News release

Date: 2nd June 2015

Checking the Pulse of the UK and International Tech Start-Up Scene

CW and SETsquared have launched the 6th annual Discovering Start-Ups Competition (DS15), inviting emerging UK and international early-stage technology companies and digital entrepreneurs to win the chance to pitch their technology and business ideas at the finals to be held at Deloitte’s London offices on 21 October 2015.


UK, 2nd June 2015CW and SETsquared announce the launch of the 6th Discovering Start-Ups Competition
01.06.15, Cambridge: CW and SETsquared have launched the 6th annual Discovering Start-Ups Competition (DS15), inviting emerging UK and international early-stage technology companies and digital entrepreneurs to win the chance to pitch their technology and business ideas at the finals to be held at Deloitte’s London offices on 21 October 2015.
The free to enter competition will bring together disruptive tech newcomers and an expert panel of judges from the technology and investment sector, including Google, BT, Broadcom, IBM, Deloitte, Orange Labs, Samsung, London Business Angels and Cambridge Angels, who will check the pulse of the UK and international tech start-up scene. As well as facing tough questions, the fifteen finalists will also get immediate feedback from the judges, chaired by serial entrepreneur, angel investor and Chairman of CW, David Cleevely, CBE, FREng, FIET.
“These are exciting and challenging times for the established technology industry which is facing competition from the next generation of entrepreneurs, ready to disrupt existing modes of business,” commented Bob Driver, newly appointed CEO of CW. “I’m thrilled CW is a part of this competition, which is going international for the first time this year, and aims to discover emerging companies with the potential to mould future trends.”
“I’m looking forward to seeing more start-ups with breakthrough mobile communications applications than ever entering this year’s DS competition – many participants from previous years have gone on to achieve great successes with their businesses. I hope this year’s competitors will do the same - or even better!” said Simon Bond, Innovation Director at SETsquared and joint DS15 competition organiser.
The Discovering Start-Ups competition serves as a unique platform for start-ups to showcase their innovative technologies, network and help them gain exposure and traction. “We have had enormous traction since being a winner of Discovering Start-Ups,” commented Benedikt von Thüngen, CEO of Speechmatics, cloud-based, multilingual speech recognition start-up and one of the winners from DS14. “These include winning key clients such as BBC, McKinsey and the UK Government, and signing a seven-figure non-exclusive licence deal; we’re now in a position to rapidly expand our team and drive the business forward.”
“Since DS14, we have seen an increased awareness of our innovative solutions by healthcare groups and providers of services to the healthcare sectors that has resulted in several requests for partnering opportunities,” said Kevin Auton, Founder and Managing Director at Aseptika (Activ8rlives) another winner from last year with its integrated suite of self-monitoring devices for long-term health conditions.
The 6th Discovering Start-Ups Competition (DS15) is now open for UK and international entries. The deadline for applications is 14 September 2015.
To strike up a conversation about DS15 @CambWireless and feature your tech innovations, please use #DSrupt
Jointly managed by Cambridge Wireless (CW) and SETsquared, DS15 is kindly sponsored and hosted by Deloitte along with Google, Qualcomm Ventures and IC Resources, and supported by St John’s Innovation Centre, Tech City UK, techUK, Wayra, New Entrepreneurs Foundation, Provence Partnership and CW Business SIG Champions.
To find out more about this event, please visit the DS15 website, alternatively contact Anna Nadolna at anna.nadolna[at]cambridgewireless[dot]co.uk or call +44 (0) 1223 967 101

About Cambridge Wireless (CW):
CW is the leading international community for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless & mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies. With 400 members from major network operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and universities, CW stimulates debate and collaboration, harnesses and shares knowledge, and helps to build connections between academia and industry. CW's 19 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide its members with a dynamic forum where they can network with their peers, track the latest technology trends and business developments and position their organisations in key market sectors. CW also organises the annual Future of Wireless International Conference and Discovering Start-ups competition along with other high-quality industry networking events and dinners. With headquarters at the heart of Cambridge, UK, CW partners with other international industry clusters and organisations to extend its reach and remain at the forefront of global developments and business opportunities. For more information, please visit www.cambridgewireless.co.uk

For Cambridge Wireless please contact:
Lily Cheng Cambridge Wireless 01223 967101,
lily.cheng[at]cambridgewireless[dot]co.uk

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