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There are only five days left for you to enter your startup in to the 2014 Discovering Start-Ups Competition!

Cambridge Wireless, a company that brings together almost 400 tech companies around the world to develop products and applications, and SETsquared, a partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, have collaborated on the 2014 Discovering Start-Ups Competition. Its aim is to celebrate emerging talent in UK technology startups and up-and-coming technical entrepreneurs.

The competition event is hosted and sponsored by Deloitte, an international brand under which many professionals collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax and other services to their clients. It is also being hosted at Deloitte’s London offices, on 22 October 2014. The event will bring together industry experts, technology entrepreneurs, investors and sponsors and therefore provides an excellent springboard and networking opportunity for those who are just starting out in this sector.

Who can enter?

The competition is free to enter and open to startups, wireless companies in their early stages and entrepreneurs from the UK. Finalists will be selected from those who enter and will then have the opportunity to pitch their technologies and products to a panel of business leaders from companies including Google, BT, Qualcomm Ventures, Broadcom, IBM, Orange Labs, Samsung, London Business Angels and Cambridge Angels. The full list of judges are available here.

Several highly respected individuals within this sector have been confirmed as attending. These include David Cobb, Partner at Deloitte; Dr David Cleevely, CBE, Chairman of Cambridge Wireless, Chairman of Cambridge Angels and Chair of the Judges; Kevin Coleman, CEO of Alliantus Ltd, Chairperson for the event and two keynote speakers; Miles Kirby, Managing Director of Qualcomm Ventures and Eze Vidra, Head of Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe.

“The competition offers a unique opportunity to present your innovative technology ideas and products to hugely successful industry experts and to meet potential customers and investors”

The competition offers a unique opportunity to present your innovative technology ideas and products to hugely successful industry experts and to meet potential customers and investors. Five overall winners will receive a prize fund valued at around £5000, which includes a cash prize, memberships to both Cambridge Wireless and SETsquared and an opportunity to pitch to 400 global wireless delegates at The Future of Wireless International Conference in 2015. Previous winners include Proxama, MagicSolver, Cambridge Temperature Concepts and Smart Antenna Technologies.

You can register to enter on the Cambridge Wireless website, where there is also a list of the entry requirements. The closing date for entries is 12pm Tuesday 26 August and the finalists who will be able to pitch their ideas will be announced in September. You can follow the competition on Twitter at #DS14.

Eleanor Smith