Pitch 10 is back, this time with a focus on showcasing some of the country’s most exciting digital businesses from across the UK to leading investors.
A celebration of the strength of the UK’s digital economy, the initiative aims to cement links between startups and prospective partners. This year’s edition of Pitch 10 has been produced in association with Tech City UK and the Tech Nation project. The 12 selected Pitch 10 companies will pitch at Number 10 Downing St on Friday 20th February to an audience of leading UK based investors and policy makers.
Due to the high quality of entrants, this time around 12 companies have been selected, which will go forward to pitch at Number 10 Downing Street. The companies are:
- Big Data 4 Humans (Scotland) – Providing customer behaviour insights
- Cocoon (N England) – The smart device that can sense activity through walls to keep you feeling safe
- Delver (N England) – Salvage organisation data via a natural language interface
- FreeAgent (Scotland) – Accounting software for freelancers and small businesses
- GeoSpock (S England) – The search engine for the physical world
- Nutmeg (London) – For an intelligent, fully-managed investment portfolio
- Rainbird (S England) – The Rainbird platform uses artificial intelligence to automate knowledge work.
- Schoop (Wales) – Schoop is a unique, multilingual and very simple communications app for schools, colleges, nurseries, churches, charities, public bodies and any organisation that needs to keep a wide network or community engaged and in the loop.
- SendMyBag (N Ireland) – Fast & affordable door to door delivery of bags and boxes to over 100 countries.
- ShowMyHomework (London) – Making it easy for teachers to keep parents in the loop about homework.
- Titan IC (N Ireland) – Titan IC Systems is a leader in the development of hardware engines for content and network processing
- Veeqo (Wales) – Syncing your web stores and marketplaces
Eileen Burbidge comments: “After the success of our first Pitch 10 event, the quality of the companies applying has been consistently high. In this year’s event led by Tech City UK, it’s fantastic to see such a strong spread of digital businesses from across UK. From young startups like Geospock to growth stage scale ups such as FreeAgent, Pitch 10 will again put a spotlight on the breadth of innovation and digital talent we have in the UK.”
Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK comments: “The Tech Nation project highlights the depth of Britain’s technology clusters and this year’s Pitch 10 competition provides further proof that digital businesses with diverse specialisms are thriving across the UK. Showcasing the breadth of talent from across the UK’s clusters will be a factor in raising awareness and driving investment. Pitch 10, with Tech City UK, is a great example of how we can contribute to achieving that goal.”
The diverse spread of companies from the across the UK supports the findings of the Tech Nation project. With 1.46 million digital jobs existing across the country and 74% of digital businesses operating outside of London, the report demonstrates the UK’s digital business revolution is a nationwide growth story. While 50% of digital companies in the UK have been founded since 2008, 90% of these now expect their revenue to rise in 2015.
The companies have been chosen by an independent advisory panel consisting of industry experts: Eileen Burbidge of Passion Capital, Jon Bradford of Tech Stars, Gerard Grech of Tech City UK, Russell Buckley of UKTI and Ballpark Ventures, Davor Hebel ofFidelity Growth Partners Europe, and Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, House of Lords and UK’s Digital Champion.
For more information on the Pitch 10 event and Tech Nation report.
Check out the Online Interaction Tech Nation Guide from DueDil.