Over the past 12 months, start-ups and early stage companies have raised record capital, as investors seek to exploit digital trends that have been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. From the rise of e-commerce to a sea change in the way people work, the impact of the crisis has been profound, forcing organizations of all shapes and sizes to rethink their business models and operational practices.
With new investments at their disposal, some of the world’s fastest growing companies are well positioned to grow at an even faster pace in the coming year. Here are five companies that have raised funds in the past 12 months and now look forward to an exciting year in 2022.
Flash bills itself as the world’s first enterprise app specifically designed for frontline workers, a group that has often been overlooked in favor of white-collar workers. At a time when healthcare workers are once again feeling the pressure of the pandemic, Blink has created a one-stop-shop app for frontline workers with an intranet, corporate social network and secure messaging platform that seeks to stimulate organizational communication and engagement. Last month, the company closed a $ 20 million fundraiser led by Next47.
Attest aims to significantly reduce the cost, time and complexity of performing consumer studies. Through its self-service consumer research platform, brands can reach an audience of 110 million people in 49 countries, meaning every business decision can be based on trusted and trusted data. Founded in 2015 in London by Jeremy King, the company recently secured a $ 64 million Series B funding round with investors such as Schroders, GR Capital, NEA and Kismet, to fuel its global growth through 2022.
tag is a digital platform that uses artificial intelligence tools to help companies make their international supply chains more efficient. With supply chains disrupted by the pandemic currently struggling to meet demand, this allows businesses to manage all of their needs within the platform, from booking freight to handling customs and insurance formalities. . Beacon was started in 2018 by former Uber executives Fraser Robinson and Dmitri Izmailov, and raised $ 50 million in Series B funding earlier this year, with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos among backers of the society.
Fresha has built a beauty and wellness marketplace platform that allows consumers to discover, book and pay for appointments with local businesses including hair salons, hair salons and centers Fitness. It also operates a free business software service that enables these businesses to manage and streamline their operations. The company, founded by Nick Miller and William Zeqiri in 2015, closed a $ 100 million Series C funding round over the summer to help expand into new markets.
updraft is an open banking technology-based financial wellness app that uses machine learning to provide personalized advice on client loans, debts and overdrafts. By using its technology to create a comprehensive financial profile, it aims to empower its users to make more informed and better financial decisions and change their long-term habits in a positive way. It raised $ 95 million earlier this year in a fundraising round led by NatWest.