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Women entrepreneurs are increasing in number unlike ever before. They have busted stereotypes and are striving to bring about progressive changes in the business ecosystem. The quench for success has made them cross all roadblocks and lead their businesses.
London, which is one of the thriving startup hubs in Europe is also home to numerous women-led tech startups. And, here we have cherry-picked those that have received the maximum funding as per Dealroom. Do give it a read.
Founders – Andrea Spezzi, Ben Auspitz
Funding – €280 million
Founded in 2015, Orchard Therapeutics is one of the world’s leading fully-integrated commercial-stage biotech startup dedicated to transforming the lives of patients suffering from rare diseases. This is possible by implementing innovative gene therapies. The startup has teamed up with world-leading institutions in gene therapy including University College London, Great Ormond Street Hospital, University of Manchester and Central Manchester University Hospitals.
Founders – Anne Boden
Funding – €269 million
Fintech startup Starling Bank was founded in 2014. It is a digital platform offering secure, real-time and seamless banking experiences to its users. It maintains 460,000 personal current accounts and 30,000 SME accounts. It facilitates users with lending, money transfers, business banking, budgeting and saving tools. It is an integrated digital marketplace providing access to third-party financial services.
Founders – Catherine Wines, Ismail Ahmed, Richard Igoe
Funding – €171 million
WorldRemit was established in 2010. This fintech startup lets people send money where, when and how they want. It offers facilities in over 110 transfer destinations. Users have the flexibility of sending money from a computer, smartphone or tablet. The receiving options include cash pickup, bank deposit, mobile money and airtime top-up.
Founders – Ambarish Mitra, Jessica Butcher, Omar Tayeb, Steve Spencer
Funding – €124 million
Blippar founded in 2011 is one of Britain’s most-funded technology scaleups. The company is enjoying rapid growth and has progressed to become a leading mobile visual-browser. The Blippar app is available on both Android and iOS platforms and uses Augmented Reality. It provides users with Blippbuilder and Studio to let users recognise the world around them.
Founders – Brent Hoberman, Chloe Macintosh, Julien Callede, Ning Li
Funding – €113 million
British startup made.com was established in 2009. It is an online e-commerce platform providing designer furniture at an affordable price. It operates with the intention to disrupt high-end furniture stores by handling everything from manufacturing to e-commerce. The company sells affordable furniture as they need not pay middlemen.
Founders – Alexandra Margolis, David Santoro, James Hind
Funding – €57.5 million
Carwow was founded in 2013 initially as a car review aggregator. Later, it became a site meant to improve the experience of buying a car. It lets prospective buyers compare offers online and buy them directly from reliable dealers registered with the platform. Buyers can make informed decisions offered based on price, location, delivery time and dealer ratings.
Founders – Cherry Freeman, Edward Griffith, Nigel Whiteoak
Funding – €56.2 million
LoveCrafts was established in 2013 and since then it has been building online communities for crafters. It lets craft lovers find their latest inspiration, learn many new techniques, easily source the supplies and share their creations by staying connected with like-minded makers across the world.
Founders – Adam Schiffer, Ian Hogarth, Matt Jones, Michelle You, Pete Finlay
Funding – €52.3 million
Established in 2007, Songkick lets you track your favourite music artists and purchase tickets to concerts. It plans to use the money to improve the connection between fans and artists, prevent scalping and increase ticket sales. The app and web platform scans a music collection from the users’ music library or streaming service such as Spotify so that they can find the upcoming gigs.
Founders – Ezechi Britton, Martin Ijaha, Monica Kalia
Funding – €41.5 million
Founded in 2014, Neyber is an award-winning financial service provider that helps employees in UK. The startup partners with employers so that they can support the financial wellbeing of their employees and providing them access to affordable and salary-deducted loans apart from financial education insights.
Founders – Matt Cooke, Sarah Wood, Scott Button
Funding – €27.5 million
Unruly is a video marketplace founded in 2006. It helps the world’s leading advertisers engage audiences across the world. UnrulyX premium sites help top publishers monetise the audience better. It was founded with the objective to transform advertising and is committed to celebrating and encouraging diversity and wellbeing.
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