Lean Start-up of the Year 2016: Meet the finalists

Celebrating early-stage start-ups succeeding with limited resources, who are the inspiring finalists of this Simply Business-backed award?

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The “UK’s largest” on-demand rubbish collection service with nationwide coverage, Clearabee offers eco-friendly and affordable removal and clearance to households, businesses and local authorities.

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A performance marketing and consumer insight business, Fanfinders enables parent and baby brands to target pregnant women and new mums with new offers and deals. More than 500,000 mums are signed up to the site, and the start-up works with brands such as Huggies and Hamleys.

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Lifeline 24 is a Norfolk-based company which provides personal alarms for the elderly, frail and disabled. Its products have a 100 metre range and offer support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Netduma is the creator of a router specially designed to combat lag and internet congestion – ideal for gamers and those looking to stream content. Netduma sells to thousands of customers in 75 countries around the world.

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Developer of the Wi-Fi-enabled iKettle and now the FridgeCam, Smarter is on a mission to create a fully connected kitchen. With multi-million revenues, the start-up sells its products in over 500 stores in the UK and 200 stores in Europe.

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ZEAL Creative

ZEAL Creative is a Manchester-based integrated marketing agency which specialises in “fast moving consumer goods”. It has delivered campaigns for the likes of Kellogg’s, Original Source and Pilgrim’s Choice.

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