Essential Services

w: Darktrace.com

t: @Darktrace

CEO:  Nicole Eagan / CEO EMEA: Poppy Gustafsson

Chairman: Robert S Webb QC

Founded: 2013

Latest investment: $75M Series D July 2017

Total investment: $179.5M

Lead Investors: Insight Venture Partners

Sectors: Cyber Security

HQ:  Cambridge, UK

One of the world’s fastest-growing cyber defence firms, Darktrace addresses the challenge of advanced cyber-attacks through its unique ability to detect previously unidentified threats in real time. Clients range from financial and legal services, to charities, healthcare organisations and pharmaceutical firms. In January, the Cambridge-founded business, which claims total contract value of $200M, reported a surge in customer orders, an increase of 140pc. In July 2017, Darktrace announced a Series D funding of $75M at a valuation of $825M.