The 2014 entries were as diverse as they were brilliant, showcasing businesses poised to revolutionise the way we do just about everything: from the way we shop, to the way we communicate, the way we travel, the way we eat, and even the way we die.
Having the guts and determination to get a groundbreaking new business up and running is no mean feat so a huge congratulations to everyone in this room. There was serious competition to make the 50 this year so our judges had a very tough job.
The final 50 was announced last night at a party in Old Street – the heart of London’s startup scene – hosted by comedian Seann Walsh.
The list was compiled by professor Julian Beer, pro-vice chancellor (regional enterprise) at Plymouth University; serial technology entrepreneur Shakil Khan; Anthony Eskinazi, founder and chairman of Parkatmyhouse; Darren Westlake, CEO of CrowdCube; Cate Trotter, founder of Insider Trends; Matthew Rock, former editor of Real Business and Russell Gould, managing director of Everline.
Russell Gould, managing director of Everline, said: “We had hundreds of high-calibre entries to this year’s Future 50, showing that small businesses are continuing to find innovative ways to drive the UK economy.
“The UK continues to prove itself as a hub of innovation and we’re really proud to support and celebrate the achievements of these businesses and wish them every success in the future.”
The Future 50 list in full:
appearhere – a marketplace for landlords to find tenants for commercial property.
Asset Match – the first comprehensive electronic platform for trading shares in private companies.
Boticca.com – the world’s luxury bazaar of fashion accessories.
BuyMyWardrobe – a fashion resale marketplace.
Calls in Confidence – disrupting the ‘whistleblowing’ market.
Cambridge Intelligence / KeyLines – data visualisation.
CoinDesk – the de facto digital currency and index and knowledge hub.
CompareTheCoffin.com – changing the way the UK plans and organises funerals, one coffin at a time.
Contego Fraud Solutions – real-time due diligence and risk analysis.
ECO Plastics – brings disruptive technology and collaborative thinking to the world of waste.
EVRYTHNG – makes products smart by connecting them to the web.
Funding Options – helps small businesses seek out the best financial solution.
Gousto – a unique twist on the takeaway market.
Grabble – helps online shoppers keep all their favourite fashion products in one place.
Hiring-Hub.com – an online recruitment marketplace.
IO Technologies – real-time media buying solution.
Jukedeck – the first software that can write decent music on its own.
Kabbee – an app that compares local cab firms.
Kykloud – SaaS for the construction industry.
LawBite – making the law more accessible for small companies.
liftshare.com – pioneering car journey sharing service.
LOVESPACE – by-the-box storage from your door.
Loyalzoo – offers independent retailers a loyalty app to replace loyalty cards.
Mainstage Travel – Dragons’ Den-beating festival and clubbing holiday operator.
Moni – disrupting the money transfer market.
Motoriety UK – the first and only platform for motorists to manage all aspects of car-ownership.
Movebubble – the world’s first P2P marketplace for long-term residential property lettings.
Paddle – makes eCommerce payments quicker and easier.
Parkopedia – an online encyclopedia for parking spaces.
Paythru – mobile payment service.
PrivateFly – a global booking service for private jet charter.
proversity.org – a digital university built by employers.
Quill – a content marketing company that specialises in writing for the web.
Rainbird – a powerful AI engine platform that enables anyone to capture their knowledge and publish it.
Realeyes – changing the way research is done.
Reevoo – customer review platform.
Revector – aims to disrupt the mis-billing market.
Screenburn – a Facebook video-on-demand platform.
ServiceTick – collating customer feedback.
Sign Solutions – making the web more accessible to the British Sign Language community.
Skimlinks – monetisation for online publishers.
Tabl – disrupting the hospitality sector with a P2P social dining platform.
The Chapar – a premium personal shopping service for men.
The Mobile Vet – challenging established chains of vets.
The Social Ad group – making social advertising pay.
TyresOnTheDrive – a mobile tyre-fitting service.
Versarien – disruptive materials.
Virtual Huddle – a next-generation collaboration tool.
Wazoku – manages and develops ideas through software.
Yecco – a secure private network that connects friends, families and professionals.