The MT/eBay Digital Small Business Power List is our way of shouting about the best and the brightest Brit digital start-ups, and it’s also your chance to have your say and vote - not once but twice - to decide the winners.
Voting is open now. To help make up the minds of any floating voters amongst you, over the next couple of weeks we’ll be profiling the individual picks of our expert panellists.
And you get two votes - first you get to vote on your favourite pick from each panellist. Then in the final vote you can pick your favourite of those favourites. Simples.
Voting in the first round will continue until 11.45am Weds 27th May. Finalists will be announced on 28th May with the chance to have your final vote on the overall winner. The lucky chosen one will be announced at MT Live in London on June 25th. Books your tickets now.
Today it is the turn of crowdfunding pioneer and Funding Circle co-founder James Meekings. What kind of start-ups does a digital finance guru like? Well no surprises that they are - mostly - about money. But not all. Read on…
James Meekings’ favourites
Osper - a prepaid debit card offering ‘financial freedom for young people’ and a safe way for kids to learn about money. Its simple mobile banking app has separate logins for them and their parents, with all money safely managed by a European regulated bank.osper.com
Property Partner - a new crowdfunding site for people investing in residential properties, Property Partner helps them overcome hurdles like cash requirement, risky mortgages and onerous admin. The platform allows users to invest in properties when and how they want, and to sell when it’s right too. propertypartner.co
Sport Pursuit - describing itself as the UK’s ‘largest online private shopping club for sports enthusiasts’, Sport Pursuit scours the globe to bring its members quality gear from 750 brands, at cheaper prices. It now boasts over 1,000,000 members and bespoke technology that personalises their experience. www.sportpursuit.com
Go Cardless - aiming to bring direct debit ‘into the 21st century’, Go Cardless automates every step of the payments process. It costs just 1 percent per transaction, capped at £2, with no monthly or set-up fees. Clients include Tripadviser, Virgin and the Guardian.gocardless.com
Credit Benchmark - an independent third party providing benchmarking analytics for the management of sovereign, institutional and corporate credit risk. The system pools credit risk estimates from the world's biggest financial institutions to create a consensus view of credit and the probability of default.www.creditbenchmark.org
Beerhawk - ‘We personally dip our beaks into thousands of beers, far and wide.’ So runs the Beer Hawk mission statement. It’s a simple enough concern: an online service offering craft beer and real ale from over 300 artisan breweries around the world. beerhawk.co.uk