We founded dataTwist to help companies explore the value of their data without having to commit to hiring an in-house data team

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About us

dataTwist provides data science as a service. We are management consultants, data scientists and data engineers who can transform your business by delivering Proof of Concept (POC) projects and customised data solutions. We can work remotely or onsite, depending on the client requirements


Why hire a data science consultancy for your Proof of Concept project?

The vast majority of starter data projects require high risk and tolerance for failure. Gartner predicted that, through 2022, 85% of AI projects will deliver erroneous outcomes “due to bias in data, algorithms or the teams responsible for managing them.”

In determining the material impact of your data analysis on revenues, costs or risks (the 3 main outcomes for implementing data science), you must remain agile and allow for low pain exit.

Setting up an in-house data team upfront reduces agility and could lead to high cost consequences.

The average data scientist salary in the UK in 2021 is c. £50,000 (£59,000 in London). However, a data scientist cannot work alone - at the very minimum you will also need to hire a data engineer. Their average UK salary? £56,000.

Therefore, you are looking at ~£120,000 in fixed hiring costs for your in-house data team, and these numbers don’t include the recruiter fees and the other associated risks of hiring permanent staff.

Would you be willing to take the risk above before testing the value of your data? Starting a Proof of Concept (PoC) project with an external data partner would not only be more agile, but would also lead to better, faster results due to the consulting team having delivered numerous similar projects in the past.

dataTwist’s core mission is to engage with businesses to pilot the data science programs. In many cases, our team brings more experience and expertise than a newly formed internal data team. Even when moving to large-scale, permanent AI projects, a partnership with a third-party data consultancy could prove to be more efficient and economical for many companies that want to focus on their core business while extracting full material value of their data.

Finally, at dataTwist we focus on “quick wins” - our rich commercial experience allows us to avoid treating the clients’ data analysis as a theoretical exercise.

Why work with us

Today, the fundamental commercial value of data analytics is self-evident. However, the practical benefits for an individual business are often more elusive. This is why we specialise in strategic Proof of Concept (POC) projects, giving you the opportunity to test and learn without committing to hiring a permanent in-house data team


We start each engagement with a 2-day ‘no fee, no commitment’ exploration workshop, helping to better understand how your data driven business ideas can become reality


Based on initial data analysis, we build a framework of what is possible, set up project priorities, and select the best technology tools and define costs


Our team applies data science methods to explore the business value of your data. The POC success can ultimately turn into production phase, which is evaluated separately

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Why our team is different

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10+ years of commercial data projects

Our data team has worked exclusively with business clients, focusing on the commercial, as opposed to theoretical, value of data. Uncovering actionable business insights is our most significant differentiator

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Non-technical storytelling

The outcome of our work is not aimed at other data scientists. We frame, convey and summarise the data stories in the language of business strategy and implementation

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End-to-end project support

We offer the option to collaborate with a vetted IT partner for front end and back end development, BI dashboards, maintenance and other implementation phase services


Consulting services

  • POC (Proof of Concept) data projects
  • BI reports
  • Customized AI solutions
  • Bespoke solutions

Predictive Analytics

  • Users Segmentation
  • Churn Modeling
  • Recommender Systems
  • A/B Testing
  • User behaviour ML models for mobile Apps


  • Text Classification
  • Named Entity Recognition
  • Information Retrieval & Semantic Search
  • Onthology and Taxonomy building
  • Text Summarization

Computer Vision

  • Image Search
  • Object Detection
  • Face Recognition
  • Image Classification
  • Semantic Segmentation
  • Data Capture and OCR

Case studies and
client testimonials

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Vanessa Lenssen

Hectare, Chief Product & Growth Officer

Hectare was looking for machine learning specialists with a creative approach to the problem who could come in and support their own in-house team. DataTwist were recommended to Hectare and after an initial chat, quickly demonstrated their understanding of the challenge along with a clearly communicated collaborative approach to problem solving.

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Industry: agri-tech innovation

Tools and technologies used: python 3.9, scipy, numpy, scikit-learn, linear regression, jupyter notebook

Management team

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Svetlana Tsourikova

Co-Founder, Head of the UK office

Svetlana has been delivering data-driven projects to investment funds and corporate clients for 14 years in London and continental Europe across media, telecoms, IoT (connected sensors) and logistics, among other industries.

Her notable clients have included portfolio companies of Brookfield and Bain Capital, Thomson Reuters and Hearst Corporation.

A long term resident of London, Svetlana holds an MBA from London Business School.

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Ilya Kirillov

Co-Founder, Head of the Minsk office

Ilya is an entrepreneur, having co-founded 3 successful IT companies, including the first data science solutions provider in Belarus.

Ilya’s other noted entrepreneurial experience includes establishing and managing different development centres for international companies.

Ilya holds a degree in math and computer science from Belarus State University. He fast tracked his career from a software developer to a CEO and the head of a development office.

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Svetlana Gordiyenko

Head of Marketing

An experienced marketing manager certified by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM level 6), MCIM (Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing), Svetlana brings over 10 years of experience in B2B lead generation, lead nurturing and sales enablement in the IT sector.

She has created and deployed brand aligned marketing initiatives, effective go to market strategies, and built marketing teams from scratch, with special focus on inbound lead generation encompassing USA, UK and EU markets.

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We offer 2 day no fee initial consultation