Thinking about moving your company to Shoreditch? You’ll be in good company…
The latest Centre for Entrepreneurs report shows that London continues to be a beacon for start-ups. If your new years’ resolution is to relocate your business to the heart of the action then you’ll find start-ups Shoreditch-wide and in neighbouring Tech City. But just what kind of companies does the area attract, and which ones could be your potential neighbours? Take a look at our list of Shoreditch start-ups to find out.
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What with all the strain on the NHS, healthcare is a big issue in the UK right now. Meet the start-ups looking to disrupt the industry.
Supercarers – ProperCorn, 41 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7SG
This health start-up pairs up carers in the community with people in need. SuperCarers promises to put people first and offers flexible day-time, night-time and live-in care. Many carers have specialist care skills such as experience with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and cancer and provide a full raft of services including help with daily routine, wellness, housekeeping, companionship, activities, cooking and transportation.
Remember Napster the music file-sharing platform that single-handedly transformed the music industry in the 00s? Here’s the next round of companies looking to have just as much of an impact.
Dice – Tea Building, 62 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ
This one is a music lover’s dream; a ticketing service that lets you book sold-out gig tickets with no booking fees at face value via their purpose-built app. Dice’s USP is that it is 100% mobile, meaning it’s immune to touting software. The idea is to put music fans first so you can enjoy the best gigs in London without paying over the odds.
JukeDeck – Tech Hub, 20 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AR
Clever stuff here. JukeDeck are using artificial intelligence to compose and adapt music, giving people the tools to personalise the music they need. The idea is to dynamically shape music to match with different situations by use of technology that improves over time (known as machine learning). It can be applied to anywhere where background music is needed; videos, restaurants, events etc.
An industry very close to our heart. Shoreditch is exploding with proptech companies and here we take a look at some of our favourites.
Rentify – Fourth Floor, 6 Long Lane, London, EC1A 9HF
This start-up makes it easy for you to rent your property to high quality tenants without worrying about void periods, arrears and maintenance. The idea is to simplify the rental process by agreeing a fair market price with Rentify who will then secure suitable tenants as fast as possible. With benefits for both the landlord and the tenant it’s really shaking things up in the sector.
Settled – 35 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AA
People say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life. A big part of this is the stress caused by selling your home – and it’s an issue that Settled is aiming to alleviate. Providing you with everything you need to sell your property for a one-off fee, without commission, the idea is to make moving easier for everyone.
A burgeoning industry that’s looking to shake up the restaurant trade in just the same way street food has; meet the foodtech start-ups.
Winnow – Runway East, 10 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AF
A service for the restaurant trade, this start-up is based around technology that cuts food waste in half. The system makes it quick and easy to record exactly how much food is being wasted through smart meter technology attached to the food waste bin. Winnow customers typically save between 3% to 8% on food cost, which is not only great for boosting profits but amazing for the environment.
This team of fashion-forward thinkers not only look good on the dance floor, but have the technology to boot.
Lyst – 48 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB
Located in ultra-trendy Hoxton Square, Lyst partner with designers and stores from around the world to bring you everything you could need from the world of fashion in one place. The clever bit is the use of technology to personalise the shopping experience for each user, allowing them to follow their favourite brands, be the first to see the latest looks and get sale/stock alerts.
Grabble – iHorizon, 110 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4HT
Grabble is an app that lets you discover the best new fashion and homeware from your smartphone, as curated by a team of style experts. Based around high-quality and inspiring fashion related content, it enables you to buy anything you see in one tap.
Shoreditch is absolutely brimming with fintech start-ups all looking to help transform the banking industry and replicate the success of earlier pioneers.
TransferWise – The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
One of the most successful start-ups to hail from Shoreditch in recent years, TransferWise has completely disrupted the business of exchange rates. Money transfers are up to 8 times cheaper with the service than traditional banks. The key to its success is transparency; there’s no hidden charges or markups here.
Seedrs – Churchill House, 142-146 Old St, London EC1V 9BW
Ever fancied yourself as one of the dragon’s from Dragon’s Den? Well this great little start-up lets you be just that. Seedrs makes it simple for anyone to invest in businesses, many of which have the support of top accelerators, corporates and brands. It’s equity funding done properly.
Splittable – iHorizon, 110 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4HT
This is an app that uses technology to reduce the tension of managing finances between housemates or any other group. Promising to eliminate the arguments that arise from discussing who spent what, Splittable lets you pay back your housemates in seconds, saving you the time, energy and hassle of managing household bills.
Billhub – BillHub Loft, 77 East Road, Shoreditch, London, N1 6AH
Another facility that promises to take out the hassle from managing money between housemates, BillHub comprises of a price comparison engine that helps you find and set-up the best deal for your group with the minimum of hassle.
Pop-ups are springing up right across Shoreditch. Here we take a look at some of the companies behind the pop-up phenomenon.
Lollipopup – New Loom House, 101 Back Church Lane, E1 1LU
A creative collective which believes in creating unique and immersive pop-up experiences. Recent projects include London’s naked restaurant ‘The Bunyadi’, the ABQ ‘mix lab’ cocktail bar, an exhibition which brought real owls to an ex-art gallery space in ‘Annie the Owl’ and their latest project ‘The Bletchley’, a cocktail event inspired by Alan Turing and Bletchley Park.
Meet the companies doing their best to tackle the skills shortage in Tech City – and beyond.
Beamery – 18-21 Corsham Street, London, N1 6DR
This start-up is looking to shake things up in the recruitment industry by using technology to source, attract and engage talent before they apply for a job. Enabling you to scale your recruiting, unify all candidate data and prioritise candidates it’s a god send for helping to cut down the recruitment process.