Disruptive influencers, but what next for our 2015 Everline Future 50?
4 min read
31 March 2015
Unveiled during a memorable awards ceremony at the beginning of March, this year’s Everline Future 50 demonstrate the very best of the entrepreneurial culture in the UK – one which is producing game-changing and exciting businesses. We caught up with them on the night to find out what is in store next.
Businesses including Secret Escapes, TransferWise, Funding Circle and LOVESPACE have all been a member of our exclusive Everline Future 50 club, demonstrating each has what it takes to take an industry and turn it on its head.
This year was no different, and the new 50 included companies in the technology hardware, online recruitment, consumer app and energy sectors. To summarise the evening, we produced a detailed look book. In it are the descriptions of the 50 businesses, as well as information on the six special awards handed out and some valuable stats on the cohort. We’d encourage you all to have a look and share with your network.
We were there on the evening with our video camera, quizzing entrepreneurs soon after they’d found out their inclusion. When asked what the next year had in store for each of their businesses, each were unsurprisingly ambitious.
John Talbot, co-founder and CTO at Twizoo, said: ‘We are hiring right now and about to expand and launch in New York, Chicago, DC and San Francisco. It’s all about trying to disrupt the restaurant and bar view market in the US.”
Twizoo is disrupting its space by leveraging social media conversations. Rather than having to rely on out-dated TripAdvisor reviews, consumers can plug into real-time sentiment reports on the destinations they are considering making a trip to. The business has also partnered with businesses to provide unique offers and discounts.
Have a look at our awards night summary video, featuring a range of interviews
For CommuterClub, winner of Disruptor of the Year and created to spread the cost of annual travelcards, it is a case of continuing on with a strong start.
“We have only been around for a year and have had tremendous growth. So for us it is about keeping that momentum going,” co-founder Petko Plachkov commented.
“We are expanding from London nationally to cover the south east, where tickets can cost as much as £5,000. [The award] is wonderful recognition for all the hard work we’ve done over the last year.
“Commuting is certainly not the sexist or most exciting business imaginable, but we are trying to make it a bit easier and help commuters save some money.”
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Richard Prime, co-founder of Sonovate, was very pleased to be named in the 2015 Everline Future 50. The entrepreneur, who has secured funding from the creator of social networking site Bebo, added: “When you found a business and conceptualise it, you think it’s a great idea. Then you go and check for sanity, gaining momentum and feeling good internally.
“But when a panel of bright-minded individuals who have been on that same journey say you’ve got a good idea and want to recognise it, that’s great.”
The Sonovate offering is aimed at businesses hiring contractors, and provides a tailored finance package to help with the cash flow issues that arise because of having to pay contractors before securing money from clients.
The Curve Group’s Della Wolfe was excited about the win but focussed on the future
Now in its fourth year, the Everline Future 50 has an impressive list of alumni. An there’s no doubt that this year’s class will go on to become the household names of tomorrow.
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