The 2018 Disrupt South West Index

The DisruptSW index celebrates local ventures that have the very real potential to shake up their respective industries, both in the UK and on a global scale. 

We analyse and tracked new ventures against a 3-P axis - People, Product and Potential – to identify truly disruptive businesses. We go beyond looking at current performance and market size, instead studying everything from the founding team and investors, to the technology and ambition – plus a whole lot more in between.

Compiling our final 25 has been no easy feat, but after studying a range of exciting local ventures, we’ve identified a rich and diverse group of innovative and engaging businesses who are scaling fast and help to showcase our region as an innovation hub, not just within the UK, but around the world.

After much deliberation, our judges have settled on their top five (with a tie for fifth).

2018 Hall of Fame

1. Micrima

Evolving medical imaging.

2. riversimple

Hydrogen fuel cell eco car company.

3. Olio

Connecting people and shops to cut food waste.

4. interactive scientific

Visualising the world’s biggest scientific concepts.

=5. Healios

Transforming mental healthcare delivery.

=5. Immersive labs

Solving the cyber skills shortage.

Congratulations to each of them.

Of course, being included in the Disrupt SW index is an achievement in its own right. Here are the rest of the businesses which made it into the Index:


Truly personalised audio experience.

blu wireless technology

Pioneering 5G communication systems.


Simple, no hassle renting.


Customised drone technology.


Automating customer advocacy.

eat me app

Make any fridge a smart fridge.

folium optics

Paper-thin plastic reflective displays.

fusion processing

Intelligent sensor technology for transport.

gap square

Gender pay gap analysis and transparency software.


Connecting video game streamers and publishers.

lettus grow

Aeroponic irrigation for vertical farms.


Reward app for better driving.


Connecting hospitality staff to shifts.

living map

Digital mapping and data for complex places.


Platform for charities, business and communities.


Applying 3D and AI to ocean surveys.

tickitto ai

Personalised event discovery.

walk to beat

Walking aid for people with Parkinson’s.

we build bots

Changing customer service and engagement.