It’s estimated that well over 500,000 new startups are registered every year – and that’s just in the UK. So it can be hard to keep track of the coolest new apps, services and gadgets on offer.
That’s why, just in time for National Entrepreneurship Week, we’ve collected some new startups we think are cool – from apps to sort out your social life and save you money to the newest gadgets and solutions for lunchtimes when you’re stuck in the office, they’ll change your life…
The scoop: Reviveaphone is the start-up behind a miracle cure for water-damaged gadgets – a kit that sucks corrosive minerals out of drowned smartphones, cameras, MP3 players and tablets and brings them back to life.
Background: Revivephone is the brainchild of 21-year-old Oliver Murphy and started life in his mum’s airing cupboard – but a £50,000 investment from Dragons’ Den last year really got the wheels turning.
Why we think they’re cool: Because we’re a bit clumsy at times – and sooner or later, we’re going to drown our smartphones (it’s inevitable). And then we’ll be glad we know how to bring them back from the dead.
Find out more at reviveaphone.com.
The scoop: YPlan is the going out app that caters for the spontaneous – it gives you a shortlist of what’s going on near you tonight (from music and theatre to wine tastings and silent discos) and lets you buy your tickets at the touch of a button – no queues, no forms and no planning ahead.
Background: YPlan was actually number 51 on founder Rytis Vitkauskas’ list of business ideas. We’d love to get a look at the other 50…
Why we think they’re cool: Because sometimes we’re too lazy to plan ahead – but a lack of forward thinking can mean we miss out on cool events (and spend way too much time confined to the sofa watching bad TV). Problem solved.
Find out more or get the app here.
The scoop: Ivee Sleek is a voice-activated home assistant. Basically, you give it a command like “turn on the lights” or “turn the heating down”, and it’ll happily oblige. It can also give you weather forecasts, stock quotes, tune into your radio channel of choice and lock the doors – and all you have to do is ask.
Background: Jonathan Nostrant came up with the idea and turned to Kickstarter to crowd fund his dream product. $159,000 dollars later, his “technology that listens” hit the market.
Why we think it’s cool: Because we like the idea of having someone at our beck and call, but we can’t afford a personal assistant. If only it could make cups of coffee…
The scoop: You might recognise this one – we did a full Littlefish Loves feature on them back in September. Cornerstone are the men’s shaving brand saving you time spent browsing the shelves in Boots for shaving supplies, and money wasted on overpriced razors – by delivering simple, quality products straight to your door whenever you need them.
Background: Oliver Bridge is the brains behind this start-up after having a bad experience when buying razors during his lunch hour. He decided there needed to be a less expensive alternative that didn’t drag him away from his desk – and we agree.
Why we think it’s cool: Because finding out you’re out of shaving foam on the morning of a big meeting when you could really do with ditching the face fuzz is really, really not cool.
The scoop: Movie Shaker is a new app for those nights when you can’t decide what film to watch. All you have to do is give your phone a shake and the app will suggest a film from a carefully selected list of blockbusters. No more dithering over your DVD collection.
Background: Founder Olga Belova launched Movie Shaker back in September and the service is completely bootstrapped. At the moment, the app only suggests a title and it’s up to you to find the movie – but the next step is to let users access the film directly from the app.
Why we think it’s cool: Because it’s a great way to get out of your movie comfort zone and watch something you’d never normally think of (and maybe something you’ve never even heard of).
Find out more and get the app here.
The scoop: Duoscreen is the world’s first attachable workstation for laptops. Maybe your trading desk has multiple monitors – but as soon as you try to work from home or nip out for a coffee, you’re stuck to working from a single screen? Not anymore. Duoscreen allows you to clip an extra screen to your laptop for multiple monitors wherever you are.
Background: Duoscreen is another crowd-funded start up and came about when founder Nicholas Greco had a lightbulb moment while working from a coffee shop and missing his second screen.
Why we think it’s cool: This one is just for @LFXSam, who can’t get enough monitors – now you can take a spare one out and about with you too.
See how it works here.
Lunch Box London
The scoop: Lunch Box London deliver fresh, healthy, carefully nutritionally balanced lunches to your desk, taking the stress out of eating healthily. You can choose from a meat or veggie option, plus a snack.
Background: Anna and Naomi started Lunch Box London in 2014 because they felt that lunchtime options were boring, repetitive and often not that great for you – and because they both wanted a job where they could come up with new recipes and menus every week. Smart girls!
Why we think it’s cool: Because sometimes we don’t have time to venture out of the office to get lunch (and sometimes we can’t be bothered, but don’t tell anyone). Plus, they have a brand new menu every week so you’ll never get bored – we’re already excited for their Christmas menu.
The scoop: Dash is the new app that turns any car into a smart car, giving you real time feedback to help you drive more efficiently and giving you a wealth of information on your car’s performance, fuel levels and road conditions. Plus, for the competitive types amongst you, the app also allows you to compare your driving style with your friends to settle any arguments over who drives best once and for all.
Background: Dash’s founders Jamyn Edis and Brian Langel believe cars are under-leveraged as a consumer technology – and this app is their answer, allowing you to access information about your car you never even knew you needed.
Why we think it’s cool: Anything that saves money on fuel is win-win as far as we’re concerned, and the app can also tell you just what’s causing that pesky “check engine” light (and how much it’ll cost you to get it fixed).
Find out more and get the app from dash.by.
I Hate Ironing
The scoop: You might recognise this one from last week’s Littlefish Loves feature – the laundry and dry cleaning business that will collect your dirty clothes and return them sparkling clean and Christmas party ready.
Background: I Hate Ironing was born out of founder Matt Connelly’s hatred of ironing and carrying piles of clothes to dry cleaners, and in 2013 he quit his job to make his dream of a hassle-free dry cleaning and laundry collection and delivery service a reality.
Why we think it’s cool: Because you’ll never have to iron a shirt again. Need we say more?!
For more information check out their website or our Littlefish Loves: I Hate Ironing feature. Plus, click here for the chance to win a £50 voucher – and use code LITTLEFISHFX5 to get £5 off your first order.