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

£49m

196%

Mission

Beacon’s mission is to become a global leader in logistics and trade finance by making trade simpler, more transparent and reliable. Their platform provides real-time data of cargo delivery and a marketplace view of global shipping costs and prices.

Logistics
Freight
Supply Chain

12M Employee Growth
196%
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£11.3m£37.5m

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

Last 2 fundraises


202020212022£11.3m£37.5m

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 is aimed at the trillion-dollar freight forwarding industry - 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 disruption.

Beacon 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.

Investment from Jeff Bezos highlights the significant potential that Beacon holds to benefit both Amazon and the industry as a whole. The technology of Beacon could help Amazon tackle a number of the logistics challenges it has faced.

Ably

Cloud infrastructure and APIs for realtime data delivery

Data

Data

£59m

84%

accuRx

Patient communication, for healthcare professionals.

Health and Beauty

Health and Beauty

£36m

107%

Bark

Marketplace for service professionals

Consumer

Consumer

Unknown

75%

Behavox

Platform to monitor employee behaviour in the financial workplace

Finance

Finance

£144m

101%

0 jobs

Blink

Digital workplace app improving internal communications

Productivity

Productivity

£23m

112%

Capdesk

Equity management platform

Finance

Finance

£10m

37%

Cazoo

Transforming the way people buy used cars

Travel and Transportation

Travel and Transportation

£1640m

146%

Checkout.com

Setting the standard in payments

Finance

Finance

£622m

69%

Cleo

An intelligent assistant for your money

Finance

Finance

£43m

64%

Codat

The platform for business data

Finance

Finance

£53m

97%

Credit Kudos

Using financial behaviour to measure creditworthiness

Finance

Finance

£9m

57%

Cutover

Building the next level of operational excellence.

Software

Software

£41m

43%

Duffel

Creating the future of travel

Travel and Transportation

Travel and Transportation

£42m

120%

Eigen Technologies

Research-led artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

£45m

59%

Elvie

Pioneering smarter technology for women

Health and Beauty

Health and Beauty

£108m

47%

Farewill

Award-winning wills, probate and cremation service

Finance

Finance

£27m

105%

Fidel

Our mission at Fidel API is to unlock the full potential of payment cards.

Finance

Finance

£16m

35%

Form3

Helping banks and regulated fintechs move money faster

Finance

Finance

£163m

63%

Freetrade

Invest in stocks with zero commissions or fees

Finance

Finance

£59m

42%

Goodlord

Goodlord is a Proptech platform on a mission to provide the best renting experience in the world.

Real Estate

Real Estate

£26m

32%

Gousto

Recipe boxes delivered to your door

Consumer

Consumer

£157m

65%

Harbr Data

Enterprise data exchange platform

Data

Data

£39m

107%

Hopin

The leading shared experiences platform

Consumer

Consumer

£766m

383%

Impala

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

Travel and Transportation

Travel and Transportation

£25m

59%

Infogrid

Connected sensor solutions to make buildings smarter and more sustainable!

Real Estate

Real Estate

£12m

269%

Kheiron Medical

Helping radiologists detect early signs of cancer

Health and Beauty

Health and Beauty

£27m

3%

LabGenius

Using machine learning to create better protein therapeutics

Health and Beauty

Health and Beauty

£22m

37%

0 jobs

Lingumi

Digital English lessons for kids ages 2-6

Education

Education

£5m

227%

Marshmallow

We support people in their hour of need by offering cheaper, faster insurance that's on their side.

Finance

Finance

£89m

100%

Moneybox

Digital investment and cash savings products via your smartphone

Finance

Finance

£48m

91%

Multiverse

Accelerating careers through apprenticeships

Education

Education

£146m

90%

Onfido

Document verification and facial biometrics tech

Security

Security

£163m

30%

Paddle

Reducing the admin burden for SaaS businesses

Finance

Finance

£70m

Unknown

Primer

Consolidating payment stacks with a unified API

Finance

Finance

£18m

Unknown

0 jobs

Privitar

Solving data privacy challenges for enterprises

Security

Security

£112m

56%

Prolific

Connecting people to facilitate world-changing research.

Data

Data

£1m

120%

Qatalog

Productivity and collaboration hub for remote teams

Productivity

Productivity

£17m

Unknown

Revolut

Empowering users towards financial freedom

Finance

Finance

£1289m

27%

SeedLegals

One-stop platform for legals for startups

Legal/HR

Legal/HR

£4m

51%

Sensat

Building the third iteration of the internet to power the future

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

£11m

32%

Snyk

Automatically find and fix open source vulnerabilities

Security

Security

£1018m

113%

Streetbees

Market research meets technology

Data

Data

£43m

32%

Thought Machine

A cloud native banking platform

Finance

Finance

£115m

62%

Tiney

Digital marketplace for childcare

Education

Education

£6m

95%

Trint

Transcription software

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

£9m

75%

TrueLayer

Simple banking APIs

Finance

Finance

£204m

93%

Unmind

Mental health platform for the workplace

Health and Beauty

Health and Beauty

£47m

110%

Wagestream

Bringing employees financial freedom

Finance

Finance

£32m

37%

Yapily

One API to gateway every bank's APIs

Finance

Finance

£52m

115%

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