Announcing the 20 tech startups set to pitch at the Rising Stars Grand Final

Esme Caulfield, January 18, 2019 3 min read

After an exciting Rising Stars Semi Final hosted at Barclays Eagle Labs in Manchester, we can now reveal the 20 early-stage tech companies through to the Grand Final at London’s Rich Mix on 5 March 2019.


Complete with pitch training workshops and mentoring from Sunderland Software City, the Semi Final gave companies the chance to refine their skills before pitching to an expert judging panel made up of: Mark Sykes (BDO Drive), Ed Prior (GP Bullhound), Sarah Revelliard (Microsoft Bing), Tracey Johnson (Enterprising Barnsley), Naomi Timperley (Tech North Advocates) and Kelly Clarke (TLT LLP). In addition, a celebratory evening event offered founders the opportunity to network with their peers, previous competition alumni and programme sponsors, Microsoft, Bing, BDO Drive and TLT LLP.

Meet the finalists

All 4 Games
Edinburgh | Digital Entertainment | @All_4_Games
Offering publishing support to game developers anywhere in the world, marketing games and providing developers with expert feedback and assistance.

Carbon Performance
Leeds | Hardware, Devices & IoT | @cperformanceuk
Adopting Industry 4.0 technologies to produce next-generation lightweight, organic, bionic, environmentally-sustainable components for the automotive and motorsport industry.

Developing Experts
Norwich | EdTech | @DevelopExperts
Empowering teachers and parents to teach science with confidence through a library of over 700 interactive, online science lessons.

Equiwatt Limited
Newcastle | Hardware, Devices & IoT, Newcastle | @equiwattuk
An intelligent energy management platform that is harnessing community power to reward households for saving energy.

Manchester | Ecommerce & Marketplace
Building delivery-only food brands, using data-led decisions on site location and cuisine to create restaurant-quality food that delivers brilliantly, at takeaway prices.

Gorilla in the Room
Brighton | App & Software Development | @gorilla_room
Immersive technology that improves consumer research by immersing people in real-world situations to more accurately predict their purchase decisions.

London | Tech for Good | @HelioDID
Regulatory technology designed to help companies cope with the ever-changing demands of regulation and restore trust in global transactions.

Newcastle | Fintech | @KaniPayments
A reporting and reconciliation tool for the financial space to accurately reconcile and report all monetary values moved and transferred.

Bristol | Hardware, Devices & IoT | @MetasonicsCo
Developing the next generation of customised, scalable acoustic metamaterials, changing the way we use and interact with sound.

People Matter Technology
Ringwood | SaaS | @PeopleMatterLtd
A wellness platform that offers a safe online space where you can measure and improve your mental wellness at work.

Royston | Ecommerce & Marketplace | @PlayerLands
Disrupting the world of video game micropayments by supplying a simple, elegant platform for developers to create and run shops in their games.

PPC Protect Limited
Horwich | SaaS | @ppcprotect
Award-winning, automated software that stops click fraud immediately and protects future campaigns.

Ballyclare | Data, Analytics & Cybersecurity | @ProtectBoxLtd
Award-winning cybersecurity comparison website and marketplace that automates the buying of cybersecurity for small and medium businesses.

London | Fintech | @seedlegals
Leveraging big data and human experts to solve the problem of expensive, time-consuming legals for startup funding rounds.

Serelay Ltd
Harwell | Tech for Good | @SerelayTech
Enabling mobile device users to capture verifiable photos and videos, and platforms receiving these to query them for authenticity of content, time and location.

Lincoln | Hardware, Devices & IoT | @tended
Offering intelligent personal safety wearables and monitoring systems that provide all-round safety solutions for individuals and businesses.

Norwich | Fintech | @thyngs
A platform that makes anything interactive via smartphones, driving engagement, instant sales and loyalty, all without needing an app.

Tickr Ltd
Liverpool | Fintech | @my_tickr
Investment products that allow customers to make money and have a positive impact at the same time, starting from just £5.

Vet-AI Ltd
Leeds | Healthtech & Biotech | @PetJoii
Combining the expertise of qualified vets and groundbreaking new technologies to deliver mobile, on-demand veterinary care, direct to pet parents.

Oxford | HealthTech & BioTech | @vitaccess
A platform that produces real-time data on how diseases and treatments impact patients’ everyday lives, based on tailor-made apps installed on their smartphones.


The Grand Final will see the finalists pitch in front of a high profile audience – with investors, corporates and entrepreneurs all in attendance – to a panel of renowned judges, including Warwick Hill, Senior MD and Head of Microsoft for Startups at Microsoft, and Francesca Warner, CEO of Diversity VC. Winners will receive a prize package worth over £4,000 designed to supercharge their business, including an expert-led growth session, PR campaign and 1-2-1 mentoring.

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