As the world is increasingly dependent on digital technologies, more creative ideas for online start-ups are coming to the table. This is evident in Startups 100 Top 5, which sees five web-based companies taking top spots.
Helping over 900 independent boutiques around the world compete with eCommerce giants, Trouva fills the gap between the high street and people’s living rooms. In reality, Trouva has been a lifeline for its partners in the Covid-19 pandemic, enabling 70% of them to continue trading. This dedication, along with its super-strong finances, won it the top spot in the Startups 100.
Snatching the second position overall on the first-ever Startups 100 application is no mean feat, which demonstrates that having a distinctive and disruptive product will make a difference. Neos allows consumers to buy their smart home gadgets and integrates smart home insurance with leading insurance firms. This combined product offering saw customer acquisitions surpassing 150,000 in less than a year – amazing stuff.
Buying and selling luxury products is very different from the regular eBay listing, which is why Cudoni has seen a lot of early-stage growth. It offers ‘total comfort’ by taking care of everything, from photography to fulfillment. And its figures speak for themselves – working on the commission, Cudoni expects to sell more than 100,000 luxury goods to 100 countries in 2020. No wonder celebrities like Millie Mackintosh trust it.
College, university, even online courses – these are costly activities that are much more costly when you take into account the reading material you need to complete the course. Perlego saw a gap that had to be filled. Offering subscription-based access to a large digital library of academic books, the start-up has seen a 116% monthly rise in new subscribers and has just raised $9 million in funding. Certainly a worthy 4th place winner.
We should all agree that recruiting is hard work. It’s taking time, money, and a lot of patience. Luckily, Tempo exists to up the pace. Claiming to shorten the ‘time to recruit’ to only four days and to reduce costs by 65%, the machine learning pairs applicants and companies based on ‘rich-format CVs.’ With the likes of Monzo, Bulb, and ASOS on board with their smart recruiting strategy, Tempo’s third Startups 100 entry sees it cruise to 5th place.