MassChallenge UK Unveils Top 20 Startups from 2016 Cohort

The top 20 will now move onto the final judging round, where they’ll have the opportunity to win shares of £100,000 in zero-equity cash awards to be revealed on January 18th, 2017 at the MassChallenge UK Awards & Fun(d)raiserMore than 500 startup leaders from the UK innovation ecosystem are anticipated to come together to celebrate the winning startups on January 18th at the Boiler House at the Old Truman Brewery in east London. In addition to unveiling the award winners, the MassChallenge Awards & Fun(d)raiser will also feature keynote speaker Brent Hoberman, the founder of Made.com, LastMinute.com, and Founders Factory, and will have interactive areas featuring many of the MassChallenge UK startups. 

 

Diane Perlman, Chief Marketing Officer at MassChallenge, said: “It’s been incredible to watch all 100 of our 2016 startups grow into stronger, smarter, and more sustainable businesses throughout the programme. We are here to give value to our startups and encourage them to create value for the economy, make an impact on their industries, and solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Our second year in the UK has shown incredible growth both for our startups and for MassChallenge UK itself, and we are excited to see what they achieve.” 

 

Over the past three months, the 2016 UK cohort have worked with over 200 mentors to refine their businesses, connected with corporate and nonprofit organisations to explore partnership opportunities, and attended hundreds of workshops to learn more about product/market fit, pitching, and fundraising. After the awards, all startups will remain a part of the global MassChallenge family and have access to a global network of supporters, mentors, and investors. Previous MassChallenge winners include Turo (formerly Relay Rides; MassChallenge Boston 2010 Gold Winner) that went on to raise $101 million; Drinkwell (MassChallenge Boston 2014 Diamond Winner) that has helped millions gain access to clean drinking water in South Asia; and Glisser (MassChallenge UK 2015 Gold Winner) that just raised $1 million to expand into the United States. 

 

 

MassChallenge UK Top 20:  

 

Add to Event 

UK | Internet and web

The online marketplace that takes all the hassle out of finding the best event suppliers.

www.addtoevent.co.uk 

 

Agricision Ltd

UK | Agriculture 

Making precision agricultural technologies more affordable and accessible, we are dedicated to improving efficiency of world food production.

www.agricision.co.uk

 

AID:Tech

UK | Fintech 

We bring clarity, transparency, and efficiency to the distribution of resources by governments, charities, and NGOs.

Aid.technology

 

Cambridge Oncometrix

UK | Diagnostics 

Cambridge Oncometrix healthcare company uses a proprietary set of biomarkers and analytical technology to detect prostate cancer.

www.camonx.com 

 

clustermarket 

UK | Internet and web

Online sharing platform for life scientists to list, discover, and book resources within their institution or cluster.

www.clustermarket.com 

 

DryGro

UK | General

Not public at this time.

 

Entocycle 

UK | Agriculture 

Entocycle is an innovative feed company that is developing the most advanced, efficient, and sustainable systems to feed the world.

http://www.entocycle.com/#one 

 

History Bombs

UK | Education

We produce and publish award-winning educational resources for schools both in the UK and internationally.

www.historybombs.com

 

NatureBytes

UK | Education

Naturebytes - technology to reconnect with wildlife.

www.naturebytes.org 

 

Oorja: Empowering Rural Communities

UK | Energy / Clean tech

Oorja makes clean energy accessible and scalable by empowering rural communities to locally generate and intelligently distribute power.

www.oorjasolutions.org 

 

Oxford Heartbeat

UK | Healthcare / Life sciences 

Not public at this time.

 

Poppins App

UK | Online commerce and marketplaces 

Poppins enables busy parents to find, book, review, and pay fully-vetted babysitters in their area, even at short notice.

poppins.london 

 

Pouch 

UK | Retail and advertising technology

Pouch is a free browser extension that recognises the website you are on, and then applies the best promo codes straight to your basket.

www.joinpouch.com 

 

Prison Voicemail

UK | Telecommunications and mobile 

Prison Voicemail is a social venture using scalable technology to improve communication channels between prisoners and their families.

Prisonvoicemail.com 

 

The Hearts Milk Bank CIC

UK | Healthcare / Life sciences 

The Hearts Milk Bank will provide a consistent source of safe, screened donor breastmilk to neonatal units across London and the southeast.

Heartsmilkbank.org  

 

Trunkaroo

UK | Consumer products 

Trunkaroo is an edutainment startup delivering hands-on art and STEM-based projects to children aged 3-8 via a monthly subscription.

www.trunkaroo.com 

 

Ublend 

UK | Education

Making classroom communication easy and engaging for everyone.

ublend.co

 

Up Learn 

UK | Education

Up Learn uses AI and neuroscience to ensure every student can achieve an A*, regardless of their background.

Uplearn.co.uk 

 

WeTrack

UK | Enterprise software

WeTrack is an innovative project management software, allowing companies to manage large scale events efficiently and clearly.

www.wetrack.com

 

White Lab

UK | Health and wellness 

The smart indoors allergen and air quality tracker that helps you improve the air you breathe.

www.wlab.io 

 

 

About MassChallenge: 

MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, the UK, Israel, Switzerland, and Mexico, and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we can have a massive impact - driving growth and creating value the world over. To date, 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have raised over £1.4 billion in funding, generated over £560 million in revenue, and created over 60,000 direct and indirect jobs. For more information, please visit masschallenge.org. 

 

Top MassChallenge UK Partners Include: J.P. Morgan, GCHQ, BCG The Boston Consulting Group, IBM, Satellite Applications Catapult, ViiV, EMC2, Fried Frank Technology, Taylor Wessing, Crowdcube, Digital Catapult, Tobacco Dock, Eversheds, School of Management Fribourg, Interchange, APCO Worldwide, Hubspot, UK Business Angels Association, Angels Den, and Tech City UK.

 

 

MassChallenge Media Contact 

Hailey Woldt Eustace 

+44 (0)7469 150 360

mediauk@masschallenge.org