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Discovering Start-Ups 2018

Brought to you by CW (Cambridge Wireless)

The Discovering Start-Ups Competition connects the investor community to the most promising technology entrepreneurs in the CW network.

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About the event

Connecting the Digital World

Now in its 9th year, this event provides an unparalleled opportunity for potential investors, technology experts and digital enthusiasts to meet the upcoming generation of aspiring entrepreneurs and explore solutions that will replace today’s cutting edge products.

This year the theme is Connecting the Digital World and the Discovering Start-Ups Final Exhibition will shine a spotlight on those organisations innovating in the field of connectivity, across any industry.

the competition

The Finalists

The panel of industry leaders and potential investors

The quality of investment opportunities showcased was better than ever this year, and the networking opportunities with the corporate venturing community was world class.

Simon Bond, Innovation Director, SETsquared

The quality of the companies was very high and impressive. Even better than last year.
James Sore, Chief Investment Officer, Syndicate Room

You can follow @cambwireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #DSRUPT.

Hosted by CMS

CMS is a pioneering firm with a distinctive approach to business law.

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Sponsored by Magna International

Leading global automotive supplier.

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Sponsored by IC Resources

IC Resources is the recognised technology recruitment partner to technology companies globally.

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Sponsored by Provence Promotion

The Provence Partnership helps you to set up your business in Provence by providing free and confidential support. Provence Promotion is the economic development agency of the Provence Region. Their team is dedicated to accelerate and facilitate the launch of new business in the South of France and helping by finding the right location for your company, the financing incentives and grants for your project, introductions to the local network, and supporting recruitment and integration in the new environment (housing, schooling, visas).

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Supported by Invested Investor

We're on a mission to improve the journeys of startups and early investors.

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Supported by Beyond Media

Inbound marketing agency.

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Supported by PwC UK

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. Working across artificial intelligence, life sciences and AgriTech industry sectors with businesses in the region.

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Registration & VIP welcome



Welcome and introduction to the event by Cambridge Wireless.


Welcome from Host

Welcome from CMS, the event host and sponsor.


Opening presentations

Peter Cowley, Invested Investor


Finalist pitching & Q&A

Chair - Abhi Naha, CCO, CW
Chair of Judges - Peter Cowley, Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Each company will have 5 minutes to pitch, followed by 4 minutes of Q&A from the judging panel.


Start-Ups Speed demo stations

Start-Ups will have 2 minutes to do a speed demo at their exhibition station


Start-Up exhibition, networking and refreshments


Innovation in a World of New Mobility

David Paul, Magna International


Technology Recruitment with IC Resources

IC Resources


Winners announced

The 3 winning companies will be announced


Closing remarks


Networking & Refreshments


Event Close


Peter Cowley - Chairman of Cambridge Angels & President of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), Cambridge Angels, Director, Camdata

Peter Cowley, a Cambridge university technology graduate, founded and ran over 10 businesses in technology and property over the last 35+ years. He has built up portfolio of 60+ angel investments with 3 good exits and several failures. He is the WBAF Best Angel Investor of the World and was UK Angel of the Year 2014/15. He has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and on the board of eight startups. In 2011, he founded and has since run Martlet: a Corporate Angel, investing (currently £5+M) from the balance sheet of Marshall, a £2bn revenue Cambridge engineering company. He is chair of the Cambridge Angels and is a fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Judge Management School in Cambridge and has recently been appointed as the President of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN). He is a non-executive director of the UK Business Angel Association and on the investment committee of the Angel Co-fund. He has also had 16 years’ experience as chair, treasurer and trustee of the boards of seven charities and is voluntary equity finance chair for the Federation of Small Businesses. He is sharing his and others’ experience and anecdotes of angel investing by publishing online and offline – see

Neil Dickins - Director, IC Resources

Neil is a founder of Intellectual Capital Resources, Europe’s premier technology recruitment firm. He started the company with the raison d'être of being an active participant in the technology community, rather than an ‘external supplier’. This means that every IC Resources business decision is made with the best long term interests of clients and candidates in mind. It also means that IC Resources is happy to sponsor Discovering Start Ups, one of the industry’s most valuable events. Beyond the office, Neil can be found occasionally treading the boards of the Questors Theatre and regularly toiling up and down a basketball court. IC Resources recruits technical and commercial roles from entry to Cxo level.

Robert Driver - Head, UK5G

Bob leads the UK5G programme. CW is the lead partner for a consortium chosen by the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport, to create and deliver the national 5G Innovation Network called UK5G. UK5G brings together and markets the UK’s 5G eco-system - including the national Testbed & Trials programme along with other business-led 5G initiatives. See for more information.

Bob was CEO of CW from May 2015 to November 2018 focussing on leading the development of the organisation, broadening its reach with other sectors and clusters, while retaining the unique culture and dynamism of the CW community. Bob was appointed to the CW Board in November 2017. Bob is also on the editorial panel for the CW Journal, a quarterly publication providing thought leadership within the wider CW technology community.

Prior to working at CW, Bob was Director for Technology at UK Trade & Investment (now part of the Department for International Trade) where he successfully led national teams helping UK tech companies to access overseas opportunities as well as attracting technology inward investment into the UK. He also coordinated the UKTI science and innovation agenda and was responsible for the delivery of UKTI events from small missions to large trade fairs.

Abhi Naha - CCO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

Abhi has a long heritage with CW having previously founded the CW Handset Special Interest Group (SIG) in 2008, now called Future Devices. Prior to CW, Abhi studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering, has a MBA in International Marketing and, interestingly, was approached by Cambridge University Press (alongside a colleague at the time) to write a book on Mobile Handset Design which was successfully launched in New Delhi. Abhi was the CEO and Founder of Zone V a Cambridge start up backed by Qualcomm and ARM focused on empowering people with aging eyes and visually impaired through inclusively designed smartphones. He held senior management roles at Powermat and Silicon Valley mobile touchscreen technology provider, Synaptics and advisory roles for Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake in the area of mobile user interface technologies. Abhi created and is leading the CW Unplugged programmes in alignment with the UN SDG’s goals of creating Impact Innovators and the ‘Hive’ programmes a new form of co creating and co innovation in digital connectivity with some largest global brands in the world. Abhi is a senior advisor to an autonomous vehicle mobility and smart city infrastructure scale up Conigital and Industry Partner for Arjun Infrastructure Partners AIP with 2 Billion Euros of assets under management for Infrastructure Investment.

David Paul - Founding Director, Uventor Ltd.

David Paul is an experienced Open Innovation professional and Founder of Uventor, established to build strategic partnerships between start-ups & academics that have innovation with organisations that can benefit from it.

Previously David has a long career in the Automotive sector, and until end of 2019 was Innovation Director for Magna International, the largest Austomotive Tier 1 in North America. In this role David was responsible for identifying game changing technologies in the Cambridge ecosystem (and beyond) with an office on the University's west campus. 

David began his career with an Engineering Apprenticeship then studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Loughborough (sponsored by Jaguar Cars Ltd) and then became a core member of Jaguar’s power train design team. Upon leaving Jaguar in 1995, David joined Magna International’s Powertrain division and in 2007 set up his own Consultancy to support SME’s and Innovate UK in the low carbon vehicle sector, before rejoining Magna in 2014.

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