Calling all entrepreneurs and ambitious technology start-ups

Attend the final

Pitch your business to the UK's leading technology investors

Are you a start-up, early stage company or entrepreneur designing a more connected world? Are you looking for funding and want to pitch your idea to an elite panel of industry leaders and potential investors?

This year CW is introducing a theme to the competition, Connecting the Digital World, in order to provide particular exposure to those start-ups innovating in the field of connectivity. This broad subject encourages applications from businesses positioned across any layer of the technology stack, from silicon to software. We look forward to seeing innovations that will enhance digital communication across any industry, whether mobility as a service, autonomous vehicles, manufacturing 4.0 or smart cities.

In addition to the traditional event style of formal presentations, Discovering Start-Ups offers a more dynamic form of 1-1, investor-entrepreneur networking. The Discovering Start-Ups 2018 Final will feature an Exhibition with judges rotating between start-up pitching stations and the opportunity of 1:1 follow-ups later in the day.

Entry to Discovering Start-Ups 2018 is now closed. The finalists have been announced. Contact hello@cambridgewireless.co.uk for more information.

The 2018 finalists were announced on Wednesday August 15. They will be pitching to a panel of technology investors at the event on Monday 17 Septemeber.

Prizes include:

*The free legal advice offered by CMS must be used within two months of winning the Discovering Start-ups Competition.

Tangi0 is thrilled to be one of the winners of the Discovering Start Up's Competition 2017. It was such a valuable moment for the team to feel recognised and validated working on such a novel tactile sensing technology. The work does not stop here. We have been in conversation with potential investment and collaboration leads thanks to CW’s wide reach. And we will make the most from it.

Ming Kong, CO-Founder of Tangi0 (TG0) & CW Discovering Start-Ups 2017 winner

Although our initial success was made in the APAC region, the rich entrepreneurial environment and the ecosystem of top institutions, venture capitals and high-tech companies in the UK have always been inspirational for our business and technology development. Through this year’s competition, many connections with potential investors and clients have been established. 

Tongyun Li of ZiFiSense, CW Discovering Start-Ups 2017 winner

Discovering Start-Ups 2018 Judges

  • Ekaterina Almasque

    Managing Director, Samsung Catalyst Fund

  • Robert Bahns

    Partner, Technology Team, Touchstone Innovations, IP Group

  • Peter Cowley

    Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor, Cambridge Angels, Invested Investor

  • Harry Davies

    Head of Investor Relations, Wayra

  • Neil Dickins

    Founder / Director, IC Resources

  • Miruna Girtu

    Head of SR Connect and Strategic Partnerships Mangers, Syndicate Room

  • Tong Gu

    Investment Lead, ADV

  • Ward Hills

    Board Member, Makespace Cambridge Ltd

  • Paul Hughes

    Director of Enterprise Support, Allia Ltd.

  • Miles Kirby

    Founding Partner, AV8 Ventures

  • Paul Lee

    Global Head of TMT Research, Deloitte

  • Stephen Mayers

    Sector Lead - Digital Innovation, SETsquared Partnership

  • James Parton

    Managing Director, The Bradfield Centre

  • David Paul

    Director Corporate Engineering and R&D, Magna International Inc.

  • Sandeep Raithatha

    Head of Open Innovation, BT

  • Brian Robertson

    Director, Global Operations, Arm

  • John Robinson

    VP of Early Stage Banking, Silicon Valley Bank UK Branch

  • Matthew Scherba

    Partner, Breed Reply

  • Laurence Soldermann

    BU Manager, Provence Promotion

  • Simon Thorpe

    Managing Partner, Delta2020

  • Jenny Tooth


  • Sarah Turner

    CEO and Co-Founder, Angel Academe

  • Antony Waller

    Partner, CMS London

Discovering Start-Ups is Kindly supported by

CMS IC Resources Square Magna
PWC Invested Investor logo Provence Promotion
Beyond Media - Square

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