Start-ups recognised by Google and Qualcomm

Five start-up companies won the praise of venture capitalists, angel investors and wireless industry experts at the finals of the nationwide Discovering Start-Ups 2012 competition, which took place in London last week.

The 20 finalists from across the UK pitched their technologies and business plans to a panel of judges, including senior executives from Broadcom, Vodafone Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Google, Orange, TTP Ventures, Cambridge Business Angels and Silicon Valley Bank.

“Anyone who worries about the future of innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK only had to be at today’s pitches to see that the we are still very much at the forefront of wireless and mobile technology,” said Dr. David Cleevely FREng FIET, Chair of Judges and Chairman of Cambridge Wireless, a not-for-profit industry forum.

The five winners were:

Anvil Semiconductors from Coventry: using patented technology to develop Silicon Carbide power semiconductor devices for the same price as Silicon technology.

D-RisQ from Malvern: automation of Formal Methods techniques to reduce the development cost of complex systems and software by up to 80% while maximising compliance.

Skin Analytics from Cambridge: cloud-based service that uses smart phones for monitoring small changes in moles to

detect melanoma skin cancers.

Smart Antenna Technologies from the University of Birmingham: innovative single-antenna technology for portable devices including 4G handsets. TopicLogic from Bath: web service to help busy professionals instantly find and share their files wherever they are.

The Discovering Start-Ups 2012 competition was organised by Cambridge Wireless in partnership with Silicon South West. The event was sponsored by Google, Rohde & Schwarz and SETsquared Partnership.

The five winners will have the opportunity to present at the Future of Wireless International Conference next July organised by Cambridge Wireless.

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