MassChallenge UK Unveils Top 20 Startups from 2016 Cohort

The top 20 will now move onto the final judging round, where theyll have the opportunity to win shares of 100,000 in zero-equity cash awards to be revealed on January 18th, 2017 at the MassChallenge UK Awards & Fun(d)raiser.More than 500 startup leaders from the UK innovation ecosystem are anticipated to come together to celebrate the winning startups on January 18th at the Boiler House at the Old Truman Brewery in east London. In addition to unveiling the award winners, the MassChallenge Awards & Fun(d)raiser will also feature keynote speaker Brent Hoberman, the founder of,, and Founders Factory, and will have interactive areas featuring many of the MassChallenge UK startups.


Diane Perlman, Chief Marketing Officer at MassChallenge, said: Its been incredible to watch all 100 of our 2016 startups grow into stronger, smarter, and more sustainable businesses throughout the programme. We are here to give value to our startups and encourage them to create value for the economy, make an impact on their industries, and solve some of the worlds biggest problems. Our second year in the UK has shown incredible growth both for our startups and for MassChallenge UK itself, and we are excited to see what they achieve.


Over the past three months, the 2016 UK cohort have worked with over 200 mentors to refine their businesses, connected with corporate and nonprofit organisations to explore partnership opportunities, and attended hundreds of workshops to learn more about product/market fit, pitching, and fundraising. After the awards, all startups will remain a part of the global MassChallenge family and have access to a global network of supporters, mentors, and investors. Previous MassChallenge winners include Turo (formerly Relay Rides; MassChallenge Boston 2010 Gold Winner) that went on to raise $101 million; Drinkwell (MassChallenge Boston 2014 Diamond Winner) that has helped millions gain access to clean drinking water in South Asia; and Glisser (MassChallenge UK 2015 Gold Winner) that just raised $1 million to expand into the United States.



MassChallenge UK Top 20:


Add to Event

UK | Internet and web

The online marketplace that takes all the hassle out of finding the best event suppliers.


Agricision Ltd

UK | Agriculture

Making precision agricultural technologies more affordable and accessible, we are dedicated to improving efficiency of world food production.



UK | Fintech

We bring clarity, transparency, and efficiency to the distribution of resources by governments, charities, and NGOs.


Cambridge Oncometrix

UK | Diagnostics

Cambridge Oncometrix healthcare company uses a proprietary set of biomarkers and analytical technology to detect prostate cancer.



UK | Internet and web

Online sharing platform for life scientists to list, discover, and book resources within their institution or cluster.



UK | General

Not public at this time.



UK | Agriculture

Entocycle is an innovative feed company that is developing the most advanced, efficient, and sustainable systems to feed the world.


History Bombs

UK | Education

We produce and publish award-winning educational resources for schools both in the UK and internationally.



UK | Education

Naturebytes – technology to reconnect with wildlife.


Oorja: Empowering Rural Communities

UK | Energy / Clean tech

Oorja makes clean energy accessible and scalable by empowering rural communities to locally generate and intelligently distribute power.


Oxford Heartbeat

UK | Healthcare / Life sciences

Not public at this time.


Poppins App

UK | Online commerce and marketplaces

Poppins enables busy parents to find, book, review, and pay fully-vetted babysitters in their area, even at short notice.



UK | Retail and advertising technology

Pouch is a free browser extension that recognises the website you are on, and then applies the best promo codes straight to your basket.


Prison Voicemail

UK | Telecommunications and mobile

Prison Voicemail is a social venture using scalable technology to improve communication channels between prisoners and their families.


The Hearts Milk Bank CIC

UK | Healthcare / Life sciences

The Hearts Milk Bank will provide a consistent source of safe, screened donor breastmilk to neonatal units across London and the southeast.



UK | Consumer products

Trunkaroo is an edutainment startup delivering hands-on art and STEM-based projects to children aged 3-8 via a monthly subscription.



UK | Education

Making classroom communication easy and engaging for everyone.


Up Learn

UK | Education

Up Learn uses AI and neuroscience to ensure every student can achieve an A*, regardless of their background.



UK | Enterprise software

WeTrack is an innovative project management software, allowing companies to manage large scale events efficiently and clearly.


White Lab

UK | Health and wellness

The smart indoors allergen and air quality tracker that helps you improve the air you breathe.



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Top MassChallenge UK Partners Include: J.P. Morgan, GCHQ, BCG The Boston Consulting Group, IBM, Satellite Applications Catapult, ViiV, EMC2, Fried Frank Technology, Taylor Wessing, Crowdcube, Digital Catapult, Tobacco Dock, Eversheds, School of Management Fribourg, Interchange, APCO Worldwide, Hubspot, UK Business Angels Association, Angels Den, and Tech City UK.



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