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…
Not as violent as its name suggests, FightMe is a collaborative social video network that seeks to bring purpose to video content by asking its users to participate in 30-second challenges. Joelle Hadfield and Jamie Lorenz founded the platform to transform ‘fight’ from a negative to a positive, encouraging young urban creatives to improve through competition and collaboration as part of a community. Read more about FightMe here.
Meet and Jam
With Meet and Jam, touring musician Nick Ford-Young and co-founder Peter Fiennes, wanted to solve the “age old problem” of helping musicians to do just that – connect with other musicians and find a place to jam. Online profiles allow users to get a taste of their prospective collaborator’s sound, while the online booking system enables them to find and book a music studio to play in.
With mobile phone cameras rivaling their digital counterparts for quality, Carl Thomas spotted an opportunity to allow anyone to turn likes into cash. He launched miPic – a social media platform that that lets mobile artists and photographers sell their images to a global audience. The start-up won the Innovation Award at the Virgin Media Pitch to Rich competition 2014 just four months after launch. Read more about miPic here.
Natter is a social media app that allows people to do just that – have a natter. Founded by Neil Stanley and Dan Bartlett, the app allows users to communicate through short three word messages called ‘Natters’ and use additional hashtags that engage directly with other users. Backed by Alamex, a technology incubator based in Bath, it’s no wonder this nation of talkers is so keen, with the app attracting over 3,000 active users.
A new breed of social network, Reading-based Pollpic connects its users through the crowdsourcing and sharing of opinions on anything from sports to fashion or music, simply by swiping an image. Unlike other social platforms, Pollpic claims to be able to capture feedback in real time, making it an excellent tool for brands to connect with their customers and fans and to target them with promotions and advertising.
A start-up that claims to be able to make anything the number one trending topic on Twitter in less than half an hour, Manchester-based Social Chain owns more than 300 social media communities across Europe – equivalent to 200 million followers. Founded by Steve Bartlett and Dominic McGregor, the company – which has offices in London and Berlin, received $2m in funding in March from a German talent management firm NVC. Read more about Social Chain here.
A social app that breaks the mould by revolving around shared interests and passions instead of people, Michael Venn’s Tagstr uses hashtags to organise images, audio and video into specific shared moments and areas of interest. The platform also doesn’t rely on the traditional model of friends or followers, allowing users to share and view content from a wider network. The Cheltenham-based business has raised $2.6m to date.
Attempting to disrupt the messaging app industry, Calum L. Leslie appears to be asking all the right questions. Inspired by his travels in America, the law graduate created Wooju, a question-messaging app designed for when you need a second opinion.
Fed up with the dull and monotonous tours she experienced while travelling with her daughter, Julie-Anne Uggla created Cities Talking: a mobile tour guide app providing 40 specially curated walking tours of 28 cities around the world – with every tour produced by a team of celebrity narrators, writers and entertainers. The company also donates a percentage of all profits to charities in every city where it offers tours. Read more about Cities Talking here.
Fed up with the underrepresented, “patronising and frumpy” family holiday market, Andrew Dent wanted to provide young, time-poor mums with well-delivered and designed content. Familytraveller.com aggregates the best content, deals, offers and tips in one place, searchable by activity type, destination and the age of your children. In 2014, it launched a directory of family-focused small businesses, enabling users to find family specific content and helping the smaller end of the leisure market reach the lucrative family demographic.
Described by its founders as a cross between YouTube and Justgiving, GiveToView looks to democratise fundraising by allowing its users to raise money for charity through the creation and sharing of video content. Users promote their cause and select a particular point within the timeline of the video to ask for a donation of as much or as little as they like to unlock the remainder of the video.
After years of experience working in film production and product development respectively, Emily Forbes and Max Werner founded Seenit – a video collaboration platform. Allowing fans and consumers to co-create videos with their favourite brands, the Holborn-based startup has worked with an impressive roster of organisations since launch including The BBC, STA Travel, Bacardi and Manchester City Football Club.
A video production marketplace, Wooshii was founded by Fergus Dyer-Smith in an effort to make video “easy, accessible and affordable” for businesses of all sizes. With their community of video makers over 10,000 strong, Woshii connects those who make video with those who need it – acting as a gateway to a fragmented, largely freelance community.
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