silicon-gorge-shutterstock_In an exciting move for the South-West Tech scene, TechSPARK and BathSPARK have again joined forces with SETsquared, WebStart Bristol and Invest Bristol & Bath to organise Silicon Gorge 1.1 – THE pitching event for the West of England.

Building on the success of the recent event in late March, the next Silicon Gorge Investor Day takes place on Wednesday 2 July and will showcase tech startups drawn from the Bristol and Bath area to an audience of angel and institutional investors from London and beyond.

There will be 17 companies pitching: 10 that are graduating from the second cohort of the WebStart Bristol incubator programme and seven who have been selected by a process run by TechSPARK. We ran a pitching competition that came to a climax last night (25 June) – with seven companies picked by a panel of five judges going through to the Investor Day proper. The event was held at the Engine Shed and was supported by Invest Bristol and Bath.

The seven companies who were selected by the judges to present at Silicon Gorge on 2 July are (in no particular order):

  • CiteAB (Dave Kelly) – The world’s largest antibody search engine, with results ranked by citations (see TechSPARK’s CiteAB profile)
  • Gleem (Joseph Edwards) – a high quality cleaning company that uses technology to simplify the management of domestic cleaning services
  • Horsology (Christina Carter Jones) – Horsology has one aim: to make life better for horses and their owners around the globe!
  • The Media Lounge Group (Dean Bryan) – The Media Lounge Group want to simplify the process of reaching your global audience, while providing consumers with the most immersive experience the internet has ever seen
  • Opposable Games / Salvaged (Ben Trewhella) – A real-time tactical action game
  • Spuddy (Dominic Stevens) – A free iPhone application that finds you a sports buddy based on your sporting interests, abilities and location
  • Green Running (Peter Davies) – Energy monitoring and power solutions for business.

The judging panel included Richard Pitkin (Bristol and Bath Science Park), Richard Godfrey (Rocketmakers), Ali Hadivizadeh (SETsquared) David Maher Roberts (TechSPARK) and Abby Frear (Claritize, TechSPARK, BathSPARK).

“We were blown away by the variety and quality of the startups,” the judges commented. “Every one of the companies that pitched at the event had really credible businesses in growth markets. We eventually had to pick the ones that we felt were ready to present to the investors on Wednesday.”

Companies that presented at the last Silicon Gorge

In addition to the investment pitches, Silicon Gorge will include a showcase from companies who presented at the first Silicon Gorge event. Here’s a quick catch up of what’s been happening for some of those companies:

IdeasSquares, a virtual global incubator for ideas, and female entrepreneur site Women Outside The Box have both raised £24k through crowd-funding platform Seedrs at significantly higher valuations.

ColourstoryColourstory, who want to enable people to create, share and print beautiful representations of their lives, have just launched a KickStarter campaign which is already nearly 50% funded.

ChallengeOff – the mobile game you win by winging it – has received a significant offer of funding which they have accepted.

Wriggle has launched their app and are delighting Bristolians with great last minute offers on food and drink from the city’s coolest venues. They are currently running a fundraising campaign through Seedrs.

Chibwe have released their first product: Osmium Tables – a data analysis tool for the Market Research industry.

SchoolGuide closed an angel round of investment and announced a partnership deal with Mumsnet.

Meanwhile, ZenStores are just finishing their Beta Testing and are about to release their service to the world of online sellers.

Jamie Middleton