Five good reasons to enter the 6th Discovering Start-Ups Competition - Last Call for Entries

  • Posted by Natalie Brown
  • September 9, 2015 12:04 PM BST

Five good reasons to enter the 6th Discovering Start-Ups Competition - Last Call for Entries

DS15 promises innovation-focused mashup of live pitches, demos, keynotes and networking

The 6th Discovering Start-Ups Competition (DS15), jointly organised by Cambridge Wireless (CW) and SETsquared, has already seen tech start-up entries from across the UK and Europe from mobile apps and IoT to Big Data and software solutions for education and healthcare. As the deadline for entries approaches - 12 noon, Monday 14th September – it is the last chance for early stage tech companies, digital entrepreneurs and SMEs to win the chance to pitch their business ideas to an expert panel of judges and VCs representing Google, London Business Angels, Deloitte UK, Amadeus Capital Partners, Wayra, Telecom Italia, IBM, Samsung, MediaTek and many more.

The London final on 21st October 2015 is sponsored and hosted by business advisory firm Deloitte who continue to drive tech enterprise innovation through the Fast 500 initiative and last year invested £25 million in their own employees’ start-up ventures.

David Cobb, innovation tax partner at Deloitte comments “often working with limited resources, it can be difficult for start-ups to dedicate enough time and investment to research and development. Competitions such as this recognise the endeavour that early-stage businesses put into the development of new ideas and creating valuable intellectual property. Innovation is a fundamental component of economic growth. Deloitte is proud to support aspiring businesses in the UK and Europe as they aim to revolutionise their respective industries through innovation and entrepreneurship”.

DS15 is a unique opportunity to gain professional business insight and immediate feedback during the London final from highly experienced entrepreneurs, VCs and investment experts. Here are some of the competition highlights:

  • Prestige: Past winners and runners-up of Discovering      Start-Ups include Chirp, MagicSolverGiftgaming® and      PLAYIR.
  • Exposure and Mentorship: The current line-up of 30 judges for      the finals includes the top VCs and entrepreneurs in technology. Past panels      have included Anthony Tomlinson      (Google), Zygmunt Lozinski (IBM), Miles Kirby (Qualcomm Ventures) and many      more
  • Free to enter
  • Exhibitor Space: DS15 finalists exhibit at no charge at      the prestigious Deloitte’s London offices
  • The Prize: The five winners will each receive a      prize fund that includes one year Founder membership with Cambridge      Wireless,£500 cash prize courtesy of Qualcomm Ventures,      a place on theSETsquared      Entrepreneur Training Programme and the opportunity to pitch at the ‘Future of      Wireless International Conference 2016’. Four of the winners will secure a place within the semi-finals      of the Wayra Acceleration programme and one winner will be fast      tracked straight to the finals. UK based winners will also receive one ticket to Mobile World      Congress sponsored by UKTI with a pitching opportunity at the UKTI Start –      Up Zone and one winner will have the chance to have a pod in the Four Years from Now Zone.

To strike up a conversation about DS15 @CambWireless and feature your tech innovations, please use #DSrupt

Jointly managed by Cambridge Wireless (CW) and SETsquared, DS15 is kindly sponsored and hosted by Deloitte along with Qualcomm Ventures, Google, IC Resources, Provence Partnership, MediaTek and supported by St John’s Innovation Centre, Tech City UK, techUK Wayra, New Entrepreneurs Foundation, UKTI and Cambridge Wireless Business SIG Champions.

Tickets for this fast-paced event are now available. To find out more about this event, please visit the DS15 website, alternatively contact Louise Higgins at or call +44 (0) 1223 967 101  

About Cambridge Wireless (CW) 

CW is the leading international community for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless & mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies. With over 400 members from major network operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and universities, CW stimulates debate and collaboration, harnesses and shares knowledge, and helps to build connections between academia and industry. CW's 19 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide its members with a dynamic forum where they can network with their peers, track the latest technology trends and business developments and position their organisations in key market sectors.

CW also organises the annual Future of Wireless International Conference and Discovering Start-ups competition along with other high-quality industry networking events and dinners. With headquarters at the heart of Cambridge, UK, CW partners with other international industry clusters and organisations to extend its reach and remain at the forefront of global developments and business opportunities. For more information, please visit | @cambwireless

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Abhi Naha, Cambridge Wireless

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