Five of the most exciting startups joining START at Web Summit

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Back in 2013 we launched START – our showcase of the world’s most exciting early-stage startups which counts the likes of Storyful and Nest as alumni. Forty of our class of of 2014 have raised over $1 billion since Web Summit 2014.

The bar for 2015 has been set high, but we’re very excited about who’s coming to Dublin for this year’s Web Summit. Take a look:


Over the course of a nine-year NFL career with the New York Giants, Tiki Barber won a reputation as one of the league’s greatest ever running backs.

Having retired in 2006 with 10,000 rushing yards to his name, he founded Thuzio.

Using data science, Thuzio can match a celebrity’s personal brand with the values and marketing objectives of major companies and institutions – it’s disrupting the talent booking industry. Untitled-1


Roy Sebag and Josh Crumb wanted to find a way for people to pay for a cup of coffee with gold.

BitGold was born.

The startup allows users to deposit gold in their BitGold accounts, before converting the metal into local currency.

It’s a collision of the world’s oldest financial asset and cryptocurrencies.

Alex Soros, son of currency speculator George, is one of an A-list team of investors funding BitGold to the tune of $31.7 million. Untitled-1


HomeToGo is a Berlin startup that takes the hassle out of finding holiday rental properties.

Having only been established two years, it’s already the largest holiday rental search engine in the world.

They’ve just raised a $6 million Series A, and they reckon they’ve established the easiest-to-use and most comprehensive holiday listing platform – containing over 2 million properties in 200 countries. Untitled-1

MOVE Guides

MOVE Guides are leading the $15 billion talent mobility industry.

Their Talent Mobility Cloud enables major brands and institution to move their talent around the globe – bringing the shipping, real estate, immigration and tax industries together to take the pain out of moving.

Founded in 2011 after Founder Brynne Herbert’s experience working abroad as an investment banker, MOVE Guides has raised over $10 million and has offices in San Francisco, London, New York and Hong Kong, and operates in more than 200 locations. MoveGuides



Fuse is a Palo Alto-based startup that helps designers develop iOS and Android apps in tandem.

Fuse provides a new platform for developing apps, one which allows for more designer input in the build stage.

Founded by  Anders Lassen and Morten Fornes three years ago, Fuse has raised over $7 million to date.

Think your startup measures up? Apply to exhibit at START.

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