101 British tech start-up ideas that caught our eye
They say the best way to predict the future is to invent it. Find out more about the latest up and coming British tech ideas and get inspired…
Fivesquid.com is an online marketplace where people can monetise their skills and hobbies for as little as £5, saving businesses money while earning themselves a healthy profit. With 129 categories to choose from, founder Terry Koutsios claims some businesses can save up to £20,000 a year by outsourcing their micro jobs to fivesquid.com, with some members having earned over £14,000 by offering their skills for fixed prices. Read more about fivesquid.com here.
At 21, Chris Nkwonta has already founded two businesses and his latest is looking to revolutionsie the car market. Having spent time and energy travelling between dealerships in the hunt for the perfect car and ending up with a faulty one, Nkwonta knew there had to be a better way. VROOMO matches car buyers and seller in a way that aims to eliminate the haggle and risk associated with private buying. Read more about VROOMO here.
With the “wedding industry crying out for disruption”, Robin Weil feels that weddings should be no exception to the modern trend of online buying. Aimed at tech savvy couples, Wedding Planner (formerly World of Wedmin) claims to be the UK’s first wedding supplier comparison site and offers a unique search tool to find and compare wedding suppliers by location, availability, price and reviews. Read more about Wedding Planner here.
With consumers struggling to spend their leisure time economically, and activity providers struggling with customer acquisition, filmmaker and entrepreneur Nelson Sivalingam knew he could benefit them both. His lifestyle subscription service Wonderush connects users to last minute spaces for classes and experiences such as yoga, cocktail making or even crochet. The £29 a month service recently secured £500,000 from Fuel.Ventures.
Launched in 2007, Booking Live’s simple mission is to develop software that makes the process of online booking better for both companies and their customers. Founded by Vinnie Morgan, the Bristol-based company builds tailored and flexible booking software to meet the needs of the nine different industries it serves, as well as offering web development services for companies in need of a website. Read more about Booking Live here.
Founded by Stuart Sunderland, it’s safe to say that City Pantry is cooking up a storm. A business to business catering platform, it focuses on connecting small food vendors with large corporate lunches and events. Read more about City Pantry here.
After noticing the industry was rife with ‘distrust’, young founders Andrew Jervis and Felix Kenton founded ClickMechanic in an attempt to turn the car repair market on its head. An online mechanic marketplace, the site has raised around £100,000 to date from investors including former AutoTrader director James Bromley, as well as Imperial Innovations.
Aiming to deliver anything you want direct to your door in under 60 minutes, the Henchman app is the creation of Ryan Perera, Ingmaras Keleras and Dihan Algama. Weather its food from a restaurant that doesn’t deliver, last minute grocery shopping or even an aspirin from the pharmacy, the app assigns you your own personal ‘Henchman’ to buy and deliver for you instantly. Read more about Henchman here.
With research showing that 40% of Brits won’t go for more than a day without a phone, iMend.com seeks to satisfy the on-demand market with its call-out mobile phone repair service. Founded by Keir McConomy, the serial entrepreneur is also the man behind the multi-million pound SellMyMobile.com and LoveSales.com. Offering same day collection in most cases, iMend.com send out their experienced repair technicians direct to your door with a ‘no fix no fee’ guarantee. Read more about iMend.com here.
Nobody likes cleaning, particularly when you’ve got a busy schedule. Spotting an opportunity, Pete Dowds and Tom Brooks quit their city jobs to found on-demand cleaning business Mopp. Using their app, customers can book an experienced local cleaner for a flat rate of £10. Since launch, Mopp has been acquired by German company Handy but still continues to trade under the Mopp brand. Read more about Mopp here.
The “AA for bikes”, VonCrank was founded to provide cyclists with the same level of service as motorists. Its team of mechanics repair and service bikes on the streets, at home or in the workplace through an integrated booking, management and payments app. Founded by Cariern Clement-Pascall, formerly a director of a mobile bicycle company, VonCrank has the potential to serve a huge market with an estimated 23 million cycling journeys taking place in London alone last year. Read more about VonCrank here.
With consumers craving convenience more than ever, Lorenzo Franzi and Florian Färber founded ZipJet – an on-demand laundry app. Operating in both London and Berlin, ZipJet collect customer’s laundry and dry cleaning direct from their door and offer a 24-hour turnaround service, seven days a week.
1ROOF matches people in need of home renovations with the appropriate professionals. Founded by serial entrepreneurs Hugo Sells and Max Mallows, 1ROOF aims to tackle the “fractured” market which they see as being led by “antiquated directories”. Having raised £150,000 in SEIS investment, the site also offers instant estimating software, live advice and payment processing plus a 10 year guarantee. Read more about 1ROOF here.
With negative press surrounding the industry thanks to poor security, price hikes and hidden fees, Peter Gentzel and Daniel Axsäter started bySTORED. with a simple mission: to make storage as easy as it can possibly be. The company’s neat solution is a tailored service with free 80 litre storage crates and the ability to itemise your belongings on an online profile. Although smaller than some of its bigger rivals, this London start-up certainly makes more room for the customer. Read more about bySTORED. here.
Founded on the belief that the streets of a city are like the corridors of a hotel, Nakul Sharma’s Hostmaker has responded to the Airbnb boom by offering a service that takes the hassle out of managing short term rentals. Similar to AirSorted, the service, which currently operates in London, Barcelona, Rome and Paris, provides cleaning, linen rental, welcome packs, guest communication and even design services for Airbnb hosts. Read more about Hostmaker here.
Backed by Facebook and Google executives, the brother and sister duo of Paul and Gemma Young founded Settled in an effort to disrupt the property market. Believing moving house is “one of the most stressful experiences we’ll ever go through”, the pair’s aim is to utilise modern technology to cut out the middleman and help shift control back to the consumer. Read more about Settled here.
Responding to a digital service gap for businesses and their customers, London-based Bouncepad manufactures secure iPad kiosks for retail, education, healthcare, hospitality and leisure spaces. The firm’s products, which pair with an organisation’s existing apps or websites, have been exported to more than 45 countries globally, working with brands including Adidas, McDonald’s, Ralph Lauren and Virgin.
Attempting to disrupt the massive tobacco industry, e-commerce site EcigWizard aims to provide a safer alternative to smoking with its flavoured e-cigarettes. Founded by Aaron Taylor, Oliver Warburton and Ben Potter, the business was entirely self-funded and has since grown into a multi-million-pound business with sales via its platform and over 30 retail stores across the UK. Read more about EcigWizard here.
Converting browsers to buyers is big business in e-commerce and Manchester-based Formisimo is on the front line. Founded by Al Mackin and Tom New, the cloud-based analytics tool helps companies across 83 countries identify where in the checkout process their customers drop out, implement changes and increase that all important conversion rate. The company has raised $1.85m to date.
No longer do bargain hunters of the world have to spend time stalking the supermarket aisles – Notify is an app that sends you a notification when the price of a product you want drops to your target price. Founded by Daniel Benzie and Andy Barr after Benzie had built a tool to track the price drop of a specific item of clothing, the app quickly found traction in his offices and within weeks had been shared thousands of times.
A Cardiff-based B2B platform, Ramp Commerce allows anybody to sell promotional merchandise to customers and fans by uploading designs and having them printed on mugs, clothing and stationery. With print-on-demand, the platform’s 11,000 independent bands and artists are not at risk of excess stock, while data provides advice on sales forecasts, marketing and geographical popularity.
Having sold their previous business VouChaCha for £55m, Ben Brown and Julian Polzella founded Shopwave –an iPad point of sale system. Utilising real-time technology, the pair hope to disrupt the market and “bring retail technology into the 21st century.” Shopwave has so far raised more than £340,000 on CrowdCube and more recently was accepted onto the Wayra accelerator programme – a sure sign they’re set to make some serious waves in the industry. Read more about Shopwave here.
Counting Marks & Spencer, Land Rover and Puma as clients, Smartzer allows consumers to shop while watching interactive online videos. Pairing this with its analytics platform, Smartzer’s aim is not only to increase sales for its clients but to provide detailed interaction information on customers. The start-up, founded by Karoline Gross, is backed by a group of high-profile angel investors including Experian CTO Frederic Vander Elst.
Trouva (formerly Streethub)
Trouva is an app that allows you to shop in London’s finest boutiques, all from the comfort of your iPhone. Enabling shoppers to browse a combined, real-time catalogue of 10,000 unique home and fashion products, from over 300 independent boutiques across the capital city, Trouva helps support small businesses by exposing them to a larger audience and thus increasing footfall. The app business raised $1.2m in a seed funding round led by Index Ventures and Octopus Investments in December 2013.
Having successfully set up multi-million-pound e-commerce company Jura Watches, Matt Warren was well aware of the hassle and costs incurred when shipping vast quantities of stock. To combat the problem, he founded retail management system Veeqo, helping retailers save time and money by integrating orders, inventory and shipping in one place. The Swansea start-up became the first Welsh company to raise funding through Seedrs in 2013.