Fifty one ambitious start-ups applied to Discovering Start-Ups 2018. Yesterday, CW announced the finalists who have won the opportunity to pitch to an elite panel of technology investors and business leaders.
Many thanks go to all organisations who took the time to enter this year's competition; the quality and range of the 51 entrants were exceptional, reaching across the UK to France, Portugal and Italy and targeting cyber security, IoT, healthtech, retail, logistics and more. The smallest organisations were one-man-bands, driven to success by the determination of their founder; the largest organisation had over 150 employees and almost £10M in revenues.
Ten companies have been successful in making it through to pitch at the final in London on Monday 17 September in front of judges that include Touchstone Innovations (The IP Group), Syndicate Room, Frog Capital, IC Resources, Magna International and Invested Investor. This enjoyable late-afternoon event is open to all and if you are interested in finding out more about the products and services CW believes are the ones to watch, or networking with the investor community, you are welcome to attend. The presentations will be accompanied by a demonstration area where the entrepreneurs will be able to bringing their innovations to life.
The first step for these finalists will be the Acceleration Workshop on Monday 3 September in the Bradfield Centre, Cambridge. This day is run by Tim Doidge, a presentation expert who has worked in the field of presentations for over 30 years mainly in the technical arena of high end post production, broadcast, film and visual effects. Over the last 4 years he has worked very closely with SETsquared helping hundreds of start-ups pitch more effectively to investors at major showcases around the country.
The workshop is designed to prepare the finalists to pitch successfully at the final, ensuring that in the brief time they have to sell their team's vision and capabilities, they cover the key points in a confident and engaging manner.
Finalists of Discovering Start-Ups 2018:
|Arete Medical Technologies Ltd||Arete Medical Technologies Ltd develops medical diagnostic tests and software for precision management of asthma and COPD.|
|Camnexus Ltd||Based on an early stage prototype, we are developing Camnexus-IRISÂ©, the first end-to-end dedicated industrial sensors network for remote sites based on LPWAN technology, especially designed to support sensors data communication in remote operational sites, for both developed and developing regions.|
|Capito Systems||Capito Systems has developed a proprietary natural language understanding platform that facilitates the rapid development of contextual spoken language understanding (SLU) models which can be accessed by client applications via our APIs / web services.|
|Conigital Group||Conigital connects and automates transport in some of the world's busiest and most complex environments. This is done by offering a complete turnkey autonomous driverless vehicle deployment, via our mobility and connectivity platform which integrates any autonomous vehicle or fleet into the existing transport network.|
|Granta Innovation Ltd||Granta Innovation is developing a novel AI system for MRI imaging, aiming to transform the way we diagnose and manage cancer.|
|LuJam Security Ltd||LuJam Cyber provides Active Cyber Protection for small networks targeted primarily at the SME, Home Worker Charities and Primary Schools. We offer Enterprise grade security but at a fraction of the Enterprise price, typically the same as a mobile phone contract.|
|Syrona||Syrona is an at home-kit allowing women to monitor their own gynaecological health. We are focussed on 3 key areas: fertility, endometriosis and gynaecological cancers.|
|Tethir||At a time when the relentless growth in demand for data will place increasing pressure on the radio spectrum for wireless networks across the world, Tethir is developing advanced optical wireless solutions that overcome the size, reliability and cost limitations that have held back the widespread adoption of Optical Wireless to date.|
|Virtuleap Limited||Virtuleap offers a new metric standard, the Gaze-At-Ratio, which measures and values a user's depth of engagement to 3D objects in VR and AR environments.|
|WeSee AI Limited||WeSee delivers safety, security and integrity across society and business by looking out for the good guys and helping catch the bad, through AI-driven image, facial and emotion recognition.|
We look forward to seeing the finalists and the wider CW community at the final!