Eighteen UK tech start-ups will pitch their technologies and business plans to 22 leading wireless industry experts and investors in the Discovering Start-Ups 2013 finals on 30 September in London. The judges will include senior executives from BT, Google, Orange Labs, Qualcomm Ventures, Samsung and Vodafone Ventures as well as investors such as Cambridge Angels and NESTA.
The innovative ideas being pitched will range from a keyboard for wearable computers, a flat satellite antenna the size of a suitcase and cooperative wireless networks, to remote medical diagnosis technology, a lifelogging solution and app for sharing taxis.
Now in its fourth year, the Discovering Start-Ups national competition is run by Cambridge Wireless and Silicon South West – two of the UK’s leading technology industry networks – along with the support of London’s Tech City. It is sponsored by Qualcomm Ventures, as well as Google, Rohde & Schwarz, SETsquared, Microlease/Agilent Technologies and Taylor Wessing, who will host the pitch event at its London headquarters.
“The quality, innovation and diversity of the entrants were higher than ever this year and it was not easy selecting 18 finalists,” said Dr Soraya Jones, CEO at Cambridge Wireless. “Those shortlisted now have the unique opportunity to get in front of potential investors and leading industry influencers, which could give a real kick-start to their ongoing success.”
“Samsung is continually on the lookout for innovative new technologies that can enhance our products and the Discovering Start-ups competition is a great way for promising companies to catch the eye of potential investors, customers and partners,” says Raj Gawera, Vice President of Samsung Cambridge Solutions Centre.