A 3-word global address system, a global money app and card, a P2P real estate investment platform, an online legal portal, a personalised postcard-sending app and a 100% solar-powered water decontaminator were some of the big name winners at this year’s Everline Future 50 awards, held in conjunction with Real Business.
Real Business created the Future 50 project in 2011 to shine a spotlight on early-stage companies that see the future in a new way. Now in its fifth year these awards have evolved to recognise companies that challenge the norms and traditional thinking in their field, with breakthrough brands JustPark, TransferWise, Made.com and Wearesocial among its alumni.
Nominations from small businesses disrupting every industry imaginable from energy to engagement rings, peer to peer to pet sitting, chutney to catering and HR to housekeeping were whittled down to the final 50 by a panelist of expert judges including: Hunther Ruthven, editor, Real Business; Tomer Guriel, CEO, Everline; Anthony Fletcher, CEO, Graze; Justin Peters, Founder & CEO, Kabbee and Katie Leviten, Investment Manager, JamJar Investments.
The big winner of the night was Judge’s Favourite and Disrupter of the Year, Revolut, a global money app and multi-currency MasterCard, which enables users to spend as if they had a local bank card wherever they are, exchange currencies at interbank rates or send money in seconds within its app or via text, WhatsApp and email. Revolut has grown to 120,000 users in just 7 months and has seen $260m transacted through the platform.
“There’s a big buzz around game-changing businesses, particularly in the fast-growing FinTech space, but very few awards that actually celebrate the entrepreneurial culture of small businesses that is helping the UK stand out as a world-leader in innovation. We’re really proud to support and celebrate the achievements of these businesses and wish them every success in the future.”
“This year’s Everline Future 50 companies are further evidence that British entrepreneurs are neither prepared to accept stagnant industries providing inferior service nor shy away from the risky endeavour of creating something to solve that problem.
“You can’t help but be inspired by the creativity demonstrated by this year’s cohort, whether it is shaking up the way we think about mapping or simply providing a better way to receive your favourite craft beers. This year’s Everline Future 50 join an illustrious alumni that with each passing day produces an inspiring story – whether it’s growth, acquisition, fundraising or new client win.”
Revolut. The big winner of the night was Judge’s Favourite and Disrupter of the Year, Revolut, a global money app and multi-currency MasterCard, which enables users to spend as if they had a local bank card wherever they are, exchange currencies at interbank rates or send money in seconds within its app or via text, WhatsApp and email. Revolut has grown to 120,000 users in just 7 months and has seen $260m transacted through the platform.
Absolute Barrister. Absolute Barrister supply legal advice to businesses and individuals online using expert barristers (rather than solicitors) to cut costs and unneccessary redtape.
Desolenator. A unit that uses just sunlight to remove 99% of contaminants (i.e. salt, arsenic, typhoid) from all sources of water.
Lendinvest. A peer-to-peer platform matching people and institutions looking for opportunities to invest in real estate, with property purchases, renovations and developments.
What3Words. A unique 3-word address system, where a global grid of 3mx3m squares has been pre allocated with a fixed, unique address. This means everyone and everywhere has a simple, usable address, helping the world run more efficiently and giving an address to 4bn people without one.
Abundance – a peer-to-peer investment site that offers both a bank beating, long term income and a positive legacy for the environment and society.
Adyoulike – using proprietary technology, enables advertisers to spread their brand content natively in the heart of any type of editorial content.
Alfred Smart Home – an app that allows you to control your devices from one single place and measures energy consumption to suggest when and how to use your appliances to save money on bills.
Babylon Health – brings the services you would expect to find at your GP surgery to your smartphone.
Berry White – a range of organic sparkling fruit drinks, with a donation given to the BerryWhite Foundation for every bottle sold.
Bizdaq – the first platform offering a marketplace for business buyers and sellers to deal directly without agents or intermediaries.
Borroclub – an innovative web based platform putting owners in touch with borrowers and vice versa to encourage neighbourhood sharing of household items such as gardening equipment, tools, bikes and kitchen appliances.
Clearscore – providing free access to credit scores and reports for all consumers.
Cocoon – an IoT security device that protects a whole home.
DesignMyNight – an inclusive nightlife discovery and booking site, with its own ticketing platform.
Edutise – a marketplace that uses collective buying to provide substantial price reductions on services and supplies for schools and local businesses.
First Mile – helps businesses to recycle everything at low cost by binning the bin and buying recycling and waste sacks on a pay-as-you-go basis, with the cost covering next-day delivery, collection and disposal.
Fourex – a self service kiosk that can exchange both coins and notes from almost any country in the world, for cash.
Hire Space – an online venue marketplace that allows customers to find and book space for events.
Honest Brew – an online retailer that matches craft beers to people’s taste and delivers them directly.
Housekeep – an online booking platform for experienced home cleaners.
Hubble – an online marketplace matching those looking to rent office space with those who have it.
Huddlebuy/Perkbox – Perkbox delivers employee engagement to SMEs in the form of an emplyee rewards platform, while Huddlebuy provides white-label customer engagement platforms for brands with SME customer bases.
JournoLink Limited – an interactive platform enabling SMEs to manage their own PR and send out business stories to press and bloggers.
La Belle Assiette – the Uber of the catering world, they hire no chefs and own no catering facilities. Instead they set the service prices and standards and let independent caterers offer their services via their site.
Off3r – a mobile crowdfunding aggregator, helping investors discover startups and growth companies across the world’s leading platforms.
Open Utility – the UK’s first peer-to-peer energy marketplace, letting people buy and sell renewable energy directly at prices they agree on.
Openr – a dgital marketing tool that is putting the ROI back into content marketing.
Optimity – a pioneering wireless technology that replaces the need for fibre optic, supplying businesses with ultra-fast broadband in a fraction of the time it takes to install fibre optics.
Ormsby Street – a next-generation digital tool providing data and insight to help businesses make good decisions about customers, suppliers and themselves.
Plentific – an innovative real estate platform that helps consumers manage their properties, from buying or renovating to selling and everything else in between.
Rare Pink – an e-tailer specialising in bespoke engagement rings and wedding bands to provide a premium quality service at a fraction of high-street prices.
Rubies in the Rubble – chutneys made from fruit and vegetables that have been rejected by shops because of shape, size and colour.
Settled – poised to transform the property industry, using technology to redesign the estate agency model and put home owners and buyers in control.
Shavekit – a subscription-based shaving kit delivered to your door when you need it.
Snaptrip – a marketplace for last minute UK holiday cottages
Tempus Energy – the UK’s first flexible energy supplier, automatically shifting customers’ non-time critical electricity usage away from expensive peak times and into periods when prices are lower and when renewable generation is often active.
TIQ – proactively captures work activities and uses them to automatically generate an overview of the time spent on specific clients, projects or tasks.
Trusted Housesitters – a sharing economy business between home owners and pet sitters that lets sitters stay for free in return for caring for pets.
Unilink Software – prisoner self-service technology that cuts down on paperwork and helps make prisoners more self-sufficient, creating a more rehabilitative environment.
We Are Colony – a global film streaming platform connecting content owners to passionate fans.
Yoyo Wallet – a whole new buying experience for retailers and shoppers by merging the worlds of payment and loyalty.
Zipcube.com – an online marketplace that allows you to search, filter and book meeting rooms on-demand.
MPB – a hassle-free and secure process for photographers and filmmakers to trade used equipment online.
Quid Cycle – an ethical financial services company bringing borrowers and investors together on a secure online platform.
M Squared – a supplier of lasers that enable the development of new technologies and new applications in three key areas; quantum technology, biophotonics and chemical sensing.
Qstory – an automated staff management tool suite for contact centres.
Land Insight – a central online site which allows property developers a one-stop shop to viewing off-the-market available land and associated data.
Zapgocharger Ltd – an ultra-fast charge graphene supercapacitors that can replace slow charging lithium-ion batteries. Its first product is a five minute charger for mobiles and tablets.
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