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Meet the 25 Hottest Startups in the UK

Picture of Claire Lancaster
Tech & Entrepreneurship Editor
Updated: 22 August 2017
From customised pet food to flower delivery and personal styling, Tech City’s Future Fifty is an impressive lineup of the most exciting UK-based companies. These startups made the cut in 2017.

eCommerce & marketplace

Festicket lets festival-goers book tickets and festival ‘experiences’, including accommodation.

Gousto delivers recipe boxes and pre-portioned ingredients to your doorstep.

LoveCrafts is an online community and marketplace for craft lovers.

Carwow compares new car prices and dealerships on an online platform.

Go to the world’s best music festivals with Festicket
Go to the world’s best music festivals with Festicket | Photo by Joey Thompson on Unsplash

Swoon Editions works directly with furniture brands to bring buyers lower prices on high-end pieces.

Tails.com lets users create and order customised pet food.

Bloom & Wild delivers fresh flowers through the postbox.

Thread combines AI and human stylists to help men dress well.

Threads Styling offers chat-based 21st century personal shopping.

Bloom & Wild is disrupting the flower delivery service | © RawPixel/Unsplash
Bloom & Wild is disrupting the flower delivery service | Photo by RawPixel on Unsplash

Financial Technology (FinTech)

Azimo lets people send money to internet-connected devices in over 190 countries worldwide, making international money transfers cheaper and easier.

ClearScore offers free credit scores and reports online.

Ebury helps SMEs with foreign exchange, business lending and cash management solutions.

Onfido delivers background checks that allow businesses to verify anyone, anywhere.

Receipt Bank automates bookkeeping for small businesses.

Azimo lets users transfer money to a mobile phone number | © Taylor Grote/Unsplash
Azimo lets users transfer money to a mobile phone number | © Taylor Grote/Unsplash

Data, analytics & cybersecurity

Blis uses mobile location tech to create highly targeted advertising.

Trak Global uses a mobile app or in-car ‘black boxes’ to track and gather drivers’ data to manage risk and reduce insurance costs.

Digital advertising & marketing

UNiDAYS connects verified student accounts to deals and discounts.

SuperAwesome helps brands comply with rules on advertising to kids.

UniDays saves students money | © Bewakoof/Unsplash
UniDays saves students money | Image Courtesy of Bewakoof on Unsplash

Digital entertainment

Spitfire Audio helps musicians create and earn royalties on musical samples.

Education technology (EdTech)

Kano encourages kids to learn to code with DIY kits.

Kano is disrupting EdTech | © Caleb Woods/Unsplash
Kano is disrupting EdTech | Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash

Enterprise software & cloud computing

Condeco efficiently manages meetings and office space.

Hardware & devices

Epos Now provides point-of-sale software and hardware for retailers.

ROLI is a music-tech maker behind kits that open up new possibilities for musical expression.

Software as a service (SaaS)

Fairsail is an HR management system for mid-size businesses.

Interact helps companies solve internal communication challenges.

Roli are creating 'musical instruments of the future' | © Søren Astrup Jørgensen/Unsplash
Roli are creating ‘musical instruments of the future’ | Photo by Søren Astrup Jørgensen on Unsplash

Of course, we’ve got a special place in our hearts for the hottest London-based startup of all – Culture Trip! As one of the internet’s fastest-growing media startups, we’re committed to serving the culturally curious, bringing you personalized content and recommendations, wherever you are, wherever you go.

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