Tech City’s “Future Fifty” companies revealed

Tech City, the government-backed initiative to encourage more tech start-ups in east London, has unveiled the first cohort of businesses to be included in its inaugural Future Fifty.

The Future Fifty was launched in April by Chancellor George Osborne and Joanna Shields, UK ambassador for digital industries and CEO of Tech City UK. It is a programme designed to build growth and create jobs, and aims to connect high-growth companies with expertise and support, to enable them to grow rapidly.

The first group of companies consists of a range of technology businesses working in various areas, including fashion, leisure, consumer goods, property and financial services, and includes companies such as Zoopla, MADE.com, Skyscanner, One Fine Stay, and Just Eat.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I am determined that we do everything we can to make Britain the best place to start, grow and do business. As well as backing the businesses of today, this government is also backing the innovative, high-growth businesses of the future.

“The Future Fifty programme is action that will help these businesses to grow and achieve their potential, and help us to compete and thrive in the global race.”

So which are the high-growth businesses set to  join the Future Fifty? Look no further. The first 25 members to successfully join the programme are:

●        Zoopla Property Group - owns and operates leading online property brands including Zoopla.co.uk and Primelocation.com. Its websites attract over 40 million visits each month.

●        Skyscanner – the world’s fastest growing international travel search company.

●        Onefinestay – a service that helps city travellers stay in beautiful homes appointed with all the creature comforts of a hotel in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

●        Omnifone – an independent business-to-business provider of global cloud-based digital music services.

●        Neomobile – a global Mobile Commerce Group providing mobile payment and advertising services.

●        Mind Candy – an entertainment business delivering experiences both online and offline including toys, books, magazines, music, trading cards and movies.

●        MADE.com – an online designer furniture retailer working with 40 world-wide established designers and collaborators to create exclusive designs.

●        Lyst – a personalised fashion marketplace that gives millions of people that personalised shopping experience every month.

●        Just Eat – a site which uses proprietary technology to offer an efficient on-line ordering service for the restaurant industry in thirteen countries around the world.

●        HouseTrip – one of the largest holiday rental websites in the world, offering holidaymakers and holiday home owners a safe and easy-to-use platform to find, book and list holiday apartments, houses and villas.

●        Green Man Gaming – the fastest growing social commerce platform for core gamers which combines an automated game tracking community with a robust digital E-commerce platform.

●        Farfetch – an online fashion brand and shopping site which brings together a network of global partners including European and North American multi-brand designer boutique.

●        Box – a cloud based data provider that makes businesses more competitive, productive, and powerful by connecting people with their most important information.

●        Acturis – an innovative, cloud based Software as a Service platform transforming the commercial insurance industry.

●        Calastone Limited – an independent cross-border transaction network for the global funds industry.

●        Hailo – a free smartphone app which is revolutionising the way taxis are ‘hailed’, putting people just two taps away from licensed taxis at all times.

●        Horizon Discovery – a UK biotechnology company that combines a long scientific heritage in translational research with a world-leading gene-editing platform.

●        Huddle – a cloud content collaboration service used by government organisations and enterprises worldwide.

●        Lumimobile – employs world class patented technology to empower business insight and engagement through mobile devices.

●        Mimecast Services – delivers cloud-based email management for Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Office 365, including archiving, continuity and security.

●        Repknight – the fastest open source intelligence (OSINT) platform in the world, sold only to government security services and police forces.

●        Zopa – the UK’s leading peer to peer lender, matching smart borrowers looking for low rate loans with savers who want higher interest rates on their returns.

●        Secret Escapes – the UK’s largest flash sales site for luxury travel, saving members up to 70% on luxury hotels and holidays.

●        Skimlinks – creates native monetisation solutions for publishers, rewarding them for any e-commerce they drive by turning product links and product references into easily tracked affiliate links.

●        Synthesio – a leader in global social media monitoring, helping brands and agencies listen to, understand and engage with consumers.

David Buttress, CEO of Just-Eat said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this high profile programme alongside other fantastic digital and technology businesses. Our inclusion is testament to the hard work and relentless passion for innovation across our teams in thirteen countries, as we continue to grow and empower consumers to love their takeaway experience.”

Alex Chesterman, Founder & CEO of Zoopla Property Group said, “We have been one of the fastest growing online businesses in the UK since 2008.

“We now own and operate some of the UK’s leading online property brands including Zoopla, PrimeLocation and SmartNewHomes. Our focus is on continuing to develop our brands and grow our business in a sustainable way and The Future Fifty programme provides us with the ideal platform to help realise our ambitions and we’re delighted to be on board.”

Michael Acton-Smith, CEO, Creative Director and founder of kids’ entertainment company Mind Candy said: “Mind Candy is delighted to be part of the Future Fifty and feel it’s a great initiative for the rapidly growing Tech City community and around the rest of the UK.”

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