Welsh proptech firm gains place on prestigious start-up listing

University Cribs, a Cardiff-based tech start-up that aims to help students find quality accommodation easily, has made its way onto a top start-up listing.

The company has placed 95 on the UK Top 100 Startup index, and it’s the only Welsh company to make it on the list this year. Previous entrants include Deliveroo & Purple Bricks.

It’s created a search engine that simplifies the way university students find and secure affordable housing. Letting agents and accommodation providers can use it to market their properties too.

Christian Samuel, co-founder of University Cribs, said: “Being placed in the UK’s top 100 startups and being the only welsh startup to make it on this years index is such an honour after only launching last November.”

Speaking to Tech Dragons in January, CEO Jack Jenkins explained how the idea came about: “We actually bought the domain in 2010, when we first saw a large space in the student accommodation market for a strong tech based marketing solution.

“Despite the void, it wasn’t the right time to launch and the domain sat redundant for a few years. I personally feel that one of the key factors driving successful startups globally is timing.

“It was only about two years ago that we felt the time was right for us to start the business. On a market level, the last couple of years has seen the student accommodation market grow at an astonishing rate.”

Even though the company is still relatively young, it’s had a lot of success. Jack said: “Getting close to 100,000 visitors in the first month was a big win for us.

“It proved to others that our marketing skills from previous businesses were truly transferable. The first round of seed funding was a big boost for us and the general traction of the business so far is also worth a mention.”

He said the firm has big plans for the future: “University Cribs will continue to scale and grow. We are a dynamic business and are always looking to innovate with new products that can benefit both accommodation providers and our student users.

“Our aim is to be the leader in the online student accommodation space, not only in the UK but also globally. We believe this goal is achievable in the next 5 years.”