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27 October, 2016 - 13:57 By Kate Sweeney

15 startups in Pitchfest showdown in Cambridge

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Genomics, medical devices, cutting edge technology and a range of innovative products will be on display when 15 startups go head-to-head in a  Pitchfest showdown in Cambridge on November 8.

St John’s Innovation Centre hosts Pitchfest, which is delivered by the Enterprise Europe Network in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network.

The finalists will pitch their innovative business ideas, solutions and technologies to a group of experienced, international and UK based investors.

Penny Lord, the Enterprise Europe Network adviser based at St John’s Innovation Centre, said: “It’s a great opportunity and experience for the entrepreneurs to get in front of investors and show them what they can do.” A total of 27 ambitious companies from the East of England region participated in a highly focused two-day training held at St John’s that covered different tools to develop pitch content, the value proposition model and the structure of the investor pitch.

All the startup founders involved presented seven-minute pitches to a panel of EEN advisers and the KTN trainers who trimmed the contenders down to 15.

“It was fantastic to see the variety of companies at Pitchfest,” said Ian Tracey, ‎head of access to funding & finance at the Knowledge Transfer Network who delivered the practical pitch training.

“The mix of sectors and technology readiness of the companies, with their energy and enthusiasm, was impressive. I understand what makes Cambridge and the wider region one of the special places on the UK’s technology startup scene.”

The finalists are:- 
Alchemie Technology, a provider of digital technology for 3D printing of oral dose pills, tablets and capsules.

ECCE Medical, an online e-Learning platform for sub-speciality surgeon training & continuing education.

Nuclera Nucleics, a developer of a next-generation DNA synthesis platform to enable the production of long, biologically relevant pieces of DNA.

UroPharma Limited, a provider of innovative drug/delivery device technology for controlling UTI’s and overactive bladder problems.

Coracle Online Ltd, an e-learning provider via multi-lingual Learning Line platform and Apps.
mySircles Limited, a social platform and an app that is about to make parents lives easier on school related matters.

Capital Cell, the first European equity crowdfunding platform for life science projects.

AMIHO, a provider of innovative software stacks and hardware products that enable wireless connectivity and control for the IoT, Smart Metering, Building and Home Automation markets.

ANB Sensors, a provider of pH sensors for ocean monitoring and water management.

Artesis LLP, a provider of remote condition monitoring of industrial equipment without the need to fit sensors on the equipment itself.

Crisis Guardian, a developer of Simx247, an innovative, cost-effective cloud-based SaaS platform that enables crisis and business continuity teams to practice their response to a crisis in a secure environment - at any time, on any device.

FixGenius, a provider of troubleshooting tools for connected devices.

Radio Physics Solutions, a developer of standoff security systems to detect concealed guns and bombs under people's clothes at a distance. Radio Physics develops technology in collaboration with Counter and Anti-Terror Agencies, Police, and Humanitarian Organizations.

Citrecycle focuses on the safe disposal and clean regeneration of lead from lead-acid batteries. The company replaces hazardous recycling practices with a clean, safe and highly profitable alternative.

Joyner Bolt, a provider of a new task specific spiked timber fixing for joining timber to timber or timber to metal.

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