This month saw the culmination of a 3-month selection process to showcase the best companies in the South West, currently looking for investment, at Silicon Gorge Investor Showcase.

The 11 brilliant companies selected during the process won the opportunity to pitch to an audience of investors, both angels and early-stage VCs, as well as the local networks, to showcase their innovative technologies and ideas at the Showcase on 11th November.

The companies pitched for 5 minutes each to the audience of 90 investors, angels and ecosystem leaders.  Pitchers fielded questions from a panel of expert investors including Jean de Fougerolles, Managing Partner at Ascension Ventures, Nina Searle, Partner at TLT, Peter Lockett, Head of BPEC Seed and Angel Investor & Lisa Matthews, Portfolio Manager at Jenson Funding Partners.

Jean tells us, “I was very impressed with the quality of businesses coming out of the Silicon Gorge Demo Day. I discovered some innovative new models, especially in the Sustainability and Next Gen Media sectors and we are following up more deeply to explore investment opportunities.”

The last couple of months have seen some big funding news across the region, as well as the £200 million fund allocated to the South West in the recent budget announcement, a cool £227m in equity investment has been raised by South West based tech companies in October alone. We’re looking forward to seeing which of these companies follow suit.

These are the companies that took part in Silicon Gorge this autumn, if you’re an investor and you’d like any more information on these – do contact Abby@techspark.co.

Airway MedicalThe AMSU™ will help emergency first responders save the lives of patients with a blocked airway.

All About The Cooks is an online marketplace which makes it easy to buy and sell home-cooked food.

Amplify.link is the HubSpot for the music and creator industries, combining a suite of disparate tools into a powerful engagement, monetisation and growth platform.

Data Duopoly incentivises visitors to explore and gathers powerful data insights to shape a venues’ future.

Earswitch proved that voluntary movements of the eardrum could be filmed and used to trigger a virtual keyboard used for communication.

Glas DataDeveloped for the agricultural sector, Glas Data automates data collection to smooth mundane tasks, detects disasters in real time and notifies, tracks KPIs and detects meaningful patterns, evidences compliance.

Greener is a B2B algorithmic matchmaking platform which connects food and drink SMEs who are looking for sustainable solutions with SMEs who offer innovative sustainable solutions.

Kubos Semiconductors is developing an exciting new material that will revolutionise LEDs, this unique technology solves a problem the LED industry has wrestled with for years known as the “green gap” by unlocking huge energy savings and delivering reductions in the carbon impact of lighting and displays.

Paranimo was created after experiencing the accessibility and complexity challenges of accessing mental health support. Their effective and predictive technology empowers individuals to take control of their mental wellbeing, delivering relevant support at the right time for the best possible outcomes.

The Greener GreensBuilding a distributed global supply chain that uses aeroponic grow technology to fulfill micro green orders for the superyacht market.

Reach Industries is making it easier for every developer and company to quickly and securely implement the cloud infrastructure needed to remotely monitor, manage and control their robots, industrial automation and IoT devices.

Shona Wright

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