INVESTMENT YEAR
2019
SECTOR
Technology
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Data-led marketing firm 

Brainlabs provides a single solution marketing model bringing together technology, biddable agency services and consultancy. Notable clients includleading brands such as Formula1 and TUI 

Founded in 2012, the company has grown organically from one to 240 people in just seven years. It has also been placed 1st in Deloitte’s Tech Track Fast 50, 5th in the Financial Times fastest growing companies in Europe, 5th in the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For, and Master of Marketing Agency of the Year two years in a row. 

CEO, Daniel Gilbert, left Google to set up Brainlabs in his parents’ attic, having seen an opportunity to disrupt the marketing industry with an innovative, scientific approach. Since the original Livingbridge investment, Brainlabs has acquired Distilled, a leading SEO agency, and Hanapin, a US-based search marketing agency. 

Operating from London and five offices in the US, they work as agency partners, strategic consultants and automation wizards, taking advantage of the hugely expanding performance marketing market, set to grow in the UK and US to £3.3bn by 2021. 

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We helped to map an acquisition pipeline and develop the M&A strategy to deliver investments in high-quality businesses operating in SEO, content, production, data and email.

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We have supported the founder, Daniel Gilbert, in building his senior team, introducing an interim CTO and CFO from our talent panel, and appointing a permanent CFO, chairman, COO and Global Managing Director.

Brainlabs timeline

2012 Brainlabs founded 
2016 Wins Agency of the year award at the Masters of Marketing
2016 Ranks first in Deloitte Tech Track Fast 50
2016 Wins best Large PPC Agency in Europe at the European Search Awards
2017 Named fastest growing UK company in Financial Times ranking (4th in Europe)
2017 Ranks 10th fastest growing company in the UK in the Deloitte Fast 50
2017 Ranks 12th in Sunday Times Tech Track 2017
2018 Shortlisted for Campaign Agency of the Year Awards 2018
2018 CEO named the Most Influential PPC Expert of 2018 in the world by PPC Hero
2019 Livingbridge invests
2019 Listed in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2019
2019 Wins Best Large PPC Agency of the Year at the US Search Awards 2019
2020 Acquires Distilled, a leading SEO agency