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Future Fifty Companies 2016

A new cohort of Future Fifty Companies selected for Tech City’s Class of 2016

Tech City announced the latest group of 15 companies to the Future Fifty programme. Each of the companies chosen demonstrated growing location and sector diversity in the digital technology industry and collectively, the new companies have raised more than $660 million.

Future Fifties The Future Fifty programme supports the UK’s top 50 growth-stage digital companies and successful alumni include Unruly, Just Eat, Skyscanner, and Zoopla.

The new intake for the programme was identified by a prestigious judging panel, including Cass’s own Professor Charles Baden-Fuller.

“At Cass Business School, we teach aspiring entrepreneurs to see Tech City Future Fifty companies as iconic exemplars. Typically these firms have novel approaches to delivering value to customers and customer engagement, and achieving sustained growth. I welcome this new group and wish them luck!”

Charles Baden-Fuller, Centenary Professor of Strategy, Cass Business School.

The announcement also marked the graduation of 15 companies which have been part of the programme since its launch in 2013. One of those companies was Unruly, a leading programmatic platform for social video advertising. Unruly was established in 2006 by Sarah Wood, Scott Button and Matthew Cooke and in just ten years they have grown to become a company with 200 staff in 15 international offices. In September 2015, Unruly was acquired by NewsCorp for £114 million.

Unruly and City University London formed a partnership to establish CityUnrulyversity, the first pop-up university in Tech City with the mission to inform, inspire, and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.

CityUnrulyversity combines practical relevance with academic rigour, underpinned by the latest research, compelling those involved to share their knowledge, challenge their assumptions and to reflect on business practice. This commitment to developing the next generation extends to hosting our student and graduate incubator, known as The Hangout, at Unruly’s HQ in the heart of Tech City.

For the full story please city the Tech City UK website.

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