Get to know these innovative start-ups

Encryption apps and the fight against Instagram – ten trailblazers from last week's tech festivals

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Photo by Julian Li on curated image sharing start-up, EyeEm

Enterpreneurs, innovators and artists descended on London this week for the Founders Forum, the Europas and HacktheSpace hackathon at The Tate Modern. Here's our list of the ten innovative start-ups that you may not have heard of yet – from music to pets, these are the tech gamechangers set to refine the world as we know it. 

MUBI  THE NEW STREAMING SERVICE

What to do when you finish a Breaking Bad box set? Mubi is a unique subscription service for independent, award winning films from around the world. Every day their film experts introduce you to a film, and then you have one month to watch it. Mubi often works with independent film festivals to stream the best in shorts and archival cinema, too. 

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Get your Lars Von Trier fix on Mubi

ROLI – THE NEW INSTRUMENT

Dalston based studio Roli has created The Seaboard, a new musical instrument that reimagines the piano keyboard as a soft, continuous surface. It can also connect to a software sampler or synthesiser. 

BELIEVE IN – THE NEW NON-PROFIT PLATFORM

Believe In are on a mission to bring non-profits into the mobile age. After discovering that 86% of non-profits are inaccessible on mobile devices, the guys set up innovative and well designed software that offers mobile optimized features to customers worldwide. One of those "Why didn't anyone think of this before?" moments. 

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Believe.In is used by charities like The Big Issue bubblews.com

KOVERT DESIGNS – THE NEW WEARABLE TECH

The problem with wearable tech? Sometimes it can be a somewhat ironic title for items people don’t actually want to wear. Kovert Designs offer an alternative, insisting that beautiful design be mandatory in their approach to wearable technology. Set to launch their first collection at an upcoming London Fashion Week, you'll want to wear these designs for longer than a demo.

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Kovert Designs

BIG BALLS FILMS – THE NEW WORLD CUP CHANNEL

Big Balls make some of the most watchable videos on YouTube – their football channel Copa90 is worth taking a look for any World Cup fans.

EYEEM – THE NEW (REAL) PHOTOGRAPHY APP

If you're looking for something a little less self-indulgent than instagram try EyeEm, winner of Best Social Media Startup at The Europas (the European tech awards).The Berlin-based founders of EyeEm started small with a great product and have battled their way to tens of million of users, a unique marketplace where photographers get paid and beautiful photographs get collected, all against the might of Instagram.

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David Welsh on EyeEm

PETCUBE – THE NEW PET-SITTER 

For when your pet starts watching too much daytime TV, Kiev based start up Petcube have designed a radical new interactive device for pets, all in the midst of incredible upheaval in their home country. Those Silicon roundabout guys have it easy.

ZENMATE  THE NEW PRIVACY PAL

In the age of NSA revelations and user commodification, apps that help preserve privacy are more essential than ever. Enter ZenMate: software that encrypts users’ internet connection to protect their privacy while browsing.

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MOBIUS MOTORS – THE NEW CAR MANUFACTURER

Start-ups are increasingly turning their attention to the developing world – this company has tasked itself with making affordable cars for Africa’s mass market. Mobius have reimagined the car: designing their vehicles specially around common African road terrain, transport usage and consumer income profiles across the region.

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BABBEL – THE NEW LANGUAGE TEACHER

For learning languages, nothing beats Babbel. Babbel has become one of the worlds leading language learning platforms, used in 190 countries, and has had 25 million app downloads to date. 

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Subtitles could be a thing of the past with Babbel

Izzy Lawrence blogs at curatedlittlebeauties.com.

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