Blockchain technology has seen a historical rise in the past few years due to its versatility and decentralised nature. The underlying mechanism for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin is now being incorporated in many different sectors spanning a wide range of use cases.
Blockchain is transforming everything from payment transactions to how money is raised in the private market. With Austrian neobroker BitPanda becoming a crypto unicorn with their latest $170 million (nearly £122.5 million) Series B funding and planning aggressive expansion plans for the UK, we take a look at the biggest blockchain companies in the UK.
Founders: Benjamin Reeves, Nicolas Cary, and Peter Smith
Blockchain.com provides digital wallets to buy, trade crypto, send, receive, secure, and borrow digital currencies. The company is backed by leading investors including, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Google Ventures.
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Founders: Peter Wall
Argo is a publicly-traded blockchain technology company focused on large-scale cryptocurrency mining. Back in February, the company announced that they have mined 129 Bitcoin or Bitcoin Equivalent compared to 93 BTC in January. This takes the total amount of BTC mined year-to-date to 222 BTC. At the end of February, the company held a total of 599 BTC.
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Founders: Peter Randall
Setl is building blockchain-based solutions for financial markets, asset management, and payments. The company enables market participants to move cash and assets directly between each other, facilitating the immediate and final settlement of market transactions.
BGF backs this Oxford-based cybersecurity startup with £10.5M funding
It has a permissioned distributed ledger of ownership and transaction records, simplifying the process of matching, settlement, custody, registration, and transaction reporting.
Founders: Tom Robinson
Elliptic is a provider of crypto-asset risk management solutions for crypto businesses and financial institutions. The company prevents, detects, and pursues criminal activity in cryptocurrencies.
It also identifies illicit activity in cryptocurrencies, providing actionable intelligence to cryptocurrency companies, financial institutions, and government agencies.
Founder/s: Leanne Kemp
Everledger employs blockchain technology to track the provenance of diamonds and other high-value assets, including fine wines, ensuring quality and authenticity for buyers. It is focused on creating and maintaining ecosystems of trust to address real-world challenges.
Founder/s: Ian Smith
Gospel Technology provides a secure data-sharing platform to businesses. The company has built a platform that intends to enable secure, yet efficient, data collaboration – without restricting access.
Using a ledger, the platform allows businesses to securely share data between both employees within the enterprise and enterprises in supply chains and partnerships.
Founder/s: Juan Otero, Matthew Luczynski, Steven Hipwell
Backed by Binance, Travala aims to be one of the world’s largest blockchain-based online travel agencies. This online travel agency accepts any of the 30 most popular cryptocurrencies for payment in addition to traditional payment options. Further, the company offers enhanced discounts, rewards, and a stake in the success of Travala.com.
Founder/s: Grant Blaisdell, Jakub Fijolek, Maciej Ziolkowski, Pawel Aleksander, Pawel Kuskowski
Coinfirm offers AML and regulatory technology for blockchain and cryptocurrencies. It offers the industry’s largest blockchain coverage, supporting over 1,400 cryptocurrencies and protocols including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Hyperledger, and many more.
The company’s solutions are used by market leaders globally, ranging from crypto exchanges such as Binance, and protocols like XRP, to major financial institutions like PKO BP.
Founder/s: Angel Pateiro, Carlos Abellan, Juan Miguel Perez, Nish Kotecha
Finboot is the SaaS company behind MARCO, a suite of blockchain applications and middleware solutions. MARCO allows enterprises to easily access and use blockchain technologies within their organisations’ value and supply chains. It can be used in a wide range of sectors, including Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Consumer goods, Automotive, Travel and tourism, and Healthcare.
Founder/s: Adi Ben-Ari
The company builds business applications using advanced cryptography to provide superior data security and data privacy. Specialised in distributed ledgers, advanced cryptography, and confidential computing, the UK company works with global companies including Shell, KLM, United Nations, Toyota, SITA, Lloyds Register, and a range of innovative startups.