News release

Date: 9th November 2012

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.

November 9th, 2012 - 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.

For more information on the finalists and a full list of judges, please visit: www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/dsu

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: www.cambridgewireless.co.uk

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: www.siliconsouthwest.co.uk

For more press information, please contact:
Peter Rennison or Allie Andrews
PRPR
+ 44 (0)1442 245030
pr[at]prpr[dot]co.uk / allie[at]prpr[dot]co.uk

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

Lily Cheng
Cambridge Wireless
lily.cheng[at]cambridgewireless[dot]co.uk

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