Anna Bance – Girl Meets Dress
Launched in 2009, Girl Meets Dress allows fashion-loving women to rent designer dresses, bags and jewellery instead of buying them. Fashion bible Vogue called it “the answer to all your prayers”.
Sarah McVittie – Textperts
McVittie was working as a researcher when she became frustrated at how difficult it was to source accurate information quickly. This inspired her revolutionary ‘text a question’ service which won the ‘2006 Start-ups Award’ prize for best use of technology. 85% of questions are answered within five minutes by the service, which charges £1.
Asha Peta Thompson – Intelligent Textiles
The brains behind Intelligent Textiles, Asha Peta Thompson, has taken her degree in textiles and turned it into new technology; she now weaves fabric that can conduct electricity. When squeezed, the material forms an electric switch which can carry power and data without the need for wires. Her innovation has landed her a contract with the MoD.
Lorna Pellet – Love Pure Cakes
Edinburgh-based Lorna managed to turn her love for cakes into a unique baking business. Her range of gluten-free cakes was the first in the UK to incorporate healthy superfoods.
Alpa Saujani – The Tantric Club
There are plenty of dating agencies geared towards lonely office workers, but Alpa Saujani took it one step further by creating a dating agency specifically for Asian professionals. Her agency specialises in setting couples up through fun activities, dinner parties and a one-to-one matchmaking service.