Jaeger LeCoul­tre


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As Eu­rope’s tech­nol­ogy sec­tor con­tin­ues to at­tract in­vest­ment – there is good rea­son to be con­fi­dent that more start-up busi­nesses will make the grade. Here are 5 busi­nesses from across Eu­rope for whom 2016 looks set to be a big year.

Black­lane of­fers users a pro­fes­sional ser­vice via its app and web­site, al­low­ing peo­ple to book a re­li­able, fully-in­sured driver ser­vice, with no Uber-style surge pric­ing, for a cost that is of­ten cheaper than a tra­di­tional taxi cab. The start-up ex­panded across the US in 2015, adding 36 Amer­i­can ci­ties, and now reaches over 300 air­ports world­wide – more than Uber or Lyft. Black­lane was co­founded by Jens Wohltorf, a for­mer prin­ci­pal at the Bos­ton Con­sult­ing Group and Frank Steuer, pre­vi­ously a man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Sem­perLink GmBH and founder of startup First­fon. The com­pany ex­panded rapidly in 2014 with its “100 ci­ties in 100 days” cam­paign, suc­cess­fully launch­ing its ser­vice in 100 dif­fer­ent ci­ties across the globe in just over three months.


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