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50 London-Based Startups You Need to Watch in 2017

Across the pond, London’s tech scene, also known as the Silicon Roundabout, is bursting at the seams with startup activity. Among the buzzing streets of London lives Tech City UK, an accelerator aimed at fueling digital entrepreneurs to image, start, and grow digital enterprises and help founders drive change within the industry.

Within their accelerator, there is the Future Fifty, a program that powers 50 of the UK’s fastest growing and most disruptive digital tech companies by providing expert-led classes and workshops, networking opportunities, visibility, private partnerships, and direct links to the UK government.

Since 2014, Future Fifty has graduated 77 companies through the program. They’ve had five IPOs on the London Stock Exchange, raising $1.5 billion, as well as 17 mergers and acquisitions of which 11 in the last year, including SwiftKey (Microsoft), Housetrip (TripAdvisor), One Fine Stay (Accor Group) and Skyscanner (Ctrip). Their startups have captured over $3.8 billion raised in funding, the companies have created 27,000 jobs around the world and have alumni with names including Zoopla and Just Eat.

Tech City UK announced their class of 2017 with 26 UK-based companies who will be joining the Future Fifty program.

Future Fifty’s Latest Batch

Azimo is an online international money transfer service that allows people to send money to any internet-connected device in over 190 countries around the world

Blis uses location data technology to create audiences for advertisers

Bloom & Wild provides flower delivery through the letterbox

Carwow is the most convenient, stress-free way to find and buy a new car

ClearScore is a company that provides free access to credit scores and reports

Condeco Group helps companies manage their meeting and office spaces more effectively

Ebury is a financial services company that helps small and medium enterprises grow internationally with foreign exchange, business lending and cash management solutions

Epos Now is a point-of-sale software and hardware provider that automates small business banking

Fairsail provides cloud-based human resources and people management software to mid-sized organizations

Festicket is an online marketplace to discover and book musical festival experiences

Gousto provides innovative recipe boxes with pre-portioned ingredients packaged and delivered to the door each week

Interact intranet software and professional services to help companies solve internal communication and collaboration challenges

Kano creates computers and coding kits for all ages

LoveCrafts is an online community and marketplace for the crafts sector

My UNiDAYS connects brands and services to a verified audience of students around the world

Onfido is an identity verification platform that helps over 1,000 companies ensure their customers are who they claim to be

Receipt Bank  is a startup that plans to automate small business bookkeeping

ROLI is a music technology company that makes a modular music creation system that opens up new possibilities for musical expression is an online pet nutrition service that makes and delivers tailormade food for an individual dog’s unique diet and nutritional needs

Thread is an e-commerce company that uses human stylists and machine learning to help men dress well without going shopping

Threadstyling is a company reinventing luxury goods commerce for Millennials

Spitfire Audio provides virtual instruments to composers and producers to produce and earn royalties on quality musical samples

SuperAwesome powers a kid-safe digital media ecosystem with products that are designed for kids’ data privacy requirements

Swoon Editions is an online furniture brand that works directly with suppliers to provide better quality products at a better price than traditional retailers

Trak Global Group is a telematics company that uses embedded devices to gather data and manage driver risk

Ve Interactive provides software that helps companies with digital advertising and online conversion

Photo via Tech City UK Facebook

Existing Companies with Future First

Adzuna is a search engine for jobs ads that lists every job, everywhere

Algomi enables all market participants to securely and intelligently harness data to make valuable financial trading connections

Brandwatch is the world’s leading social intelligence company

buddi is a personal emergency response service

Busuu is the world’s largest social network for language learning

Crowdcube is a leading investment crowdfunding platform

Deliveroo was founded in 2013 to provide the ultimate food delivery experience

FundApps provides cloud-based regulatory compliance monitoring SaaS to financial institutions

GoCardless is the easy way to collect Direct Debit payments

iwoca offers flexible credit to small businesses across Europe

Just Giving is the Number 1 platform for online giving in the world

LMAX was established to deliver the benefits of exchange quality execution to both buy-side and sell-side trading institutions

Lost My Name is an award-winning independent technology and publishing business

MWR InfoSecurity is an independent cyber security consultancy with research at the heart of what they do

NewVoiceMedia powers customers connections that transform businesses globally

Performance Horizon is the leading provider of SaaS solutions for digital partner marketing

Qubit empowers businesses to customise and optimise websites in real-time using qualitative and quantitative visitor data

RateSetter is one of the largest P2P lending platforms in the UK

scoota is an online advertising technology company that enables advertisers to create, activate, measure and optimise brand campaigns to scale

Space Ape is a gaming company focused on mid-core games

The Floow designs the world’s most insightful, feature-rich and cost-effective telematic system to make vehicles safer and cheaper for all

TransferWise is an international money transfer platform

WorldRemit lets people send money to friends and family living abroad, using a computer, smartphone or tablet

Yieldify founded in 2013, helps marketers convert visitors easily

Read more about UK-based companies here Tech.Co

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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.
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