We’re One Of Forbes’ Top 5 Startups To Watch In 2019!


Each year, the trend hunters at Forbes search through the sea of amazing new startups to pick out the ones they predict will make big shapes in the coming year – and this time, they chose us!

Forbes Startup to Watch 2019

After months of working on under-the-bonnet stuff, we’re so excited to see that people are discovering the real magic behind what we’re trying to do and are kicking 2019 off with a shoutout in one of our favourite titles alongside some amazing new businesses. 

Read the full post here.

Paul, our CEO and founder, says of the mention,

Our heart and soul has gone into huggg, so we’re delighted to have been chosen by Forbes as one to watch in 2019. Last year, we grew from 3 employees to 18, increased our partners from 8 to 76 nationwide, and now offer 33 products on a messaging platform we’re extremely proud of. With some big partnership announcements coming soon, 2019 looks set to be another incredibly exciting year for us.

It’s safe to say, it’s the perfect way to start the new year and we’re delighted to have been included in Armstrong’s annual roundup.

Here’s to a killer 2019 and beyond!


if you’re new to huggg, here’s a little more on what we do…

what is a huggg?

With huggg, you can now message a coffee, cake or cinema ticket emoji to an employee, customer or friend, for them to walk next door and enjoy the real thing.

our huggg story

Like all start-ups, huggg hasn’t happened overnight. Back in 2014, Paul (CEO and founder) was researching the greeting card market for a project at work. He wondered, seeing as the paper is pretty much redundant, and we do everything else – from finding a spouse to heating our homes – from the comfort of our very own smartphones, whether we could substitute swipes, likes and messages for a real-life coffee, cocktail or cupcake instead. And that’s how the idea for huggg was born. Paul moved quickly, and with the help of some forward-looking founding investors and a quick hop on board from Paul’s sister-in-law Alice, the wheels were set in motion. Find out what happened next here.

download the huggg app today. welcome to the #hugggLife.

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