Discovering start-ups finalists announced, as CW competition showcases best in tech innovation

Bob Driver, CEO of CW

CW (Cambridge Wireless) has announced the 10 finalists for its Discovering Start-Ups 2016 competition, sponsored and hosted by Deloitte, the business advisory firm.

The finalists will all pitch their disruptive technologies and business plans to a panel of 27 expert judges, comprising leading tech-business executives and investors from the likes of ARM, Barclays, BT, Deloitte, Google, Oxford Capital, Samsung and UK Business Angels. Finalists will also have the opportunity to meet with the Department of International Trade (DIT) Venture Capital Unit. The final pitches will take place on 19 October hosted at Deloitte’s London headquarters.

Now in its seventh year, Discovering Start-Ups was open to international entrants to showcase the best technology innovation from the UK and around the world. The finalists also reflect a wide diversity of technologies covering self-powering sensors, radio positioning systems and wireless mesh networks, animal health, mobile healthcare, retail and automotive technology and drone surveying, through to risk analysis engines for financial markets and solutions in computer system design.

“Discovering Start-Ups provides an unmatched opportunity for a new generation of tech entrepreneurs and inventors to get in front of a knowledgeable and influential panel of experts – all at the same time,” said Bob Driver, CEO of CW. “All our entrants have the potential to positively disrupt and influence their industries and Discovering Start-Ups is designed to give them a kick-start. The quality of entrants this year was outstanding and made it very hard to narrow the shortlist down to 10 – a testimony of the strength of the tech start-up community at the moment.”

David Cobb, innovation tax partner at Deloitte, commented: “There is an exciting crop of finalists this year. The breadth of expertise across the technology landscape, from the Internet of Things to data analytics and artificial intelligence, demonstrates just how strong the UK technology start-up scene is. The Discovering Start-ups competition successfully shines a spotlight on the up-and-coming tech start-ups of the future.”

David Cobb, innovation tax partner at Deloitte
David Cobb, innovation tax partner at Deloitte

This year’s finalists are:

8power has developed easy-to-install wireless monitoring and sensing products with its patented technology to address the problem of battery replacement for applications across industrial, automotive, utility, built environment and infrastructure markets.

AlgoDynamix is a pioneering portfolio risk analytics company dealing with financially disruptive events. Its software detects anomalies in the financial markets and anticipates price movements without the need for historical data or previous disruptive events.

Cambridge Animal Technologies has created a versatile animal sensor and data analytics system with a modular design that can be customised to a specific need.

Focal Point Positioning is working on a smartphone-based sensor fusion, machine learning and signal processing suite to provide satellite positioning capabilities in areas that have been unreachable until now.

Hoxton Analytics enables retailers to improve performance by deploying discreet sensors close to the floor to count footfall and gather demographic information based on shoes falling within the field of view.

Mesh:ine offers a cutting edge wireless mesh technology embedded into current smartphones and other devices enabling people to stay connected without any carrier network.

SenSat is a geo-spatial tech start-up whose mission is to digitise the world, recreating places and objects in incredible detail to render them into a virtual environment.

Third Space Auto create intelligent applications for automobiles that enable people to do more while in their vehicles. They use artificial intelligence to create applications that transform the way people interact with content via their smartphones and the IVI systems in the vehicle.

Cupris enables healthcare professionals to remotely diagnose hearing loss and ear conditions with a secure software platform and patent-pending smartphone-connected Otoscope that captures images of the ear.

Dividiti is a Cambridge-based start-up on a mission to enable efficient, reliable and cheap computing everywhere, from tiny computers embedded in ‘things’ for the IoT, to PCs and massive supercomputers.

DS16 is once again kindly hosted and sponsored by Deloitte, as well as Dorsey, Google, IC Resources and Provence Promotion. The event is also supported by Digital Catapult, SET Squared, St. John’s Innovation Centre, Tech City, Tradefair, Department for International Trade and Wayra.

Tickets for the London Finals are available now. Register your place here or contact the CW office for further details.

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