreneurs who create advanced packaging solutions that disappear, naturally.
Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier cofounded Skipping Rocks Lab in 2013 while studying Innovation Design Engineering at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.
After their first video of Ooho went viral in 2013, they joined Climate KIC, Europe’s largest funded accelerator focused on climate innovation.
The team started collaborating with chemists and chemical engineers from Imperial College to test Ooho at running events, festivals and takeaway shops. They soon started working on a scalable manufacturing technology.
In April 2017, they raised their first venture capital investment round on Crowdcube which helped grow the business, build the first machine and set up a manufacturing hub in London.
Pavegen is the global leader in converting footfall into off-grid power and data. We supply both permanent installations and experiential activations and can power off-grid applications such as lighting, data capture and transmission, and environmental monitoring.
Each footstep on a Pavegen walkway generates 2 to 4 joules of off-grid electrical energy or around 5 watts of power for the duration of a footstep. Bluetooth beacons in the system connect to smartphones, rewarding users for their steps and generating permission-based analytics.
The tech can operate as a standalone or be embedded simply into existing web platforms.
Biotech Tech Startup Guide
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The London are and vicinity including Cambridge and Oxford is undoubtedly one of the biggest biotech hubs in Europe so we’ve put together a list of the hottest biotech companies out there.
Orchard therapeutics was founded in 2015 but their roots run deeper, going back to some of the first research and clinical development involving ex vivo autologous gene therapy.
Orchard therapeutics are proud that their scientists have played a central role in the evolution of this technology from a bold vision to a potentially life-transforming reality and carry forward the history and rigor of scientific curiosity, discovery and commitment to families affected by rare disease.
Autolus is at the forefront of a high growth revolution in cancer treatment. Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell therapies have been shown to be effective in some haematological malignancies and may have wide applications as a cancer treatment, with the potential for cure in some patients.
Autolus is a leader in T-cell programming and manufacturing technology. Working in partnership with physicians and other healthcare providers, Autolus extract immune cells from patients, equip them with a receptor that targets the cancer cell and infuse them back into the patient in order to develop therapies which Autolus believe will offer cancer patients substantial benefits over the existing standard of care.
145. Kuur (Cell medica)
Kuur (formerly Cell Medica) is committed to transforming the lives of patients with cancer and is leading the development of off-the-shelf engineered CAR-NKT cell therapies.
Kuur’s approach combines the highly differentiated, natural biology of a specific subset of T cells, called natural killer T cells (NKT cells) and innovative chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) construct engineering. In combination, this delivers a very compelling and unique platform, that Kuur believe has the potential to produce many future therapies targeting both hematological and solid tumors.
146. Freeline Therapeutics
Freeline Therapeutics ambitious vision is to create better lives for people suffering from chronic, debilitating disease and are developing functional cures for a wide range of liver-based diseases which have previously been underserved and incurable. and their next generation gene therapy uses AAV technology to deliver safe and effective gene replacement to the liver to produce sustained therapeutic protein expression for diseases like haemophilia B and Fabry.
Freeline’s treatment builds on the pioneering work of their founder and CSO, Amit Nathwani, Professor of Haematology at UCL. His award winning scientific research was the first to show successful and sustained correction of bleeding symptoms in patients with severe haemophilia B.
147. Virion Biotherapeutics
Virion Biotherapeutics mission is to transform the clinical management of human respiratory virus infections using their proprietary Therapeutic Interfering Particles (TIPs).
These first-in-class biologicals enhance a naturally occurring dual mechanism that interferes with viral replication, preventing infection and alleviating disease. Using this unique approach, Virion address the two major challenges in treating patients with respiratory virus infections – the sheer breadth of viruses that cause such infections and the risk of drug resistance.
Based on pioneering scientific work on mechanisms for controlling viral replication and were founded in 2017 and funded by leading trans-Atlantic bioscience venture capital investment firm, Abingworth.
Reviral want to transform the treatment of viral infections — starting with RSV and are committed to developing antiviral therapies to help the world’s most at-risk populations.
149. Gamma Delta
Gamma Delta Therapeutics is committed to transforming the treatment of patients living with haematological and solid cancers and their mission is to develop the first effective off the shelf cancer therapy based on one of the body’s own immune cells, a subtype of gamma delta (γδ) T lymphocyte known as Vδ1+ T cell.
Femtech Tech Startup Guide
Femtech is on a roll even if not everyone is apparently happy with the term itself it’s set to break $0.25 billion in venture capital investment in 2019 with estimates being that around $200 billion is spent on femtech products each year and growing so in this list we look at the hottest scaleups in the capital and the rest of the UK right now
Bravista are developing an app that recommends perfectly fitted bras from the comfort of your own home to simplify bra-fitting and bra-shopping in 3 simple steps.
Results? A highly accurate and personalised sizing and style recommendations.
In the UK Elvie, is designing smart devices for women’s health with it’s flagship product being a Kegel trainer which helps to build better bladder control, enhances intimacy and speeds up postnatal recovery and is now recommended by over 1,000 health experts.
Elvie products are now prescribed by the NHS and their next release is a silent wearable breast pump that fits into a nursing bra and doesn’t require and wires or tubes
Syrona vision is to bring the best of scientific research, services, content, and community to create a one-stop-shop for your female health.
KaNDy Therapeutics is a clinical-stage company focused on optimising the potential of NT-814 in the treatment of common, chronic debilitating female sex-hormone related conditions, with an initial focus on symptoms of the menopause.
KaNDy Therapeutics was spun out from NeRRe Therapeutics, itself a spin out from GSK, in 2017 at which time all data and intellectual property associated with NT-814 was transferred to KaNDy Therapeutics.
NT-814 is a unique, first-in-class dual mechanism NK-1,3 antagonist therapy dosed orally once daily. It has the potential to be a true breakthrough non-hormonal alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Following a successful Phase 2a proof of concept study , NT-814 completed a Phase 2b study, SWITCH-1, with data reported in January 2020. The study demonstrated NT-814’s potential to rapidly and profoundly reduce key symptoms of the menopause. SWITCH-1 found that NT-814 significantly reduced the frequency of hot flashes, which was associated with improvements in quality of life, mood and sleep.
Menopausal vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes/flushes) affect up to 75% of women going through the menopausal transition. Symptoms last for 1–2 years after menopause in most women but may continue for up to 10 years or longer in others. Post-menopausal symptoms are experienced daily by millions of women globally. Approximately 20% of women will suffer from debilitating symptoms, multiple times a day. Hot flashes are the primary reason women seek medical help during the menopause.
Not only do they disturb women at work and interrupt daily activities, but they also have a detrimental effect on sleep. These symptoms, while not life-threatening or life-limiting, are debilitating for those affected and result in significant incremental healthcare and economic costs.
Ferly exists to radically transform your relationship with sex. How you think about it – and how you have it. Sex is taboo, but it shouldn’t be. It should be about as normal as taking a nap or going for a run. This is why we’ve created a space where you can discover what exactly sex means to you. A space where you’re able to lead a life that is pleasurable, confident and healthy.
Your pleasure is personal – that’s why the audio content we create is too. From psychotherapists to tantrikas, all of our content is backed by research, written by experts, and personalised to you. Whether you enrol in a programme, try out a guided journalling practice or get lost in an erotic play, our 5–20 minute sessions give you the chance to discover-by-doing and really get to grips with what makes you tick.
The UK’s top Adtech Tech Startup Guide
The capital has always been a world leader for advertising and arguably after a late start it’s catching up in the world of advertising and marketing platforms so let’s look at the hottest companies bringing innovation to this sector.
Flexion’s open and global distribution platform for android games offers new opportunities for you as a developer. Your games can now easily reach the whole market without requiring you to integrate and operate multiple channels at prohibitive cost. We let you focus on what you do best while we offer services and technology that maximises your revenues. It’s our mission to help you succeed with new distribution!
Specle believe that high-quality ad production is paramount to good advertising. That is why Specle provide the tools to streamline the work of advertisers, creatives and media owners, making validation, delivery, and receipt a consistent end-to-end process.
Specle give studios and media owners room to grow, designers tools to innovate, and individuals the resources to advertise with ease.
Adnow launched well in December 2015 and since then the algorithms and mathematical model were changed over 12 times improving the selective mechanics, while taking into account well intentioned and constructive feedback from clients and their partners.
The story of Adnow began in 2014, when a bunch of digital geeks passionate about digital marketing, RTB and Big Data came up with the idea of creating a new hybrid native ad format. This format was designed to serve ads and make the discovery of new and interesting content very easy and user-friendly. This format also allows to use media banners and native ads in the course of the same campaign, which comes in handy for clients and agencies when running brand promotion campaigns.
The concept of serving interesting and well designed ads and content is quite obvious, however, the technical solution is complicated. It took the Adnow team over 1 year to develop the first platform prototype.
The effectiveness of its’ algorithms was impressive from the outset. The idea came out of the well of fruition thanks to our co-founders that have been working with RTB, Big Data, media buying, pay per click campaigns and mobile advertising for the last 10-14 years. The combination of passion and experience made it possible to improve this platform and turn it into an effective advertising tool.
Adspruce delivers beautiful well designed rich-media ads and interactive video to more devices than anyone else
Wellness Tech Startup
With wellness and health in general being a massive lifestyle trend which is going from strength to strength we take a look at some of the new innovation scales ups the capital has to offer
Fresh from launching the uk’s and London’s first dedicated meditation centre, Inhere are now London’s first drop-in meditation studio and offering live online meditation classes.
Inhere aim to give everyone the chance to develop a healthy relationship with their mind (including mental health benefits). Which means offering people the opportunity, the time and the space to tune out the noise of daily life and introduced custom-built meditation pods so people all over the country can experience what it’s like to stop and listen.
In addition to their online meditation classes, Inhere also run mindfulness classes in workplaces and venues of your choosing.
Unmind enables your employees to assess, track, and understand their mental well being over time. Empower your organisation well (Ed: Grown…) with aggregated and anonymous data to improve decision-making.
Spill was started by two friends who couldn’t believe how hard it was to access emotional support through the NHS, and how expensive it was through the private sector.
Whether you’re suffering from a bereavement, feeling anxious, struggling with work and relationships, or just wanting to understand some of your thought patterns and habits, talking to a qualified professional is shown to work wonders — and Spill believe it should be a basic human right.
Spill’s aim is to smash down the barriers to accessing that support. We do that by working with organisations to make it free at the point of use for individuals, so that no one is excluded from getting support.
Levell’s user-centric data structure enables employees to share what they want, safely. Managers can request data for check-ins, but otherwise no personal staff information is ever shared.
Sports Tech Startup
With the UK one of the global leaders in sports entertainment, gaming and fintech it’s no surprise that the capital is emerging as one of the leaders in sports startups so here we look at some of the hot sports companies in the category
163. 21st Club
21st Club have developed EVOLUTION to address the problem of short-termism in football and to make the lives of club boardroom decision-makers easier.
The well designed software is a collection of market-leading asset management tools for managing your player portfolio and supports effective squad administration, performance intelligence, strategic planning and recruitment and with the recent appointment of Ben Wackett – who we’re well big fans of his work – to head up marketing, 21st Club is sure to go from strength to strength….
Copa90 believe that football is the universal language. We’re here to entertain, inform and celebrate football and its fans. Whether it’s chats and challenges with your favourite footballers, in depth documentaries about fan culture or amazing animations and explainers about the biggest stories in the game,
165. Sport 80
Sport 80’s platform helps sport organisations to unlock the power and value of their communities through innovative technology.
SweatCoin are an interesting addition to our guide as they want a healthier you on a healthier planet. We achieve this by converting your steps into money
167. Let’s do this
Let’s do this is on a mission to help more people discover epic experiences than any other community on the planet. Whether you’re looking for a 5k fun run or a double Ironman triathlon, we list more mass-participation sports events than any other website on the planet. These include running, triathlon, cycling, obstacle racing, swimming, and many others.
We believe that the best experiences are those recommended by others. Our passionate community share their event experience by contributing reviews and photos to help others find their perfect event. Over a million people have discovered events through Let’s Do This.
Supponor. With a pioneering spirit and proven innovation, Supponor is the clear market leader in the emerging field of augmented reality digital replacement for real-time broadcast and streaming of in-venue advertising.
Our advanced technology delivers the most powerful and impactful brand activation in broadcast sport. Supponor solutions are being deployed for a broad range of Tier 1 sports – most notably football, but also hockey, basketball, motor racing and American football.
We use our virtualized and targeted augmented reality messaging platform to maximize the value of TV-visible in-venue branding. This unlocks new creative opportunities that enable advertisers and sponsors to connect with local audiences through the power of global sport – and achieve stand-out brand differentiation.
Playermaker is an innovative athlete performance tracking platform (ed: for once, no artificial intelligence?) that is specifically designed for football (soccer) at every level.
Utilizing a smart motion sensor on a player’s boots, it presents unparalleled insights on technical, tactical, physical, load and gait analysis, for the players and coaching staff. From academy level to professional players in the highest tier, Playermaker is a strategic platform to win.
Dugout is a well designed mobile-based football news portal that showcases scores as well as videos, player skills, lifestyle, interviews and behind the scenes action and support from major football tournaments including Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
171. FSB Tech
Unlock opportunities with the most efficient and scalable omnichannel sports betting platform
FSB allows users everything you need to run an omnichannel sports and casino betting and gaming business in a single, scalable platform.
Known for our robust technology, live data integration, value-added CRM tools and seamless user experience, we help everyone in your company work more effectively to drive revenue growth and control operating costs.
So lets all support these companies to help the government support us, too…
RegTech Tech Startup
Yes it’s a real term and falls within the larger GovTech category and we should 100% encourage them because ultimately they exist to ease the completion of regulatory information by reducing friction and make it more transparent.
They are the ultimate red tape cutters of the 21st century so let’s take a look at the best regulatory scale ups the capital has to offer.
Onfido want to create a more open world, where identity is the key to access by being the new identity standard for the internet.
Their artificial intelligence-based technology (machine learning?) assesses whether a user’s government-issued ID is genuine or fraudulent, and then compares it against their facial biometrics.
That’s how they give companies like Revolut, Zipcar and Bitstamp the assurance they need to onboard customers (i.e. “people like us”) remotely and securely.
173. Napier AI
Napier AI are big on the compliance side of regulation and one of their services is to rapidly load and cleanse external data, They do this by automatically cleansing data from internal and external sources using mnachine learning to prepare for optimal screening as well as for watch- and sanction lists from different providers.
Passfort was founded in 2015 by Donald Gillies and Henry Irish. They were on a mission to revolutionise customer onboarding and work hardto change the way compliance and trust were managed in regulated markets.
Technology and teamwork brought their vision to life. Now, based in the heart of London, the PassFort team has created a KYC/KYB (Ed: Nope, no idea either…) and fully serviced customer onboarding solution that you will love.
Legal Tech Startup
The legal technology world is booming in the capital due to the collision of a world hub for legal services and tech so let’s look at some of the scale-ups lowering rates, increasing productive and generally improving the sector.
We here at Rainmakrr believe Lexoo have a claim to be the first ever LegalTech Startup London had, and almost certainly in terms of providing a marketplace for startups and companies to quickly find great lawyers AND to reduce lawyers business development time, effort and money which they can pass on to their new people (OK, partly pass on, They can’t help it that they are lawyers…)
It also gives us a chance to mention the UK’s nicest lawyer Adam Tucker who was Lexoo’s poster child on their home page banner due to being pretty much their highest user rated lawyer and the go to guy for marketplace and SAAS startups before their website redesign.
Justlegal believe searching for solicitors and providers of other professional services can be confusing, stressful and usually expensive and are here to change that.
Just Legal aims to help you quickly find all legal service providers close to your chosen location and show you any fixed fee prices available and work hard to be trusted by consumers to provide impartial help in a wide range of issues and can recommend solicitors for when you as an individual or a company need professional help as part of their mission to provide the UK’s first all of market search and comparison site.
Seedlegals aim to transformestartup funding, making it faster, simpler… better!
That’s why in just three years they reportedly now help more UK small businesses and companies raise venture capital investment than anyone else.
SeedLegals was founded by serial entrepreneur Anthony Rose and serial angel investor Laurent Laffy who met at a party in Rome. They’d both had enough of paying insane amounts of money to lawyers for the same legal documents at every funding round, and funding rounds taking months to negotiate and close. They decided to change it.
Fast forward 6 months and SeedLegals launched as the world’s first platform that lets founders and investors easily create, negotiate and sign all the legal agreements they need to do a funding round. In less than 3 years, SeedLegals is reportedly now the largest closer of funding rounds in the UK.
Wealth Tech Startup
With the UK capital being a leading world hub for finance and the defacto home base for some of the largest wealth management and hedge funds combined with the booming fintech sector it’s no surprise that the city is punching above it’s weight in wealth technology as well as the larger fintech category so let’s look and some of the movers and shakers in this category
MoneyFarm was created to help people make better decisions with their money. So many people pay too much to have their money managed, trade too often, or even too little, and this is costing them over time.
With the right asset allocation, a long term perspective and tight management of both cost and risk, people can achieve more with their money.
With their digital investment advice and fully managed portfolios they’ve helped thousands of people to make better investment decisions.
Scalable Capital mission is to use modern technology to give a broad group of investors access to a form of investment that was previously reserved for the very wealthy.
To achieve this, Scalable combine three building blocks that are essential for retail investors to build wealth sustainably: cost-effective ETFs, diversification and dynamic risk management. In addition, we offer comprehensive client support – a service that has already won several awards.
Rerbium is the first business to introduce WM-as-a-Service so that Banks, Neo-Banks and Financial services institutions can offer investment products and wealth management tools to their customers (i.e. “people like us”).
Rerbium have connected to multiple investment fintechs and merged everything into a single API and have gone one step further and are a building powerful wealth management tools that, up to now, have only been available to wealthy individuals.
Upside harvest the “upside” from your spending – so you can simply watch the savings addup and promise to help you make Effortless Savings That Grow As You Spend
Insurtech Tecb Startup
With the UK seeing record number of venture capital investments for scale ups and london being one of the financial services centres of the world the rather slow and multi-facted world of insurance is finally joining up with it’s not too distant cousin Fintech in terms of new companies bringing new ideas and innovation
So to keep track of the hottest insurance technology scale up companiesin UK we’re started this list and will be adding to it each month.
If you’re a Insurance Technology scale up we’ve not listed please get in touch!
Insurance for food delivery drivers, couriers, private hire drivers, small businesses, the self-employed and more. Policies available from an hour to a year.
Zego give customers (i.e. “people like us”) top-of-the-range, custom products to explore the full potential of their entrepreneurial spirit.
For everyone from carpenters to corporations, Zego delivers more than just insurance: Zego provide peace of mind and flexibility for changing circumstances.
In July 2019 Zego raised $42m in a B venture capital investment round from venture capital investment firms which will be used for expansion across Europe and to double its workforce.
The funding round was led by Target Global and other backers included TransferWise founder Taavet Hinrikus
Artificial intelligence to help you perform visual tasks with more speed, accuracy, and scale than ever before.
Tractable‘s artificial intelligence (do they actually mean machine learning?) assesses damage and estimates repair costs in real time. So claims can be settled faster, and livelihoods restored.
KASKO enables insurers to develop and distribute digital insurance products without tying up internal IT-resources or being bound by limitations of legacy.
Kasko helps innovative insurers to shape the future of the industry. Kasko offer an API-powered agile insurance product and distribution platform that operates between digital customer touchpoints and legacy IT systems.
Thus, Kasko make sure your IT empowers you, rather than restricts you, irrespective of your legacy system setup.
Transforming the commercial insurance market with real-time data and analytics.
Concirrus‘s Quest platform accesses and interprets wide-ranging datasets, combining them with historical claims information to reveal the behaviours that correlate to claims.
The results enable insurers and brokers to more accurately quantify risk; reduce losses and boost profits. Quest also makes new, powerful and differentiated product propositions a reality.
Inspired by the power of new technology and driven by the belief that existing collateral management solutions were over-priced, inefficient, and inaccessible, we decided to change things for the better.
CloudMargin exists to bring effective collateral management to all market participants including small businesses, regardless of size or status. We’re trusted by clients for our industry knowledge, honesty and unwavering commitment to innovation.
Wrisk’s core team brings together top class talent from the worlds of insurance, tech and beyond, representing a strong combination of proven skills and passion.
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Which are the leading Tech Startups in the Capital right now?
According to startups.co.uk they are Revolut, Igloo, Trouva
Which are the best UK startups to work for in London?
According to Linkedin in 2019 they were Cruve, Tide, The Goat, 11FS, Formula E, Babylon, Starling, GymShark, Revolut and Monzo at number one.
Is it a Good Idea to Start A Career at any of the London startups in this Guide?
Working for a startup isn’t all scooters and free lunch, and in many cases, it’s harder work with less pay, but in the end, it can pay off handsomely – monster.com
Which type of startup would you recommend for a career move?
Probably for all round experience, remuneration and career opportunity without the risk it would be a funded fintech. For sheer out there risk it has to be a blockchain startup