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An underground party unveiled the most innovative UK businesses of 2016

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04 March 2016

On 3 March, London's dramatic Bankside Vaults underground venue was filled with Britain's most disruptive businesses, and after a street food extravaganza, we unveiled the Everline Future 50 class of 2016.

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While there is broad awareness of the benefits innovation can bring to a business, the UK has recently fallen short of productivity expectations – despite an increase in economic growth in 2014. This has led to the encouragement of businesses to enhance performance becoming top of the agenda for government bodies who are keen to see British industries thrive.

However, Real Business Disrupts 2016 highlighted that the Everline Future 50 alumni, who are as diverse as they are brilliant, are poised to revolutionise the way we do just about everything: from the way we shop, communicate, eat and look for finance.

The event kicked off with futurist James Bellini, who painted an interesting picture of cultures, companies and economic situations on the verge of essential change.

And helping this transformation along was a range of panelists, who offered some advice to those looking to walk the same path of disruption – from discussing team tactics and branding to how to best position yourself to receive funding.

Indeed, they have shown that the UK is back on track in terms of innovation, with prior winners such as app building business Mubaloo being acquired by IPG Mediabrands and Q App finding itself being snapped up by Yoyo Wallet.

This year also saw CommuterClub and Landbay backed by tennis player Andy Murray as part of his advisory role at crowdfunding platform Seedrs. 

But after an ever-intriguing event we recognised the Everline Future 50 – the fifth outing of a project which had been started in 2011 to yearly unveil some of the most cutting-edge young companies in the UK.

Read on to find out more about the Future 50.

The final 50 was announced at the after party, hosted by actress and impressionist Jess Robinson, who performed a stunning rendition of Bill Holiday singing Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off”, and Ezbob and Everline founder Sharone Perlstein.  

Having the guts and determination to get a groundbreaking new business off the ground is no mean feat so a huge congratulations to all those who were listed, as well as the companies which were nominated. 

We were looking for ambitious businesses (and leaders) eyeing up sizeable markets with bold new ideas, but we found much more than that: All company’s exhibited an incredible challenger’s spirit, and would undoubtedly go on to become genuine game-changers. 

View the full Future 50 list