Contestants impress judges at Discovering Start-Ups
It was impressive how the East of England managed to produce such an enormous number of startups on a yearly basis Leo Poll, co-champion of Cambridge Wireless’s Business SIG, told judges and guests at the opening of Discovering Start-Ups 2011 at Queens’ College this afternoon.
The view was echoed by Cambridge Wireless chairman David Cleevely, who said that the standard of presentations was of such a high level from the start that it would make the judges’ job very difficult.
Much praise went to the first presenter Stuart Arnott of Mindings for his excellent pitch technique. He spoke of how he developed his Android App to enable families to connect as a result of wanting to keep in touch with his father 500 miles away in Scotland.
The standard continued, said Dr Cleevely, with Benjamin Wirtz's pitch for business productivity App Handy Elephant and Carl Davis of mobile application discovery app App Damon, particularly for his use of cloud based presentation software Prezi, and to Rosemary Francis, who had left her sick bed to make a pitch for Ellexus.
Jason Ball, from event sponsor Qualcomm Ventures, said that it was a meeting last year at this event with winner Cambridge Temperature Concepts that led to CTC going on to become Europe regional winner of Qualcomm’s annual QPrize to find the next big wireless innovations, with a prize of €100k. CTC continued to do very well, Ball said.
Qualcomm itself was also doing well, Ball added – having produced 125 million chips in the third quarter of 2011.• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Stuart Arnott of Mindings pitching to judges and investors. Photograph by Alan Bennett, Media Imaging Solutions.www.mediaimagingsolutions.com@eastangliapics