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-million–pound 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.
- Mike Anderson, Padoq
- Jordan Appleson, Hark
- Muhammad Asim, Marq Millions
- Chloe Barrett,DigiDentistry Educational Resources
- Ed Barton,Curiscope
- Asa Bentley,CreditLadder
- Miranda Bishop, Talking Social Media
- Oliver Bridge, Cornerstone
- Sean Brown,Mercarto
- MarkoBudiselic & Dominik Tomicevic, Memgraph
- Sam Coley & Steve Pearce,TickX
- Ben Corrigan, Jonny Plein & Vikram Simha, Pouch
- Louis-James Davis, VST Enterprises
- Chris Edson & Mike Gibbs,OurPath
- Tara Flynn, Ratio
- David Grimes, Sorted Group
- Natasha Guerra, Runway East
- James Gupta,Synap
- Phoebe Hugh, Brolly
- Jamie Jackson, 2J Commerce
- LaurenceKemball-Cook, Pavegen
- Aneeqa Khan,eporta
- Ian Leadbetter & Daniel Reilly, Ruler Analytics
- Jonathan Marsden, The Technology Group
- Nicholas Mealey, Connex One
- Christian Moroy, Edge Health
- Dr Anas Nader & Dr JingOuyand, Patchwork
- Tom Pickersgill, Broadstone (nowOrka)
- Makaela Richardson, Free the Fresher
- MaxRofagha, Finimize
- Christian Samuel, University Cribs
- Nakul Sharma,Hostmaker
- NicholasShekerdemian, Headstart AI
- ClaireTrachet, wOndary
- Devika Wood, Vida