The influential Digital Innovators ‘power list’ top 10 is unveiled this week – led by law firm Bird & Bird with City A.M – and technology with the power to have a social impact has a strong showing on the list. Julian Blake reports.
The list initially identifies 50 of “the freshest and most inspiring digital companies” impacting the market as a “life changer” or a “market transformer”, with an overall winner identified for each of the two categories in the new year. The two winners will receive professional support to take their businesses to the next level.
Included in this year’s top 10 are:
Pavegen – harvesting energy and data from footfall, enabling people to engage with clean energy and increase their understanding of sustainability issues
what3words – dividing the entire world into 3m squares and assigning each with a unique three-word address – giving locations to the 75% with no home address
FiveAI – autonomous vehicle software working towards safe, cost-effective urban mobility for all
BenevolentAI world leader in development and application of Ai for scientific innovation
Cera – comprehensive home care from professional carers, helping people select the right care and continued support.
The list of 10 also includes Billmonitor, Digi.me, Improbable, Metail and Starling Bank.
Last year’s 20-strong power list featured mobile health platform Babylon, wearable health venture uMotif, brain science platform Memrise and digital identity pioneer Yoti. Some joined the judging panel for year two, along with UK technology trade association techUK, business lobbying organisation the CBI, online investment platform Crowdcube and communications agency Hotwire.
Companies on the list are predominantly based in and around Greater London, using technology and innovation to shake up their sectors.