The Startups 100 2019: the UK’s best and most exciting new businesses revealed Bryn Glover January 14, 2022 8 min read Our experts We are a team of writers, experimenters and researchers providing you with the best advice with zero bias or partiality. Having received hundreds of entries over a two month period, Startups is excited to announce this year's Startups 100 list – featuring some of the UK’s newest and most exciting ventures.Now in its 11th year, the Startups 100 has become an annual milestone in the UK business calendar, highlighting up-and-coming businesses with the potential to change their industries for the better. To capture entrants from a wide range of sectors and serve up a sumptuous snapshot of the year’s businesses to watch the criteria for entry into the Startups 100 is simple: to be a UK business, and to have launched in the last five years.Now household names, previous years’ Startups 100 winners include business big dogs Deliveroo, Zoopla and Monzo and with our knack for spotting startup potential, this year’s list promises to be just as exciting. Read on to find out more or select an option from the list below to dive in to the specifics.The Startups 100 Top 5 – see the top 5 companiesThe Startups 100 Judges' Picks – see the judges' picksThe Startups 100 Top Trends – see this year's top trendsThe Startups 100 List in Full – see this year's full listStartups 100 Full Profiles – read about this year's winners in fullCollectively raising finance just shy of £1 billion, the 2019 top 100 have been ranked according to three primary criteria: the company’s age, finance raised, and turnover for the last financial year. However, good ideas deserve to be recognised and so, to bolster our rankings, the Startups team reached out to industry experts to pick out the ideas that deserve mention.Judges Titus Sharpe, Gemma Metcalfe-Beckers, Gi Fernando, Tim Rodber and Alex Farrell were tasked with arranging the top five overall businesses, as well as selecting standout businesses in several categories: Tech, Family, Social, B2B, B2C and Regional. After a day of judging, the top picks were selected, including a few commendations where judging was too close to call.So without further ado, meet the Startups 100 2019!The Startups 100 Top 5The Startups 100 2019 include a notable mix of finance and tech-enabled companies, a trend present in a large number of entries. However, what is most interesting is how these tech and finance companies have worked in ways to disrupt or evolve traditional sectors.PositionCompanyFoundedSector1.Revolut2015Finance2.Igloo2017Energy3.Trouva2015Retail4.Soldo2015Finance5.Elder2015Healthcare1. RevolutWith over four million customers in the UK and Europe, Revolut is one of a number of challenger banks to have emerged in recent years. First attracting users with competitive international spending options, Revolut are planning to become a truly global bank, offering a full suite of financial services to users around the world.2. IglooOn a mission to make customers’ homes smarter and more efficient, Igloo is an ambitious challenger energy retailer. Combining smart technology with simple and actionable advice, Igloo makes use of clever algorithms to generate recommendations. A shrewd partnership with Tesla also means that Igloo customers can charge their hybrid or electric cars using the greenest possible power sources.3. TrouvaThe only retail entry in this year's top 10, Trouva is a software-enabled marketplace, bringing customers and independent retailers together. Previously a Startup Award winner, and featuring in Wired Magazine’s hottest European startups, Trouva is disrupting the retail space with over 150,000 unique products on offer.4. SoldoSoldo’s aim is to help companies balance their budgets, providing a single account to manage all staff and department spending. Each employee is provided with a prepaid card with set limits, giving complete control to finance teams while enabling staff to spend when they need to. With allocated funds and controlled spending, Soldo is on a mission to streamline a process that has baffled businesses for years.5. ElderA tech-enabled healthcare business, Elder helps older people live in the comfort of their own homes for longer. Matching families with professional, vetted carers, Elder uses personality compatibility along with preference matching to ensure that every carer can be a trusted source of companionship. Founded in 2015, Elder is a one-stop-shop for arranging care or finding work as a carer.To view the top 5’s full profiles, click here.The Startups 100 Top TrendsAs well as being an excellent opportunity to highlight the UK’s top new businesses, the Startups 100 also provides insight into the latest business trends. This year, the Startups team has worked hard to uncover the budding businesses that challenge traditional methods, provide disruptive digital solutions, and aim to make the world a better, more efficient place.Some of the companies will already have been included above, but others have also earned spots in our other categories. For example, did you know that there is a business that can provide NHS prescriptions straight to your door for free? Recruitment platforms matching candidates to jobs in more innovative ways than ever before? There’s even a Scottish enterprise supporting the race to space! The Startups 100 List: Full ListThe businesses on this year’s list have raised more money than ever before, with cumulative investment of a phenomenal £1 billion and annual turnover of a quarter of a billion pounds in the last financial year. We may be living in the shadow of Brexit but these UK startups show that British business is still alive and kicking.Click here to begin reading the profiles in full, or scroll down to see which names made it into this prestigious list.RankCompanyFoundedSector1Revolut2015Finance2Igloo2017Energy3Trouva2015Retail4Soldo2015Finance5Elder2015Healthcare6Glenhawk2018Finance7Zego2016Finance8Streetbees2015Tech9Guestready2016Hospitality/travel10Thriva2016Tech11Mindful Chef2015Consumer12Airsorted2015Hospitality/travel13Cazoo2018Tech14Echo2015Consumer/lifestyle15Trint2016Tech16Patch2016Retail17Feast It2017Hospitality/travel18Attest2015Tech19GoGram2017Tech20Tempo2017Business services/products21PolyAI2017Tech22WeGift2015Tech23Trussle2015Finance24Lumen2018Tech25Dozens2018Finance26Ravelin2014Tech27Goodlord2014Tech28GoodBox2016Finance29MyTutor2014Education30Cudoni2017Business services/products31Birdie2017Tech32Gadget Discovery Club2018Consumer/lifestyle33H2O Hygiene Ltd2017Construction/services34Senseye2014Tech35Floom 2016Business services/products36Quorso2016Tech37Attachment2017Media/communications38Brand Advance2018Media/communications39Panaseer2014Tech40Feedr2017Tech41Debut2015Tech42Shepper2016Business services/products43Big Youth Group2018Education44Home Made2016Tech45Hazy2017Tech46Fat Llama2016Tech47By Miles2017Finance48The Cheeky Panda Ltd2016Consumer/lifestyle49Countingup2017Finance50Mayku2015Consumer/lifestyle51Edgify2015Tech52Tide2015Finance53Switchee Ltd2015Tech54Rentuu2018Tech55Muzmatch2015Tech56Fancy Dress Worldwide2016Consumer/lifestyle57Farillio2018Legal58Issoria2016Business services/products59Capitalise2014Finance60Red Rickshaw2016Tech61Howamigoing2018Tech62Learnerbly2017Education63Skyrora Ltd2017Tech64Atom Learning2017Education65Nivo2017Finance66Scape Technologies2016Tech67OneFifty Digital2016Media/communications68KASKO2015Tech69Talentful2015Business services/products70Broadstone2018Tech71Laundryheap2014Consumer/lifestyle72Maddox Events Limited2015Media/communications73mmadigital2016Tech74ideal flatmate2016Tech75Concured2015Business services/products76Freetrade2016Finance77Tutor House2015Education78StateZero Labs2018Tech79Tshirtify Ltd2015Business services/products80BlackCurve2016Tech81ChargedUp2017Consumer/lifestyle82Factory 422016Media/communications83Hostmaker2014Hospitality/travel84Reedsy2014Media/communications85Emilia's Crafted Pasta2016Hospitality/travel86JHP Recruitment Ltd2015Business services/products87Perlego2016Education88The Vurger Co2016Hospitality/travel89The Dots2014Tech90HoloMe2017Tech91Stasher2016Hospitality/travel92Bibblio2015Tech93Encore Musicians2014Media/communications94Sideways 62014Tech95Vestd2015Finance/legal96BIOS2015Tech97Yapster2015Tech98Baby2Body2014Consumer/lifestyle99Linkilaw2015Legal100Vet-AI2018TechWith a huge range of businesses included, the Startups 100 represents the ongoing success of British business. Of course, the table above does not provide as much information as you might like about the winning companies, so continue reading to find out more. Share this post facebook twitter linkedin Bryn Glover Editor Bryn Glover has been Editor of Startups.co.uk since 2017. Running the site's content strategy, Bryn spends a lot of time speaking to entrepreneurs and preparing for Startups' annual editorial campaigns.Having worked in journalism for just under a decade, Bryn wrote for sites like The Times, Reader's Digest, Independent and Times Higher Education before moving into the small business world.