Chris Maguire

Executive editor Chris Maguire looks back at the 2018 ’35 Under 35′

In 2018, BusinessCloud published its ’35 Tech Entrepreneurs Under 35′ list. 

This can hardly be described as a scientific experiment, but I decided it would be fun to see what some of the people on the list are up to now – and the results were really refreshing. 

One of the names on the list was Laurence Kemball-Cook of CleanTech company Pavegen, which uses floor tiles to convert the kinetic energy of footsteps into electricity and data. 

Since appearing in the list, the start-up has secured funding from two of the world’s richest men in the Hinduja brothers.  

Phoebe Hugh was included on the list for her business Brolly that was disrupting the insurance world. 

Powered by AI, Brolly helped people understand what insurance they needed and then found them the best policies. 

In 2020 it was reported that Brolly had been acquired by the giant Direct Line Group for an undisclosed sum. 

Sean Brown’s eCommerce start-up Mercarto was attracting lots of attention when he made the list in 2018. 

Mercarto’s technology allows anyone to launch an online store in minutes and in 2019 the Manchester-based start-up was celebrating seven-figure revenues in its first year of trading. 

Tom Pickersgill was another name on the list and he made headlines in February 2021 when his business Orka (previously Broadstone) raised a whopping £29m. 

Pickersgill is a former professional footballer and claims Orka is the market leader in providing tech solutions for shift workers. 

There are so many people on the list doing things like Mike Anderson, at Padoq, and Jordan Appleson, at Hark, but one final name I’ll mention is David Grimes, of Manchester-based global delivery platform Sorted. 

I’ve got so much respect for David because of the hard work he’s put in over the last decade and he’s attracted several multi-millionpound rounds of investment and seen demand for Sorted’s services soar during COVID. 

It’s not possible to mention everyone but the full 2018 list can be seen below in alphabetical order. The company names were correct when we ran the original list. 

To see the full profiles from 2018 you can click here; while we also published a second ‘Ones to Watch’ list alongside the main list, which is available here. 

  1. Mike Anderson, Padoq
  2. Jordan Appleson, Hark
  3. Muhammad Asim, Marq Millions
  4. Chloe Barrett,DigiDentistry Educational Resources 
  5. Ed Barton,Curiscope 
  6. Asa Bentley,CreditLadder 
  7. Miranda Bishop, Talking Social Media
  8. Oliver Bridge, Cornerstone
  9. Sean Brown,Mercarto 
  10. MarkoBudiselic & Dominik Tomicevic, Memgraph 
  11. Sam Coley & Steve Pearce,TickX 
  12. Ben Corrigan, Jonny Plein & Vikram Simha, Pouch
  13. Louis-James Davis, VST Enterprises
  14. Chris Edson & Mike Gibbs,OurPath 
  15. Tara Flynn, Ratio
  16. David Grimes, Sorted Group
  17. Natasha Guerra, Runway East
  18. James Gupta,Synap 
  19. Phoebe Hugh, Brolly
  20. Jamie Jackson, 2J Commerce
  21. LaurenceKemball-Cook, Pavegen 
  22. Aneeqa Khan,eporta 
  23. Ian Leadbetter & Daniel Reilly, Ruler Analytics
  24. Jonathan Marsden, The Technology Group
  25. Nicholas Mealey, Connex One
  26. Christian Moroy, Edge Health
  27. Dr Anas Nader & Dr JingOuyand, Patchwork 
  28. Tom Pickersgill, Broadstone (nowOrka) 
  29. Makaela Richardson, Free the Fresher
  30. MaxRofagha, Finimize 
  31. Christian Samuel, University Cribs
  32. Nakul Sharma,Hostmaker 
  33. NicholasShekerdemian, Headstart AI 
  34. ClaireTrachet, wOndary 
  35. Devika Wood, Vida