Discovering Start-Ups 2012 finalists and keynote speakers announced
The 20 finalists in the national Discovering Start-Ups 2012 competition have been announced and will now pitch their innovative wireless technologies and business plans to world leading venture capitalists, angel investors and wireless industry leaders on 21 November in London. The judging panel will include senior executives from companies such as Broadcom, RIM, Vodafone Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Google, Orange, TTP Ventures, Cambridge Business Angels, Silicon Valley Bank and many more.
In addition to getting valuable feedback from the judges, the finalists and other delegates will hear from Debu Purkayastha, Principal – New Business Development at Google, on the subject of ‘Why Start-ups matter to the Big Tech Giants and what they look for in M&A or Investments’.
Other speakers at the event include Miles Kirby, Managing Director, Qualcomm Ventures Europe and Dr. David Cleevely FREng FIET, Chair of Judges and Chairman of Cambridge Wireless, organisers of Discovering Start-Ups 2012 in partnership with Silicon South West.
The finals take place at the London headquarters of legal firm Taylor Wessing and are sponsored by Google, Rohde & Schwarz and SETsquared Partnership
From mobile health and social apps to wireless sensors, M2M devices and antenna technologies, the quality and diversity of entrants to this year’s Discovering Start-Ups is a strong reflection of UK innovation and entrepreneurship,” said David Cleevely, Chairman of Cambridge Wireless, the leading independent wireless business and technology community. “There are still a small number of delegate places available for the final pitch event that will be a great showcase for emerging wireless technology and talent.” Simon Bond, Founder of the Silicon South West industry network adds: “For the 20 finalists it is an exciting, once in a lifetime chance to pitch to a dream line up of investors and industry experts.”
The full list of finalists is:
5app: system for creating and running mobile app’s that overcomes data reliability across phone and WiFi connections for businesses and organisations.
Anvil Semiconductors: Using patented technology to develop Silicon Carbide (SiC) power semiconductor devices for the same price as Silicon (Si) technology.
Bardowl: smartphone and tablet app to access audiobooks via streaming.
BioDigitalHealth: Multi-modal wireless human-computer sensing including brain, eye, gesture, voice and heart.
Blendology: interactive 'tap-to-connect' badges and devices to engage, interact and exchange information with other people at events.
Carbon Hero: app that automatically detects a user's mode of transport and calculates the journey's carbon footprint.
Collide: social app for locating friends and flagging nearby local cafes, bars and restaurants with money-off vouchers.
EI Technologies: smartphone app and web-based assessment system that enables patients with depression and anxiety to improve self-awareness of their emotions.
InputDynamics: a virtual button on the casework of a mobile handset that detects taps from the user for smarter functionality.
Itechland: intelligent multiparameter node for wireless sensor networks in smart homes, factories, care, and rescue systems.
Lutebox: online and mobile social mall to videochat and shop with family and friends.
PatientSource: all-in-one electronic inpatient medical records, ePrescribing, booking and appointments system.
Ringtrack: lightweight, low-powered and highly adaptable M2M device with range of sensors and GSM/GPS location technology.
Senta Technologies: internet security platform with innovative device authentication, polymorphic encryption and data protection.
Skin Analytics: cloud-based service for monitoring small changes in moles to detect melanoma skin cancers.
Smart Antenna Technologies: innovative antenna technologies for portable devices including 4G handsets.
Smart Study: social learning mobile apps for reference and revision that allow students to test each other in real time.
TopicLogic: web service to help busy professionals instantly find and share their files wherever they are.
Ubitech: multimedia platform that allows smart devices to communicate to each other in a ubiquitous manner.
UVuu: smartphone video creation platform for groups using multi-user behaviour to drive automated creation and processing.
As well as prestigious Discovering Start-Ups trophies, the five winning start-up companies will receive a £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 and a year’s free membership to SETsquared – to the total value of around £5,500.
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