Date: 27th November 2012
November 27th, 2012 - TopicLogic, a company supported by the SETsquared Partnership, has been announced as a winner at the nationwide Discovering Start-Ups 2012 competition. TopicLogic was one of five wireless entrepreneurs who were recognised by leading venture capitalists, angel investors and wireless industry experts at the awards.
As well as prestigious Discovering Start-Ups trophies, the five winners each get a year’s free membership to SETsquared. They were also presented with £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 organised by Cambridge Wireless - a total value of around £5,500.
“We are delighted to have received an award at a presitigous event such as this,” said Sebastian Toke-Nichols, CEO at TopicLogic. “People are facing an increasingly hard challenge to manage and share their information from multiple sources such as email, folders and the cloud - TopicLogic will complement services such as Dropbox, Box and Google Drive to make organising files as easy as searching for them.”
“From chips to social media apps, the quality and diversity of finalists in this year’s Discovering Start-Ups clearly impressed the experienced panel of judges who had a tough job choosing five deserving winners from the 20 different pitches,” said Simon Bond, Founder of the Silicon South West industry network and director of the Bath SETsquared centre. “Discovering Start-Ups is a great showcase for emerging wireless technology and talent and we are already looking forward to next year’s competition.”
The winners were chosen from 20 finalists from across the UK who pitched their innovative technologies and business plans to a panel of some 20 judges, including senior executives from Broadcom, Vodafone Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Google, Orange, TTP Ventures, Cambridge Business Angels and Silicon Valley Bank.
The five 2012 Discovering Start-Up winners were:
Anvil Semiconductors from Coventry: using patented technology to develop Silicon Carbide power semiconductor devices for the same price as Silicon technology. www.anvil-semi.co.uk
D-RisQ from Malvern: automation of Formal Methods techniques to reduce the development cost of complex systems and software by up to 80% while maximising compliance. www.drisq.com
Skin Analytics from Cambridge: cloud-based service that uses smart phones for monitoring small changes in moles to detect melanoma skin cancers. www.skinanalytics.co.uk
Smart Antenna Technologies from the University of Birmingham: innovative single-antenna technology for portable devices including 4G handsets.
TopicLogic from Bath: web service to help busy professionals instantly find and share their files wherever they are. www.topiclogic.com
Now in its third year, the Discovering Start-Ups 2012 competition has been run by Cambridge Wireless in partnership with Silicon South West. The finals took place at the London headquarters of legal firm Taylor Wessing and were sponsored by Google, Rohde & Schwarz and SETsquared Partnership.
For more information on the finalists and winners 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
About the SETsquared Partnership:
The SETsquared Partnership (http://www.setsquared.co.uk) is the enterprise collaboration of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Together, the universities employ 8,500 academic staff; earn £450m of the UK’s higher education research budget; and produce 11% of all UK university patents.
The partnership has a 10-year track record of supporting companies through its innovation centres, which provide access to industry specialists, investors and experienced entrepreneurs. SETsquared currently supports over 250 early stage high-tech, high growth potential businesses, and 90% of its incubated companies are still in business three years on. In the past five years, nearly £0.75bn in investment funding has been raised by spin outs and incubated companies.
SETsquared supports its student population of over 92,000 graduate and undergraduates to gain hands on business skills and entrepreneurial training through experiential inter-university activities. The Partnership also provides opportunities for industry to access academic ideas with commercial potential and develops collaborative R&D relationships. The Partnership seeks to promote the impact, economically and socially, of its institutions’ research and enterprise activities.
Nick Daines, Lumen PR
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