LBS alumni make it on the Startups Top 100 list once again

In its fifth year, Startups 100 and the calibre of companies is higher than ever, making chances of inclusion even tougher. However, two London Business School alumni start-ups have been succesfully listed:

Founded by Zabetta Camilleri (MBA2000) and Emilio Sanz (MBA2011), and previously listed in the 2013 Startups 100, SalesGossip's proposition is a simple one - by aggregating all the latest deals and sample sales from the UK’s fashion retailers, it saves shoppers the hassle of checking each retailer individually, whilst driving up sales and exposure for the businesses themselves. The site now receives more than 350,000 visitors a month – a figure increasing by 20% per month – and leading brands such as ASOS, House of Fraser and Armani are just some of the platform’s rapidly growing list of clients.

It is clear that SalesGossip is now regarded as an important player in the fashion e-commerce market, something demonstrated in February of this year when it successfully closed a second round of funding, securing a further £600,000 from a group of leading angel investors. The founders plan to use this funding to increase turnover eightfold to £800,000 in 2014 as SalesGossip starts a “big push’” into mobile, with international expansion now also on the horizon. 

MOVE Guides
Founder Brynne Herbert (MBA2012) set up MOVE after “painfully” going through relocating several times while working in finance. Determined that relocating should be more like planning a holiday – win-win solution MOVE was formed, making relocating easier for employees and cheaper for employers.

Created while Herbert was undertaking an MBA at London Business School, she recruited the founding team and raised an initial £400,000 seed funding round from experienced European investors such as Sherry Coutu, all before graduating. Since launching in 2012, the company has grown to become a tri-sided solution serving global companies, the employees and suppliers. Working through a ‘Talent Mobility Cloud’, which includes an employee hub, a HR hub and a support team, MOVE is able to assist employees in all areas of moving while saving employers 25% on cost. Since raising a follow-up institutional round of £1.1m and with growth of 100% planned for 2014, Herbert wants to continue to use innovations in technology and customer service to improve the relocation process, eventually extending its market reach to make MOVE Guides an accessible resource for smaller businesses too. 

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