Just one month left to enter Cambridge Wireless’ Discovering Start-Ups 2011
Entry deadline approaches for budding entrepreneurs to pitch to leading industry investors
27th September 2011: Ambitious new tech start-ups, inventors and budding entrepreneurs only have one month left to enter the Cambridge Wireless Discovering Start-Ups 2011 competition and get the chance to pitch to leading venture capitalists, angels and industry investors. Representatives from Microsoft, RIM, Nokia, Vodafone Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Innovacom, Broadcom, Orange and ARM are among those lining up to pick the winners and provide expert advice.
“Win or lose, where else would you get the chance to get in front of 25 of the world’s leading investors in one day,” said Dr. Soraya Jones, CEO of Cambridge Wireless. “With just a month to go we hope that more start-ups, early-stage companies as well as design groups, students and academics will see the opportunity to showcase their big ideas.”
Some of the latest entrants to Discovering Start-Ups include: the App damon mobile discovery application that recommends apps based on interests and preferences; Talking Eye, with the world’s first mobile telecoms intercom/doorbell monitoring device; a high-performance, self-organising microwave backhaul system designed to help solve the mobile data explosion from Cambridge Communications; and Qiqqa – software that helps researchers manage and extract maximum value from large volumes of research materials.
Now in its second year and once again supported by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), Discovering Start-Ups also rewards the winners with cash prizes and free business and consultancy services. The competition is free to enter for companies in the East of England or Cambridge Wireless members nationally by going to www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/discoveringstartups.
The closing date for entries is 28 October. Judging takes place on 8th December 2011 and the winners will be announced that evening at the Cambridge Wireless prestigious Founders’ Dinner Awards Ceremony.
“We got great feedback from world class investors and industry leaders on our mobile apps business model and it opened several doors for us to promote our latest app Free App Magic worldwide,” said Emmanuel Carraud, CEO at MagicSolver, one of the winners from Discovering Start-Ups 2010. “It was a great experience and I would warmly recommend fellow start-ups to apply for this year’s competition.”
Discovering Start-Ups is also sponsored by Microlease, Neondrum and S-Tech Insurance Services. Other organisations backing the Cambridge Wireless Discovering Start-Ups initiative include: Business Link, Cambridge Network, Cambridge University, CamtechNet, Connected Cambridge, Enterprise Europe Network, Google, IdeaSpace, Innovation Martlesham, Nesta, One Nucleus, St John’s Innovation Centre and Survive & Thrive.
For more information on DS11 and the entrants, please visit www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/discoveringstartups and follow @cambwireless on Twitter or #DS11 for all the latest on Discovering Start-Ups 2011.
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 the East of England Development Agency
EEDA has a clear mission – to improve the economy of the East of England. So whether it’s helping businesses through the recession, supporting people to be the best they can or breathing new life into places, everything comes back to EEDA’s mission statement. EEDA works across the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. EEDA investment decisions have a track record of delivering considerable returns. A recent independent report found that for every £1 EEDA spent, it generated a mid-point return of £4.75 for the region’s economy. Visit www.eeda.org.uk to find out more.