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12 April 2021
As seen in Maddyness: 5 entrepreneurs from Forbes' 30 under 30
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As seen in Maddyness: 5 entrepreneurs from Forbes’ 30 under 30

In this week's news roundup, we're showcasing our previous coverage of young entrepreneurs who are now hitting the big time. Here are just a few examples, operating in fields from science to e-commerce.

Laurence Bargery and Jacob Haddad, founders of accuRx, made the Forbes 30 under 30 list in science and healthcare. accuRx – a medical communications platform – works with 99% of England’s GP practices and has raised £9M+ in funding. Back in April 2020, we wrote about the healthtech startups rallying to combat COVID-19, and featured accuRx.

“NHS staff need to have safe, reliable and intuitive ways of communicating with patients and colleagues, and the crisis has made this need more acute than ever”, Haddad told us at the time. “Building a video consultation product over a weekend was one of the first ways that we were able to achieve that and we have already released a range of other features to support frontline staff.”

Ariel Booker and Josh White, cofounders of CanO Water, featured on the retail and ecommerce list. CanO Water offers water in aluminium packaging, with a mission “to remove as much single-use plastic from the environment as possible”. The sustainable brand is anticipating £3M revenue for 2021.

In November, we interviewed Josh White about the genesis of CanO Water on a beach in Thailand, why water should come in cans, the impact of Blue Planet and why greenwashing is rife in the food and drinks sector.

Also included on the retail and ecommerce list is Victoria Prew, cofounder of fashion rental marketplace HURR. The organisation has been helping customers rent out items since 2018, and now has plans in the works for a service to help businesses play a part in the circular economy.

Maddyness labeled HURR a fashion tech company to watch last year – amongst the likes of Farfetch, NearSt and Depop – asking: ‘in a world where trends change faster than ever, what could be better than an unlimited online wardrobe for every one of your social occasions?’

Victor Dewulf and Peter Hedley appeared on 30 Under 30 in social impact, thanks to their work at Recycleye. A participant on Microsoft’s AI for Earth programme, it uses AI to automate waste sorting and management.

Recycleye is improving the recycling process and accelerating the drive towards a circular economy, and we covered it on Maddyness in February this year. Read all about how the company, founded by Dewulf and Hedley, works, below.

Shamillah Bankiya, a vice president at Dawn Capital, made the 30 in finance list. Following a stint at Softbank Vision Fund, she now oversees UK and Ireland operations for Dawn, with a specialism in developer tools and data infrastructure. Recently, she shared some insights into this area for Maddyness.

“In 2021, we will see deeper and more meaningful collaboration among developers. CI/CD is the norm, and developers are using a wide range of tools to build their applications for both closed and open source, Bankiya said of VC trends to watch in 2021.

“Uniformity across teams will continue to emerge as a pain point and, as such, tools focusing on collaboration and unified platforms will thrive.”