Today’s selection from the MT/eBay Digital Small Business Power List come to you courtesy of MT itself, in the form of deputy ed Andrew Saunders (that’s me by the way. Hello).
One of the perks of being a business journo – apart from going on endless press junkets to exotic destinations and more premium freebies than you can shake a stick at, natch – is the great and endlessly rewarding pleasure of meeting, researching, stumbling across and otherwise encountering loads of fascinating and impressive businesses and business people.
So as our journey through the candidates on the MT/eBay Digital Small Business Power List comes to my own choices, they take an unapologetically diverse turn. Start-ups working on everything from shopping and getting around to synthetic biology and the Internet of Things are to be found here.
So from the amazingly useful to the incredibly clever, from the stylish to the practical, there truly is something here for everyone, I hope. Pick your favourite and vote now!
Andy Saunders’ picks
CityMapper - Azmat Yusuf was confused by London’s public transport, so he designed a responsive app to map out any journey in the city. Citymapper now covers others from Philadelphia to Singapore and is already a favourite among Apple Watch wearers.
Synthace - is breaking ground in engineering biological systems – developing new tools and working practices that enable bioengineers to work faster, do more and save money. The bioeconomy is the "21st Century’s biggest revolution," according to Tim Fell, Synthace’s chief exec.
Evrythng - Founded by Niall Murphy and Andy Hobsbawm, evrythng is a platform that’s helping to make the Internet of Things a reality. By providing a common 'language' for web-enabled objects to 'converse' in, it enables companies to design and operate smart, connected products: a thermostat that can learn and adjust automatically, for example, or a tennis racquet that analyzes the player's serve.
Provenance - Jessie Baker's business aims to make supply chains more transparent so we know where what we buy comes from. Its real-time data platform allows brands to trace the origins and histories of their products, and makes these stories available for embedding online so customers can be better informed about what they’re buying.
Grabble - Dubbed 'Tinder for fashion’, Grabble is a free fashion app where users can swipe through items from thousands of brands, picking out their favourites and buying them straight from their phone. Founded by Joel Freeman, Daniel Murray and Rob Durkin in 2013, Selfridges, Topshop and Zara have all jumped on board.
Just Park - Anthony Eskinazi's much-loved app matches drivers seeking parking with anyone who has a spare space – in the local pub, perhaps, or a driveway. Those with land can make money from unused space, while drivers get central London parking from £8 for 24 hours. Earlier this year he broke crowdfunding records, raising £1m in only four days.