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