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Startups 100 2018 reveals definitive ranking of the UK’s top 100 businesses

Representing the cream of the crop of UK start-ups, has announced its esteemed annual Startups 100 index. View the full list here... is proud to officially unveil the Startups 100 2018 index – the longest-running ranking of the UK's top 100 best and brightest new businesses launched since 2015.

Sponsored by global marketing company DCMN, the Startups 100 2018 – which features game-changers, innovators, and disrupters – is proof that entrepreneurship is more vibrant and robust than ever.

From the weird to the wonderful, with ideas tackling everything from divorces to plastic pollution to nightmare flatmates,  these start-ups are creating jobs, boosting the economy, and solving problems for businesses and consumers.

SU100 button projects editor, Megan Dunsby commented: “Each year we see a whole host of innovative new businesses being launched and this year is no exception!

“Tech developments mean that launching a business is much easier than it was a few years ago – all you need is a good idea and a solution that people are looking for.

“This year is notable for the new markets being catered for – new mothers, pensioners and divorcees are an under served market perfect for start-up disruption.”

The Startups 100 2018 in numbers

  • The businesses collectively employ a total of 1,981 staff
  • They’ve raised £270.8m collectively (compared to £200m in 2017)…
  • While 14 businesses have grown organically
  • Retail was the most popular start-up sector with 14 businesses featured, followed by food and drink (9), proptech (9), health (7), and finance (7).
  • 70 of the 100 are new entries
  • 19 are based outside London
  • 35 founders are female
  • The average age of entrepreneurs is 34
  • The youngest entrepreneurs in the index are 24
  • The oldest entrepreneur is 59 years’ old

How are the Startups 100 2018 chosen?

In order to be eligible, entrants must be UK-based, privately-owned, and have started trading on, or after, January 1 2015.

The businesses are then assessed on a number of key criteria to determine whether they meet the high standards we've come to expect from the high-performing businesses identified over the last 10 years.

These are:

  • An innovative USP – we want to get excited about unique and disruptive ideas that are going to transform sectors for the better
  • Exceptional founders – whether fresh-faced or serial entrepreneurs , we're looking for founders that show exceptional drive, talent and ambition
  • Employee numbers and contribution to the economy – we value businesses that are creating jobs and growth
  • Amount of funding raised or impressive organic growth – whether a start-up has raised millions or is entirely bootstrapped
  • Traction to date, including current financials – great clients, strong sales, thousands of customers; all are taken into account
  • Potential for growth – we're looking for businesses that are in it for the long haul.
  • Global ambitions –  we also want to find start-ups that have ambitions to conquer the world

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Henry Williams
Henry Williams

Henry has been writing for since 2015, covering everything from business finance and web builders to tax and red tape. He’s also contributed to many of our industry-renowned annual indexes, including Startups 100 and Young Guns, and created a number of the site’s popular how to guides. Before joining the team, he reviewed films for a culture website, and still harbours ambitions of being a screenwriter.