Tech media invest 100

The companies below have been picked for their innovation and creativity over the past year in areas as diverse as flirting services, games and music recognition. We list the top 10 and then all others alphabetically by sector

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Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher.

The top 10

1 Shazam Entertainment London: Mobile music recognition service

2 Wonga London: Short-term money-lending service

3 Spotify London: Proprietary peer-to-peer, music streaming service

4 Huddle London: Online collaborative project management software for business

5 Mind Candy London: Social multi-player online games developer

6 Zoopla London: Property market search and market research tool

7 Mimecast London: Unified email management

8 Flirtomatic London: Online and mobile flirting service

9 Forward London: Online marketing agency and consumer site publisher

10 Skimlinks London: Affiliate marketing service

Advertising and Search

Adconion Media Group London: Online advertising and content syndication network

Artesian Solutions Winnersh: Automated search and surveillance technology provider

Cortexica London: Image recognition technology

Dynmark Cheltenham: Mobile marketing provider

FreeAgent Central Edinburgh: Online accounting software for small business and freelancers

Jeego London: Digital messaging for the mobile entertainment industry

Livebookings London: Online marketing and reservations service for restaurants

Loc8 Solutions Edinburgh: Mobile location-based entertainment guide and hyperlocal applications

Madgex Brighton: Job board software

Mediafed London: RSS metrics system for publishers

Mippin London: Optimised content for mobiles

MusicMetric London: Professional music analytics

PharmiWeb Solutions Bracknell: Publishing and digital marketing for healthcare industry

Predictive Intent Poole: Marketing for online retailers

Rated People London: Directory of recommended local tradespeople

Saffron Digital London: Digital video and entertainment delivery for mobile and online

Struq London: Personalised advertising

TagMan London: Web analytics and container tag management

TV Genius London: Personalised search for TV on the web and on mobile

Upad London: Marketplace for UK property rental

Wahanda London: Global health, beauty and wellness community

Devices and Technology

Acrossair London: Augmented-reality applications for the iPhone

Alfresco Maidenhead: Open source software for collaborative content management

Cambridge Broadband Networks Cambridge: Manufacturer and supplier of mobile backhaul technology

Codilink London: Secure digital voucher system for retail

The Cloud London: European wireless broadband network

Cybertill Merseyside: Electronic point-of-sale and retail management technology

Datanomic Cambridge: Enterprise data quality management

EnQii London: Signage software

Entanet Telford: Consumer voice and data connectivity services

The Foundry London: Visual effects and image processing for film and video post-production

GetJar London: Mobile application distribution and developer community

HulloMail Ltd London: Voicemail applications and instant voice messaging

Icera Chipping Sodbury: Semiconductor technologies for wireless devices

iPLATO Healthcare London: Mobile health services

Kashflow London: Accounting software for small business.

Light Blue Optics Cambridge: Miniature projection systems.

Mendeley London: Academic tool tracking research trends and providing desktop and mobile bibliography management

Miniweb Brentford, Middlesex: Interactive features for internet video on TV screens

Nativ London: TV and video distribution

OnRelay London: Cellular fixed mobile convergence software

PassivSystems Newbury: Cleantech system that manages domestic energy use

Plastic Logic Cambridge: Flexible electronic screen technologies

Siondo London: Web-based software applications for business

TeslaOne London: Mobile communications and mobile commerce solutions

Truphone London: Mobile communications provider

Ubiquisys London: Developer of 3G femtocells

Ubisense Cambridge: Real-time location systems and geospatial consulting

Xconnect London: Peering services for fixed, mobile and web 2.0 service providers

Games and Entertainment

Blinkbox London: Online premium TV and film service

ChannelFlip London: hort-form online video community

Cybersports London: 3D virtual multi-player and multi-sports worlds

Digital Goldfish Dundee: Mobile platform developer

Hello Games Guildford: Independent video games developer

Mixcloud London: Sharing on-demand radio shows

nDreams Farnborough: Digital games developer and publisher

Orca Digital London: Interactive services for mobile and online

Perform Group London: Technology and commercial tools for rights-managed content Newcastle: Interactive online video service

Slicethepie Reading: Fan-funded new music service

SoundCloud Birmingham: Sharing and web-hosting audio service

SupaJam Hever: Showcase and commercialisation platform for music, entertainment and live events

Very Tangy TV Cheltenham: Live UK television for set-top box or PC

We7 Oxford: Music-playing service with embedded advertising


Aroxo London: Marketplace and negotiation tool for product and service buyers and sellers

Autoquake London: Online used-car retailer

Borro Oxford: Short-term loans

The Book Depository Gloucester: Online bookseller

Ecommera London: Ecommerce technology and insight, delivered as a service, and driven by sound retail thinking

Endava London: Outsourced digital platform for consumer websites

ioko London: IT platform design and management for telecoms, media and enterprise

Madbid London: Auctioning website London: Furniture portal

Mobcast Ebook distribution and retail platform

Moo London: Online printing

Mydeco London: Home design software

mySupermarket London: shopping and comparison website for UK supermarket shoppers London: Boutique and independent retail

ShipServ London: Online trading platform

TranslateMedia London: Language services agency

viagogo London: Online ticket exchange

Social Media

AudioBoo London: Sound-sharing website

Demotix London: Citizen journalism website and photo agency

Hubdub Edinburgh: (hubdub is now closed and restarted as fanduel, a fantasy sports site) Web-based prediction market

Rummble London: Location-based discovery, recommendation and social search

Sendible London: Management for business

Songkick London: Live music listings, alerts and news

Tweetdeck London: Personalised browser for Twitter, Facebook and social networks

Tweetmeme Reading: Trendwatching service for Twitter

Webjam London: Software-as-a-Service-based online community tools

The contenders

Kemp Little Innovation Award nominees

These companies have been picked for their outstanding business innovation:

• Alfresco

• Cortexica

• Forward

• nDreams

• Zoopla

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Hottest Prospect Award shortlist

These companies have been selected as those showing good potential:

• Audioboo

• Getjar

• Livebookings

• Mind Candy

• Tweetdeck

Winners will be announced at the Tech Media Invest 2010 event on 18 October and will receive free legal advice from Kemp Little and free financial consulting advice from PwC.

Both Kemp Little and PwC are specialists in advising technology and digital media companies to help them achieve their full potential.

The companies featured in this list are not endorsed, guaranteed or recommended for investment by PwC or Kemp Little.

Rising stars

Bindi Karia is venture capital and emerging business lead at BizSpark. Microsoft's BizSpark programme provides software, support and development tools to 35,000 international early-stage companies, 2,300 of which are based in the UK.

Dubbed the queen of startups, Karia has a keen eye for talent. Here she gives us her insider tips for next year's Tech Media Invest 100.

Dezineforce Web-based engineering design and optimisation service

Exceedra Next-generation supply chain management and sales planning solution


Social business software for roadmapping and strategic planning

Parcelgenie Sends physical gifts to social network contacts.

View from the bench How to get on to the list

Take a snapshot of this year's Tech Media Invest 100 – a mobile health service, a used-car retailer, a social network for flirting. Whatever the size of the company, innovation and a maturation of business models is the theme.

Of the 100 companies on this year's list, around 40 are new entries. This is a sign of an entrepreneurial spirit impervious to the credit crunch, according to PwC director Brian Henderson.

"This year, we are looking at companies with innovative business models. Companies simply don't get on to the list if they're not doing something different. What those top businesses have in common is that they have diversification in their business models. They're not relying on one revenue stream – Apple's App Store, for instance – they've got a portfolio, which is essential.

"There are lots of exciting companies out there looking to be the next Google or Facebook. The challenge is a difficult climate – they will have to be innovative to get to market."

As in 2009, getting on to the list is not easy. Judges had to work their way through a hothouse of talented emerging businesses before they could get on with ranking those that remained. What emerges is a unique collection of cross-industry enterprise, all well-versed in the art of fine-tuning revenue streams.

"Funding is always going to be a challenge," says Henderson. "But companies need a robust business model that investors can believe in."