It has been revealed today that Nottingham-based UNiDAYS, the world’s leading Student Affinity Network, is among the 26 new companies to join The Tech City Future Fifty, which showcases and supports 50 of the country’s leading growth stage companies.
● UNiDAYS is among the 26 businesses to join companies like Deliveroo and Transferwise on the Tech City UK programme for pioneering late stage companies
● Future Fifty alumni companies have now created 27,000 jobs and raised almost $4bn in funding through venture capital and capital markets in the last 36 months
● New additions reflect explosion of Fintech, e-commerce and marketplaces
Future Fifty companies have enjoyed phenomenal success since the programme began, demonstrating that the Tech City UK initiative is a real proving ground for the UK’s most talented entrepreneurs and their teams.
Future Fifty gives the 26 fast-growing companies immediate access to a valuable peer network; expert-led classes and workshops designed to take their businesses to the next level; and a higher profile amongst the wider tech ecosystem. Future Fifty companies represent some of the country’s most exciting growth stage tech businesses, while changing the sectors that they operate in fundamentally.
Josh Rathour, CEO and founder of UNiDAYS commented;
“Sharing knowledge and promoting learning is at the centre of our values. We operate a fast moving global organisation and are keen to share our experiences and learn from others who have been in our position.”
Of the 77 companies that have been through the programme since 2014, Future Fifty’s track record now includes:
● Five IPOs on the London Stock Exchange, raising $1.5bn
● 17 mergers and acquisitions of which 11 in the last year, including SwiftKey (Microsoft), Housetrip (TripAdvisor), One Fine Stay (Accor Group) and Skyscanner (Ctrip)
● Over $3.8 bn raised in funding, across the 77 companies, including more than $1.5 bn in 2016
● The companies have created 27,000 jobs around the world, demonstrating the extent to which tech is rapidly creating jobs and wealth throughout the UK
● A string of alumni companies that are household names including Zoopla and Just Eat.
All 26 companies have been identified by a highly experienced and respected judging panel made up of some of the most successful entrepreneurs and investors in UK tech. They believe these companies have the potential to scale rapidly and build significant businesses. The full list of Future Fifty companies is (1 – 26 are new companies, 27 – 50 existing companies):
Parveen Dhanda, the programme lead for Future Fifty at Tech City UK, said: “We’re delighted to be working with this year’s intake. Together, they represent the diversity and depth of the UK technology sector. Their passion and talent has seen them do amazing things so far and we look forward to helping them to take the next step.”