Eleven startup companies from Bristol’s world-leading tech scene were last night battling it out to pitch and demo their products at SETsquared Bristol’s Tech-Xpo 2020. It was the first time in Tech-Xpo’s sixteen-year history that the event was hosted online. And, we took the opportunity to tune in and hear from the who’s who on the Bristol tech scene …
Tech-Xpo is SETsquared Bristol’s flagship annual event, which enables the pitching companies to interact and connect with an audience of influential investors, business leaders and potential partners. Previous Tech-Xpo award winners have included HellyHolly whose CEO, Lisa Matthews, was named one of The Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in Engineering.
The event was hosted on Hopin and had a virtual stage with one-minute livestreamed pitches by each company, followed by virtual demo and networking areas.
With Steve Edwards, Centre Director of SETsquared Bristol, kicking off proceedings, it was a really brilliant line-up of companies, with talent from a diverse range of sectors, ranging from health-tech to quantum.
After listening to each of the 11 pitches, it was voting time and after just a brief intermission, the winner was announced.
Chris Erven, CEO and Co-Founder of KETS delivered a brilliant pitch and sealed them the top spot. KETS is all about safeguarding the world’s most valuable resource – information. With world-leading heritage in chip-based quantum cryptography hardware solutions, KETS’ vision is to become the world’s first full quantum-safe solutions provider. And after scooping the Tech-Xpo 2020 award, they’re certainly heading in the right direction.
But the competition was tough, and each participant delivered a really strong pitch. Here’s an overview of the other companies that threw their virtual hats into the ring last night and are making a difference in the work of tech …
- AutonoMe – combines educational technology with one to one support to improve outcomes for vulnerable people in social care settings.
- Barbal – a powerful technical document editor for regulatory, contract and requirements documents without the pain, waste and delay.
- Bristol Pound – Pitching for the second time since starting their SETsquared membership last year, Bristol Pound CIC is now developing Bristol Pay – a non-profit e-wallet platform with digital money for all, and tokens to create environmental and social impact.
- Byrde – all about re-imagining how runners run. Its training product adapts to the user and their running after every activity.
- Elvie – ‘bringing women’s technology out of the dark ages’, they develop smarter technology for women and are committed to building extraordinary products that improve women’s lives.
- GenomeKey – a biotech startup reducing the time taken to determine how to treat sepsis from days, to only hours by combining next-gen DNA sequencing with cutting edge A.I.
- getUBetter – an app for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions such as back, leg, knee and neck pain, designed to help manage recovery day-by-day and keep the user connected to local health services.
- iletpro — an online property platform that provides services to landlords and tenants nationally. It uses an artificial intelligence chat bot and automated messaging system to remove language and culture barriers and minimize cost.
- Radii Devices – intelligent software to support clinicians in getting a perfect fit, faster for prosthetics, orthotics and other external medical devices.
- Zentraxa is developing high-performance bio-materials inspired by natural systems and precision engineered to have improved performance to bring solutions to difficult problems.
Regional law firm VWV were last night’s headline sponsor for 10th consecutive year, with Corrigan Accountants also returning to sponsor this year’s event. Both firms continue to be dedicated supporters of local tech innovation, and both offer pro-bono services to support SETsquared members.
After the pitching was over and the winner crowned, everyone was given the opportunity to do some speed networking and check out each of the participants’ virtual stands.
We really enjoyed Tech-Xpo 2020, the online edition, and got a real flavour for some of the newest and most exciting technology ventures from the University of Bristol led incubator. Although not face-to-face, it was still great to come together and celebrate incredible innovation and talent, which is so important during these challenging times.
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