50 GAME CHANGERS
ConnectTVT was launched in June 2014 to “put the Thames Valley back on the tech and digital cluster maps” that we had disappeared from. Being rich in established, mature tech-based businesses, global giants have been critical to the region’s economy but had also made us become a victim of our own success. I felt we had taken our eye off the ball about we how we were perceived; at a national level we were off the radar.
The 50 Game Changers was my way of acknowledging some of the unsung heroes hidden away, fighting their fight and also to demonstrate that the Thames Valley is, in fact, full of interesting, inspiring start-up, and fast growth scale-up businesses with home-grown innovation.
Are you Game Changer or do you know one? Let us know the 2017 hunt is now on.
Richard Parker founded Altitude Angel to simplify the safe use and adoption of drone technology across the world.
Andrew Yates founded Artesian in 2007 with a simple vision – to change the way B2B professionals communicate with their customers for the better.
Austin Fraser, the fast-growing international recruitment consultancy is part of a new breed of collaborators within the ConnectTVT eco-system.
Simon launched to scale the SEO methodology he’d crafted over the years, helping a breadth of select clients which now includes Mumsnet, Simply Business, Time Inc., The Knowledge Academy and many others.
blueSense is transforming proximity engagement through its simple mission: to enable the next generation of smart devices to understand their surroundings better.
Bounts is a new breed of lifestyle reward programme where users earn cash rewards from their favourite brands
and retailers simply by connecting their fitness tracking app or gym membership.
Caparra Technologies was formed on the back of a chance meeting between Colin Herridge and Richard Starkey where they found two things in common – their sons were in the same class and they both loved disruptive business models.
Found in November 2014 by Biyi Olaibi, Soji Olaibi, Peter Yinusa and Tobi Yinusa, Carvenient Club is a car share operator.
Cereno have developed nuVa, the next generation of revolutionary remote collaboration solutions which is helping to advance the Thames Valley as a world leader in rich virtual solutions.
Cookie Reports offers comprehensive cookie management and compliance across organisations’ entire web-estates – websites, micro-sites, mobile platforms and more.
C View Technologies
C View Technologies merges Software- as-a Service to deliver Consultancy-as-a- Service, to bring the bene ts of operational excellence via consultancy automation to any and every size of organisations.
Cycle.land is a social marketplace that connects people with bikes. Oxford-based, the start-up aims to place every available bicycle on the city’s map, to be shared by residents, students and tourists.
DataSift is the only company that provides state-of-the-art technology that allows organisations to capture, analyse and act on all the types of Human Data, without compromising consumer trust.
As a fast-growth scale-up, Datto has been passionately committed to supporting the start-up community in the Thames Valley, including GROW@GreenPark’s Sponsor a Start- Up initiative.
GROW@GreenPark’s own Enswarm is already going places. Drawing on his impressive military experience, founder and CEO, Joe Kay, saw the need for a tech-based solution to improve the way teams share information, plan and make decisions.
Esplorio was founded in 2012 by Tim Fernando, Essa Saulat and Sean Pham to help people record and share the best experiences in their lives.
Fairsail is a cloud HR software business, the #1 HR system on the market-leading Salesforce Platform, and the preferred cloud HR solution for Sage customers. The business was founded in Reading in 2007, organically growing from £1m to £10m revenue in the last 3 years.
Fantoo is a smart messaging and collaboration platform which is closely coupled with Microsoft Office365 and works as a lens over the top of your Outlook and other Office365 applications.
Fuel3D is a leading 3D capture and imaging business. Its patented, market-leading technology, originally developed in Oxford University, has a broad range of applications across multiple industry sectors.
Grillatech was founded by Dave Stanley and Jim Sneddon to become the trailblazer organisation showing the IT industry how to drive workplace progression from novice to expert at a low cost.
HeathWallace has grown into a global agency delivering engaging digital experiences for some of the largest global brands. They remain committed to the region particularly through strong links with the University of Reading; over the last 10 years it has successfully run part of the Human Computer Interaction course for the Computer Science department.
HOLM will revolutionise how we shop for clothes. By digitising the skills of an expert stylist, we turn sales assistants into highly trained personal shoppers. HOLM’s personalisation software (a SaaS product) is designed to work in store and seamlessly migrate online.
Intelligent Health’s aim is to create active vibrant communities where everyone matters. Founded by Dr William Bird MBE, the Reading-based organisation uses technology to help achieve this.
In 2010, cofounders Keith Errey and Rebecca Weir set out with a vision to overcome barriers of technology integration and data accessibility in healthcare.
KYMIRA has been leading a revolution in sport technology since CEO Timothy Brownstone launched it in his nal year at the University of Reading in 2013. His team of scientists and sports enthusiasts – recruited from within the university environment – has developed a range
of performance and recovery enhancing sportswear that incorporates its unique, patented KYnergy® infrared technology.
FAYZR technology, developed by Liquid Networks over the last year, can be used to auto generate most of the software code required to facilitate the data to ow from ‘device to dashboard’ between the growing number of connected devices that make up the ‘Internet of Things’.
Mavreel was created by Jemiah Douglin, Irfan Naeem and Tchize Matias in 2015. Their mission for the company is to bring the best of live entertainment, to everyone, everywhere, every time and to help restore and rescue the creative (entertainment) industries. Mavreel are an online platform that provides the next best thing, a live HD broadcast to the device of your choice!
Alexander Finlayson founded Oxford based digital health social enterprise, MedicineAfrica. It’s aim is to improve global health by connecting healthcare workers with each other and with institutions, as part of a dynamic and interactive global health system.
MeVitae’s mission is to create technology that solves a company’s biggest recruitment challenges – to empower everyone to have a job they love. MeVitae is a cognitive data- driven recruitment solution.
Opsview is headquartered in the Reading Enterprise Centre. The rapidly growing team is transforming the tech community, especially DevOps, in the Thames Valley through an innovative recruitment programme and engagement with key London initiatives like General Assembly and Iron Yard.
Passle is an innovative piece of software that takes the hassle out of creating content. It’s a digital marketing platform that puts content back where it belongs: in the hand of experts.
Perspectum Diagnostics was founded in 2012, the team has been working with patented technology and know-how to develop solutions for major unmet needs in diagnostic medicine, primarily obesity related liver disease.
Pollpic is the social platform for sharing opinions, to build in influence in a fun and fast way, via a simple image-swipe. Through the app, users gather opinions from friends and followers on anything from music to fashion, creating fast, simple polls using images to compare anything, collecting results in real time.
Prolific is a crowdsourcing platform that connects researchers and participants.It was founded as a collaboration between academics from Oxford and Sheffield universities. The goal was to make the recruitment of participants for research studies as easy as possible.
Proplend is a peer-to-peer lending platform within the Alternative Finance sector. Founder and CEO, Brian Bartaby’s mission is to open up the institutional asset class of real estate loan syndication for the sub-£5m Loan sector directly to individual investors.
Rawnet has consistently broken the digital agency mould for ten years. The multi-award-winning team of 40 is devoted to everything digital, providing a full-service offer to global clients. “Our team knows we’re as good as any central London agency”
The Redberry team, has been focusing on a new video personalisation platform, called EchoMany which looks to address that challenge through personalised brand interaction with people at scale.
Concentrating on App Store Optimisation (ASO), the company helps increase the client’s success by optimizing various elements such as keywords, titles and description within the app store – across all app stores and countries – increasing the number of downloads and user engagement by attracting the ‘right’ users.
SafeToNet® is a privately funded behavioural analytics business that provides cyber security at a human level. Already recognised by Cisco as one of the UK and Ireland’s top 50 cyber security start-ups, it has developed a suite of services that safeguard all users from the increasing personal risks that exist in cyberspace.
Founder and CEO of the SocialRetail Group, Pete Doyle, utilised 30 years’ retail experience to take his customers to the next level of e-commerce; the socialisation of stores to converse with customers effortlessly and provide real- time customer service on Twitter.
Solutions4Health (S4H) is an innovative company with a passion and track record for tackling health inequalities. With the “roots and heart” of the company firmly grounded in Reading, the national team of 300+ now delivers public health services to residents in over 30 Local Authorities across the UK.
The story of Squared Up is a story of two Richards. Richard Benwell and Richard South, they both agreed that Enterprise IT was broken – not only in terms of the tools that were used but also the sleazy and opaque world of software sales that plagued modern IT. The Richards joined forces to create a different kind of company and a couple of years later Squared Up is on the verge of revolutionising IT monitoring.
Founded in 2014 “To become the ‘go to’ place within the food industry to sell unwanted food stock & equipment and unlock value for our customers. During our research phase we discovered the industry bins about 2-2.5% waste in manufacturing alone and that’s about £1bn in value (600,000 tonnes per annum). We felt that this is unacceptable and that a digital marketplace could solve the problem by being the destination to go to.
The foundation of TellTheChef dates back to 2009 when Andrew Norton found he was not able to find a way to automate and manage pre-orders at his dining venue The Jam Factory. TellTheChef is the market leading pre-order system used by caterers and event organisers around the world, to simplify the end-to-end process of managing parties of all sizes at any venue or location.
The Knowledge Academy
Dilshad and Barinder Hothi launched The Knowledge Academy at the height of the recession, they spotted a gap in the market for up skilling the UK workforce – both individuals and businesses of all sizes – who wanted to be more competitive in a difficult economic climate and regarded training as an essential component of this. These entrepreneurs are on a mission to become “the Amazon” of the professional education world.
Venntro Media Group was founded by Ross Williams and his business partner, Steve Pammenter, in 2003. After both using online dating sites, they noticed a gap in the market for niche dating products. Since then, Venntro has grown to become the largest privately owned dating and lifestyle services company in Europe.
Volume is an award-winning global provider of digital content, technology and innovation. It is through their status as an IBM WatsonTM Ecosystem Partner that they are game changing. As one of the first SoftBank Robotics’ partners in the UK, Volume will also be shortly taking delivery of two ‘Pepper’ humanoid robots to enhance their offering to customers.
White October is an agile digital agency founded in Oxford by Dave Fletcher. The award winning team of 30 has established itself as a leading agency in the region as well as developing deep links with the local digital community, leading the formation of Digital Oxford in 2014 and bringing major conferences such as jQueryUK to the city. In 2013 the company span out a technology events business, White October Events.
Wonder Vision is a high-end CGI studio that crafts one-of-a-kind computer generated imagery (CGI), animation and virtual reality experiences. Founded by James Elderton and Joe Thomas in 2009, the Henley-based team has worked tirelessly at the intersection of creativity and technology to help their clients and brands unleash the full potential of their visual assets.
WorkGaps is cloud-based software created to disrupt the flexible work economy, which covers everyone involved in part-time, temporary, shift or contract work. WorkGaps provides the ability to and, manage, engage and monitor a workforce from start to finish.
Mark Evans co-founded and leads Adaptix, a Begbroke-based company that is ‘digitising’ X-ray by developing a Flat Panel X-ray Source that will allow highly- portable low-cost, low-dose 3D imaging in medical and dental applications. He has also supported digital companies in Oxfordshire through investment and by enhancing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the form of regular social events over the last three years, CEO forums, and ‘Pitchfest’ events at Harwell.
Joy Foster currently runs 2 Oxford based social enterprises which provide digital solutions to charities and social enterprise while at the same time training and employing teenagers and adults who have been marginalised in the workforce. Made with Joy is a WordPress development agency, it was set up off the back of a £5,000 ‘Do it’ award from UnLtd. Joy’s second initiative is TechPixies to help women who have been home raising children upskill and return to work.
As part of the KPMG Tech Growth team, Tom Fox is a regular face at GROW@ GreenPark. He was selected as a game changer as a result of his consistent support, enthusiasm and the boundless energy and commitment he brings to start-ups across the region. He has been a part of the GROW community right from it’s humble beginnings as a three month PR campaign. With a vision to create a collaborative and flourishing ecosystem in the Thames Valley,
Henry Ilonah is Head of the Computing/ IT Department at Bulmershe School in Reading. Henry believes having worked in industry gives him an additional dimension to inspire, and to look beyond the technology and at the business opportunities. We met Henry through our Green Meets Grey initiative when he entered a team who were the winners and have received mentoring for the last 5 months to get their business ideas off the ground. He has been a true inspiration to us, as a teacher willing to go above and beyond to seek the best opportunities for his students.
Jim Moodie’s latest venture is edspire, a search engine for online learning resources. He is also involved with Apereo’s Open Academic Environment project and the Oxford EdTech meetup. Most in Oxford will know him as the main organiser of Oxford Startups meetup, a community for the startup scene in Oxford. Its popular and mildly anarchic events help people across Oxford’s burgeoning cluster connect via various initiatives, including their popular demo events that showcase local startups. He has also been the main point of contact between the Oxford cluster and Tech City UK.