Companies Saving The World 2021

A curated list of the top tech companies to work for that are solving the world’s biggest problems.

Created for purpose-driven software engineers and updated annually.

With 2020 providing a year of introspection and self-discovery for many, the growing need to take care of ourselves, others and the environment has never been more apparent. This impact-based approach shouldn’t differ when choosing your dream job. There’s been no better time to find a role at a tech company with a mission that matters to you.

This is the core reason why we curated this list, as we commend and raise the profiles of companies that are working to build a better future for all.

Our aim is that this list inspires the brightest minds in technology to play their part in solving the world’s toughest problems. This list is designed to equip you with enough information to understand what these companies are about: what they do, their mission, size, funding status, founders, and investors, in the hope that it’ll inspire you to join a purpose–driven company and make an impact. 💪

We hope you enjoy exploring the list... And to all the bold companies that feature on it—we applaud you!

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allplants(Certified B Corp)

allPlants is a VC-backed B Corp on a mission to become Earth’s most forward-thinking food company.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Climate Action

Key Info

Founded

2016

Funding

£10.3m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Delivery, Food and Beverage, Food Delivery, Nutrition

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£2,000,000

Prior Round 2018

£7,500,000

Investors

Otiva, Felix Capital, Octopus Ventures, Isomer Capital + Others

Mission

allplants was born to help anyone enjoy plant-based eating on their schedule.

Foro Statement

Animal agriculture requires 38% of all ice-free land, produces 18% of annual worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and uses 70% of the world's freshwater consumption. We believe that Alex and JP's mission to get people eating more plants is an awesome (and delicious) way to fight climate change.

Freddie S, Foro

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Thriva

Thriva offers a personalised at-home finger-prick blood test which enables individuals to easily track and improve health.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Good Health and Well Being

Key Info

Founded

2016

Funding

£11.5m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Health Care, Personal Health, Wellness

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£4,000,000

Prior Round 2019

£6,000,000

Investors

Target Global, Pembroke VCT, Guinness Asset Management, 500 Startups + Others

Mission

Thriva's aim is to build the world's first preventative health service.

Foro Statement

It's estimated that up to 80% of chronic diseases are preventable. Thriva takes the guesswork out of managing your health by allowing you to better understand what's happening inside your body. We admire this innovative way of taking control and using science to make better health choices 🙌

Grace S, Foro

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Wagestream

Wagestream is a financial services firm that allows employees to stream their earned wages into their accounts through an instant app.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

No Poverty

Key Info

Founded

2018

Funding

£58.1m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Financial Services, FinTech, Wealth Management

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£17,488,790

Prior Round 2019

£40,000,000

Investors

Balderton Capital, QED Investors, Northzone, Latitude, Shawbrook Bank + Others

Mission

Wagestream aims to play a key role in reducing the poverty premium and prevent employees from entering cycles of debt caused by overdraft fees, high-interest credit, or payday loans.

Foro Statement

Wagestream won't rest until payday lenders are eradicated from the loan industry, even predicting they'll die out by next year! Hat tip to that and their ambition to reduce financial stress on working folk.

Greg P, Foro

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Oddbox(Certified B Corp)

Oddbox is a provider of fruit and veg box delivery service intended to reduce food waste.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Responsible Consumption and Production

Key Info

Founded

2016

Funding

£6.5m

Team Size

1 - 10

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

E-Commerce, E-Commerce Platforms, Grocery, Online Portals, Retail Technology

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£3,250,000

Prior Round 2018

£529,300

Investors

Northern Venture Capital Trust, ClearlySo

Mission

Oddbox is a social impact business fighting food waste in UK’s farms with innovative solutions and the solution is London’s first wonky fruit and veg box scheme.

Foro Statement

Every year, a third of all food grown in the world is wasted. That's shocking. This is largely because of uniformity guidelines for the way fruit and veg should look. Oddbox rescues these "outliers" by ensuring they find their way into your meals, an easy way to make an impact.

Freddie S, Foro

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Logo of Bulb

Bulb(Certified B Corp)

Bulb provides affordable renewable energy for homes and businesses.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Affordable and Clean Energy

Key Info

Founded

2014

Funding

£61.4m

Team Size

101 - 250

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Consumer, Energy, Renewable Energy

Recent Funding

Last Round 2018

£60,000,000

Prior Round 2017

£1,400,000

Investors

Upscale, JamJar Investments, DST Global, Future Fifty

Mission

Bulb wants to make the whole energy industry better. And there are three ways we're trying to do that - we're making energy simpler, cheaper, and greener.

Foro Statement

Hayden and Amit decided they'd had enough of the dirty energy industry and since then have been on an escapade to make energy simpler, cheaper, and greener. Their Bulb Foundation also deserves a shout out for the work being done on tackling the climate crisis.

Grace S, Foro

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Birdie(Certified B Corp)

Birdie is a digital care companion transforming the way we look after the elderly living at home.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Good Health and Well Being

Key Info

Founded

2017

Funding

£6.2m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Health Care, Hospitality

Recent Funding

Last Round 2018

£6,121,077

Investors

AXA Group

Mission

Birdie is designed to give you better visibility over your care and support older adults to live happily at home.

Foro Statement

With ageing populations in countries around the world, we need tech to better address their needs. With the cost of care homes often out of reach for many, we admire Birdie's effort in creating an easier and more comfortable option of supporting older adults living at home.

Freddie S, Foro

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Babylon Health(Certified B Corp)

Babylon Health aims to provide accessible, affordable healthcare by combining AI with doctors.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Good Health and Well Being

Key Info

Founded

2013

Funding

£465.4m

Team Size

1001 - 5000

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

AI, Health Care, Health Diagnostics, Hospital, Mobile Apps

Recent Funding

Last Round 2019

£401,153,504

Prior Round 2017

£46,700,000

Investors

Munich Re/ERGO Corporate Venture Fund, VNV Global, Kinnevik AB, VNV Global, Weather Investments + Others

Mission

Babylon’s mission is to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth.

Foro Statement

You know that feeling when you just want to quickly speak to a GP about symptoms without all the hassle of the physical appointment? Well, that's what Babylon has built with their innovative health app, and more. It's time to take healthcare into the future.

Grace S, Foro

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Live Better With

Make life a little bit better with 100s of recommended products for people living with cancer.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Good Health and Well Being

Key Info

Founded

2015

Funding

£7m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

E-Commerce, Healthcare, Retail

Recent Funding

Last Round 2018

£5,105,590

Prior Round 2016

£1,600,000

Investors

Forward Partners, dmg ventures, Downing Ventures, Upscale, Wild Blue Cohort + Others

Mission

Live Better With is here to make everyday living a little bit better for the millions of people living with cancer all over the world

Foro Statement

Live Better With are building a one-stop platform that features practical advice, real life stories and communities. Their aim is to bring people relief from side effects and symptoms of health conditions. We believe this is a mission worth sharing ❤️

Greg P, Foro

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tiney(Pending B Corp)

Tiney is on a mission to reimagine at-home childcare and unlock the potential of every child.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Quality Education

Key Info

Founded

2018

Funding

£5.7m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Child Care, Education

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£4,740,905

Prior Round 2019

£1,000,000

Investors

Index Ventures, Local Globe, JamJar Investments

Mission

Tiney is on a mission to reimagine at-home childcare and unlock the potential of every child. They are offering a two-sided marketplace, training up early years educators and are making high quality childcare accessible to more families.

Foro Statement

As a parent of three, Brett personally experienced how challenging it is to find great childcare that's both flexible and affordable. He decided to do something about it and tiney was born! They're also a pre-registered B Corp committed to building a business that is a force for good.

Freddie S, Foro

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Kiva

Kiva is an international non-profit organization that enables families to make small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Reduced Inequalities

Key Info

Founded

2005

Funding

£8.4m

Team Size

101 - 250

HQ Location

San Francisco, US

Industries

Finance, Financial Services, FinTech, Micro Lending, Non Profit, Social Entrepreneurship

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£1,823,425

Prior Round 2013

£2,188,110

Investors

Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative + One Other

Mission

Kiva envisions a financially inclusive world where all people hold the power to improve their lives.

Foro Statement

By lending as little as $25, you can support the causes you care about and make a real personal impact. Kiva has already impressively loaned $1.5B across 77 countries for causes like shelter, agriculture, refugees, health, and education. Respect!

Grace S, Foro

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Logo of Elvie

Elvie

Elvie is a British femtech company developing smarter technology for women.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Gender Equality

Key Info

Founded

2013

Funding

£39.4m

Team Size

51 - 100

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Apps, Hardware, Software, Wearables

Recent Funding

Last Round 2019

£30,633,540

Prior Round 2017

£5,000,000

Investors

IPGL, Impact Ventures UK, Octopus Ventures, AllBright, Upscale + Others

Mission

Elvie is bringing women's technology out of the dark ages.

Foro Statement

Elvie believes that women shouldn’t have to make do with shoddy design or pink spin-offs when there are self-driving cars in the world. And armed with genuine female insight and world-class design expertise, they're ensuring this is the case 👩

Greg P, Foro

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Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Oxford Nanopore Technologies develops nanopore-based electronic systems for analysing single molecules, including DNA, RNA, and proteins.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Good Health and Well Being

Key Info

Founded

2005

Funding

£715.2m

Team Size

251 - 500

HQ Location

Oxford, UK

Industries

Biopharma, Biotechnology, Genetics, Health Diagnostics, Nanotechnology

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£242,300,000

Prior Round 2018

£150,000,000

Investors

Amgen, Hostplus, CCB International, GIC, GT Healthcare Capital Partners + Others

Mission

Oxford Nanopore Technology's mission is to enable the analysis of any living thing, by anyone, anywhere.

Foro Statement

Addressing the inequalities in healthcare in society is one heck of a challenge. Oxford Nanopore Technologies makes nanopore DNA and RNA sequencing technology that delivers genuine change through being both accessible and affordable.

Freddie S, Foro

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Logo of Impossible

Impossible

Impossible Foods is a company developing plant-based substitutes for meat, dairy, and fish products.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Climate Action

Key Info

Founded

2011

Funding

£1.03bn

Team Size

251 - 500

HQ Location

Redwood City, US

Industries

Cooking, Food and Beverage, Food Processing, Nutrition, Organic Food

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£700,000,000

Prior Round 2019

£300,000,000

Investors

Temasek Holdings, Mirae Asset Global Investments, XN, Coatue Management + Others

Mission

Impossible is on a mission to save meat, and the earth.

Foro Statement

Few embody a purpose driven mission better than Impossible. At the very least, they encourage a new way of thinking that requires a fundamental shift of focus from consumer to the planet. The vision is ambitious, and we like it!

Grace S, Foro

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Logo of Patch

Patch

Patch is the direct-to-consumer brand for the people who need plants most – those who live and work in the city

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Key Info

Founded

2015

Funding

£8.3m

Team Size

51 - 100

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Consumer Goods, Delivery Service, E-Commerce, Horticulture

Recent Funding

Last Round 2019

£5,100,000

Prior Round 2018

£2,300,000

Investors

Crowdcube, Octopus Ventures, Forward Partners + Others

Mission

Patch wants to help bring the joy of gardening to anyone and everyone.

Foro Statement

Prolonging the life of your plants at home is an obvious objective for many novice urban gardeners. Patch arms you with the instructions and training to do just this, and they even have plant doctors! No more excuses for not creating and nurturing your own green space. 🌱

Greg P, Foro

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Tech Will Save Us

Technology Will Save Us is a technology startup that offers DIY gadget kits, activities, and online resources for children.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Quality Education

Key Info

Founded

2012

Funding

£7.7m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

EdTech, Education, Information Technology

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£480,942

Prior Round 2018

£4,663,354

Investors

Brighteye Ventures, New Leaf Venture Partners, UnLtd, SAATCHiNVEST, Initial Capital + Others

Mission

Tech Will Save Us are on a mission to spark the creative imagination of young people using hands on technology.

Foro Statement

Here's a team who're creating kits that combine the wonder of play with making and coding. They're award winning, have impressive partnerships (Google, Code Club, The Prince's Trust, Disney) and we believe they may just save the world. 😃

Freddie S, Foro

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NeedsList

NeedsList is a global marketplace connecting donors with NGOs to efficiently meet dynamic spikes in demand.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Partnerships

Key Info

Founded

2016

Funding

£1.25m

Team Size

1 - 10

HQ Location

Durham, NC, US

Industries

CrowdprettyFunding, E-Commerce, Humanitarium, Marketplace, Retail, Supply Chain Management

Recent Funding

Last Round 2019

£729,370

Prior Round 2018

£415,741

Investors

Omidyar Network, Next Wave Impact, Kuo Sharper Fund, Silicon Valley Social Venture Capital, Marigold Capital + Others

Mission

NeedsList is a global marketplace connecting individual and corporate donors with NGOs to create efficiency and transparency in their humanitarian aid system.

Foro Statement

NeedsList software has been deployed in over 20 countries worldwide, directing over $2 million in resources to local communities. It's this fast and sustainable humanitarian action that's improving community resilience.

Grace S, Foro

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Logo of The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup develops technologies to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollutions.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Life Below Water

Key Info

Founded

2012

Funding

£25.9m

Team Size

51 - 100

HQ Location

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Industries

CleanTech, Marine Technology, Natural Resources, Water, Water Purification

Recent Funding

Last Round 2017

£22,975,154

Prior Round 2016

£1,311,659

Investors

Founders Fund + Others

Mission

The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization, is developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.

Foro Statement

Labelled "the largest cleanup in history", this innovative business uses advanced tech to rid the oceans of plastic. Finally, someone stepping with a real solution to a problem we've all been aware of for way too long...

Greg P, Foro

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Logo of Tessian

Tessian

Creators of Human Layer Security, Tessian empowers people to do their best work, without security getting in the way.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Key Info

Founded

2013

Funding

£42.9m

Team Size

101 - 250

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Cybersecurity, Software

Recent Funding

Last Round 2019

£30,633,540

Prior Round 2018

£9,481,810

Investors

Sequoia Capital, LocalGlobe, Balderton Capital, Accel, Amadeus Capital Partners

Mission

Tessian protects every business’s mission by securing the human layer. Using machine learning technology, Tessian automatically predicts and eliminates advanced threats on email caused by human error.

Foro Statement

Isn't it obvious that data breaches caused by human error can be reduced? This is one way that Tessian is empowering employees to do their best work, without security concerns getting in their way.

Freddie S, Foro

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Logo of BBoXX

BBoXX

BBOXX designs, manufactures, and distributes plug and play solar systems.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Affordable and Clean Energy

Key Info

Founded

2010

Funding

£88.6m

Team Size

101 - 250

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Electrical Distribution, Energy, Energy Management, Renewable Energy, Solar

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£2,917,480

Prior Round 2019

£70,160,567

Investors

MacKinnon, Bennett and Company, Mitsubishi Corporation, Engie, DOEN Participaties + Others

Mission

BBoxx exists to solve energy poverty. They transform lives and unlock potential through energy access.

Foro Statement

Bboxx exists to solve energy poverty for the 840 million people who are currently going without, as well as the additional billion who are connected to an unreliable grid. Not only do they design, manufacture, and distribute these solutions, but the energy they provide is both affordable and clean. 🙌

Grace S, Foro

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My Online Therapy

MyOnlineTherapy, a mobile mental health company, is the first of its kind virtual psychology clinic.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Good Health and Well Being

Key Info

Founded

2017

Funding

£4.5m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Health Care, Health Insurance, Home Health Care, Medical, Wellness + Others

Recent Funding

Last Round 2019

£4,200,000

Prior Round 2018

£300,000

Investors

Lighthouse Investment Group

Mission

MyOnlineTherapy envisages a world where mental health is just as much about prevention as it is cure.

Foro Statement

MyOnlineTherapy is on a mission to make therapy more accessible by innovating how it's done. They provide individuals with on-the-spot access to the tools they need to take care of their mental health – putting the power of change back into your hands.

Greg P, Foro

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Logo of How Now

How Now

HowNow is a London-based EdTech startup that connects experts and learners by offering interactive video lessons.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Quality Education

Key Info

Founded

2016

Funding

£3.3m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

E-Learning, Education, Internet

Recent Funding

Last Round 2019

£218,110

Prior Round 2017

£1,200,000

Investors

Fuel Ventures + Others

Mission

How Now captures, curates, organises, and shares the world's knowledge.

Foro Statement

HowNow is a group of unlikely heroes who came together to help people discover the right skills, knowledge, and mindset to solve the world's biggest problems. Their platform is made with 🍕, 💻 and ❤️ that helps to connect your team with the knowledge they need, wherever they work.

Freddie S, Foro

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Hummingbird Technologies

Hummingbird is a drone and satellite enabled imagery analytics business for precision agriculture.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Zero Hunger

Key Info

Founded

2015

Funding

£12.9m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Analytics, AI, Machine Learning, SaaS

Recent Funding

Last Round 2019

£9,000,000

Prior Round 2018

£3,573,913

Investors

BASF Venture Capital, SALIC, Downing Ventures, TELUS Ventures, Samos Investments + Others

Mission

By pushing the boundaries of science and technology, Hummingbird's mission is to improve the efficiency of global crop production, and to feed the world’s growing population sustainably.

Foro Statement

Backed by some of the biggest names in agriculture, tech, science and VC, Hummingbird Tech is ushering in a new future for farming. By empowering farmers to make more informed, sustainable decisions, their valuable insights improve the efficiency of global crop production, for a better tomorrow. 🌍

Grace S, Foro

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Cambridge Quantum Computing

CQCL develops tools for the commercialisation of quantum computers by understanding quantum protocols and quantum algorithms.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Key Info

Founded

2014

Funding

£53.3m

Team Size

101 - 250

HQ Location

Cambridge, UK

Industries

Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£36,468,500

Prior Round 2019

£2,917,480

Investors

Serendipity Capital, Honeywell Venture Capital, Talipot Holdings, JSR Corp, IBM Ventures

Mission

CQCL develops tools for the commercialisation of quantum computers by understanding quantum protocols and quantum algorithms. In the coming period as quantum devices become more prevalent, the focus of CQCL's activity is the development of algorithms and source code.

Foro Statement

They help the world's most innovative companies harness the transformative impact of quantum computing to tackle some of the most complex scientific and business challenges across a diverse range of sectors. Game changer, incoming.

Freddie S, Foro

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Current Health

Transition healthcare delivery from hospital to home with the leading full-service remote healthcare platform.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Good Health and Well Being

Key Info

Founded

2015

Funding

£31.6m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

Edinburgh, UK

Industries

Healthcare, Medical Devices

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£3,300,000

Prior Round 2019

£8,387,755

Investors

Innovate UK, Dexcom, Par Equity, Scottish Investment Bank, MMC Ventures

Mission

Current Health’s mission is to ensure every human can lead a healthier and longer life by predicting disease onset and delivering treatment earlier.

Foro Statement

Current Health is a trailblazer in proactive and preventive treatment for illnesses. Their state-of-the-art platform is tailored to meet the needs of all patients and gives health professionals the info they need to intervene - so you no longer have to wait for problems to arise before getting healthcare.

Freddie S, Foro

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Skyrora

Skyrora is a launch services provider dedicated to delivering small satellites into orbit in a responsive, versatile, eco-friendly manner.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Key Info

Founded

2017

Funding

£30.0m

Team Size

101 - 250

HQ Location

Edinburgh, UK

Industries

Aerospace, Science and Engineering,

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£25,500,000

Prior Round 2019

£4,500,000

Investors

Private

Mission

Skyrora is an environmentally conscious company, founded on the belief that all company activities must work towards the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN. The company is currently developing its own Ecosene fuel, fully derived from non-recyclable plastic, to both reduce emissions and help address the eight million tonnes of plastic being dumped into oceans annually.

Foro Statement

This rocket company places education and sustainability at the heart of everything they do. When the team at Skyrora are not busy building rockets or producing their own fuel using recycled plastics - they're making time to engage with and inspire the next generation of experts and innovators. 🚀

Freddie S, Foro

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Compass

Compass Pathways is a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Good Health and Well Being

Key Info

Founded

2016

Funding

£85.1m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

Altricham, UK

Industries

Biotechnology, Healthcare, Life Science, Personal health, Welfare

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£58,349,600

Prior Round 2018

£25,000,000

Investors

Perceptive Advisors, Camden Partners, Soleus Capital, McQuade Center for Strategic Research and Development, Founders Fund + Others

Mission

Compass Pathways' vision is for a world of mental wellbeing.

Foro Statement

The founders of Compass Pathways have an intimate understanding of the painful effect depression can have on individuals and families. Pioneers of their field, they know just how important it is to speed up patient access to innovations in mental health and are dedicated to improving the options for everyone.

Greg P, Foro

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AID:Tech

AID:Tech is a digital identity and seamless access to life's services through Blockchain and artificial intelligence.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Reduced Inequalities

Key Info

Founded

2016

Funding

£880k

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

Dublin, Ireland

Industries

AI, Blockchain, Enterprise Software, FinTech, GovTech, Information Technology, Social Assistance, Social Impact, Software

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£1,458,740

Prior Round 2018

£874,440

Investors

LongHash Ventures, Tribe Accelerator, LAUNCH, Blue Parasol Investments, Enterprise Ireland + Others

Mission

AID:Tech’s goal is to solve the critical consequences when users do not own their metadata; the lack of ownership over one’s digital identity and the lack of control over how their metadata work in their benefit.

Foro Statement

Just under 1 billion people in our world have no legal identity. This means they can't open a bank account, may not have access to decent healthcare or be able to utilise their right to vote. AID:Tech wants to change that. This digital app helps protect and preserve the identities of those who need it most.

Greg P, Foro

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iPlato

iPLATO is the developer of myGP - a patient engagement platform that simplifies access to healthcare

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Good Health and Well Being

Key Info

Founded

1999

Funding

£800k

Team Size

51 - 100

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Health Care, Information Technology

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£3,500,000

Prior Round 2016

£800,000

Investors

Caple BV, SBRI Healthcare

Mission

iPlato's aim is to help patients access the right care at the right time with the right provider.

Foro Statement

iPlato are the silent revolutionaries of healthcare. Back in 2016, when they launched their myGP app, they knew it was going to be a game changer. But what they probably didn't realise, was just how vital a lifeline it would become - connecting both patients and healthcare professionals during the pandemic.

Freddie S, Foro

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Simprints

Simprints is a nonprofit company building technology to increase effectiveness in how the world fights global poverty.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Reduced Inequalities

Key Info

Founded

2014

Funding

£3.3m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

Cambridge, UK

Industries

Information Services, Information Technology, Software

Recent Funding

Last Round 2018

£218,811

Prior Round 2017

£2,224,579

Investors

Cisco, Autodesk, The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Innovate UK, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation + Others

Mission

Simprints harnesses technology to improve the lives of the world’s poorest

Foro Statement

1 in 7 people on our planet have no legal identity whatsoever, making it incredibly difficult for organisations fighting poverty and global disease to keep track of the individuals they help. That's where Simprints steps in. Their biometrics preserves privacy and ensures the timely, consistent access to aid and care by some of the world's poorest.

Grace S, Foro

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Karma

Karma designs and offers an application to minimise the food waste in grocery stores and restaurants.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Zero Hunger

Key Info

Founded

2015

Funding

£12.2m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

Stockholm, Sweden

Industries

Apps, Big Data, Communities, Food and Beverage, Shopping, Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainability

Recent Funding

Last Round 2018

£8,752,440

Prior Round 2017

£2,973,094

Investors

Kinnevik AB, Bessemer Venture Partners, rocketship.vc, e.ventures, Electrolux + Others

Mission

The app, Karma, is a food rescue app that allows retailers to sell their surplus food to consumers at half price - instead of having great food go to waste.

Foro Statement

One third of all the food produced globally goes to waste and in a world where 1 in 4 people are struggling with food insecurity, Karma is on a mission to change that. Champions of sustainable food production and consumption, Karma has prevented 1200 tonnes of food from being wasted - and has even been praised by former US President Obama. 🙌

Greg P, Foro

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Greencity Solutions

Green City Solutions addresses the global problem of air pollution by combining an installed moss culture with IoT technology.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Key Info

Founded

2014

Funding

£1.5m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

Bestensee, Germany

Industries

Clean Energy, CleanTech, Environmental Engineering, Internet of Things, Renewable Energy, Sustainability

Recent Funding

Last Round 2018

£1,267,937

Prior Round 2017

£262,332

Investors

European Commission, EASME - EU Executive Agency for SMEs, DON Ventures, LITTLEROCK, coparion + Others

Mission

Greencity Solutions wants their work to enable better living conditions for people in cities.

Foro Statement

Air pollution is responsible for an estimated 7 million deaths globally per year. Greencity Solutions is fighting to change this and bring about a healthier future for cities around the world. Their first product - the CityTree - can absorb as much as 275 trees and has already been a huge success!

Grace S, Foro

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Logo of Mindful Chef

Mindful Chef(Certified B Corp)

Mindful Chef delivers all the fresh ingredients you need to create delicious, heathy meals.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

No Poverty

Key Info

Founded

2015

Funding

£9.3m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Cooking, Food and Beverage, Food Delivery, Food Processing

Recent Funding

Last Round 2019

£6,000,000

Prior Round 2017

£2,000,000

Investors

Piper Private Equity, Crowdcube, Seedrs + Others

Mission

Mindful Chef supplies incredible, mindfully sourced ingredients to empower people to live healthier lives, whilst using their expertise to educate and reduce their impact on the environment.

Foro Statement

Set up by school friends Giles, Myles and Rob, Mindful Chef brings healthy, ethically sourced food boxes straight to your door. Not only are they champions of small family-run British farms - but for every meal they sell, another is donated to a child living in poverty. To date they've donated a whopping 6 million meals! 👏

Greg P, Foro

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Rubicon(Certified B Corp)

Rubicon is a digital marketplace that provides a suite of SaaS products for waste, recycling, and smart city solutions.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Climate Action

Key Info

Founded

2008

Funding

£216.m

Team Size

251 - 500

HQ Location

Atlanta, US

Industries

Cloud Computing, Marketplace, Recycling, SaaS, Sustainability, Waste Management

Recent Funding

Last Round 2018

£55,869,740

Prior Round 2017

£90,733,628

Investors

NZ Super Fund, Goldman Sachs, Promecap, Nima Capital, SUEZ Environnement + Others

Mission

Rubicon's mission is to end waste, in all of its forms.

Foro Statement

Back in 2008, the founders of Rubicon saw that humanity was quickly approaching a point of no return and knew that there had to be a better, more sustainable way to deal with the growing global waste problem - so they created their own. Today, Rubicon is a leader in the fight to end waste, with more than 4.9 million service locations worldwide!

Freddie S, Foro

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Logo of Aceleron

Aceleron

Aceleron is an innovative UK-based advanced lithium battery developer aiming to accelerate the global shift to cleaner energy.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Affordable and Clean Energy

Key Info

Founded

2016

Funding

£2.2m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

Birmingham, UK

Industries

Energy, Manufacturing, Renewable Energy

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£2,000,000

Prior Round 2018

£150,000

Investors

Midlands Engine Investment Fund, Mercia Fund Managers, Business Growth Fund

Mission

Aceleron's mission is to accelerate the global shift to cleaner energy usage by creating storage technology that is more accessible to all.

Foro Statement

Creators of the self-proclaimed "world's most sustainable lithium batteries", Aceleron's mission is to accelerate the global shift to cleaner energy by making it more accessible to everyone and creating battery packs that truly last. We solute them for tackling the tonnes of battery waste generated each year. 🔋

Grace S, Foro

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Logo of Graphcore

Graphcore

Graphcore is the inventor of the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), a microprocessor designed for AI and machine learning applications.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Key Info

Founded

2016

Funding

£499.6m

Team Size

251 - 500

HQ Location

Bristol, UK

Industries

Hardware, Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£271,325,640

Prior Round 2018

£145,874,000

Investors

Draper Esprit, Sequoia Capital, Foundation Capital, Microsoft, Atomico

Mission

Graphcore empowers innovators to create the next breakthroughs in machine intelligence through their Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) for artificial intelligence. They are on a mission to make their IPU the worldwide standard for machine intelligence compute.

Foro Statement

Graphcore sees a world where tech enhances human potential and where AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work, not possible using current tech, to drive the next advances in machine learning. Let's leave it to the experts.

Freddie S, Foro

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Logo of Olio

Olio

OLIO is a global food sharing app connecting neighbours, volunteers, and businesses.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Responsible Consumption and Production

Key Info

Founded

2015

Funding

£7.4m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Apps, Food and Beverage

Recent Funding

Last Round 2018

£6,000,000

Prior Round 2017

£2,200,000

Investors

Upscale, Quadia, Octopus Ventures, Accel, Silvergate Investments 2 + Others

Mission

OLIO believes that it can help create a world in which nothing of value goes to waste, and every single person has enough to eat – without destroying our planet in the process.

Foro Statement

OLIO takes the old adage, "sharing is caring" and puts that into practice. Founded on the principle that small actions can lead to big change, their app helps fight food waste by connecting communities and sharing the surplus.

Greg P, Foro

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Recycleye

Recycleye uses computer vision to sort the world's waste.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Responsible Consumption and Production

Key Info

Founded

2019

Funding

£1.2m

Team Size

11 - 50

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Waste Management, Manufacturing

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£800,000

Investors

MMC Ventures, Playfair Capital, Creator Fund, Atypical Ventures, eolos

Mission

Recycleye is a developer of digital tools designed to detect and provide analytics on waste management. The company's tools specialise in machine learning tools to enable smarter characterisation, ubiquitous tracking, and automated sorting of waste, enabling users to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy.

Foro Statement

Recycleye is committed to bringing order to chaos and sorting , (literally!) the world's waste problem. By utilising AI, their sensors bring transparency, traceability, and accountability to the waste management industry.

Freddie S, Foro

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Logo of Dash Water

Dash Water(Certified B Corp)

Dash Water offers ethical & healthy soft drinks.

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Responsible Consumption and Production

Key Info

Founded

2017

Funding

£1.6m

Team Size

1 - 10

HQ Location

London, UK

Industries

Food and Beverage, Organic Food

Recent Funding

Last Round 2020

£1,600,000

Investors

KM Capital + Others

Mission

Dash Water infuses their super tasty waters with real, wonky fruit. That’s bent, crushed, curved, knobbly, misshapen fruit which others say no to. By accepting the misfits they are helping to reduce food waste.

Foro Statement

There's nothing wonky with Dash Water's delicious and refreshing range of drinks. Responsibly sourced and packaged, Dash Water is fighting against food waste, by accepting the misfits others reject and to date have helped save 547,000 kg of fruit and veg from going to waste. 🍓

Greg P, Foro

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What are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?

In 2015, all UN Member States adopted a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity.

17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed upon by all UN Member States. Their purpose? To stimulate action in areas that are critical for the future of humanity and our shared planet.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our Methodology

It was important to set some rules for curating this list so that it ends up being useful to job seekers who are interested in getting involved and supporting change.

We therefore had two main criteria for selection:

1. Contributing towards a Sustainable Development Goal

These goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. They are interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030.

2. Growth Status

It’s valuable to be involved in a Company that is growing quickly and impactful as a result. Because of the private nature of many, we used their fundraising data to evaluate their growth speed and size. We also considered their investors when making this decision as a key signal for an attractive and sustainable model. All information was readily available and gathered from online sources.

We aimed to create a UK-centric list, but notable standouts from other countries were included. This is also our first annual list and we aim to include a more balanced representation across the Sustainable Development Goals categories in future ones.

Thanks to the United Nations and their Sustainable Development Goals for the inspiration!

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Last Updated: February 2021

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