45. Zeven Media
The young company bringing the somewhat unattractive photo booth into the digital age
Founders: Joshua Cook and Hyrum Cook
Founded: March 2013
Photo booths have been a fixture of events and shopping centres for decades, but their traditional box shape and cheap materials can make them an eyesore. Brothers Joshua Cook and Hyrum Cook saw their rising popularity in the US and decided to storm the UK market with a stylish and contemporary update.
With contactless payment, and the ability to instantly upload photos to social media, it’s not just the aesthetics that have been upgraded. The booths are available to rent for events or for long-term lease, and can be branded to match the client. The company also offers long term installations with contactless payment, where revenue is shared with its customer – offering an appealing guaranteed revenue stream for clients.
After an early cold call to Selfridges, the department store is still one of their clients, amongst a host of other impressive names including Harvey Nichols, Adidas, DKNY, The Shard and events such as V Festival and the BRIT awards.
At just 24 and 22 these young entrepreneurs to watch have already secured £50,000 backing from Deborah Meaden after a successful appearance on Dragons’ Den. Meaden will help the duo as they attempt to break into new markets and expand the business to cope with increasing demand over the coming year.