Tech Business of the Year 2015: Meet the finalists
They may be feted in the burgeoning tech industry, but which companies made our shortlist to be crowned the top tech start-up of 2015?
Fintech, Fashtech, Medtech, Adtech, or just plain tech, the rise of initiatives such as Tech City, availability of capital, and the desire for aspiring entrepreneurs to do something big has led to a surge in tech on a scale not seen since the industrial revolution.
Enabled by the internet and building a website to showcase their wares, most new companies could claim to have an element of tech in their businesses. But the Tech Business of the Year category, sponsored by .uk (the domain provided by internet registry service Nominet), represents a great way to celebrate the truly innovative and fast-growing technology companies.
Our six finalists all have enormous potential and are set to become big names in their chosen spaces, challenging the status quo and contributing to the UK’s desire to become a global tech powerhouse.
Managed IT services provider which works with some of the biggest names in the private and public sector. Helping to “transform” business processes, IT project delivery and technology, the start-up already employs 350 staff and has outperformed competitors.
The world’s first 24/7 estate agency which enables customers to arrange viewings, put their house on the market, book a local property expert and make an offer on a property from any device, anywhere in the world, at anytime. It has already taken 61% of the national online housing market.
The online platform that helps consumers find the most competitive price for anything they want to buy. Partnered with Barclays, the company makes a commission on every sale, while users get a lower price and retailers get better conversion rates.
Creator of the world’s most advanced car configurator, ZerloLight offers real-time, 3D interactive scenes of cars to help automotive brands “digitise the customer journey”. The start-up is already working with some of the top five largest global automotive brands.
The social media software platform which integrates everything from Facebook to Twitter into one single interface. It also provides a suite of analytics to give users valuable insights about their customers from across the social media spectrum.
A peer-to-peer lender for public transport tickets, CommuterClub enables UK commuters to access the discounts of an annual season ticket but paid over monthly installments instead; saving commuters £500 on average. Customers also receive “extra perks” such as discounts for Uber.