While cities such as Berlin and Dublin are trending locations for tech companies and startups, there’s no doubt that London is still the prime spot for launching a new global business from a European base. Here are just a few of the companies proving that the UK’s startup scene is producing some of the most innovative and exciting new concepts.
A professional social network for creatives, The Dots recently raised £4 million in investments. Pip Jamieson’s startup already has a quarter of a million members and clients including Google, Sony Pictures, Viacom, Warner Music and VICE. Their aim is to help companies hire creative talent through recommendations and connections.
Futuristic London/Tallinn-based startup Starship Technologies is pitching to provide self-driving robots to complete local deliveries, as an alternative to delivery drones. The company claims their robots are safe and secure, cost-efficient, reliable and clean. They have so far been tested in over 100 cities, with clients including Just Eat and Domino’s Pizza.
Manchester-based fashion app Looker recreates the experience of getting your friends’ opinions on a potential new purchase, but in this case your pals are replaced with a panel of stylish users as chosen by you. The founders are aiming to create a positive and supportive online community where women of all shapes, sizes and style savvy-ness are welcome.
There’s a subscription service for everything these days, including coffee. Pact has supplied specialty coffee to over 500,000 households, and recently announced plans to focus on their B2B offering in 2018, with their Pact at Work subscription. The business’s investors include the founders of Songkick and Transferwise.
One of the most talked-about startups of 2017 was Monzo, the online-only bank account that is a favourite of Millennials. Founder Tom Blomfield believes it could have a billion customers in the next five years. Its benefits include no charges for spending abroad, and a simple smartphone app that suits how young people prefer to manage their money.
Ever wished that you could speak to your GP over Facetime or Whatsapp, rather than making the trip to the surgery? The NHS may not be offering this service yet, but Babylon Health has recognised the demand. They provide access to experienced and qualified doctors at short notice via an instant messaging app, with a yearly subscription costing £50.
Grub Club is capitalising on the pop-up restaurant trend by offering supper clubs in quirky locations, creating a unique and memorable dining experience. Users can find supper clubs to attend or offer to host their own on the Grub Hub website. Press coverage has come from Time Out, Stylist, The Independent and The Evening Standard.
Seenit is the creation of Emily Forbes, a documentary filmmaker who wanted an easier way to collate mobile phone footage filmed by onlookers at events. The app allows users to upload their footage to a central hub, where it can be downloaded and edited by event organisers. Clients include BT Sport, the Royal Academy of Dance and Red Bull Racing, among others.
You can catch speakers from startups including Monzo, The Dots, Looker, Grub Club and Pact at our upcoming event YMS London, taking place in March 2018.