Accelerating-Growth-2015-low resThis year’s SETSquared Accelerating Growth showcase put some of the UK’s best technology startups face to face with 200 investors and venture capitalists, in the hope of them bagging their share of a collective investment pot of over £27million. Pleasingly, a quarter of the startups deemed worthy enough to bid for between £250k-£6m from this stellar range of investors are located right here in Bath and Bristol.

SETsquared is a long-standing partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which specialises in growing high-tech start-ups through its incubation programme and other business acceleration services. It has held the showcase for 12 years now, constantly promoting new tech startups to an audience of investors. Small wonder that it was recently voted the best university business accelerator in the world.

The competing Bristol and Bath startups

The five companies from Bristol and Bath pitting their wits in front of the live audience of some 200 investors, including those from MMC Ventures, Eden Ventures and Downing Ventures, were a mixed bunch. Amongst their offerings were solutions to delivering packages to your home when you are out, fixing smartphone connectivity issues, creating a crowd-based supercomputer for computer graphics creation, an app for teaching maths to children and a platform for running membership activities. They are:

ez-educationEZ Education (Bath)
Personalised learning

EZ Education is the creator of DoodleMaths, a learning system that adapts to children’s evolving strengths and weaknesses and is the top grossing primary maths app in the UK.

 

yellow_dog_logo.pngYellowDog (Bristol)
Crowdsourced 3D rendering for animators and artists

Yellowdog uses the spare power from people’s computers to give animators their own personal supercomputer to make rendering faster, better and easier.

 

smart-antenna-technologiesSmart Antenna Technologies (Bath)
Single mobile antenna system replaces all existing antennas

Smart Antenna Technologies specialises in patented smart multiband antenna technology for portable devices and offers more functions at a smaller size and lower cost.

 

pelipodPelipod (Bristol)
The smart, connected parcel delivery box for business and home

Pelipod has developed an intelligent parcel box that allows the use of unique codes for safe, audited and notified delivery of products and parts for field-based staff and home-based workers.

 

memberoo-logoMemberoo (Bath)
Membership management made easy

memberoo-at-accelerating-growth-showcaseMemberoo  (pictured right) offers managers all the tools they need for managing a community of customers and members in one place, making membership management easy.

“We saw some fantastic, engaging pitches from the companies”

 

Nick Sturge, centre director at SETsquared’s Bristol centre, housed within the Engine Shed, said: “Once again at Accelerating Growth, we saw some fantastic, engaging pitches from the companies SETsquared supports.

Ali Hadavizadeh, deputy head of enterprise at SETsquared’s innovation centre at the University of Bath, added: “Investment isn’t a short process but it was promising to see so many positive conversations taking place between the start-ups and investors at the event. We can’t wait to see these developing over the coming months and report on even more success stories.”

Over the last 13 years SETsquared has helped more than 1,000 businesses raise over £1bn in investment, as well as contributing over £3.8bn in GVA (Gross Value Added) to the UK economy with £15bn GVA estimated over the next 10 years.

If you’d like to learn more about SETsquared, then visit the SETsquared website or follow them on twitter @SETsquared