7 On-Demand Delivery Startups In London

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7 On-Demand Delivery Startups In London

We count 7 on-demand delivery startups currently battling it out in London (although there are doubtless more) as entrepreneurs and VCs make big bets on smartphone-driven convenience  and the promise of getting you food or just about anything delivered to your door within minutes.

That said, the space has already seen at least one early-mover hit the deadpool and we expect to see further consolidation or shrinking of the number of players over the next few years.



Launched first in London in 2012, but now servicing a whopping 50 cities across 12 countries, Deliveroo lets you order from restaurants that don’t traditionally offer take-out for delivery.

These include quality restaurant chains, and premium and boutique restaurants that you wont typically find on online take-out aggregators such as Just Eat or Delivery Hero’s Hungryhouse.

The company is also the best-funded of the bunch having closed a $100 million Series D round from DST Global and Greenoakes Capital last week, bringing total funding to just shy of $200 million.


Take Eat Easy

Rocket Internet-backed Take Eat Easy originally hails from Belgium. However, the startup, which is a direct competitor to Deliveroo, offering online ordering and delivery from premium restaurants who don’t traditionally offer take-out, has since expanded to London.

The company also operates in France and Spain, and has raised around $18 million in funding. In addition to Rocket Internet, backers include Eight Roads Ventures (previously Fidelity Growth Partners), DN Capital and Piton Capital.

Meanwhile, Take Eat Easy claims its technology has an edge over competitors because of the way it’s able to adjust estimated delivery times in advance of ordering rather than pausing the service when demand outstrips capacity. Unlike other services that use a mixture of transportation, the startup’s fleet comprises pushbikes only.



Operating a model similar to Postmates in the U.S., Jinn promises to “get you anything you want in minutes”. This includes food deliveries, but also other products from shops in your local vicinity, curated via the startup’s iOS and Android mobile apps.

The Ignite-accelerated company is modestly funded, having raised a little over $2 million, although we’re hearing Jinn is on the verge of closing a much larger Series A round.



Quiqup is another startup that lets you order anything on-demand for delivery to your home or other premises. Its couriers — known as Quiquees — will go to any local store or restaurant and purchase what you need, promising to get it to you within the hour.

However, what makes the London-based startup most notable are its backers. These include online take-out ordering behemoth Delivery Hero, and Rocket Internet’s venture arm Global Founders Capital.


Valk Fleet

A subsidiary of Delivery Hero, Valk Fleet has been operating in stealth until recently when TechCrunch outed the company’s existence. The B2B service targets restaurants and take-outs who wish to do away with their own drivers and outsource the logistics and delivery aspects of their business, regardless of where food orders come from.

This can be via the restaurant’s own website or app, online take-out ordering aggregators, such as Just Eat or Delivery Hero’s Hungryhouse, and even over the telephone. That’s because when an order is received by the restaurant they simply book a delivery driver on-demand via Valk Fleet’s app.


Delivery Cube

London-based Delivery Cube, which actually launched before Valk Fleet, pitches itself as a “B2B technology driven logistics solution”. Like Delivery Hero’s stealthily launched company, the startup combines its own in-house tech with a fleet of drivers to enable restaurants and take-outs to offer delivery without employing their own drivers and regardless of which channels food orders come from.

Noteworthy, perhaps, is that two of Delivery Cube’s founders — Krupa Patel and Mitesh Patel — previously founded MyDeliveryCab, which played in the premium restaurant delivery space with a model similar to Deliveroo. In other words, this isn’t the first time that the founding team of Delivery Cube have built a logistics platform and operated a fleet of drivers.



Stuart is an on-demand delivery startup that is targeting stores and e-commerce sites that want to offer same-hour local delivery. It is currently pre-launch and operating in stealth but has already raised €22 million in funding, largely off the back of an idea and based on the track record of its three founders.

They are Dominique Leca (who founded Sparrow, the email client acquired by Google), Clement Benoit (who previously founded restaurant delivery service Resto-In), and Benjamin Chemla (co-founder and previously CEO of Citycake.fr, which Resto-In acquired in late 2014).

Backers include GeoPost, the delivery subsidiary of Le Groupe La Poste, along with a number of prominent French entrepreneurs and angel investors.

Stuart is currently running a Beta in Paris but is also heavily recruiting for an imminent London launch.