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Winners of UK Discovering Start-Ups 2012 Announced

Published by CW (Cambridge Wireless)

Five exciting new wireless businesses win prizes and praise from leading investors and industry experts.

22 November 2012: Five exciting new wireless entrepreneurs won the praise and acclaim of leading venture capitalists, angel investors and wireless industry experts yesterday at the finals of the nationwide Discovering Start-Ups 2012 competition. The winners were chosen from 20 finalists from across the UK who pitched their innovative technologies and business plans to a panel of some 20 judges, including senior executives from Broadcom, Vodafone Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Google, Orange, TTP Ventures, Cambridge Business Angels and Silicon Valley Bank.   The five 2012 Discovering Start-Up winners were:


Anvil Semiconductors from Coventry: using patented technology to develop Silicon Carbide power semiconductor devices for the same price as Silicon technology. www.anvil-semi.co.uk


D-RisQ from Malvern: automation of Formal Methods techniques to reduce the development cost of complex systems and software by up to 80% while maximising compliance. www.drisq.com


Skin Analytics from Cambridge: cloud-based service that uses smart phones for monitoring small changes in moles to detect melanoma skin cancers. www.skinanalytics.co.uk


Smart Antenna Technologies a spin out from Birmingham University: innovative single-antenna technology for portable devices including 4G handsets.


TopicLogic from Bath: web service to help busy professionals instantly find and share their files wherever they are. www.topiclogic.com

  Now in its third year, the Discovering Start-Ups 2012 competition has been run by Cambridge Wireless in partnership with Silicon South West. The finals took place at the London headquarters of legal firm Taylor Wessing and were sponsored by Google, Rohde & Schwarz and SETsquared Partnership. As well as getting expert advice from the judges, the finalists heard from Debu Purkayastha, Principal - New Business Development at Google, who presented the keynote address on: ‘Why Start-ups matter to the Big Tech Giants and what they look for in M&A or Investments’.   “Anyone who worries about the future of innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK only had to be at today’s pitches to see that the we are still very much at the forefront of wireless and mobile technology,” said Dr. David Cleevely FREng FIET, Chair of Judges and Chairman of Cambridge Wireless, a not-for-profit industry forum with a network of over 400 members involved in the development and application of wireless technologies.    “From chips to social media apps, the quality and diversity of finalists in this year’s Discovering Start-Ups clearly impressed the experienced panel of judges who had a tough job choosing five deserving winners from the 20 different pitches,” added Simon Bond, Founder of the Silicon South West industry network. “Discovering Start-Ups is a great showcase for emerging wireless technology and talent and we are already looking forward to next year’s competition.”   As well as prestigious Discovering Start-Ups trophies, the five winners were presented with £500 cash prize sponsored by Qualcomm Ventures and a free delegate ticket to Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona provided by UKTI, along with the opportunity to present at the Future of Wireless International Conference next July organised by Cambridge Wireless and a year’s free membership to SETsquared - a total value of around £5,500.   For more information on the finalists and winners and a full list of judges, please click here.   About Cambridge Wireless Cambridge Wireless is a leading industry forum and vibrant community with a rapidly expanding network of companies actively involved in the development and application of wireless technologies. In addition to high level networking dinners and events, a strong educational programme and business development activities, Cambridge Wireless runs the annual Future of Wireless International Conference along with the prestigious Discovering Start-Ups programme and competition to support emerging, innovative wireless companies. Over 15 Special Interest Groups focused on specific technologies and market sectors, also provide opportunities for members to meet, form partnerships to exploit new commercial opportunities, and share knowledge and information about the latest industry trends and hot topics. Cambridge Wireless has partnerships with other leading industry clusters and organisations around the world to extend its international reach and to keep members up to date with the latest global developments and business opportunities. For more information, please visit www.cambridgewireless.co.uk   About Silicon South West The Silicon South West network provides regular networking events, news and national and international promotion for the South West of England’s world class microelectronics design cluster. Over 100 companies connected to the microelectronics sector are concentrated in a region which includes the key towns & cities of Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Plymouth, and Southampton & Swindon. For further information please visit www.siliconsouthwest.co.uk   For more information and photographs, please contact: Peter Rennison or Allie Andrews PRPR 01442 245030, pr@prpr.co.uk / allie@prpr.co.uk     Simon Bond Silicon South West simon.bond@siliconsouthwest.co.uk   Lily Cheng Cambridge Wireless

lily.cheng@cambridgewireless.co.uk

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