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The 50 most disruptive British businesses in 2016: The Everline Future 50

41 min read

03 March 2016

The Everline Future 50 is back with a bang and the latest crop to join our growing community of disruptive and game-changing businesses are some of the very best we've seen.

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The 250 businesses that can now claim to be an Everline Future 50 member truly are an incredibly inspirational lot. From fintech heavyweights such as Funding Circle and TransferWise to digital trailblazers including Ve Interactive and Somo, our initiative has been a runaway success when it comes to identifying disruptive enterprises early on.

The last six months has been a very active time for our alumni. First off app building business Mubaloo capped six years of amazing growth by being acquired by IPG Mediabrands. Then, not wanting to be left behind, last year’s member Q App was snapped up by Yoyo Wallet, which is actually in this year’s list!

There was also the impressive news that CommuterClub and Landbay had been backed by Britain’s top tennis player Andy Murray as part of his advisory and investing role at equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs. Everywhere you look there has been success.

But now it’s time to turn our attention to 2016’s 50, the half century of companies we believe are going to drastically change the way complacent industries operate. For the second year in a row we have selected six special award winners who really exemplify what it is to be an Everline Future 50 member.

Disruptor of the Year Award: Revolut

Friend to Business Award: Absolute Barrister

Environment and Sustainability Award: Desolenator

Household Name of the Future Award: Touchnote

Future Unicorn Award: LendInvest

Gift to the World Award: what3words

More to come from those six great businesses in the days and weeks to come, but now onto the wide 50 businesses our judging panel deemed worth of inclusion. After asking last year’s cohort who they thought was most disruptive, ladies and gentleman, we give you the Everline Future 50 2016!

Absolute Barrister

Industry/sector: Legal
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Simon and Katy Gittins
Location: London

Founded by a husband and wife, Absolute Barrister is an online service designed to bring order to the legal system. It connects consumers and businesses alike to affordable barristers for a range of matters, which has resulted in the firm growing by 50 per cent year-on-year. Looking ahead, the ambition is to become the largest barrister law company – big enough to challenge the top ten existing parties for revenue within the next ten years.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Absolute Barrister profile

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Abundance

Industry/sector: Alternative finance
Date founded: 2012
Founders: Bruce Davis, Louise Wilson and Karl Harder
Location: London

Abundance is built to beat banks and deliver better returns for the public, allowing users to make investments of as little as £5 in ethical projects. Founded by an environmentalist, an investment banker and an anthropologist, the crowdfunding investment platform has put ethics at the heart of the business. It aims to generate £50m of investments for ventures over the next two to three years, looking to affordable housing, social care and other causes.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Abundance profile

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Adyoulike

Industry/sector: Advertising
Date founded: 2011
Founders: Julien Verdier and Yohan Elmaalem
Location: London

Adyoulike was created to provide publishers and brands with a native method of digital marketing that supports a variety of devices to engage users, believing that a different approach to advertising was required. It stands to make a significant profit, with spending on native advertising to reach to £21bn by 2018. The firm achieved scale in April 2014 with the buyout of UK marketing agency ContentAmp – providing the French company with access to British soil.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Adyoulike profile

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Alfred Smart Home

Industry/sector: Mobile
Date founded: 2015
Founders: Nicola Russo, Michelle Galli, Marco Matera, Silvia di Nardo, Adam Lamkharbech
Location: London

While working on a prototype smart socket that would enable people without smart appliances to virtualise their homes, a group of students found there were no apps that controlled multiple devices. As such, they took it upon themselves to build an interface that would learn from user habits and replicate their actions much like a digital butler. It comes as no surprise then that it was aptly named after Batman’s Alfred.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Alfred Smart Home profile

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Babylon Health

Industry/sector: Healthcare
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Ali Parsa
Location: London

British healthcare often causes much unrest, whether it’s down to waiting times or a lack of availability, thus Babylon Health has been launched to deliver a solution to the problem. Operating as an app that can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play, it lets users experience the services expected from GP surgeries. The platform supports video consultations, text and image-based questions, specialist referrals, clinical record access, health tracking and more.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Babylon Health profile

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Berrywhite

Industry/sector: Food and drink
Date founded: 2011
Founders: Andrew Jennings
Location: London

Berrywhite was launched by Andrew Jennings in 2011 with the mission of producing a premium organic fruit drink brand. With a tagline of “tastes good, good for you, and good for others”, each drink is designed to to be free of artificial additives. Meanwhile, ten per cent of profits from each bottle and can sold goes to donations to charity through the Berrywhite Foundation, which backs projects to support people globally who aren’t being provided for.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Berrywhite profile

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Bizdaq

Industry/sector: Business services
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Sean Mallon
Location: Leeds

Recognising the ecommerce boom, Bizdaq is a digital marketplace that lets entrepreneurs and investors buy and sell businesses across desktop and mobiles. It’s built to help business owners through each step of the selling process, while buyers can search for acquisitions based on location, cost, turnover, asking price and other variables – just as if they were making a purchase for shoes on eBay. The Leeds firm raised £1m in February 2015, with Republic founder Tim Whitworth among investors.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Bizdaq profile

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Borroclub

Industry/sector: Consumer goods
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Matt Dredger
Location: Solihull

Borroclub wants to be known as the middle ground between eBay and the scrap yard. Part of the sharing economy, the service connects neighbours who are looking to lend and borrow, which brings together the community while providing the chance make a profit from the goods that are being lent out. It’s in a solid market as the average UK garage has some £3,500 worth of stuff lurking around, which totals £92bn when factoring in the 26m UK homes.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Borroclub profile

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ClearScore

Industry/sector: Finance
Date founded: 2015
Founders: Justin Basini
Location: London

ClearScore launched to solve the frustration experienced around credit reports, which are often quite difficult for consumers to interpret – unless they want to pay for a company to unravel the mysteries surrounding their financial status. It claims the financial services industry should work harder for consumers and this approach has resulted in the firm topping over half a million users since launching last year, while it’s on track for 3.5m by 2017.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 ClearScore profile

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Cocoon

Industry/sector: Security
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Dan Conlon, Colin Richardson, Sanjay Parekh, Nick Gregory and John Berthels
Location: London

IoT security firm Cocoon is developed to protect the entire household with a simple design set to put customers at ease. Indeed, it’s built with that philosophy in mind – that people just want tech to work without unnecessary complications. The all-in-one device uses sound and machine learning to monitor regular and irregular activity in the home by recognising the usual patterns and alerting the users of anything unusual with a smartphone notification.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Cocoon profile

Read on to find out which other inspiring companies have made the 2016 Everline Future 50 listing.

The Everline Future 50 2016 is once again bringing together the companies we and our judging panel believe are going to the the disruptive and game-changing businesses of the future. Use the links at the bottom of the page to navigate throughout the rest of the feature and meet some incredible ventures.

DesignMyNight

Industry/sector: Lifestyle
Date founded: 2010
Founders: Nick Telson and Andrew Webster
Location: London

Nick Telson and Andrew Webster were adamant they wanted to avoid the hyperactive buzz surrounding VC investment when launching DesignMyNight, aspiring to build a responsible and sustainable enterprise. As such, they’ve only accepted a £250,000 angel round. Launched in 2010, the website is the fastest growing online nightlife guide in the UK and supports bar bookings in over 15 cities nationwide, boasting over 500 clients and three million covers – some 600,000 a year.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 DesignMyNight profile

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Desolenator

Industry/sector: Cleantech
Date founded: 2011
Founders: William Janssen
Location: London

One billion people around the world lack access to clean water and many of them are left trekking hours each day, only to access dirty, contaminated substances. To combat that, William Janssen has introduced cleantech venture Desolenator, which develops solar-powered products that can remove 99.9 per cent of contaminants from any water source. Better still, the device is built to last for up to 20 years and requires little maintenance.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Desolenator profile

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Edutise

Industry/sector: Education
Date founded: 2014 
Founders: Stephen O’Leary
Location: London

Operating as a Groupon-like marketplace, Edutise offers over 5,000 products and services for sale, including printers, ink, insurance and more. They’re sold at a reduced cost to schools and local small and medium-sized businesses, while a cut from sales to SMEs are pumped back into education. A man on a mission, founder Stephen O’Leary wants to empower schools so that they can put the savings towards the improvement of children’s learning.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Edutise profile

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First Mile

Industry/sector: Recycling
Date founded: 2004
Founders: Bruce Bratley
Location: London

First Mile manages waste for over 14,000 businesses across London and Birmingham. Using a specialist approach, the company can recycle everything including general waste, electrical goods and confidential items alike. It’s speedy and flexible design resulted in over 40,000 tonnes of material collected last year – two-thirds of which was recycled. The business plans to scale around the M25 and out to extra cities and towns to double the size of the operation for a recycling revolution.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 First Mile profile

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Fourex

Industry/sector: Foreign exchange
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Jeff Patterson and Oliver Du Toit
Location: London

Operating as a self-service kiosk, Fourex supports exchange of coins and notes for over 150 currencies. It accepts exchanges from upwards of just £1, providing users with a choice of pounds, euros or dollars. The founders secured true recognition in June 2015 when Fourex was named a winner in Virgin’s Pitch to Rich contest. It fought off competition from 2,700 other companies that entered and secured a £50,000 investment by winning the New Things category.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Fourex profile

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Hire Space

Industry/sector: Events
Date founded: 2012
Founders: Edward Poland, Will Swannell
Location: London

Hire Space, a venue website that brings revenue to schools and community centres by renting out unused spaces, was founded in 2012 by old friends Edward Poland and Will Swannell. It recently raised £1m of funding to expand into international markets and branch into UK cities outside of London. Backed by a group of angels, including TopTable founder Karen Hanton, the firm was created with charitable intentions stemming from hardships created by the recession.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Hire Space profile

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HonestBrew

Industry/sector: Drinks
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Andrew Reeve
Location: London

HonestBrew, launched in January 2014 by founder Andrew Reeve, has successfully tapped into the concept that consumers want personalised goods. The company provides a unique experience that matches beers to each customer’s individual taste and delivers a wide range of samples directly to their door. And after overfunding in only two weeks on the Crowdcube platform, the business is keen to invest in both technology and growing the company further.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 HonestBrew profile

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Housekeep

Industry/sector: Services
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Avin Rabheru
Location: London

With trust at its core, online booking platform Housekeep seeks to partner cleaners that struggle to showcase – and consumers finding it difficult to find – reliable and quality cleaning. With former VC investor Avin Rabheru at the helm, the company has experienced rapid growth in a matter of months and has gone on to secure capital from executives at the likes of the BBC and Kabbee – with further plans ahead to sweep the floor with the competition.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Housekeep profile

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Hubble

Industry/sector: Property
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Tushar Agarwal, Tom Watson, Rohan Silva
Location: London

Hubble aims to simplify the process of renting out office space by listing all types – shared, co-working, standalone, serviced – on one platform, handling the entire process, from finding a space to signing the lease. The inspiration for such an offering, according to its three founders, were sites such as Spareroom and Airbnb, which enabled the team to create a website that was as transparent as possible.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Hubble profile

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JournoLink

Industry/sector: Media
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Gemma Guise, Peter Ibbetson
Location: North Yorkshire

There’s a revolution taking place in the PR space, and it’s being led by a small firm with family at its core. With a father and daughter combo behind the helm, JournoLink is hoping to evolve the way the PR industry works. Focusing on helping startups pitch stories at the right time and to the right journalists, JournoLink provides a simple online model that benefits both journalists and new employers.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Journolink profile

Read on to find out which other inspiring companies have made the 2016 Everline Future 50 listing.

The Everline Future 50 2016 is once again bringing together the companies we and our judging panel believe are going to the the disruptive and game-changing businesses of the future. Use the links at the bottom of the page to navigate throughout the rest of the feature and meet some incredible ventures.

La Belle Assiette

Industry/sector: Catering
Date founded: 2012
Founders: Giorgio Riccò, Stephen Leguillon
Location: London

La Belle Assiette, otherwise known as “The Beautiful Plate” in English, is a private chef booking service which launched in the UK in 2014. Prior to co-founders Stephen Leguillon and Giorgio Riccò taking Britain by storm, however, it already had a runway success across seven cities in France – and is planning to conquer Europe before its US competitors can even get a foot in the door.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 La Belle Assiette profile

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Land Insight

Industry/sector: Property
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Jonny Britton, Andrew Moist
Location: London

Land Insight started its life when Andrew Moist, a software developer, began researching how to build his own home in London. It didn’t take him long to discover that finding a plot of land was the first major obstacle. After acquiring himself a co-founder on Twitter, the two set out to bring the industry up to speed and foster a change in the way that property is developed.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Land Insight profile

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LendInvest

Industry/sector: Alternative finance
Date founded: 2013
Founders: Christian Faes, Ian Thomas
Location: London

Startup LendInvest, a peer-to-peer lending platform launched in May 2013, claims the title of the first online mortgage origination and loan trading platform in the UK that focuses on loans secured against residential and commercial property. With growth on its mind, the company has gone from zero to over £525m of completed loans in less than three years and plans to soon secure a spot in the London Stock Exchange.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 LendInvest profile

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M Squared Lasers

Industry/sector: Manufacturing
Date founded: 2006
Founders: Graeme Malcolm, Gareth Maker
Location: Glasgow

In May 2006, Graeme Malcolm founded M Squared Lasers with Gareth Maker, a colleague from Strathclyde University, using advances in photonics – the science of light – to design and manufacture lasers for use in industry, defence, healthcare and energy. At its core, however, is the suggestion that businesses should maintain strong working relationships with university research in order to be truly innovative.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 M Squared profile

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mpb.com

Industry/sector: Ecommerce
Date founded: 2006
Founders: Matt Barker
Location: Brighton

Founded in 2006 by then 22 year-old graduate Matt Barker trading through eBay, MPB now has a team of 27 imaging experts in Brighton quoting for £16m worth of photo and video products annually through a sophisticated custom-designed technology platform. And its rapid growth has seen it recently ranked in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 league table – highlighting some of Britain’s fastest-growing private tech companies.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 mpb.com profile

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OFF3R

Industry/sector: Investment
Date founded: 2015
Founders: Lex Deak
Location: London

Launched in June last year by Lex Deak, the London-based OFF3R is an app which aggregates crowdfunded deals and utilises a Tinder-style interface to improve access to investment opportunities. The startup claims to have had over 500,000 interactions with some two million deal alerts sent to investors in 75 countries. And now it plans to use its latest round of investment to support major expansion.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 OFF3R profile

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Open Utility

Industry/sector: Energy
Date founded: 2013
Founders: James Johnston, Andy Kilner, Alice Tyler
Location: London

Open Utility, co-founded by James Johnston, Alice Tyler and Andy Kilner, is marrying big data technology with Britain’s growing community renewables movement to change the way we buy and sell energy. The marketplace allows consumers to buy their energy from local, renewable sources if they choose to, and for producers to work out where they can strike the best deals to sell at.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Open Utility profile

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Openr

Industry/sector: Digital marketing
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Christina Richardson and Vitaly Yakovlev
Location: London

Founded by Everline Future 50 veterans Christina Richardson and Vitaly Yakovlev, who previously founded Brand Gathering, digital marketing tool Openr harnesses the power of link sharing to drive engagement. The tool allows users to add individualised floating messages to the target page of a link, and has been used by over 2,000 brands in 28 countries since it was created in 2014. Having achieved an average click through rate of five per cent, it is vastly outperforming competitor products.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Openr profile

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Optimity

Industry/sector: Communications
Date founded: 2003
Founders: Anthony Impey
Location: London

Established by Anthony Impey, Optimity provides ultra-fast, secure broadband in a unique way – by installing antennae on customers’ roofs. The company’s founder is shaking up the market by offering faster speeds, shorter lead-times than competitors, more resilience when it comes to bad weather, and portability when customers move. The firm serves 250 businesses in East London, and has also won praise for providing jobs for local residents and apprenticeships for young people.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Optimity profile

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Ormsby Street

Industry/sector: Finance technology
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Martin Campbell
Location: London

With the average UK SME owner waiting 72 days before the invoices they send out are settled, extending lines of credit to unreliable customers can cost a business dearly. By granting company leaders access to over seven million company records, Ormsby Street, founded by Martin Campbell, has developed a unique solution to this problem. In less than two years, the company’s CreditHQ platform has attracted £2.5m in seed funding and garnered more than 27,000 UK users.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Ormsby Street profile

Read on to find out which other inspiring companies have made the 2016 Everline Future 50 listing.

The Everline Future 50 2016 is once again bringing together the companies we and our judging panel believe are going to the the disruptive and game-changing businesses of the future. Use the links at the bottom of the page to navigate throughout the rest of the feature and meet some incredible ventures.

Perkbox

Industry/sector: Business services
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Saurav Chopra, Chieu Cao
Location: London

Until recently, only large corporations could afford to pay for employee perks – a concept that is quickly changing thanks, in some part, due to Perkbox. As the UK’s largest benefits provider for startups and small businesses, the company is helping bosses grow their firms by offering handpicked corporate benefits from trusted brands with offers covering financial and educational products, alongside personal perks including gym membership and exclusive meal deals redeemable at thousands of restaurants nationwide.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Perkbox profile

Plentific

Industry/sector: Property
Date founded: 2013
Founders: Cem Savas and Emre Kazan
Location: London

Plentific is an online home services marketplace in the UK which helps homebuyers and homeowners hire qualified professionals and tradesmen, from mortgage brokers and conveyancers to builders, electricians and plumbers. In addition to providing high quality customers to its member pros, the company helps businesses enhance an online presence via rich profile pages. Founded by former investment bankers Cem Savas and Emre Kazan in 2013, the startup is one of the most innovative.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Plentific profile

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QStory

Industry/sector: Logistics
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Paddy Coleman
Location: Surrey/South Africa

Started in 2014 by engineer Paddy Coleman, game-changing technology company QStory – based in Surrey and South Africa – offers clients two innovative products to aid call centre staffing decisions. The firm’s first service, WhyDetector, provides real-time data analysis of customer service information, viewable by managers on a mobile app. The business’ second offering, launched in February 2016, complements this by automating human resource allocation – and there are a further six new products in the pipeline.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 QStory profile

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QuidCycle

Industry/sector: Financial advice
Date founded: 2013
Founders: Frank Mukahanana
Location: Croydon

Pioneering ethical finance company QuidCycle was founded in 2013 by experienced financial advisor Frank Mukahanana to deliver services to a group he identified as an underserved market – middle income families. The firm provides advice as well as peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and borrowing products designed to help families move away from debt and into a stronger financial position. Based in London’s Croydon Tech City, this game-changer has won awards for innovativeness and acclaim for its mission.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 QuidCycle profile

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Rare Pink

Industry/sector: Jewellery
Date founded: 2013
Founders: Nikolay Piriankov and David Sutton
Location: London

Sensing an opportunity to be grabbed with both hands, Rare Pink was launched to bring a “clicks and bricks” approach to the process of buying an engagement ring, which can be highly stressful given the financial and emotional expenses involved. The business model combines low prices online with a personalised service that can be experienced in store or workplace visits. The outfit closed £345,000 through equity crowdfunding site Seedrs in September – smashing its target of £150,000.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Rare Pink profile

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Revolut

Industry/sector: Payments
Date founded: 2015
Founders: Nikolay Storonsky and Vladyslav Yatsenko
Location: London

Disruptive money app and payment card company Revolut has garnered 65,000 active users in under a year with an app allowing people to spend or transfer money in any currency without incurring commission charges. The company’s founders raised £1.5m last year to help fund expansion in 2015, and recently completed a second round of funding. Backed by investors including Seedcamp, the customer base is currently growing at 500 users per day.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Revolut profile

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Rubies in the Rubble

Industry/sector: Food and drink
Date founded: 2012
Founders: Jenny Dawson
Location: London

Jenny Dawson was inspired to start sustainable food business Rubies in the Rubble after a visit to a fruit and vegetable market alerted her to the amount of food thrown away for being the wrong shape or size. The solution she found was to turn this waste into chutney, which she now produces in five different flavours. Her sustainable mission goes beyond reducing waste, as the company also employs people who have struggled to find employment.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Rubies in the Rubble profile

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Settled

Industry/sector: Property
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Gemma and Paul Young
Location: London

Innovative online estate agent Settled was founded by a brother and sister duo. Together they are working to make the most stressful experience in most people’s lives easier with a platform which allows users to manage everything from valuations to exchanging and completing online for a fixed fee. Supported by an advisory board which includes experts from Facebook and Google, the siblings have got their sights set on becoming the UK’s top digital property tool.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Settled profile

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Shavekit

Industry/sector: Retail
Date founded: 2013
Founders: Tom Walker and Tom Harrow
Location: London

Serial entrepreneurs Tom Walker and Tom Harrow founded online subscription service Shavekit to save men who hate shopping from the need for high street visits to purchase their beauty essentials. With over 3,000 active users, and thousands of new customers latching onto the concept each month, the pair have just finished a second round of growth funding, which will be used to widen the product range to include shaving cream, moisturiser and hair products.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Shavekit profile

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Snaptrip

Name: Snaptrip
Industry/sector: Travel
Date founded: 2013
Founders: Matt Fox
Location: London

Snaptrip aims to become the UK’s premier site for last-minute breaks in self-catered holiday properties, and since its launch in 2013 the business has formed partnerships with 20 cottage rental companies and secured over £700,000 in funding. The company’s roots lie in founder Matt Fox’s own experience in the online travel sector, which led to a business opportunity he couldn’t miss out on.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Snaptrip profile

Read on to find out which other inspiring companies have made the 2016 Everline Future 50 listing.

The Everline Future 50 2016 is once again bringing together the companies we and our judging panel believe are going to the the disruptive and game-changing businesses of the future. Use the links at the bottom of the page to navigate throughout the rest of the feature and meet some incredible ventures.

Tempus Energy

Industry/sector: Cleantech
Date founded: 2011 
Founders: Sarah Bell 
Location: London

Recognising a market that relentlessly exploits customers without regard for the environment, Sarah Bell set up Tempus Energy to remove the complexity surrounding energy pricing and reduce costs for consumers. The Everline Future 50 entrant uses mathematical algorithms and other technologies to ensure customers get the most cost-effective energy source possible. It installs devices into premises which communicate with installed electrical appliances, switching them on at times when energy is at its cheapest.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Tempus Energy profile

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TIQ

Industry/sector: Business software
Date founded: 2014 
Founders: Nich Schils 
Location: London

Born in Amsterdam, TIQ provides businesses with time-management software that aims to remove the administrative challenge of time-tracking. By linking email, a calendar, Microsoft Office and Google applications, and by integrating with administrative systems, TIQ’s algorithms can organise workers’ activities and match them to specific clients, projects or tasks. An overview of how time is spent at work is automatically generated, and can be validated by TIQ software in under a minute, making time management easier and more efficient.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 TIQ profile

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Touchnote

Industry/sector: Mobile
Date founded: 2007 
Founders: Raam Thakrar and Paul Burdin 
Location: London

In an era when moments and memories are shared quickly and impersonally via Facebook or Instagram, Touchnote has been included in this year’s Future 50 list. The company has seized on people’s desire for more meaningful one-to-one communication. It’s app converts camera phone photos into postcards or greetings cards to print and post. This simple idea has seen the company go from strength to strength and Touchnote was confirmed in December last year as the ninth fastest-growing tech company in the UK.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Touchnote profile

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TrustedHousesitters

Industry/sector: Pets
Date founded: 2010
Founders: Andy Peck 
Location: London

TrustedHousesitters aims to solve the universal problem of ensuring pets are cared for when owners travel. Founded by Andy Peck in 2010, the online network connects owners with trustworthy sitters to take care of homes and pets whilst they’re away, for free. TrustedHousesitters said it’s saved members more than £150m in pet care and accommodation costs, and partnerships with leading travel and pet companies and charities should guarantee the venture’s continued success.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 TrustedHousesitters profile

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Unilink Software

Industry/sector: Software 
Date founded: 1994
Founders: Francis Toye
Location: London

While one of the older member’s in this year’s list, Unilink’s disruptive technology is increasingly changing every part of prison life, enabling prisons to become more rehabilitative. A typical prison can circulate up to two million sheets of paper each year, as inmates request shopping, finances, visits, health appointments, drug treatment, employment, education and so on. Unilink’s self-service, touch-screen kiosks means requests that used to take weeks can now be done in seconds. Unilink’s system is capable of 50 processes, and has carried out over a billion prisoner transactions.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 Unilink Software profile

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We Are Colony

Industry/sector: Video
Date founded: 2013
Founders: Sarah Tierney
Location: 2013

We Are Colony is a new film streaming platform connecting content owners to passionate fans. It distributes “special edition” bundles with exclusive extra content like deleted scenes, making-of documentaries, stills, scripts. Founded in 2013, its mission is to build a global community of film fans and redefine the on-demand viewing experience, as digital revenues are projected to overtake theatrical box office for the first time in 2017. We Are Colony has so far raised £1.4m in funding from angel investors and funds.

Read the full 2016 Everline Future 50 We Are Colony profile

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what3words

Industry/sector: Mapping
Date founded: 2013
Founders: Chris Sheldrick, Jack Waley-Cohen 
Location: London

Already used in over 170 countries by people, business, governments and NGOs,  what3words takes the form of a tiny piece of code that plugs into apps and services, identifying them within a global grid of 3mx3m squares, each of which has a pre-allocated three-word address. It aims to solve the world’s GPS and navigation problems, giving an address to the four billion people without one.

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Yoyo Wallet

Industry/sector: Mobile payments 
Date founded: 2014
Founders: Michael Rolph, Alain Falys
Location: London

Up next this year is Yoyo Wallet – a mobile merging the worlds of payment and consumer loyalty, updating the buying experience for retailers and shoppers. Yoyo Wallet provides data to retailers, matching shoppers to the products they buy, whilst acting as a rewards system for shoppers themselves. Currently expanding across Europe and into the US, the future looks bright for the world’s first and only “smart wallet”.

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Zapgocharger

Industry/sector: Manufacturing 
Date founded: 2013 
Founders: Stephen Voller 
Location: Oxford

Zapgocharger makes ultra-fast charge graphene supercapacitors that can replace slow charging lithium-ion batteries. At the start of 2016 the Harwell-based firm shipped its first product – a five minute mobile phone and tablet charger – to customers in 70 countries. Zapgocharger’s platform technology provides faster charging, lower costs and longer lifetimes than lithium-iron batteries: the incumbent technology in the majority of digital devices.

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Zipcube.com

Industry/sector: Office space
Date founded: 2013 
Founders: Guillaume Santacruz
Location: London

Understanding that smart cities are about behaviour as well as technology, Zipcube.com is an online marketplace that allows you to search, filter and book meeting rooms on-demand. Offices can list rooms and monetise redundant space, changing the way people meet and how companies view offices. The site so far achieves 170 bookings a month without partnership deals or a marketing budget, and Zipcube.com is now ready to become the synonymous name with on-demand meeting rooms.

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