Discovering Start-Ups 2011 – stimulating and enabling technology innovation

There are different sponsorship opportunities available for companies who wish to participate. If you would like to offer office space, marketing support, guidance to start-ups or any services in kind, please email the project director, Kevin Coleman, or call him on 0781 6668788.

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As the Venture Capital investment arm of Qualcomm, the world leader in next-generation mobile technologies, Qualcomm Ventures has been making strategic investments in early-stage technology companies since 2000. With a $500 million fund commitment, Qualcomm Ventures seeks to make strategic investments in early stage high-technology companies that have the potential to dramatically transform our world.

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Rohde & Schwarz

The independent company Hameg Instruments are part of the Rohde & Schwarz group since 2005, it is located at Mainhausen near Frankfurt Germany. Hameg develops, manufactures and distributes its electronic measuring instruments via a global network of competent service and sales partners in more than 60 countries. The product portfolio includes analog, digital and mixed-signal oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, power supplies, instruments which can be integrated in measurement systems. The range are designed to offer exceptional price to performance ratio. For more information please visit:


Microlease is a specialist in Test Equipment. Since 1979, we've been helping users lower their costs and improve efficiency by providing equipment and services which make things easy, quick and cost-effective. We simply match the best method with your equipment needs - from one week to lifetime use. , You can rent, lease, buy pre-owned equipment, sell unused equipment to us or be supported with a range of services from calibration to full asset management. For more information please visit:


NeonDrum is a targeted global online news release distribution and monitoring service for PR professionals., , Our mission is simple: to boost online coverage of your B2B press releases, help you to punch above your weight in the online channel, and get you seen, heard - and found - by the people that matter. For more information please visit:


The Deloitte Cambridge Entrepreneurial Business Team offer the best value combination of business advice, tax planning and compliance services. We have a team of over 100 entrepreneurial specialists focussed on working with private businesses and individuals.
We would love to talk to you about your goals and aspirations and how we can help, whatever the current size of your business. “At Deloitte we identify and celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Achieving business success has tough moments and we are here to help you through these and make the best of the opportunities ahead.” For more information please visit:


Alliantus provides inspirational, board-level advice, access to high-level contacts and a practical delivery of strategic marketing solutions. We provide expertise in marketing and business growth – built up over 25 years of working in the technology industry. We understand the issues facing early-stage organisations, developing companies and corporations. We: - use links to investors, international teams or government bodies to parachute companies into new locations - free management’s time to allow them to do what they do best – manage the business - use experience, expertise and insightful thinking – helping companies innovate by providing fresh insights. For more information please visit:

S-Tech Insurance

Specialist Insurance Brokers to the Technology Business Sector. For more information please visit:


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Avadity IP

Avidity IP,  European patent and trademark attorneys who challenge orthodoxy to deliver the best service experience for clients over a comprehensive range of intellectual property services covering Patents, Trade Marks, Designs, Copyright and ‘Know-how’. 

Avidity’s clients range from large multinationals to SMEs and partner law firms.  Services include patent filing & prosecution, patent opposition, litigation, PCT consultancy, default recovery, trademarks, and difficult cases. As well as expert advice on IP strategy, valuation, transactions and best practices.

Avidity IP employs around 100 people, working from offices in Cambridge, Epping, Reading, Birmingham and Leeds.  With clients from the US, Europe and Asia the business has a truly global flavour.

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NESTA is a unique Venture Capitalist with a privileged position at the heart of the UK Investment scene. Our £50million Evergreen Fund allows us to work with teams and portfolio companies to build a close, supportive relationship over a number of years. We invest across all high technology sectors where we have the most experience and can add significant value which include ICT Software, Hardware, Medical Technology and Cleantech.

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Cambridge Angels

The Cambridge Angels are a group of high-net worth investors who have proven experience as successful entrepreneurs in technology and bio-technology. Members invest in and mentor high quality start-up and early-stage companies in these sectors, mostly in the Cambridge (UK) area, although we are also interested in investment opportunities elsewhere in the south of England. Our Members have been responsible for a large number of the “Cambridge Phenomenon” success stories over recent years. Therefore, in addition to providing funding for early-stage companies, the Cambridge Angels also offer start-ups the considerable benefit of a wide range of expertise, contacts and directly relevant experience in establishing and growing entrepreneurial businesses successfully.

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InnovationMartlesham offers a range of accommodation opportunites for start ups through to blue chip companies to co-locate with BT and its partners. The Kastra Incubator nurtures qualifying technology companies in their early stages, providing rent free office space and comms for the first six months, as well as expert commercial advice to help develop their businesses. A range of small office / workshop and larger units are also available within Building B1 and the wider Park.

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Cambridge Network

St Johns Innovation Centre

St John's Innovation Centre provides early stage knowledge-based companies with business advice, strategic consultancy, introductions and flexible accommodation. It was the first innovation centre of its kind in Europe and has become world-renowned for its success as a business incubator. St John’s deliver the regional Understanding Finance for Business programme and also support high-growth businesses though the Inspiration for growth programme.

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Cambridge University Entrepreneurs is the UK's oldest student entrepreneurship society and is known to organize one of the most successful student-led business planning and creation competition in the World. Since 1999, CUE has had over 450 entries and has awarded over £0.5m in seed funding to more than 40 business ideas. These companies have raised more than £33m further funding and are currently valued at more than £42m. Our competitions help you create global companies.

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The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), part of Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, aims to spread the spirit of enterprise through the creation and delivery of educational activities that inspire and build skills in the practice of entrepreneurship. One of CfEL's key teaching values is that the best people to teach entrepreneurs are entrepreneurs. The Centre collaborates with a network of over 300 experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and other practitioners to provide relevant, credible and practical training. CfEL has developed an enviable track record in the field of entrepreneurship education with a number of flagship programmes including Enterprise Tuesday, Ignite and Enterprisers.

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Established in 1997, and formerly known as ERBI, One Nucleus is a not-for-profit, membership organisation owned by its members and located in Cambridge and London – the centre of Europe’s leading life science and healthcare cluster. More than 500 members include pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies and associated technical and commercial service providers.
One Nucleus’s mission is to maximise the global competitiveness of our members. For our science and technology-based members, that means being global leaders in the research, development and commercialisation of healthcare innovations that radically improve the quality of people’s lives around the world. For our business and professional services members, it means delivering exceptional services that significantly enhance the business performance of their clients.

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The Survive and Thrive programme has been designed to help businesses and individuals not only to maintain their position during the challenging conditions but to become more competitive; and so be in a stronger position when the economy does eventually pick up.

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Business Link East has launched a High Growth Start Up program for pre-start and early stage entrepreneurs with the ideas and ambition to go for growth. The centrepiece is a two day residential Boot Camp: it provides concentrated and focused group learning and can also lead to further mentoring, advice and support. Fantastic value at £95. Selective entry.

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Connected Cambridge

Connected Cambridge is one of 10 connected clusters around the world with a common purpose to create a top tier of interconnected entrepreneurial communities which benefit from each others' insight, connections and brands.
It provides an easy access mix of events, jobs and news for current and aspiring entrepreneurs of all walks of life in the Cambridge (UK) region.Together these clusters have more than six thousand members.

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Enterprise Europe Netword

Whether you need help finding a business partner or need information on EU legislation, funding or market opportunities, the Enterprise Europe Network is the place to start.
Enterprise Europe East of England is your local gateway to a wealth of information on doing business, finding collaborative partners and increasing your competitiveness in Europe.
We can help you access an extensive business and innovation network made up of almost 600 partner organisations in more than 40 countries in Europe and beyond.

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