Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK) has today announced the 75 high-growth technology companies joining the 2018 ‘Scale Up Club’, which annually celebrates the most-promising businesses from across the UK who are scaling fast. The list includes a strong contingent of Cambridge Network members.
Silicon Valley Comes to the UK announces 2018 Scale Up Club
This year, the Scale Up Club is partnered by the Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace and start up accelerator Entrepreneur First, with 15 Pitch@Palace businesses and seven Entrepreneur First members joining the club - bringing together some of the UK’s foremost programmes for entrepreneurs from start-up to scale-up.
The scale ups this year jointly employ 1,650 people globally, have a combined revenue of £73 million in 2018 and have an average growth rate of 418 per cent. This year’s club is made up of some of the UK’s fastest growing tech businesses from across a range of sectors including Cambridge Coding Academy, Cambridge Intelligence, Eagle Genomics, Speechmatics, Signal Media, Tech Will Save Us, and VChain.
The innovative business leaders of all 75 scale ups will get access to mentors from the UK and the US and introductions to networks in Silicon Valley - starting today with the prestigious invite-only Scale Up Club CEO Summit at St. James’ Palace. This year’s mentors include Megan Smith, Co-Founder Shift 7 and the 3rd CTO for the US; Bob Goodson, founder of Quid; Cal Henderson, Co-Founder and CTO of Slack, Karen Appleton Page, formerly on the exec team of Box and now an investor. Small workshops are held throughout the morning of the CEO Summit, with mentors helping the Scale Up Club members to address their current challenges in scaling.
The CEO Summit is the flagship event of SVC2UK, which was launched in 2006 by Sherry Coutu CBE, Reid Hoffman and Ellen Levy. Previous Scale Up Club alumni such asTransferWise and SkyScanner are now valued at over $1 billion and represent some of the UK’s most successful technology companies. Part of London & Partners, London's international promotional organisation, SVC2UK brings together the top entrepreneurs and VCs from Silicon Valley, with students, early-stage CEOs, serial entrepreneurs and policymakers in the UK to inspire entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic prosperity.
Janet Coyle MD SVC2UK said"The calibre of companies joining this year’s Scale Up Club is staggering and is an indication of just how far the UK’s technology and innovation ecosystem has grown. I want to thank all of our mentors for giving up their time and so enthusiastically supporting the scale ups involved. It is such a positive experience for everyone involved and I wish the CEOs the best of luck in reaching their ambitions in the coming year."
Anthony Fletcher, CEO of graze, a 2015 Scale Up Club member, said: “The right piece of advice at the right moment can change the fortunes of a business. graze found SVC2UK to be a place where you can ask the most difficult questions as a CEO and hear game changing advice"
This year’s SVC2UK is supported by partners including Mastercard, Barclays, Google (Campus London), Softbank Investment Advisors, Buzzacott, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Herbert Smith Freehills, GBx, Bailey Fisher Executive Search and FieldHouse Associates.
The full list of Scale Up Club entrepreneurs can be seen below and here:http://www.svc2uk.com/2018-scale-club/
Full list of Scale Up Club 2018 members
Action.AI’s mission is to provide a high quality route into the Smart Chatbot market. The company aims to be the e-commerce platform for the Smart Chatbot space.
Applied is the first tech spin out of the UK's Behavioural Insights Team (aka the 'nudge unit'). It’s a recruitment platform designed by leading behavioural scientists to remove bias and improve predictive validity in hiring.
Arbor helps schools reimagine the way they operate. We use data to target instruction and automation to save teachers time.
Attest is on a mission to ensure that all companies can put real consumers and data at the heart of every decision. Through our scalable intelligence platform, hundreds of brands and agencies can simply connect to 100 million consumers across 80 countries, to understand, innovate, win and grow faster every day.
BizTalk360 is a technology startup company with 4 enterprise products. Today we have 600+ enterprise customers including companies like Microsoft, BBC, NHS, Red Cross etc across 30+ countries. The company has grown organically without any external funding into 50 strong people in the last 6 years.
Brolly is an Independent Insurance Broker and an Appointed Representative of Southport Insurance Brokers Ltd (SIB) who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Cambridge Coding Academy
The Cambridge Coding Academy is a venture whose mission is to empower the next generation to turn their creative ideas into reality through coding.
At Cambridge Intelligence we help organizations visualize their data and understand the complex connections within it. From fraud detection to cyber security, we make it possible for analysts to 'join the dots' in their networks, uncover hidden threats, and generate intelligence.
Vehicle data, valuations and audience for the future of mobility
Century Tech uses AI technology to engage learners with a personalised learning experience, whilst empowering educators with real-time data insights.
Ethical Organic Coffee in Nespresso compatible capsules, Beans & Grounds. Sold online, Amazon, Tesco, Waitrose.
Better than anyone Cutover structures disparate data and then enables humans and technology to collaborate at pace – hundreds of humans, a myriad of technology, thousands of tasks – all managed in hours, minutes, seconds. We have offices in New York and London.
DigitalBridge allows consumers to design their dream bathrooms and kitchens without the hassle of having to meet professional designers
Doctify is a leading UK health platform which provides a solution for the millions of patients who want to search, compare and book doctors online.
Eagle Genomics provides software and solutions for genomics data management to customers in life sciences and biotech industries.
Preventing And Detecting Criminal Activity In Cryptocurrencies. We identify illicit activity in cryptocurrencies by providing actionable intelligence to cryptocurrency companies, financial institutions and government agencies.
Encore, founded by two musicians and Cambridge grads on the Entrepreneur First accelerator, has been dubbed the "AirBnb for musicians" by Forbes. A marketplace for booking outstanding musicians to perform at all types of events, from parties and weddings to conferences and concerts.
HealthUnlocked is a social network that brings together people with the same health condition or wellbeing need, to share experiences, answer each other's questions and access information and resources.
ExactTrak designs mobile data security technology. Its unique technology offers global visibility and remote control of data even when a device is turned off.
If ‘data is the new oil’ then the ability to use the information we hold about our customers and our business appropriately and in context is the key to digital transformation and organisational success. In this new world the ability to remove friction from the customer journey whilst ensuring the safety and security of this data becomes paramount. Exonar provides the ability to discover, understand, interrogate and manipulate all of your organisational data instantly, simply and at unprecedented scale.
Feedr is building workplace lunch programs of the future - great workplace benefits that centre around food and nutrition. Our Cloud Canteen provides simple software for employers to partially subsidize healthy meals at work, so employees can access affordable, high quality, healthy food on a daily basis.
We're building a group of ventures for the application of blockchain technology in multiple verticals.
Fire Tech is the UK's leading provider of tech education for young people. Launched in 2013 we have delivered over 10K educational experiences in the UK and seven other countries. Our mission is to inspire and skill up the next generation of innovators!
Funding Xchange (“FXE”) is the leading London-based fintech focused on removing friction from SME lending to enable small business to transparently compare price quotes and seamlessly access finance solutions. We have reduced the time it takes to look for and secure finance from weeks to 3 minutes 40 seconds. This is how long it takes a business to receive offers, submit an application to a lender and get approved. FXE is using new digital data sources – like Open Banking, Cloud Accounting and APIs to Credit Reference Agencies to access live, validated data.
Gapsquare brings science to the art of developing productive, engaged and diverse teams. Gapsquare FairPay is our current flagship product - a leading cloud based SaaS for pay transparency, gender and ethnicity pay gap analysis.
At GTN we are helping pharmaceutical companies accelerate drug discovery and do it more efficiently. We are building the world's first quantum machine learning platform to efficiently access the full drug-like space and to more accurately predict chemical activities.
GuestReady takes the hassle out of short-term and vacation rentals. From managing listings on websites, to optimizing the pricing strategy and online guest communication, all the way to checking guests in or out of the property and housekeeping after their departure. We bring hotel standards to airbnb properties.
hackajob is a data-driven and engaging recruitment platform that matches top technical talent with exciting companies. hackajob helps companies fast track their recruitment process by hiring software engineers who have already proven their ability in specific domains. Over 1,200 companies and 50,000 software engineers have used the platform so far.
Handpoint enables merchant service providers (card acquirers) in Europe, North-America and South-Africa to provide integrated payments to their merchants. Handpoint provides a complete end2end payments platform as a service for Next Generation Point of Sale (tabletPOS / mobilePOS / webPOS) – delivering chip card payments to POS developers with just a few lines of code, without having to go through lengthy certifications.
Healios is a leading digital mental health company. We transform mental health and neurodevelopmental services by providing quicker access to assessment, faster access to evidence-based psychological therapies, and earlier intervention to create a unique online experience – healthcare that fits around the lifestyle and circumstance of the patient and family.
HealthUnlocked is a social network for health. We connect people with others who have the same health needs and make recommendations to improve people’s health. Through 700+ condition specific communities in partnership with over 400 non-profit organizations it covers 250 disease areas serving 1m members and 4m monthly visitors globally.
Homeppl allows businesses and people to easily engage based on people’s original creditworthiness
Infi-tex is a smart textile company, producing patented textile pressure sensors that are touch sensitive, washable, resilient and adaptable to many uses.
Kin&Co is a culture and communications consultancy that helps organisations harness the power of purpose, values and sustainability to transform their businesses inside and out. We are a disrupter in the management consulting space, and have worked with organisations all over the world including Danone, TripAdvisor, WWF, O2, Not on the High Street and Grant Thornton demonstrating tangible business returns.
Hannah Burrow is the co-founder and CEO of Kiroku. She graduated as a dentist from the University of Bristol with distinction. After this, she had a variety of jobs within dentistry and healthcare. Within all of these jobs, she was struck by how inefficient certain processes within healthcare were, and this frustration led her to apply to Entrepreneur First (EF). EF is Europe’s leading deep tech accelerator, providing investment and mentorship to the companies they back. It was here that she met her co-founder, Jay Shah.
Koru Kids is building new forms of childcare, starting with after school care in London. The company is multi-award winning, VC-backed, and growing 20-30% month on month.
Laundryheap provides on-demand laundry and dry cleaning service within 24 hours in the UK, US, Ireland, Netherlands, and Dubai
At Matr, We seek social change by cultivating a global community of the most ambitious talentto make effective online teaching more accessible than ever before. Our world has never been better educated, nor better connected, yet millions of children lackaccess to quality teaching and continue to fall through the gaps.
Our country is getting more polarised and extreme, People feel frustrated and disempowered and we are tired of being ignored. It’s time to do things differently. More United is changing politics by making our voices heard. We find MPs who share our values, no matter what their party. Then we work with them to deliver change on the issues that matter most.
Move is the UK largest fitness network, one membership giving you access to 1000s of gyms, yoga studios climbing walls and even handstand classes. We are one of the UKs fastest growing business ranked in the Deloitte fast 50 and Sunday Times Tech Track 100. Our founder is one of the world's leading experts in exercise adherence and created Move based on the science of how to make staying healthy and happy easier.
Mrs Wordsmith is on a mission to transform entertainment and education, one word at a time. With books, games, apps and laugh-out-loud animation, this is word-learning like you’ve never seen before. Combining data science with visual creativity from the story artist behind Madagascar’s unforgettable characters, we make words irresistible. We have illustrated 2,000 words in the English language and won't stop til we illustrate them all!
NorthRow offers a range of automated and manged services, including IDV & KYC checks, on people, companies & ID documents, to help regulated businesses optimise their client onboarding and monitoring processes, whilst improving their customer experience.
We're Nudge. We're making money simpler. We combine news, data and behavioural psychology to provide personalised, sales-free and confidential Financial Education to employees and their families.
Rafel Jorda Siquier is the founding director and CEO of Open Cosmos. He holds a master degree in aerospace engineering with a space technology specialisation. Prior to Open Cosmos, he works on defence technologies for a big space corporation where he was granted an MBA and he was also part of disruptive start-ups in the field of space tourism and launchers.
OTT is the largest, global B2B product and destination training and marketing channel for the travel industry. We host more than 200 courses for brands such as British Airways, Expedia, Haphap Lloyd cruises in 15 languages to over 165,000 members.
Oxford Heartbeat makes cardiovascular surgery more accurate and safe. It enables clinicians to rehearse surgeries to choose the best option for each patient.
Phinsys is a growth stage insurtech company designing and implementing proprietary web-based solutions to solve common problems in an insurers back-office finance functions to automate accounting, actuarial, regulatory reporting and MI processes.
Plural is building the next generation of search engines – knowledge engines. Their integrated financial analysis platform leverages AI to answer complex business questions at scale.
Preloaded is a full-service games studio, we use the ‘power of play’ to reinvent the way clients engage with their audiences. We make games and immersive experiences that have purpose, and that place the user at the center of the design process.
Quantexa enables companies and institutions to make better decisions from their data. Quantexa’s technology uses real-time entity resolution with network analytics and AI to knit together vast and disparate data sets and derive actionable intelligence.
Regit is a Digital Garage for Car Owners that provides a portfolio of services in one single convenient place. Helping them when buying, selling, maintaining or simply keeping them legal. Regit works with around 15 of the top UK car manufacturers using data to help them solve problems whilst creating opportunities.
Reward Cloud is a real-time gift card network that is opening up a new world of opportunity for brands and partners.
SAM Labs creates electronics development kits that allow absolutely anyone to engage with electronics, coding and the Internet of Things.
Scape Technologies is a computer vision company. The company's technology eliminates the need for LiDAR, allowing regular devices to recognize their location with centimere-level accuracy, using only a camera.
SciBite is a UK based life science informatics company specializing in the emerging field of semantic technology. Our products use novel approaches to tap into the massive potential of text content in the life sciences, turning this into data which can be used to develop new drugs, identify potential side effects of existing therapies, uncover novel biochemical pathways and much more.
SenSat simulates reality in real time, which helps computers solve real world problems.
Settled helps connect the home buying and selling experience so people can feel Settled
Signal Media is an artificial intelligence company developing smart technology for smart organisations to power informed decision-making. Using the power of AI, Signal Media have created solutions that enable the real-time discovery and analysis of hyper-relevant information and news.
SoPost is building the most powerful product sampling platform in the world, with a focus on relevance, data and analytics. Our technology is used by leading brands across beauty, personal care and food & beverage. We ship one sample every 10 seconds, to consumers in 16 countries around the world.
Sound Branch is a new multi-modal voice messaging platform where you communicate in 10 seconds. You can access Sound Branch on the web
With the voice revolution here, Speechmatics has used its decades of machine learning and research expertise to develop Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), available in private or public clouds and securely on-premises. The technology can be used for real-time or pre-recorded audio and video files, pushing the boundaries of speech recognition innovation and supporting an industry-leading number of languages and dialects.
Streetbees is a global intelligence platform that reveals how people behave, and why, by analysing real-life moments collected from its users worldwide.
Talmix creates the talent connections that power your business success. 40,000 consultants globally, an enviable client list from every region and every sector, and expertise in every function create infinite possibilities for answering every business requirement. We use rich data sets, with over 200,000 unique data points that increase by the minute, and combine with machine learning to interpret and predict your needs, making connections at lightning speed to the world’s best talent
Tech Will Save Us
Tech Will Save Us believes kids are smart and that their toys should be too. The multi-award winning “build it yourself” toys and digital tools help children make, play, code and invent.
Therapy Box have been creating apps which drive innovation by being inclusive. Their apps change lives through ground breaking R&D enabling people to have a voice when they have lost their speech, to be independent when they have physical limitations, and to grasp more opportunities.
Thomson & Scott
Thomson & Scott’s first launch was Skinny Champagne, taking the media by storm. It then launched Skinny Prosecco, a top quality organic, vegan Prosecco, with less than half the sugar of traditional prosecco, trending twice globally on social media and now selling in the U.S., South Africa and New Zealand.
UserReplay’s Customer Experience Analytics discovers hidden revenue opportunities by monitoring every digital interaction and revealing the online struggles that stop customers converting. Through its advanced analytics and machine learning, it reveals the segments affected by the struggle and the associated impact on revenue, helping teams prioritize based on value to the business.
VChain Technology is an award winning blockchain capability for aviation security. It validates passenger identity through proprietary triple patented technology.
Vida is a care provider building innovative technology that is the first in the industry to enable us to scale with the demand we are seeing in at-home care. Vida’s mission is to promote health and wellness in the home, and help families who are caring for a sick or elderly family member at home.
Vision Game Labs
Vision Game Labs uses gaming data to measure vision away from hospital, to predict early vision loss and reduce healthcare costs.
YellowDog crowdsources computer power to make rendering faster, better and easier for 3D animators, and helps computer owners donate to charity.
Yoyo is a marketing engine for offline retailers powered by mobile payments. It is the fastest way for consumers to pay and get
SVC2UK is a not-for-profit programme run by London & Partners (the Mayor’s International Promotion Agency) together with volunteers, advisers and partners. It was founded by Sherry Coutu, Reid Hoffman and Ellen Levy. Now in its twelfth year, SVC2UK brings together the top entrepreneurs and VCs from Silicon Valley with students, early-stage CEOs, serial entrepreneurs, and policymakers in the UK with the singular goal of inspiring entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic prosperity. The annual summit takes place in November each year with prominent serial entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley visiting London and Cambridge.
This year’s SVC2UK programme will see 12 events hosted across London and Cambridge with guest speakers, high-level networking events mentoring for CEOs of scale-ups and dinners involving leading figures from Europe and Silicon Valley’s technology sectors.