Discovering startups logoOn the 28 May, Cambridge Wireless and Silicon Southwest launched the 2014 Discovering Startups Competition. Celebrating the promising and emerging UK technology start-ups, Discovering Startups is now in its sixth year. The competition is free and open to a diverse range of entrants.

Sponsored and hosted by Deloitte at their London offices, the competition grants free entry and an audience of 20 judges, including investors and experts from wireless industry leaders Google, IBM, BT, Broadcom, Samsung, Orange Labs and London and Cambridge business angels, and more.

The closing date for entries is 26 August, and the finals are to be held on 22 October. Five winners will receive a £500 cash prize, as well as a year’s free membership to Cambridge Wireless.

Winners will also get the opportunity to pitch their technology to a group of 400 wireless delegates in the Innovation hothouse at the Future of Wireless International Conference, run by Cambridge Wireless.

Simon Bond, Founder of Silicon SouthWest stated that, ‘Any new business knows how difficult it is to get in front of investors and major industry players, Discovering Start-Ups gives our finalists the chance to get in front of 20 of them all at the same time.’

2013 Winners – a closer look

  • Simpalarm: A simple and intuitive alarm system. Simpalarm is powered by a standard power socket and has the capacity to monitor activity such as electricity and water use, visitor calls and entrance door openings. Connectivity with smartphones means Simpalarm can send an instant notification to keyholders
  • Ether: Ether is a social reading platform ‘made for mobile’, delivering a digital reading service directly to smartphones. Ether also provides a publishing platform for writers to connect easily with readers
  • SQR Systems: The result of a research programme at Bristol University, SQR provide technology to secure data and intellectual property at personal, corporate and national levels
  • WhiteSpace Water: A tech startup focusing on the reduction of water loss, and saving money using wireless sensors and white space spectrum
  • Chirp: Developers of a smartphone app designed for sharing photos, webpages, contacts and more through built-in speakers. Chirp is designed to ‘sing’ information from one phone to another

See more about last year’s winners:


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