We are a modest bunch here at Zopa, so shouting about our achievements is something we only do when they merit the megaphone treatment of our blog and social channels.
Today is one of those days, as we are proud to announce that we have successfully qualified for Tech City’s Future Fifty programme, a fast-track scheme to support high-growth businesses scale and reach their full potential.
Tech City UK, the organisation behind the programme has today named 25 companies that are considered to be among the most promising, high potential growth businesses in the UK. And this includes us!
We are honoured to have been selected alongside so many exciting companies. The first phase consists of some amazing businesses including, Mind Candy, Hailo, Box, SkyScanner and Made.com to name but a few. Each of these businesses are transforming their industries through continual innovation as well as creating amazing products and services. It’s great to be on board to represent the peer to peer industry and alternative finance.
Giles our CEO and co-founder said, “Being selected for the Future Fifty is a real honour and something we are very excited to be part of. We are in some great company as the list of 25 businesses involved is very strong and full of disruptive and innovative services. We look forward to seeing what can happen with the programme over the next 12 months.”
So what is the Future Fifty all about?
It is a fast-track concierge programme to accelerate selected companies’ progress, designed to help create jobs and deliver a significant economic impact to the UK economy. It was launched in April by the Chancellor George Osborne and Joanna Shields, CEO of Tech City UK. The programme delivers tailored public and private sector expertise to enable companies like ours to scale rapidly and lay the foundations for raising investment that will help us expend and grow and continually improve the service we provide to our customers.
We will of course keep you posted via the blog on what happens next as we can’t wait to get started.
Below is the full list of the other 24 companies as also featured on the Guardian
- 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 13 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.
- 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.
Let us know if you agree with the list and if there are any other companies you think should be in the next 25 to be announced.