20 killer start-ups set to take off in 2015

Started up in 2014, meet – in order of launch date – the most exciting UK businesses to have launched in the last 12 months…

It’s crystal ball time. Startups.co.uk loves predicting the future and in 20 clicks you can see it too. We’ve scoured the nation to find the 20 start-ups we think have the potential to be the big business names of the future.

And we’ve got a pretty decent record of picking winners. Companies that were in their first 12 crucial months of trading when we picked them to make our lists of 2011, 2012 and 2013 have already got themselves noticed.

Stalked by multinational blue-chips lining up their next acquisition, feted by the press, and lauded by the business community the once-fledgling businesses we’ve identified in the past three years are already pulling up trees.

Started by 17-year-old schoolboy Nick D’Aloisio, news summary app Summly was sold to Yahoo! for an estimated £19m in 2013. The Raspberry Pi Foundation posted a turnover just shy of £6m in 2013 and to October 2014 it had sold almost four million of its computers.

In November, going-out app YPlan secured £15.3m Series B venture capital funding to fuel its international growth while retail space marketplace Appear Here bagged a £4.8m round.

Augmented reality app Blippar now boasts more than 1,000 clients including Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Conde Nast, Warner Bros., and Jaguar. Crowdcube has successfully facilitated the funding for over 170 businesses with close to £50m raised in seed capital between them. And MarketInvoice has traded more than £300m of invoices for clients. We could very easily go on.

We can’t claim to be perfect. There will always be great looking start-ups that don’t deliver on their enormous potential, but over the next 20 pages you can be sure our picks have got something that makes them stand-out in an economy that has spawned more than 550,000 business registrations this year alone.

So from a glance over our shoulders at the past, are you ready to see the future? Follow us…

If there’s a great business you think we’ve missed – or a start-up we should keep our eye on for next year – we’d love to hear about them (hello@startups.co.uk or @startupstowers).

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