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21 YORKSHIRE TECH BUSINESSES TO WATCH IN 2019

Thursday 1st August 2019

It's Yorkshire Day, a perfect opportunity to celebrate everything good and great about God's Own Country.

In this blog we're highlighting just some of the fantastic businesses and tech hubs in the Yorkshire region contributing to the vibrant tech ecosystem in the area.

Scroll to find out more about them...


Mable Therapy


Mable Therapy develops a software-based service that provides interactive speech and language therapy for children.

Mable uses cutting edge UI, data visualisation systems and gaming to create an innovative experience for their clients and stake holders.

Vet-AI

Based in Leeds, Vet- AI is leading the way in bringing AI to the global pet market, which is worth approximately £100 billion!

Using ground-breaking technologies, Vet-AI are developing innovative products and services that will reshape the animal health industry. They are the first company in the world that use AI to support the good health of our pets. Their evolving team consists of leading experts in a range of different sectors, and their partners include some of the biggest in the pet care industry.

This year Vet-AI launched their new product – Joii. Joii is an app which enables pet owners to diagnose and receive recommended treatment and is now downloadable!

Vet-AI have also been able to secure investment from a number of key stakeholders which has given the start-up a solid foundation for further growth and tech innovation.

Edgetic

Edgetic is a Leeds based start-up that specialises in providing software solutions for the data centre industry.

Edgetic uses AI to identify, model and predict the behaviour and interaction of users, software and hardware.

The knowledge gathered by Edgetic enables improved energy efficiency, improved performance and identification of potential risks and issues.

Citi Logik

Citi Logik are making a substantial contribution to the development of smarter cities in the UK and globally, and have delivered evidence and insights to support the building of bridges, new motorways, railway stations, key interchanges and large commercial developments. 

2018 was a fantastic year for the company who were the proud winners of ‘Data Pioneer of the Year 2018’ at last year’s Business Tech Awards.

In July 2018 Innovate UK offered £8 million to 13 businesses developing innovative solutions to the UK’s Urban Infrastructure. Citi Logik were one of the 13 businesses who were able to secure some of this funding which will support significant innovation this year.

Signin

Founder George Biddle came up with the idea for the Signin app while at University in Leeds and experiencing the challenges posed by the saturated graduate marketplace as well as the trouble some universities have had implementing electronic registration systems for lectures.

George has shown entrepreneurial spirit since the age of 16 when he set up his first profitable venture running events for sixth formers at his school!

Signin was recognised as being one of the top 10 start-ups to watch last year. In 2019 we can expect to see more growth as they continue grow their team.

WIFIplug

Based in Leeds WIFIplug is a game-changer in the smart-homes movement. The team have developed a series of smart plugs which allow users to control various items in their home remotely.

2019 is set to be a fantastic year for the WIFIplug team. WIFIplug were shortlisted to pitch to a panel of industry experts at KPMG Manchester in January. 

Hanzo

Established in 2010, Hanzo is a platform that empowers compliance and legal teams to investigate, collect, preserve and present unstructured data.

Hanzo’s European Head Quarters is located in Leeds. Hanzo recently appointed a new CTO who specialises in AI and Big Data – Denis Maurin. Dennis joins the Hanzo team in an exciting period of growth to drive the further development of products and infrastructure growth this year (and beyond).

Expect big things from Hanzo this year!

TruNarrative

Headquartered in Leeds, TruNarrative is a global player in the financial crime space. 

Their services are used in over 45 countries! Their platform contains an intricate decision engine which combines Machine Learning with best in class rules and scoring that helps protect companies from fraud.

Edenbridge Healthcare

Edenbridge Healthcare in Wakefield develop software to help improve patient care. They are committed to help drive innovation and support improved healthcare delivery.

Edenbridge Healthcare are just one of the tech initiatives taking place within the healthcare sector in Yorkshire that is driving Yorkshire’s status as a world leader in health tech.

Myfood24 - Dietary Assessment

Myfood24 is a pioneering online technology helping researchers, teaching and health professionals measure food and nutrient intake.

The technology is headed up by Professor Janet Cade at Leeds University. (Janet was featured in our 21 Female Tech leaders piece in October, read it here.)



Fleet on Demand

Fleet on Demand are Europe leaders for business mobility as a service and developers of multi-platform technology solutions in the cap automotive industry.

At the end of last year FleetonDemand welcomed Andrew Cope to the business as Executive Chairman. 

This appointment was made following a deal with British Growth Fund (BGF) who acquired a minority stake within the company through a £5 million investment.

Following the new addition to the team and the investment Fleet on demand is expected to experience rapid growth over the next year.

Carbon Performance

Carbon Performance are based in Leeds. They are adopting Industry 4.0 technologies to produce next-generation lightweight, organic, bionic, environmentally-sustainable components for the automotive and motorsport industry.


The Data City

The Data City are using data and AI to provide central and local government with insight they need on various organisations across the UK. From this governments are able to direct economic policy decisions.

The Data City were recognised as one of the top 33 start-ups in the UK and top three in the Yorkshire & Humber region according to Tech Nation's Rising Stars shortlist.

Intuitive Learning


Harrogate based Intuitive Learning use AI to increase knowledge retention and improve skills for companies. 

The company recently secured a six figure investment from tech entrepreneur Andrew Cope. The investment from Andrew will allow Intuitive Learning to continue their growth in 2019 including scaling nationwide across product development and sales coverage!

rradar

They were the proud winners of small 'Tech Company of the Year' at last year's Business Tech Awards. They also won 'North East Disrupter of the Year' at the 'Spectators Economic Disrupter of the Year' awards in November.

The firm was launched in Hull in 2012 with 10 employees and reporting a year-end turnover of £800,000.

It now has additional offices in Leeds and Glasgow, employs more than 100 staff, and reported a turnover of £5 million at the end of last year.

UKTV

UKTV is a commercial, award-winning broadcaster reaching nearly 40 million viewers every month, accounting for 10% of the British commercial TV market!

At the end of 2018 UKTV went public with their plans to make Leeds the base for their growing tech hub. 

Sinead Greenway, CTO of UKTV says “Over the past three years we’ve completely redesigned our technology infrastructure to ensure we can react quickly to the evolving broadcast landscape and increased complexity of our distribution platforms,” 

“Opening a regional technology innovation hub marks the next step in UKTV’s long-term growth strategy, enabling us to harness the skills and expertise of talent outside of London and support the creative industries in the regions.”

2019 will be a big year for the UKTV Leeds team who will be focussing on adopting new technologies, including exploring data analytics and the cloud, with a view to helping viewers watch more programmes across different devices.

RapidSpike

RapidSpike founded by Robin Hill and Andrew Mason had tech entrepreneur Gav Winter join them in June 2018 to help accelerate growth. RapidSpike is a digital experience monitoring platform which interacts with online platforms as users do, pinpointing issues and improvements to increase with revenue conversion, user happiness and reduce their carbon footprint.

The tool gives insight into website health, speed and performs structural audits, they also detect Magecart type attacks reducing attack time from an average of 12 days down to 5 minutes!

Chamaeleon Technology

Chamaeleon Technology were recognised by Business Desk as being one of the Top 20 Yorkshire Tech Companies of 2018. 

Chamaeleon is a leader in bespoke “Smart in-home energy monitors to UK and international utility companies”.

Chamaeleon Technology have created a new interactive device called 'I.VIE'. This new product helps homeowners understand their energy in a new way, by using real time energy data which also uses an intelligence voice assistant. I.VIE is also said to also be making waves in treatment and patient care of Alzheimer’s as the device is able to monitor and track changes in behaviour of users and help carers spot these.

Yboo


“Saving the UK consumer on average £156 per year on their mobile phone bill”

Yboo based in Kirklees is a money saving app which compares sim only deals across the UK mobile market. The app marches users to the best deal by measuring consumer usage.

Yboo landed £2 million in growth funding from Angelfish investment plc last year. The funding will be used to maximise their product development and to begin expansion internationally this year!

Nexus – Leeds University

Nexus is an innovation and enterprise hub based at Leeds University.

Nexus provides a place where businesses and other external organisations looking to innovate and grow can access the university’s capabilities and talent.

Nexus will be key this year in supporting the growth of tech start-ups in Leeds.

Mtag

The team at Mtag have developed a technology that allow consumers to shop products by clicking tags in pictures.

When a product is tagged in a photo and a consumer clicks this tag they are then sent to a link where they are able to purchase the particular product. Advertisers receive a percentage of fees from product owners for every click on a tag that then turns into a purchase from their advertised photo.

The team based in Leeds have prioritised their growth in the make-up and cosmetics sector however this year we should see them expand into new markets.
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