Healthy-living app takes the laurel at Venturefest East 2017 Pitching Competition

Healthy-living app takes the laurel at Venturefest East 2017 Pitching Competition

St John’s Innovation Centre was delighted to be a part of the second edition of Venturefest East, a flagship event showcasing cutting-edge innovation in the East of England.

 

St John’s Innovation Centre was delighted to be a part of the second edition of Venturefest East, a flagship event showcasing cutting-edge innovation in the East of England.

This year, the tech-savvy audience could experience five immersive zones at the event: World Beaters, Rule Breakers, Game Makers, Eye Openers and Life Changers, seamlessly covering a range of key sectors including: Life Sciences, Automotive and Engineering, Food and Drink, Culture and Creativity, and many more. To accompany the exhibition, entrepreneurial talks and track sessions, the Venturefest East organisers created a Beanbag Briefing Lounge sponsored by Price Bailey and PA Consulting, a relaxed space where delegates could join informal expert chats or rest in-between a packed programme.

St John’s Innovation Centre brought the pitching element to this year’s edition, with nine successful start-up founders being selected by Venturefest East organisers, the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP (GCGP LEP) to present their business ideas during the Fast and Furious Pitching Competition.

The pitching companies – AMIHO Technology, Hinton Bikes, Biotechspert Ltd, Cascade.bi, PECK Drinks, TheMusicSite.com, VegPatch, TribeLab and Meteor Power – were selected from the Pitchfest Spring cohort, a highly-focused pitch training and investor showcase for early stage founders with the potential to scale or who are looking to raise between £100k – £1m. A programme jointly delivered by the Enterprise Europe Network team at St John’s Innovation Centre and The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) experts.

The Judging Panel comprised of David Gill, Managing Director at St John’s Innovation Centre who also chaired the Pitching Competition; Dr Uday Phadke, renowned innovation & scale-up expert and author of the “Camels, Tigers & Unicorns: Rethinking science and Technology enabled innovation”; Paul Bailey, Founding Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search; Business Angel, Sally Goodsell; Chand Chudasama of Price Bailey and Bill Yost of PA Consulting.

“Vibrant new firms and expert presentations made VFE17 a compelling event,” said David Gill, Managing Director at St John’s Innovation Centre and the Chair of the Pitching Competition. “Such a broad range of finalists presented so professionally at Pitchfest that choosing a winner was nigh-on impossible – a big thank-you to the judges who provided their wisdom and insight, and congratulations to VegPatch, the eventual champion.”

Congratulations to the Venturefest East 2017 Pitching Competition Winner, Kris West of VegPatch, a free, multi-platform companion app for vegetable gardening!

Find out more about all pitching companies here:

AMIHO Technology – a provider of LPWA networking solutions including LoRaWAN for smart metering and IoT applications.

Biotechspert Ltd – a developer of an online platform technology for connecting businesses and investors to the right specialist expertise at the right time.

Cascade.bi – a developer of an out of the box, ready-made, business analytics dashboard solution built for the SME market. It connects directly with Sage 50 (other integrations planned).

Hinton Bikes – a developer of lightweight folding electric bikes for the modern city.

PECK Drinks – a developer of a range of Protein beverages that use egg white destined for food waste.

TheMusicSite.com – a developer of a single music-centric platform for everyone who likes, buys, creates, perform and/or works in music.

TribeLab – a developer of the skills augmentation platform, enabling professionals to achieve things with data that they didn’t think they could, or were unaware were possible.

Meteor Power – a developer of a new range of electric and hybrid powertrains for electric vehicles.