The 12 companies pitching at Spring’s Silicon Gorge showcase have been announced.

Whittled down from 70 total applications, 24 passed an initial selection process and took part in two tough pitching competitions pitching to a panel of experienced network and investor judges. The 12 successful companies have now won the opportunity to pitch to an audience of investors at the online showcase as part of the Investment Activator Programme.

Pitching for investment between £210,000 and £2.5m, the following companies (listed in alphabetical order) will be joining us at the end of April:

Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon develop graphene-based sensors which can detect a range of chemical compounds. They are working towards creating a chip that uses multiple sensor elements on an array. Their chip is combined with artificial intelligence to help identify unique smells, by digitally fingerprinting them in real-time. They aim to bridge the gap between the physical and digital realm and to allow humankind to know more than ever before.


Bitvu makes simple, powerful and affordable products for digital signage, enabling businesses to harness the power of screens for advertising and corporate communications.

Condense Reality

Augmented / virtual reality and real-time 3D applications will drive a major shift in the way we consume entertainment, communicate and work. Condense Reality are building the technology to easily create volumetric video content for these platforms.


Ferryx is a recently incorporated University of Bristol spin-out company, which is developing safe, effective bacterial products to prevent and treat gastrointestinal inflammatory illness in humans and animals.


LanguageMate have developed a website which allows their users to enjoy learning vocabulary in their target language, whilst reading in their native language.


Lumio effortlessly shows you where your savings and earnings ought to be growing – without the need for a financial adviser.


Neoptera Aero is electrifying the future of Vertical flight by developing the eOpter, an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft that offers a safer, more affordable and more environmentally conscious alternative to helicopters and other forms of vertical flight.

Quantum Dice

Quantum Dice is an Oxford University spinout developing self-certifying quantum random number generators for the hardware security sector. They use integrated photonics technology to generate cryptographically secure random numbers from an on-chip laser source.


Roqqett is an easy new way to pay friends and retailers. On-line and in-store. A mobile app for greater security and convenience.


Stornaway aims to be the only end-to-end platform allowing filmmakers to plan, write, edit and publish interactive films quickly, affordably and without coding.


Virtual Heart by ELEM is a cloud deployed platform for in silico medical trials enabling medical device makers and CROs (contract research organisations) to test high risk cardiac devices on virtual patients.


Vitamica is developing a new, rapid method of showing which antibiotic will be most effective to treat a patient’s infection; helping to improve health outcomes, reduce costs and slow the spread of antibiotic resistance

TechSPARK and Silicon Gorge director, Abby Frear said “We have had some great companies take part this year, covering so many areas from Biotech, Immersive, Healthtech, Quantum and Edtech, and we’re really excited to take these 12 through to the Showcase on the 29th. We’re also looking forward to, despite the uncertain times, welcoming investors from further afield than we would normally be able to! As always it’s about showcasing to them the fabulous technologies that are coming out of our region, and ultimately initiating conversations that will lead to investment for these brilliant companies”

This event is open to investors, managers of investment funds and those who facilitate investment. If you would like to watch these companies pitch on Wednesday 29th April – email for details.

Silicon Gorge is a part of the Investment Activator Progamme (IAP). The IAP is a pioneering collaboration between private and public sector organisations has been put together to help catalyse investment into fast-growing startups in Bristol, Bath and the West of England. Want support from the Investment Activator Programme – contact 


Geraint Evans