70. Henchman

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Founders: Ryan Perera, Dihan Algama and Ingmaras Keleras
Founded: June 2014
Website: www.henchmanapp.com

With branding that recalls a Mafioso mentality – the organisation running the operation is known as ‘The Family’ – the Chelsea and Fulham-based Henchman app aims to get its users anything they want delivered to their door in 60 minutes or less.

From 11am to 11pm every day, time strapped young professionals can have food, groceries, retail goods and even medicine delivered to their door within the hour, and can track their own personal driver in realtime. Henchman simply charges a delivery fee and shares 10-30% revenue with participating establishments.

Although currently only operating in central London, this ambitious and relatively young company already has 5,000 registered users, with plans to expand over a wider area of London, launch in Manchester and reach 1,000 deliveries per day within the next 12 months.

Diverse backgrounds in computer science, coding, event management and even heart surgery, make founders Ryan Perera, Dihan Algama and Ingmaras Keleras – who sold his first tech business at 16 – seem like a crack team assembled for a bizarre heist. But with customers already asking for non-delivery related requests, a unique concierge style approach and 60 minute time frame, the founders’ long term mission of being a global service where no request is too big or too small, doesn’t seem impossible.

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