News release

Date: 20th July 2012

Discovering Start Ups 2012 competition

Exciting opportunity for innovative UK Start-Ups to enter national competition and boost their PR!

Cambridge, UK: 20th July 2012 – Cambridge Wireless and Silicon South West have today sent out a call for entrants to their prestigious Discovering Start-Ups 2012 Competition. The competition will take place on 21st November and will be hosted at the flagship London venue of the legal firm Taylor Wessing and is supported by Google, Rohde & Schwarz and SETsquared Partnership.

Companies that sign up early for the competition will gain excellent coverage on the Cambridge Wireless website and have the opportunity to get more hits on their websites and an increased PR profile. At the actual event they will also have the opportunity to meet key investors and leading figures in the industry.

The 5 start-up companies judged to have what it takes to win, will receive an exclusive Discovering Start-Ups trophy and certificate; a free ticket to attend The Future of Wireless International Conference (worth £450) as well as the opportunity to present their company in the Innovation Hothouse session of the conference; one year’s free membership to SETsquared (virtual membership worth £1000); publicity opportunities through Silicon South West and Cambridge Wireless.

Membership with SETsquared will include a full business MOT, mentoring support, investor readiness training and the opportunity to be selected for various showcases in London and the US

Henry Nurser, CEO of Blu Wireless Technology, one of the five DS11 winners, was eager to explain how the competition had benefitted his Bristol based company and the boost it had provided in terms of increased awareness and publicity. “On wining last year’s competition, we immediately gained increased credibility with industrial partners and investors, and the presence of the ‘great and good’ of the UK start-up community also provided a welcome forum for debating some of the many issues affecting SMEs in the UK. Preparation for, and then presenting in front of the judges, alone justifies the investment of time and I would wholeheartedly recommend the event to any new budding start-ups.”

The impressive line-up of judges includes: Gordon Beveridge, Principal, Scottish Equity Partners LLP, Ivan Boyd, Head of Business Engagement and Operations, BTID, Carson Bradbury, Founder and Chief Executive, EMAnetworks, Clennell Collingwood, Investment Director, TTP Ventures, Denise De Bilio, RO Seeds Manager, R&D UK, Orange Labs, Gerry Kelliher, Senior Director, UK Sales Operations, RIM, Libby Kinsey, Investment Manager, Nesta Investments, Miles Kirby, Qualcomm, David Leftley, Principal, Vodafone Ventures, Alex McCrackin, Relationship Director, Silicon Valley Bank, UK Branch, David McMeekin, Chairman, London Technology Fund, Leo Poll, Business Development Officer, Philips Innovation Services, Laurent Pouillieute, Investment Manager, Orange, Kumi Thiruchelvam, Director, Strategic Business Development, Broadcom, Anthony Tomlinson, Software Engineer, Google, Colin Watts, Investment Director, Oxford Capital Partners.

We are also extremely delighted that Dr. David Cleevely FREng FIET, Chairman of Cambridge Wireless, (‘Chair of the Judges’) and Kevin Coleman, CEO of Alliantus (overall chairperson for the day) are joining us for the third year running.

Delighted to be chairing the day, Kevin said “If the level of innovation and enthusiasm exhibited by the companies taking part this year matches last year we will have a great day. This is an excellent chance for the cream of UK start-ups to really make their mark and take their business forward.”

To register for the Discovering Start-Ups Competition, technology start-ups can visit the website

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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

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

For more press information, please contact:
Martin Copland
Cambridge Wireless
+ 44 (0)1223 422 366

Simon Bond
Silicon South West[at]siliconsouthwest[dot]co[dot]uk

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