The Great British Entrepreneur Challenge is bigger and better than ever in 2019 and after a flood of entries, we are proud to announce the shortlist of startups who made the final.
As always, our goal was simple: search the country for great starting and starting companies and find passionate entrepreneurs who want to disrupt and change their market for the better and at the same time want to change their lives.
The Great British Entrepreneurial Challenge offers starting bosses the chance to gain mentorship and support from Andy Yates and his network – and up to £ 50,000 in seed funding
These entrepreneurs get the chance to gain expert advice, mentoring and support from me, Andy Yates and my network – and the chance to bid for up to £ 50,000 in seed funding.
All of the candidates below on the shortlist have great potential for growth and prosperity, and generate the spirit of entrepreneurship that can flourish even in difficult political and economic times.
We will soon announce the final winners of The Great British Entrepreneurial Challenge from the shortlist below – but in the meantime we wanted to congratulate all the entrepreneurs listed below and thank everyone who participated.
They are entrepreneurs like you who can and will make a difference.
The Great British Entrepreneur Challenge 2019 Finalists (in alphabetical order):
Helen Tanner is the founder of Data Cubed
The idea: Companies transform by leveraging the power of their data. Data Cubed already has a successful data lab in Bristol and helps everyone from large companies such as AXA and Barclays to start-ups.
Now it's on a mission to help British companies grow. The first goal – to transform the inverted financial advisor industry – because better data means better customer service.
The entrepreneur: Helen Tanner describes herself as an entrepreneur in middle life. She took the leap to set up a start-up after two decades in business that offered her a wealth of experience on how great data can make great businesses.
The idea: The way cars are sold is changing rapidly. Imagine taking a test drive in every car, anywhere in the world, from your couch or from a car showroom.
Domeble already offers high-quality 360-degree computer graphics and backgrounds for Nissan, Mercedes, GM, Audi, BMW, Tesla and Jaguar LandRover to name just a few.
Now it is building a complete library of virtual reality worlds that you place on the seat from any car.
Domeble, founded by Carl Lyttle, offers a library of virtual reality worlds that you can use to drive a car
The entrepreneur: Belfast-born Carl Lyttle is an award-winning photographer who has taken photos of everything and everyone, from music legends to stunning landscapes before specializing in digital photography and the automotive industry.
The idea: Experience Something Different offers unique experiences and challenges to help big goals, with the profit going to charity.
From training a guide dog to discovering how Oxfam provides a response to emergency situations – these are days with a difference.
Experience Something Different is a new marketplace for online experiences that offers unique experiences and days to help charities
It is supported by the largest British charities and social enterprises, including the British Red Cross, WaterAid, Unicef, British Heart Foundation, Guide Dogs and the RSPCA.
The entrepreneur: After setting up and selling a previous start-up, Lewis Jenkins was selected by the charity consortium to scale the company.
Tim Fleming is the founder of Future Visual, based on Brighton
The idea: Use of virtual reality and augmented reality to bring about a revolution in the way companies execute projects and train teams.
Future Visual, based in Brighton, has created VisionxR – a platform that allows employees to collaborate in a VR world with any device from anywhere in the world.
VisionxR can be used for everything from training airport staff and escorting aircraft to managing global engineering projects.
The entrepreneur: After a successful career as a director for Fat Boy Slim, Tim Fleming created his award-winning VR and AR studio, which worked with everyone from Peugeot to John Lewis.
The idea: It is never harder for millions of young people today to become a homeowner, with deposits of more than £ 33,000 on average – an increase of 71 percent in the last decade.
Homewards aims to solve this problem by launching a service that gives prospective homeowners money for their expenses.
Living at home offers prospective homeowners money back for expenses to help them make a down payment
This is then used to boost their Lifetime Isa – a scheme where the government makes savings to help you build a house deposit.
The entrepreneurs: Freddie Altman and Benjamin Milsom have completed the Entrepreneur First start-up program and have a passion for solving the problem of young people who have difficulty reaching the first step of the house ladder.
The idea: Luxe + Hardy is a luxury women's brand for rest and nightwear.
Clothing offered by Luke + Hardy is made sustainably and ethically
The clothing is made sustainably and ethically and suppliers are fully traceable. The clothing is designed to help busy people relax after a day of hard work.
The entrepreneur: After five years with Condé Nast Traveler, Sadie Reid launched Hip & Healthy, an online magazine that provides readers with wellness tips that inspired her to set up Luxury and Hardy.
The idea: Mental Snapp is a way to actively manage mental health using a private video diary app.
Mental Snapp has secured social investments, scholarships and awards from Bethnal Green Ventures, The Stelios Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and UnLtd, shown on live BBC and in the Evening Standard and has been mentioned in the Houses of Parliament as an example of positive practice in user-guided mental health.
Mental Snapp was founded by Hannah Chamberlain and Tex Dunstan
The entrepreneur: Mental Snapp was the brainchild of founder Hannah Chamberlain who has a 20-year career in mental health and film and who passionately believes in the power to tell her story and help others do the same.
The idea: People match with locations around them – using smart technology to provide a personal experience.
The app has attracted more than 100,000 users, expanded to five cities across Europe, with another 10 in a row over the next 12 months.
Tom Charman (far right) is the co-founder and chief executive of London-based NATA
The entrepreneur: London-based co-founder and chief executive Tom Charman came up with the idea with his co-founder while studying in Munich and exploring the city to discover amazing food, drinks and experiences.
The idea: NewsBlocks believes the news industry is in crisis with feeds full of bias, fake news and junk, while at the same time eroding privacy.
The solution is to use machine learning to turn all the world's news articles into verified data stored on a censorship-resistant network to end fake news.
NewsBlocks, founded by Mark and Mary Devlin, wants to turn all the news of the world into verified data and save it on a fraud-proof blockchain
The entrepreneurs: Scotland-based Mark and Mary Devlin founded and published Metropolis, which has become Japan's number 1 English magazine and japantoday.com, which is the largest news site about Japan in the world, later selling the company.
The idea: Offspring launches an app that ensures that your family and friends become a community of savers, so that your children can get the things they need in life.
It is aimed to get people together for that birthday present, school trip or perhaps their first car, a university degree, a wedding or their first home.
Offspring is an app that ensures that your family and friends become a community of savers
The entrepreneur: Former head of the proposition and strategy at financial services provider AXA, Avinash Rajan is passionate about changing the savings market for children and tackling the huge debts that children face.
The idea: Tutti wants to become Airbnb for rehearsal rooms. They enable musicians to book houses, churches, studios & more for rehearsals and help hosts make money while filling sleeping spaces with music.
Tutti, founded by Gabriel Isserlis, wants to become Airbnb for rehearsal rooms
The entrepreneur: Gabriel Isserlis describes himself as an amateur musician, with generations of professional music in his blood that wants to help protect creative workplaces by enabling them to generate extra income.
Small Business Essentials