The winners ranged from smart glasses for the blind and an online platform for gene testing to an industrial wireless sensor network, real-time risk assessment system for cyber-attacks and a new reversible software debugger.
The judges included executives from Samsung, Qualcomm Ventures, MediaTek Labs, Deloitte, IBM, Telecom Italia and Google.
The Discovering Start-Ups competition is organised by Cambridge Wireless and the SETsquared Partnership and supported by techUK and UK Trade & Investment.
The five winners were:
- Converge, a start-up co-founded by two physicists from Cambridge to deal with the huge amounts of data that will be produced by wireless sensor networks. www.converge.io
- Belfast-based Cyberlytic develops software using machine learning and adaptive rules to provide real–time risk assessment of cyber-attacks. www.cyberlytic.com
- Gene Adviser is a Cambridge-based start-up creating an online marketplace for genetic tests that gives doctors and patients access to genetic testing from leading laboratories across Europe and rest of the world. www.geneadviser.co.uk
- GiveVision has developed application software for smart glasses to be used as eyes for blind people by converting visual information into audio cues. www.givevision.net
- Undo Software has a reversible debugger to find the root cause of bugs, allowing developers to see everything a program has done including every memory access and every instruction executed. www.undo-software.com
David Cleevely, chair of CW Discovering Start-Ups, writes:
“The annual competition has always been a great showcase for emerging companies and this year’s winners reflect the wide diversity of today’s tech start-ups. While many companies were looking for funding, others were more interested in strategic partnerships and connections with high-profile and expert judges.”
The prize package included one year Founder Membership with Cambridge Wireless, £500 cash award courtesy of Qualcomm Ventures, a place on the SETsquared Entrepreneur Training Programme and the opportunity to pitch at the ‘Future of Wireless International Conference 2016’.
“It’s been another extraordinary year for Discovering Start-Ups – once again providing an unbeatable showcase that places talented tech entrepreneurs in front of 30 world class investors and industry experts,” said SETsquared’s Innovation Director, Simon Bond.