Now, in its third year, the GBx Best in British Tech award celebrates UK and US-based startups and founders for their outstanding innovation, business scale and global impact, all while contributing to their community.
This year has been even bigger – we received 40 nominations with 22 startups shortlisted by the judges and voted by the GBx member community.
Alas, there can only be four winners. We’re excited to announce the winners of Best in British Tech are:
BEST IN BRITISH TECH WINNERS
British Upstart – VRtuoso, Frank Furnari
London-based VRtuoso is the world’s first Virtual & Augmented Reality (XR) live content creation, real-time guided content consumption and live VR streaming platform over 5G network for enterprise rollouts at scale. Founded in 2016 by Frank Furnari, VRtuoso enables in-house teams to quickly and easily create immersive experiences for training and sales & marketing business presentations. In May, VRtuoso secured seed funding bringing the total they’ve raised to over $1M, investors include Symvan Capital and Compagnia Bresciana Investimenti S.p.A.. VRtuoso is a London’s rising EdTech star according to the London & Partners and Dealroom report.
British Leader – Lantum, Melissa Morris
Lantum is an online platform that enables healthcare providers to manage their clinical workforce. Founded by Melissa Morris, Ishani Patel, and William Hoyer Millar in 2012, the UK-based startup helps health clinics to manage their freelance physicians, as well as find new ones via a marketplace of high quality vetted physicians. Lantum is on a mission to help save the NHS £1bn in staffing costs.
Silicon Valley Explorer – Zero, Zuleyka Strasner
Zero is a plastic-free grocery delivery startup led by founder Zuleyka Strasner. The Bay Area-based delivery company grew by 200% week-over-week when stay-at-home orders were issued in California in mid-March. The company offers around 850 items, with everything from fresh produce and meat to chips and popcorn.
Silicon Valley Trailblazer – Superhuman, Rahul Vohra
Superhuman was founded in 2014 by the founder of Gmail add-on Rapportive Rahul Vohra, with Conrad Irwin and Vivek Sodera. Superhuman’s technology is designed to speed up everything about using email, while also bundling in features like snoozing, scheduling, read statuses, undo send, insights from social networks, and more. In February, Vohra and Eventjoy founder Todd Goldberg announced a $7M angel’s fund.
Huge congratulations to all the winners, we’re counting on you to become the next British unicorns! We’d also like to extend our congratulations to all the shortlisted nominees – competition has been extremely fierce this year. We also want to recognise those who have been shortlisted in previous years or are tied to GBx and therefore weren’t eligible – all of whom were out in force sharing their insights over Brits by the Bay! We’ll see you again in 2021!