The Startups 100 2019: the UK’s best and most exciting new businesses revealed
Meet 2019's top UK startups. From finance and recruitment to AI and future tech, this year's list has raised a collective £1 billion, and with good reason
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 companies
- The Startups 100 Judges’ Picks – see the judges’ picks
- The Startups 100 Top Trends – see this year’s top trends
- The Startups 100 List in Full – see this year’s full list
- Startups 100 Full Profiles – read about this year’s winners in full
Collectively 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 5
The 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.
With 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.
On 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.
The 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.
Soldo’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.
A 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 Trends
As 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!
To find out more about any of these top trends, simply visit the pages below.
- Ethical Businesses: Festival Favourites
- Disruptive Recruitment Businesses
- Fintech Businesses: Budgeting Apps
- AI and Future Tech Businesses: Black Mirror is Here
- Health Tech Startups
- Equality and Diversity: the Startup Pioneers
- Sharing Economy Businesses
- Delivery Companies: To-Your-Door Startups
The Startups 100 List: Full List
The 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.
|32||Gadget Discovery Club||2018||Consumer/lifestyle||33||H2O Hygiene Ltd||2017||Construction/services|
|42||Shepper||2016||Business services/products||43||Big Youth Group||2018||Education|
|46||Fat Llama||2016||Tech||47||By Miles||2017||Finance|
|48||The Cheeky Panda Ltd||2016||Consumer/lifestyle||49||Countingup||2017||Finance|
|56||Fancy Dress Worldwide||2016||Consumer/lifestyle||57||Farillio||2018||Legal|
|66||Scape Technologies||2016||Tech||67||OneFifty Digital||2016||Media/communications|
|72||Maddox Events Limited||2015||Media/communications||73||mmadigital||2016||Tech|
|74||ideal flatmate||2016||Tech||75||Concured||2015||Business services/products|
|78||StateZero Labs||2018||Tech||79||Tshirtify Ltd||2015||Business services/products|
|84||Reedsy||2014||Media/communications||85||Emilia’s Crafted Pasta||2016||Hospitality/travel|
|86||JHP Recruitment Ltd||2015||Business services/products||87||Perlego||2016||Education|
|88||The Vurger Co||2016||Hospitality/travel||89||The Dots||2014||Tech|
With 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.