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23 June, 2017 - 10:10 By Kate Sweeney

Innovators set for pitch ‘battle’ in Cambridge

KTN Ian Tracey

Pitchfest 2017 is moving on to the final stage with 21 innovative companies from across the UK set to pitch their business ideas in Cambridge on June 28.

This highly-focused pitch training programme and investor showcase is delivered by Enterprise Europe Network in partnership with Knowledge Transfer Network and held at St John’s Innovation Centre.

“We are delighted to announce the winners selected from nearly 50 companies that applied for the programme,” said Penny Lord, innovation adviser for the Enterprise Europe Network at St John’s Innovation Centre. “We have a fantastic spread of companies who will now have a unique opportunity to present their products and services to the UK and international business angels during the Investor Showcase Day.”

This year’s Pitchfest edition is joined up with Venturefest East 2017, a flagship event celebrating and promoting the technology and innovation ecosystem in the East of England delivered by The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP (GCGP LEP).

The most compelling and innovative Pitchfest companies will have a chance to showcase their products and services to an international audience of investors during the Venturfest East event in Newmarket on September 21.

“By working closely with St John’s Innovation Centre, we can be certain that these businesses will be delivering first class pitches from the best the East of England has to offer to a sophisticated investment audience,” said Robin Childs, project manager for Venturefest East 2017.

The shortlisted finalists are:- – a developer of a single music-centric platform for everyone who likes, buys, creates, perform and/or works in music.

Electric Blue Ltd – a provider of integrated charger and electric vehicle services, powered by renewable energy.
Psyomics – a provider of tools and services in the areas of prevention and diagnosis of mental health issues in a workplace. 

Continuum Technologies – a developer of intelligent clothing for health monitoring and performance optimisation using graphene embedded into textiles. 

Meteor Power Limited – a developer of a new range of electric and hybrid powertrains for electric vehicles.

Neurofenix – a developer of the Gameball Platform, an interactive hand controller connected to a tablet based app that motivates stroke survivors to do arm exercises through games.

AMIHO Technology – a provider of LPWA networking solutions including LoRaWAN for smart metering and IoT applications. – a developer of an out of the box, ready-made, business analytics dashboard solution built for the SME market. It connects directly with Sage 50 (other integrations planned).

PECK – a developer of a range of Protein beverages that use egg white destined for food waste.

VegPatch – a developer of a free, multi-platform (iOS, Android, Web, Voice Assistants) companion app for vegetable gardening. 

Hinton Bikes – a developer of lightweight folding electric bikes for the modern city.

TribeLab – a developer of the skills augmentation platform, enabling professionals to achieve things with data that they didn’t think they could, or were unaware were possible. – a developer of an online platform technology for connecting businesses and investors to the right specialist expertise at the right time.

CapChainX – a developer of a private equity management platform that offers captable tools, smart contract repository and a share transfer facility. 

Soundbops – a developer of innovative musical building blocks that represent each note, empowering music learning in young children. 

A further six companies will have the opportunity to present a one-minute elevator pitch:

Crossbridge Scientific – a developer of patented technology to assess thermoregulatory fitness – the sweating efficiency of sportspeople.

Windjoule Ltd – a developer of a highly efficient and compact low wind speed turbine, specifically designed to be sited close together.

RFMOD with BeanIoT™ - a developer of a One-Stop Internet of Things Solution, BeanIoT™, that turns anything smart. 

Cambridge Carbon Capture – a developer of a CO2LOC technology that converts CO2 to a valuable by-product which, together with other process by-products, can be sold for more than the cost of capture making CO2 capture profitable.

nūfood – a developer of the world’s first 3D printer for printing with edible liquids.

Master Filter Ltd – a developer of filters that keep oil in engines clinically clean.

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