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Discovering Start-Ups 2017

The Discovering Start-Ups Competition is an opportunity for start-ups, early stage companies or entrepreneurs working in the field of technology to get noticed and pitch your idea to an elite panel of industry leaders and potential investors.

The selected 10 finalists pitched their ideas, technologies and innovative products to an elite judging panel of business leaders from Google, BT, Deloitte UK, Samsung, London Business Angels, Barclays, Wayra, and more.

The 2017 Competition was won by:

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Meet the elite panel of industry judges from DS17

  • Robert Bahns

    Director of Technology Ventures, Touchstone Innovations

  • Laurent Brisedoux

    Senior Software Development Manager, Amazon

  • Cornelia Calugar-Pop

    Manager, Tech Media Telecom Insight, Deloitte

  • Carol Cheung

    Investment Associate, Cambridge Innovation Capital

  • Shirin Dehghan

    Investor, Cambridge Angels

  • Bruno Dizengremel

  • David Gill

    Managing Director, St John’s Innovation Centre

  • Jonathan de Groot

    Finance and Investment Lead, Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV)

  • Richard Heggie

    Head of the High Growth & Entrepreneurs Proposition, Barclays

  • Ward Hills

    CEO, Open IO Labs

  • Paul Hughes

    Director of Enterprise Support, Allia Ltd

  • Miles Kirby

    Director Growth Investments, Oxford Capital

  • Hoi Lam

    Lead Developer Advocate, Google

  • Paul Lee

    Global Head of TMT Research, Deloitte

  • Sandeep Raithatha

    Head of Innovation Central, BT

  • Brian Robertson

    Director Global Operator Relations, Arm

  • Matthew Scherba

    Partner, Breed Reply

  • Laurence Soldermann

    BU Manager, Provence Promotion

  • Gary Stewart

    Director, Wayra UK

  • Simon Thorpe

    Investor, Delta2020

  • Jenny Tooth

    CEO, UK Business Angels Association

  • Sarah Turner

    Founder and CEO, Angel Academe

  • Antony Waller

    Partner, CMS London

  • Miruna Girtu

    Strategic Partnerships Manager, Syndicate Room

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