Rocket List 2021

50 of the fastest-growing companies in London to accelerate your career in 2021. Vetted by investors & technology leaders. We include curated insight into why they're great places to work.

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How we choose companies

We feature startups in moments of truly exponential growth. We set criteria and pick companies based on 1) impressive fundraising 2) disruptive missions 3) exploding headcounts

Our expert panel

The Rocket List was personally vetted by a group of individuals who nurture and fund technology companies

Holly Bennett

Head of Ecosystem & Portfolio Development at Accel

Sia Houchangnia

Partner at Seedcamp

Saul Klein

Co-founder and Partner at LocalGlobe

Gerard Grech

CEO of Tech Nation

Irina Haivas

Partner at Atomico

Anne Glover

Chief Executive and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners

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Beacon

Digital freight forwarding

Travel and Transportation

Travel and Transportation

£53m

138%

Mission

To help businesses simplify and optimise their supply chains with end-to-end visibility, supplier payments, and insights.

B2B
Logistics
Freight
Analytics
Supply Chain
SaaS
API
Cloud Computing

12M Employee Growth
138%
Gender Diversity
40% female

Last updated Dec 2020This is the start of our stats on diversity, and we'll be including more in the future. We have gender data and want to use it to promote transparency. The data is according to our analysis, last updated Dec 2020.


Examples of people progressing

Founders

Fraser Robinson (CEO)

Prior to Co-Founding Beacon, Fraser led Uber’s Business in EMEA and before that held senior roles in technology and e-commerce startups for over two decades.

Dmitri Izmailov (COO)

Prior to Co-Founding Beacon, Dmitri was the General Manager of Uber in Russia and prior to that worked as a Management Consultant in New York.

Diversity & Inclusion at Beacon

  • We strongly believe that diverse teams make better strategic decisions and it is important to us that our team represents the global and diverse nature of the customers we serve
  • In a hyper growth environment, it is easy to sacrifice diversity for speed, which is something we have consciously tried to overcome since the beginning
  • We are proud that 42% of our team identify as women and we will continue to prioritise diversity and inclusion in all forms as we scale the business

Fundraising

Last 2 fundraises


202020212022£12.3m£40.9m

Investors: 8VC, Marc Benioff, Expa, Manta Ray Ventures, Jeff Bezos, Upper90, Northstar.vc

Last 2 fundraises


202020212022£12.3m£40.9m

Beacon's take on their challenges in 2021

Fraser Robinson headshot
Fraser Robinson
Founder and CEO

The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced how central a resilient supply chain is to our customers’ business success. We aim to give customers greater visibility & control as we move their freight – and provide deeper data-driven insights into their supply chain. 2020 has been an extremely busy year for Beacon; we have quadrupled the size of our team and our customer numbers have also grown significantly.

In addition to our London office, we recently opened a new office in Hong Kong in an important strategic development for the company: a large proportion of our cargo originates in Asia and it is important for us to have a local presence to provide better service to our customers. In 2021, we are aiming to substantially grow our team, further develop our technology, as well as, expanding our global footprint – to offer exceptional service, reliability and transparency to our ever-growing customer base.

Otta's take on Beacon

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Sam Franklin
CEO of Otta

Beacon works to disrupt the trillion-dollar freight forwarding industry related to the booking agents between importers and exporters. With the top 10 forwarders controlling just 43% of the market and being slow to digitise, the industry is ripe for change.

The company has an established customer base and offers a full range of services across ocean, air and trucking, as well as supply chain finance – all managed on a single platform, using AI, data science, cloud and automation technologies.

Recent investment from Jeff Bezos highlights the significant potential that Beacon holds to benefit both Amazon and the industry as a whole. The technology of the company could help Amazon tackle a number of the logistics challenges it has faced, and with such backing, Beacon appears to be poised well for future success.

Ably

Cloud infrastructure and APIs for realtime data delivery

Data

Data

£64m

90%

Accurx

Patient communication for healthcare professionals

Health and Beauty

Health and Beauty

£36m

79%

Bark

Marketplace for service professionals

Consumer

Consumer

Unknown

6%

Behavox

Monitors employee behaviour in the financial workplace

Finance

Finance

£147m

-9%

Blink

Enterprise app that empowers frontline workers

Legal/HR

Legal/HR

£23m

60%

Capdesk

Equity management platform

Finance

Finance

£10m

56%

Cazoo

Transforming the way people buy used cars

Travel and Transportation

Travel and Transportation

£460m

107%

Checkout.com

Setting the standard in payments

Finance

Finance

£1498m

59%

Cleo

AI personal finance assistant

Finance

Finance

£112m

24%

Codat

The platform for business data

Finance

Finance

£139m

96%

Credit Kudos

Using financial behaviour to measure creditworthiness

Finance

Finance

£9m

15%

0 jobs

Cutover

Work orchestration & observability platform

Software

Software

£45m

38%

0 jobs

Duffel

API toolkit for selling flights online

Travel and Transportation

Travel and Transportation

£46m

75%

Eigen Technologies

AI Document intelligence platform

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

£49m

7%

Elvie

Pioneering smarter technology for women

Hardware

Hardware

£109m

71%

Farewill

Wills, probate and cremation service

Finance

Finance

£25m

-36%

Fidel API

Financial infrastructure platform

Finance

Finance

£70m

88%

Form3

Cloud-native payment processing platform

Finance

Finance

£178m

75%

Freetrade

Invest in stocks with zero commissions or fees

Finance

Finance

£98m

71%

Goodlord

End-to-end lettings platform

Real Estate

Real Estate

£53m

11%

Gousto

Recipe boxes delivered to your door

Consumer

Consumer

£242m

63%

Harbr Data

Data commerce platform

Data

Data

£42m

22%

Hopin

Event platform provider that connects communities through virtual, hybrid, and in-person events

Media

Media

£836m

258%

Impala

Changing the way the entire world browses, books, stays and pays

Consumer

Consumer

£27m

36%

Infogrid

Building intelligence to help improve the world

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

£13m

215%

Kheiron Medical

AI enhanced cancer detection tools for radiologists

Health and Beauty

Health and Beauty

£28m

-6%

LabGenius

Protein engineering platform

Health and Beauty

Health and Beauty

£24m

30%

0 jobs

Lingumi

English tutoring platform for kids ages 2-7

Education

Education

£6m

-21%

0 jobs

Marshmallow

Cheaper, faster insurance

Finance

Finance

£97m

63%

Moneybox

Saving and investing app

Finance

Finance

£88m

35%

Multiverse

Accelerating careers through apprenticeships

Education

Education

£339m

96%

Onfido

Automating the process of identity verification

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

£178m

37%

Paddle

Payments, tax, and subscriptions solution for SaaS

Finance

Finance

£238m

95%

Primer

No code automation for payments

Finance

Finance

£59m

194%

Privitar

Solving data privacy challenges for enterprises

Security

Security

£121m

-24%

Prolific

Connecting people to facilitate world-changing research.

Data

Data

£1m

28%

Qatalog

Digital work hub

Productivity

Productivity

£18m

31%

Revolut

Comprehensive financial services platform

Finance

Finance

£1406m

78%

SeedLegals

One-stop platform for legals for startups

Legal/HR

Legal/HR

£4m

86%

Sensat

Translates real world into digital twins

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

£11m

6%

0 jobs

Snyk

Developer security platform

Security

Security

£1132m

106%

Streetbees

Crowdsourced real-time market research

Data

Data

£44m

-11%

Thought Machine

A cloud native banking platform

Finance

Finance

£457m

6%

Tiney

Digital marketplace for childcare

Education

Education

£6m

11%

Trint

Transcription software

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

£9m

10%

TrueLayer

Simple banking APIs

Finance

Finance

£222m

100%

Unmind

Mental health platform for the workplace

Health and Beauty

Health and Beauty

£51m

39%

Wagestream

Bringing employees financial freedom

Finance

Finance

£88m

50%

Yapily

Secure API for banks

Finance

Finance

£57m

68%

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