Wednesday 7 March 2018 11:36 am

Will one of these 26 companies joining Tech City’s Future Fifty become the new Zoopla or Just Eat?

An AI-driven cybersecurity company, a fashion industry analytics business and a tech-based language teaching company are among the 26 UK startups that have been identified as potential future tech stars.

Darktrace, Featurespace and Firefly are among the companies joining companies such as SpitfireAudio, Thread and Superawesome on Tech City’s Future Fifty programme.

Future Fifty alumni have gone on to five IPOs on the London Stock Exchange and 23 company sales, which include which was acquired for an estimated $1bn (£720m), JustGiving which was acquired for $120m and Shazam which was acquired for $400m.

The new companies will receive access to an expert peer network and workshops and classes aimed at boosting their businesses to the next level.

Companies join the programme for two years, so the 2018 group, which have already raised $730m between them, will join 24 existing members.

Parveen Dhanda, programme lead for Future Fifty, said: "This year's cohort includes some of the UK's fastest growing tech companies and we can't wait to begin working with them."

Future Fifty – who made the cut?

Four of the new intake are cybersecurity companies, 15 per cent are in FinTech while 14 percent are in eCommerce. Fifteen of the cohort have a female founder or co-founder and the average age of the new companies is eight years.

CompanyWhat it does?
BigChange AppsPaperless planning and management for a mobile workforce
Biosite SystemsManages, monitors and maximises construction safety and security
CaptifyConsumer search analysis for media and brands
Checkout.comOnline payment services
Click TravelBusiness travel management
CloudSenseDigital first customer experiences
DarktraceMachine learning and AI cybersecurity
EDITEDAnalytics for fashion retailers
Egress Software TechnologiesCollaboration service for secure sharing
FeaturespaceFraud and risk management
FireflyOnline EdTech tool
Infectious MediaMedia campaigns for brands
IxarisEnables businesses to profit from payments they make
LendInvestMortgage technology
MasabiMobile ticketing and fare collection
MemriseLanguage teaching tech
MPB GroupHelps sell unwanted photographic equipment
OaknorthUK debt finance bank
OpenSignalMobile analytics for the wireless industry
PaddleSales platform for software companies
SemafoneAllows data to be securely taken over the telephone
SimbaDirect-to-customer mattresses
SportsPursuitSport and outdoor brand sales
TrouvaHomeware and accessories sales
UKCloudCloud platforms for public sector and healthcare companies
ZappiStoreResearch platform