A cohort of startups headed to San Fransisco’s Silicon Valley this month to represent the fantastic growth of innovation coming from the South West at Oracle OpenWorld – one of the biggest tech conferences in the world.

And boy did they impress, with Bristol-based Zenotech making it to the finals at the conference’s Oracle Cloud Platform Innovation Awards in the ‘Move workloads to cloud’ category – with the trophy (pictured right) presented by last year’s winner (and fellow Bristol-based startup) Yellowdog.

“Bristol is delivering a global knock-out punch for high tech startups using cloud-based technology”


Zenotech was selected, ahead of over 70 nominations in the category, in recognition of the innovative use of Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure. In Zenotech’s case, it uses Oracle Cloud to simulate complex engineering challenges through its EPIC software platform (Elastic Private Interactive Cloud) allowing customers to run and scale complex jobs in a high computing environment.

Zenotech’s director and co-founder David Standingford says: “We are delighted with this recognition from Oracle, which is such a global fast mover in the cloud technology space. As an innovative startup, we value this strategic partnership to further optimise our cloud services, and the on-demand technology is well placed to meet the resource-intensive needs of our clients flexibly and powerfully.”

Out of the cloud

Also present at the conference were some of the new members of Bristol-based Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator – molecular simulator Nano Simbox inventors Interactive Scientific, machine learning and machine vision marketing technologists Duel, complex database developers for AI GRAKN.AI and searchable maps based on travel time innovators iGeolise – who showcased their cutting-edge technology.

Peter Lilley, director and co-founder of iGeolise, tells us: “Awesome is an overused word, but doesn’t do justice to our experience at OpenWorld. Over the last couple of days, we have been talking to some of the most senior people in Oracle, Larry Ellison included, who have come to see what we do. We will come away with some unique memories, hugely valuable contacts, a lot of knowledge – about Oracle, but also about ourselves, and a sense of being privileged to have been invited.”

SETsquared startup YellowDog‘s founder Gareth Williams also joined Intel’s keynote on the emerging power of the cloud and shared his leading expertise as the world’s only provider of limitless computing (pictured, centre, in main image, above).

Monika Radclyffe (pictured left), Director at SETsquared Bristol comments: “Bristol is delivering a global knock-out punch for high tech startups using cloud-based technology and we’re delighted with our show of strength at this year’s Oracle’s OpenWorld.  It is really exciting for SETsquared Bristol to witness our member companies going from strength-to-strength and finding their rightful place amongst global tech business.”

Find out more about the Bristol startup accelerators involved in Oracle OpenWorld on the SETsquared website and the Oracle Cloud Startup Accelerator website. You can also get the low down on next year’s conference via the Oracle OpenWorld website.

Alice Whale