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25 November, 2017 - 00:18 By Kate Sweeney

Stunning array of technology in Cambridge Pitchfest

Robotics, drones, marine & space training, wireless wizardy, CleanTech and wearables technology are just some of the business innovations vieing for cash and kudos as the pan-European PitchFest 2017 reaches its climax at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge.

Twenty-nine companies will take part in a selection stage session on November 30. The best 15 will go through to pitch to investors in a final showdown on December 5.

The new cohort of ambitious and innovative companies from across the UK and Europe contest the third edition of Pitchfest, a highly focused pitch training programme and investor showcase delivered by the Enterprise Europe Network in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network. 

Claire Johnsen, the Enterprise Europe Network Innovation Adviser at St John’s Innovation Centre said: “Pitchfest has proven a highly successful programme bringing great benefit to early stage companies in the region.

“We are also very pleased that Cambridge Capital Group, Taylor Vinters, PwC and Gill, Jennings and Every are able to get involved in this edition of Pitchfest and give their time to guide our cohort.”

Investors wishing to attend the event can email Anna Nadolna – anadolna [at] stjohns.co.uk (subject: Pitchfest)  

So who is in the shake-up for this keenly contested pitch battle? Here are their profiles.

Ananas Anam Ltd – The developer of Piñatex®, a natural, sustainable alternative to leather made from waste pineapple leaves.

Keyzapp – The fastest, simplest way to manage property keys.

XoSuit Solutions Ltd – A developer of a very advanced and effective solution for armouring people who undertake extreme sports (e.g. motorcycling, skiing, down-hill cycling, stunt industry, equestrian). 

Mint Diagnostics Ltd – Real-time and accurate stress monitoring for the optimisation of human performance in sports and corporate health and wellbeing. 

Emerge Biotech Ltd – Improving cancer therapy with disease-specific antibodies. 

FreshBox – Plug-in ‘Air Pollution’ filter that removes fine particulates from inside a vehicle to improve long-term health outcomes of drivers in the urban realm.

Sugarwise – The international certification authority for sugar claims leading the global movement to improve manufactured food and drink. 

Odiga Ltd – Provider of technological solution based on intelligent vision to improve road safety.

4N GeneHealth Ltd – Sanoser is a digital therapeutic platform which helps Diabetes Patients to understand future risks using genetic testing and provide them with personalised coaching. 

Hippo Cabs – An Advatech Healthcare Europe initiative:The UK’s only branded technology based transportation solution that offer standardise, safe, hygienic and cost effective medical transportation for all patients and disabled (physical and medical) persons. 

Tacit Simulations Ltd (Tacit Sims) – A software development company that creates business and educational products and services.

Crayfish.io – Crayfish.io is an online marketplace providing Chinese expertise and support for global businesses. 

56Homes Ltd – The ‘2D Tape Measure’. Revolutionising the way we measure and mark materials for construction and DIY. 

Speedy Quarks Ltd – Long flight endurance modular small drones (Quadcopters). 

Mole Solutions – Underground freight transport (UFT) systems.

Greenwall Enviromental Evolution Ltd – Development of the world’s first BESPOKE portable on site asbestos in materials analyser.  

Herdsy – Animal Tracking Technology: For both farming & animal conservation.  

Rebank Technologies – Rebank changes how businesses move money. Using our proprietary payments engine real-time international payments can now be made at a fraction of the cost, and our online portal enables businesses to manage all their banking relationships in one place.

Sceenic –Sceenic’s ‘Watch Together’ SaaS solution allows any media company to transform their current video platform into an interactive watch together experience for their users. 

Muuze – Muuze assists journalists and bloggers to deliver higher-impact stories which engage readers for longer and raise content ROI. 

Priferential Accessories Ltd – A developer of a range of gaming accessories aimed primarily at the console sector (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch).   

Syrona – Syrona aims to empower women by fighting gynaecological cancers and STIs through early detection. 

HEROTECH8 Ltd – HEROTECH8 is a UK-based robotics company, with a vision to create wide-scale, clean and sustainable infrastructure hardware to support unmanned vehicles.

One Third Stories – Language learning made as simple as reading a story, one that starts in English and ends in a different language. 

Thyngs Ltd – Thyngs enables brands and business to turn any object into a point of sale.  

Blue Abyss – Blue Abyss will establish the world’s first commercial marine and space training, research and test centre, which will include the world’s first commercial astronaut training centre. 

ZiFiSense – World’s first low power wide area network (LPWAN) with mesh for smart city, smart building and connected lighting based on our ZETA LPWAN technology.

Data Solver Ltd – Data Solver’s privacy management software enables organisations to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) through case management processing, risk mapping and artificial intelligence. 

Curtis Analytics – Analytical services for the food industry.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Emma Fadlon (The Knowledge Transfer Network) during the pitch training

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