Link, inform and secure anything with VCode, a symbol similar to a QR code.

The tech is being used in an incredible range of situations – from bank notes so shops can check for counterfeits, to the corner of a pizza ad letting users scan, order and pay in seconds.

See more of our 101 tech start-up disrupters here. For more trend-setting businesses and their Tech 1sts, head here.

And check out our 101 rising stars of tech - the exciting firms which did not make the main list but have the potential to grow.