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What is Future Fifty?
Tech Nation Future Fifty is a leading programme that enables the UK’s most successful late-stage tech companies to come together, build a powerful and supportive network, and problem-solve with peers.
With the help of the tech community, the programme supports these companies in achieving their global ambitions, creating jobs and opportunities across the UK, and inspiring the next generation in our tech ecosystem. It’s free to join, and we don’t take an equity stake in your business either.
From fintech to online shopping, telematics to edtech, the Future Fifty offer a glimpse into the UK’s digital future. So without further ado, check out this year’s exceptional cohort.
This year’s cohort
London | Fintech | @AireScore
Aire is exclusively focussed on the research and implementation of new methods to improve credit decisions in consumer finance. It believes that consumers are the best source of relevant & contextual data about themselves. It's technology is used across Credit Cards, Personal Loans, Retail Finance and Automotive Finance in the UK and now the US. Aire is authorised and regulated by the FCA as a provider of credit references. Aire exists to create equitable outcomes for all participants of the credit ecosystem. Aire. Credit where it's due.
- BigChange Apps
Leeds | Enterprise Software & Cloud Computing | @bigchangeapps
BigChange is the Paperless way to Plan, Manage, Schedule and Track any mobile workforce. This powerful all-in-one Mobile Workforce Management platform combines back office software, mobile apps, fleet management and real-time tracking in one cloud based system. Manage your entire operation, from quote all the way through to invoice.
- Biosite Systems
Birmingham | SaaS | @BiositeSystems
Using their technical expertise, they provide a range of integrated software and hardware solutions that have been specifically designed to help manage, monitor and maximise the efficiency, safety and security of construction sites, all delivered to customers' individual requirements. Products include biometric Access Control & Workforce Management, Wireless Fire Alarms with First Aid Call Points and CCTV.
London | Adtech & Marketing | @Captify
Captify powers decisions globally through Search Intelligence. Their unique Semantic Technology analyses billions of searches to power insights and media across all channels and on every device. Captify power advertising campaigns for the world's biggest advertisers including Apple, Amex, BMW, Nike, Unilever and more.
London | Fintech | @checkout
Checkout.com offers online payment solutions and consultative services to help companies grow and become greater. Built on 100% proprietary technology, Checkout.com handles every part of the payment process, providing complete transparency across the entire payment value chain. They offer dynamic fraud protection and optimize acceptance rates through their direct connections to card networks, for the fastest approvals in the industry.
- Click Travel
Birmingham | SaaS | @ClickTravel
Click Travel reduce the cost and complexity of business travel management through the use of technology - from free self-service fully online travel management via their in-house developed platform, travel.cloud, to complete managed travel via our award-winning agents. They provide booking services for hotels, rail and air travel, plus dedicated support for meetings and events.
London | Enterprise Software & Cloud Computing | @cloudsense
CloudSense, the industry-specific commerce software company, enables household organizations worldwide to sell more, launch faster and reduce costs by providing seamlessly connected, digital-first customer experiences, all on Salesforce.
- Darktrace Ltd
Cambridge | Data Analytics & Cyber security | @darktrace
Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, the Enterprise Immune System uses machine learning and AI algorithms to detect and respond to cyber-threats across diverse digital environments, including cloud and virtualized networks, IoT and industrial control systems.
- Egress Software Technologies Ltd
London | SaaS | @EgressSwitch
Offering Government and Enterprise customers user-centric data security solutions, the Egress platform leverages machine learning, encryption and eDiscovery to enable end-users to share information and collaborate securely, while reducing the risk of data loss and maintaining compliance.
Cambridge | Data Analytics & Cyber security | @FeaturespaceLtd
Featurespace™ is the world-leader in Adaptive Behavioural Analytics and creator of the ARIC™ Fraud Hub, a machine learning software platform developed out of the University of Cambridge, which understands individual behaviours in real-time for enhanced fraud detection. ARIC is deployed to organisations that have services or products deployed in over 180 countries. Customers include Ally Bank, TSYS®, Vocalink Zapp, Worldpay PLC, PaddyPowerBetfair PLC, Playtech, CashFlows and William Hill.
- Firefly Learning
London | Edtech | @fireflyteam
Firefly is the online tool that brings together teachers, students and parents. It gives busy teachers more time to teach, helps students learn more independently and collaboratively, and involves parents with their child's learning. They're trusted by hundreds of schools worldwide, including Eton, Harrow, Ninestiles Academy and Westminster Academy in the UK, as well as Dulwich College (Singapore) and Beau Soleil, internationally.
London | Data Analytics & Cyber security | @garrison_tech
Garrison was founded 3 years ago, to solve one of the most difficult cyber security dilemmas facing modern organisations: how to harness the immense benefit of the Internet, without being exposed to its risks. Garrison’s unique Secure Remote Browsing technology combines ultra-secure web access with scalability, performance and affordability. The Garrison SAVI® (Silicon Assured Video Isolation) platform enforces security controls in dedicated hardware that also ensures a high quality user experience. Click on any link, browse the web without fear.
- Infectious Media
London | Adtech & Marketing | @Infectiousmedia
Infectious Media partners with global brands to deliver effective and efficient media campaigns. They have developed specialist teams and technology that work hand in hand to make programmatic work for advertisers. This drives incremental revenue and competitive advantage for their clients across the customer lifecycle, connecting brands to people through data and technology.
- Ixaris Ltd
London | Fintech | @ixaris
Ixaris enables businesses to profit from the payments they make. Businesses in low-margin sectors with high volumes of outbound cross-border payments to suppliers can benefit the most from their solution, typically seeing a gross profit improvement of up to 25%.
London | Fintech | @lendinvest
LendInvest develops technology that alleviates pain points in the mortgage application journey, making the process of getting a mortgage simpler, faster and more efficient. Their platform also makes it possible, for the first time, for all types of investors - from individuals to global institutions - to invest in the loans they originate.
- MASABI LTD
London | SaaS | @masabi_com
Masabi is the London-based global leader in mobile ticketing and innovative fare collection for public transport, turning user’s smartphones into both ticket machine and ticket in cities around the world and enabling best-of-breed mobility-as-a-service. The company boasts a roster of investors that includes Mastercard and Keolis, and a client list across three continents.
- Memrise Limited
Brighton | Ecommerce & Marketplace | @mpbcom
The mpb.com marketplace makes the widest possible range of photo & video equipment available universally, redefining the way creatives buy & sell equipment online and setting an unprecedented new bar for service through radical innovation in technology.
London | Fintech | @oaknorth
OakNorth is a UK bank that provides fast, flexible and accessible debt finance (from £500k to £25m) to fast-growth businesses and established property developers. Since its launch, the bank has lent over £1bn and in November, closed a £250m investment round, valuing the company at c.$1.3bn.
London | Data Analytics & Cyber security | @opensignal
OpenSignal is the global standard for measuring real-world mobile network experience. Using billions of measurements collected 24/7 from tens of millions of smartphones, the company analyzes real-world mobile network experience at the largest scale and frequency in the wireless industry: by operator and by country, regionally and worldwide. OpenSignal believes that measuring how the network performs directly through users’ eyes is key to building better wireless networks. The company’s mobile analytics insights are used across the industry by mobile operators, telecoms regulators, equipment manufacturers and analysts.
London | Ecommerce & Marketplace | @paddlehq
Paddle offers a platform that software companies use to run and grow their business. The all-in-one commerce platform unifies everything needed to sell software - checkout, subscriptions, taxes, billing support - and provides powerful insights on customers and product usage to help grow revenue.
London | Data Analytics & Cyber security | @Quantexa
Quantexa empowers organisations to drive better decisions from their data. Using the latest advancements in big data and AI, Quantexa uncovers hidden customer connections and behaviours to solve major challenges in financial crime, customer insight and data analytics.
- Reach Robotics
Bristol | Hardware & Devices & IoT | @ReachRobotics
At Reach Robotics, we are creating an experience that straddles the virtual and real worlds by combining Robotics, Gaming and Augmented Reality. The MekaMon™ platform is our first product; controlled by smartphones or tablet, users can engage in multiple game modes. From simple arcade games to battling against others in multi-player mode to competing against augmented reality opponents in single player mode. The robots are upgradeable via physical add-ons that change their performance and appearance.
- Salary Finance
London | Fintech | @salaryfin
Salary Finance partners with employers to offer financial wellbeing benefits for employees that help staff live healthier, happier lives. It does this by offering simple savings, access to their salary as it is earned, and affordable loans - all underpinned by accessible, engaging financial education.
Guildford | Data Analytics & Cyber security | @Semafone
Semafone provides software to contact centres so they can take personal data securely over the telephone. Its patented data capture method collects sensitive information such as payment card or bank details and social security numbers directly from the customer’s telephone keypad for processing.
London | Ecommerce & Marketplace | @SimbaSleep
British bedroom brand Simba are disrupting the global sleep market with their direct-to-door omnichannel retail model and award-winning Hybrid® mattress. Using the latest technology and data, Simba are reimagining sleep products from the ground up, revolutionising the way the world sleeps, one bed at a time.
London | Ecommerce & Marketplace | @SportPursuit
SportPursuit helps sports men and women get inspired, showcasing the best specialist sports and outdoor brands in week long sales at prices that are not available anywhere else. SportPursuit now has over 4 million members and runs over 3,000 sale events each year.
- Starling Bank
London | Fintech | @StarlingBank
This is a bank account – but not as you know it. It’s personal, joint, euro and business banking that’s mobile and built for the way we live now, with instant notifications when you spend or get paid, insights that reveal your spending habits, no fees overseas, 24/7 support and an application that only takes minutes.
London | Ecommerce & Marketplace | @wearetrouva
Trouva is the new way to shop local. It is the destination for the world’s best independent boutiques, enabling customers to shop unique homeware and accessories that not everyone else has. They are resolutely anti-same and relentlessly anti-chain, providing consumers with the opportunity to say no more to more of the same. They’ve built the world’s first offline-to-online technology platform, including AI and automation, for independent retail, and enable everything from live inventory to logistics, including 1-hour delivery and worldwide shipping.
Farnborough | SaaS | @ukcloudltd
UKCloud is the power behind UK public sector technology. It provides a wide range of the multi-cloud platforms for the exclusive use of organisations within the public and healthcare sector in the UK. It is dedicated to helping its organisations gain value from the agility and cost savings of using a sovereign, assured cloud platform.
London | Data Analytics & Cyber security | @zappi_io
Zappi is the most transformative, automated platform for buying cost-effective research services at lightning speed. They partner with the world’s leading agencies to free their clients from outmoded research methods, empowering them to test earlier and more often.
What Future Fifty companies have achieved so far
The journey of Future Fifty companies
What does Future Fifty involve?
Companies selected to join the Future Fifty programme will receive:
Recognition as one of the UK’s most successful digital businesses
Intimate, quarterly roundtables for your c-suite
Highly-curated optional workshops led by global experts
Access to government through sessions with key officials
Future Fifty Advisors
Meet the experts, advisors and coaches that contribute to our programme
Future Fifty is supported by partners who share their expertise and experience, helping advise companies on key late-stage business issues, from M&A, IPO and fundraising to expanding operations internationally.
With 327 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in more than 50 countries, moving, lending, investing and protecting money for customers and clients worldwide.
A leading London-based law firm with a long history of acting for entrepreneurs and fast-growth businesses, Macfarlanes offers in-depth technical expertise across all aspects of technology-related work.