33 of the UK’s “finest” early-stage start-ups invited to join Upscale 2017

Martha Lane Fox, Brent Hoberman and Michael Acton Smith will mentor UK's "next generation of household names”

33 of the UK’s “finest early-stage” company’s have been invited to join Tech City’s 2017 Upscale programme and receive mentoring from the likes of Lastminute.com founders Martha Lane Fox, Brent Hoberman and Mind Candy founder Michael Acton Smith.

The six-month programme aims to help the UK’s “most promising” early-stage start-ups scale up and become “the next generation of household names”.

Last year’s cohort included a number of Startups Awards winners and finalists such as 2015 overall winner Appear Here, Pact Coffee, Property Partner and Bloom and Wild.

On average, the 33 companies have been trading for four years, have 31 employees and have raised $4.1m in funding. Participants cover everything from app & software development to education technology, the Internet-of-Things and e-commerce, with financial technology accounting for the biggest single group (15%).

Startups Awards finalists Cambridge Intelligence and Trouva and Young Guns founded Wolf & Badger, Paddle and Urban Massage are all included in the 2017 intake.

Other Upscale mentors include hassle.com founder Alexandra Depledge, Just Eat CEO and Startups Awards judge David Buttress, Adzuna co-founder Doug Munro and investor Saul Klein.

The full list of businesses taking part in Upscale 2017 is:

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1. Boiler Room
2. Blaze
3. Bulb
4. Cambridge Intelligence
5. Chargifi
6. CharlieHR
7. Chiaro
8. Cronofy
9. Curve
10. DueCourse
11. Echo
12. everyLIFE Technologies
13. Firefly Learning
14. GeoSpock
15. Goodlord
16. Grabyo
17. Live Better With
18. LivingLens
19. Mastered
20. Mixcloud
21. Moneyfarm
22. Monzo
23. Paddle
24. pi-top
25. Pockit
26. Poq
27. Signal Media
28. StoryStream
29. Streetbees
30. Trouva
31. Trussle
32. Urban Massage
33. Wolf & Badger

Gerard Grech, chief executive of Tech City UK, said: “One of the objectives of Tech City UK is to accelerate the growth of the country’s digital and tech sector. The companies that join our Upscale programme have already overcome significant hurdles and have the makings of brilliant businesses.”

Eileen Burbidge, general partner of Passion Capital and chair of Tech City UK, added: “We welcome the next cohort to our Upscale programme. They can be confident that some of the most experienced, brightest minds in the tech ecosystem will be helping them to build their business over the coming year.”


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