James Dean recognised as UK’s youngest founder in prestigious list for fastest growing tech start-ups.
Sensat, a leading provider of drone data capture and visualisation software that enables civil infrastructure companies to digitally represent the real world, is pleased to announce that its CEO, James Dean, has been recognised as the youngest founder in the Telegraph Tech Hot 100– a list acknowledging the top 100 fastest growing start-ups in the UK.
With technology companies keeping the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Telegraph’s list celebrates the many tech firms that have thrived in a year of extraordinary turbulence. Powered by data partners Beauhurst, the Telegraph reveals founders at Britain’s fastest-growing start-ups whose dynamism and thirst to succeed have weathered Covid’s storm. As his first year making the list, James Dean features at number 88–the youngest founder to make the list, and one of only three founders under 30 years of age.
James has been recognised, following a successful $10 million Series A funding round led by Tencent in October 2019. Alongside his co-founder Harry Atkinson and a growing team of 50+ talent, James has taken the business from strength to strength, achieving treble digit growth, developing its data capture and SaaS business models and adding to its tier one accounts in civil infrastructure. With James at the helm, Sensat is continuing to transform the industry by building robust digital infrastructure sites, through its drone data capture and visualisation platform, which is now relied upon by organisations such as Aecom, BAM, Connect Plus, Kier Group, Morgan Sindall, Mott MacDonald, National Grid, Network Rail and Osborne, to name just a few. Sensat has also been selected as one of the first five (out of 109) companies to join the HS2 Accelerator initiative, which aims to develop technologies to be integrated into Britain’s high-speed rail project.
James said: “We started off by wanting to create a platform to digitise the real-world, where we could take never accessed before data-led insights to drive more sustainable business decisions, to ensure human development is in balance with our natural environment. With a passionate and driven team, we have come a long way in just a few years, and our mission today is to help the civil infrastructure industry take the data we provide to drive more informed-decisions to shape and build a more sustainable world.
“In 2020 alone, we have not only upscaled the business with key hires and product development but also started to change the mindset of the civil infrastructure industry in terms of how they think about and use of data. Adoption of digital solutions has picked up significantly in the last year, and we are now seeing a tech boom, which is great for the industry. Our data and visualisation solution lays the foundation for this real-world digital representation that drives smarter decisions, greater efficiencies, cost control and increased revenues while enabling a sustainable built environment. This is just the start of things to come.”