London SMEs burn bright in Wired list of Europe’s hottest start-ups

A list of Europe’s hottest start-ups includes strong representation from London companies, with the capital being singled out as one of the continent’s most important hubs for growth in technology.

Technology magazine Wired said that London could eventually rival Silicon Valley, and highlights 10 start-ups in the capital that are “causing the greatest buzz”.

The list includes 3D printed toy firm MakieLab, Android keyboard app SwiftKey, same-day delivery service Shutl and direct debit processor GoCardless.

Also on the list are black cab app Hailo, the retail analytics tool Qubit, business information service DueDil, overseas money transfer service TransferWise and healthy snack service Graze.

TransferWise’s chief executive Taavet Hinrikus said: “Seeing a list like this goes to show that London is far from a second rate technology hub - these guys are all experiencing incredible growth and attracting big funds from some of the world’s biggest and best investors.”

SwiftKey co-founder Ben Medlock said: “It’s great to be endorsed in this way by a magazine renowned for its emphasis on innovation - a value we put at the heart of all we do. This recognition is testament to the creativity and hard work of our growing team.”

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of job search engine Adzuna, which was also on the list, said: “We are thrilled to be considered one of the most exciting start-ups in London’s booming tech scene.”

The full list of Europe’s hottest startups is available in the latest issue of Wired, which is on sale today.

Wired: Europe's hottest start-ups

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