• Magdalena Gołębiewska

The Startups 100 2019: the UK’s best and most exciting new businesses revealed

Meet 2019's top UK startups. From finance and recruitment to AI and future tech, this year's list has raised a collective £1 billion.


The Startups 100 Top 5

The Startups 100 2019 include a notable mix of finance and tech-enabled companies, a trend present in a large number of entries. However, what is most interesting is how these tech and finance companies have worked in ways to disrupt or evolve traditional sectors.

PositionCompanyFoundedSector

1. Revolut 2015 Finance

2.Igloo 2017 Energy

3.Trouva 2015 Retail

4.Soldo 2015 Finance

5.Elder 2015 Healthcare


1. Revolut

With over four million customers in the UK and Europe, Revolut is one of a number of challenger banks to have emerged in recent years. First attracting users with competitive international spending options, Revolut are planning to become a truly global bank, offering a full suite of financial services to users around the world.


2. Igloo

On a mission to make customers’ homes smarter and more efficient, Igloo is an ambitious challenger energy retailer. Combining smart technology with simple and actionable advice, Igloo makes use of clever algorithms to generate recommendations. A shrewd partnership with Tesla also means that Igloo customers can charge their hybrid or electric cars using the greenest possible power sources.


3. Trouva

The only retail entry in this year’s top 10, Trouva is a software-enabled marketplace, bringing customers and independent retailers together. Previously a Startup Award winner, and featuring in Wired Magazine’s hottest European startups, Trouva is disrupting the retail space with over 150,000 unique products on offer.


4. Soldo

Soldo’s aim is to help companies balance their budgets, providing a single account to manage all staff and department spending. Each employee is provided with a prepaid card with set limits, giving complete control to finance teams while enabling staff to spend when they need to. With allocated funds and controlled spending, Soldo is on a mission to streamline a process that has baffled businesses for years.


5. Elder

A tech-enabled healthcare business, Elder helps older people live in the comfort of their own homes for longer. Matching families with professional, vetted carers, Elder uses personality compatibility along with preference matching to ensure that every carer can be a trusted source of companionship. Founded in 2015, Elder is a one-stop-shop for arranging care or finding work as a carer.


To view the top 5’s full profiles, click here.


The Startups 100 Top Trends


  • This year, the Startups team has worked hard to uncover the budding businesses that challenge traditional methods, provide disruptive digital solutions, and aim to make the world a better, more efficient place.

  • Some of the companies will already have been included above, but others have also earned spots in our other categories. For example, did you know that there is a business that can provide NHS prescriptions straight to your door for free? Recruitment platforms matching candidates to jobs in more innovative ways than ever before? There’s even a Scottish enterprise supporting the race to space!

And here is the list:


Rank / Company Founded / Sector

1 Revolut 2015 Finance

2 Igloo 2017 Energy

3 Trouva 2015 Retail

4 Soldo 2015 Finance

5 Elder 2015 Healthcare

6 Glenhawk 2018 Finance

7 Zego 2016 Finance

8 Streetbees 2015 Tech

9 Guestready 2016 Hospitality/travel

10 Thriva 2016Tech

11 Mindful Chef 2015 Consumer

12 Airsorted 2015 Hospitality/travel

13 Cazoo 2018 Tech

14 Echo 2015 Consumer /lifestyle

15 Trint 2016 Tech

16 Patch 2016 Retail

17 Feast It 2017 Hospitality/travel

18 Attest 2015 Tech

19 GoGram 2017 Tech

20 Tempo 2017 Business services/products

21 PolyAI 2017T ech

22 WeGift 2015 Tech

23 Trussle 2015 Finance

24 Lumen 2018 Tech

25 Dozens 2018Finance

26 Ravelin 2014 Tech

27 Goodlord 2014 Tech

28 GoodBox 2016 Finance

29 MyTutor 2014 Education

30 Cudoni 2017 Business services/products

31 Birdie 2017 Tech

32 Gadget Discovery Club 2018 Consumer/lifestyle

33 H2O Hygiene Ltd 2017 Construction/services

34 Senseye 2014 Tech

35 Floom 2016 Business services/products

36 Quorso 2016 Tech

37 Attachment 2017 Media/communications

38 Brand Advance 2018 Media/communications

39 Panaseer 2014 Tech

40 Feedr 2017 Tech

41 Debut 2015 Tech

42 Shepper 2016 Business services/products

43 Big Youth Group 2018 Education

44 Home Made 2016 Tech

45 Hazy 2017 Tech

46 Fat Llama 2016 Tech

47 By Miles 2017 Finance

48 The Cheeky Panda Ltd 2016 Consumer/lifestyle

49 Countingup 2017 Finance

50 Mayku 2015 Consumer/lifestyle

51 Edgify 2015 Tech

52 Tide 2015 Finance

53 Switchee Ltd 2015 Tech

54 Rentuu 2018 Tech

55 Muzmatch 2015 Tech

56 Fancy Dress Worldwide 2016 Consumer/lifestyle

57 Farillio 2018 Legal

58 Issoria 2016 Business services/products

59 Capitalise 2014 Finance

60 Red Rickshaw 2016 Tech

61 Howamigoing 2018 Tech

62 Learnerbly 2017 Education

63 Skyrora Ltd 2017 Tech

64 Atom Learning 2017 Education

65 Nivo 2017 Finance

66 Scape Technologies 2016 Tech

67 OneFifty Digital 2016 Media/communications

68 KASKO 2015 Tech

69 Talentful 2015 Business services/products

70 Broadstone 2018 Tech

71 Laundryheap 2014 Consumer/lifestyle

72 Maddox Events Limited 2015 Media/communications

73 mmadigital 2016 Tech

74 ideal flatmate 2016 Tech

75 Concured 2015 Business services/products

76 Freetrade 2016 Finance

77 Tutor House 2015 Education

78 StateZero Labs 2018 Tech

79 Tshirtify Ltd 2015 Business services/products

80 BlackCurve 2016 Tech

81 ChargedUp 2017 Consumer/lifestyle

82 Factory 42 2016 Media/communications

83 Hostmaker 2014 Hospitality/travel

84 Reedsy 2014 Media/communications

85 Emilia’s Crafted Pasta 2016 Hospitality/travel

86 JHP Recruitment Ltd 2015 Business services/products

87 Perlego 2016 Education

88 The Vurger Co 2016 Hospitality/travel

89 The Dots 2014 Tech

90 HoloMe 2017 Tech

91 Stasher2016 Hospitality/travel

92 Bibblio 2015 Tech

93 Encore Musicians 2014 Media/communications

94 Sideways 6 2014 Tech

95 Vestd 2015 Finance/legal

96 BIOS 2015 Tech

97 Yapster 2015 Tech

98 Baby2Body 2014 Consumer/lifestyle

99 Linkilaw 2015 Legal

100 Vet-AI 2018 Tech


With a huge range of businesses included, the Startups 100 represents the ongoing success of British business. Of course, the table listt does not provide as much information as you might like about the winning companies, so continue reading to find out more.

Read the full Startups 100 profiles.


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Source: StartupsUK

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