On Friday, the 2014 UK Startups 100 list was announced; a curated collection of the 100 best new start-up businesses in the UK.
From environmental innovations and gourmet food to luxury shopping and craft beer, the list covers start-ups in pretty much every field. It shows how technology is bringing new approaches to old industries, and creating whole new solutions to modern life.
Here we profile some of our favourites from the winning 100.
bio-bean is an eco-friendly start-up that was founded in January 2013 by Arthur Kay and Benjamin Harrison. The company collects used coffee grounds from a network of wholesalers and coffee shops based across London, and converts it into a biofuel using a unique, patent-protected method. Expect to be hearing a lot more from these guys as time goes on.
Launched in 2012 by 21 year old Oliver Murphy, Reviveaphone is a DIY kit to rescue your phone if it gets damaged by water. The product is set to find its way into stores shortly, having been successfully funded through the BBC’s investment entertainment programme Dragon’s Den.
Founded in October 2012 by Dana Zingher and Levi Young, Enclothed is an online personal stylist service targeted squarely at men. After creating a profile with the company, Enclothed send you three outfits that they think you’ll like. You try them on and send back anything you don’t want, avoiding the hassle of late night shopping or, horror of horrors, a shopping centre dash on a Saturday.
Dubbed “cloud storage for your physical things”, LOVESPACE provides storage on a box-by-box basis, avoiding the need to rent a complete unit and the potential of Storage Wars-esque hell. Instead you book online and your items are picked up for free and stored in a climate-controlled space with heavy security. Once you want your stuff back, all you’ll need to do is log on and let the company know, and they’ll return it to you. Founded by Brent Akker, the man behind Streetcar, Europe’s largest car-sharing club, the company has seen major growth since its launch in August 2012.
Matt Lane, founder of BeerBods, is on a mission to get the people of the UK “drinking better beer, with an online beer club that combines a subscription service with an online community providing info about the chosen brew. Every 12 weeks a new pack of 12 arrives, and everyone who’s signed up to BeerBods drinks on per week and compares notes online. Not sure we’d manage that level of restraint! The company holds the record for the most successful campaign ever on equity funding site Crowdcube.
Internet of things-based start-up EVRYTHNG is on a mission to give inanimate object internet connectivity. The company lets retailers create profiles for their products, which users can then view in real-time to get up-to-date information about their offline object. The potential applications for this are practically endless.