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Spin-out Pitch-off

May 13, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Post Event Update – winners:
Best Pitch
Crossword Cybersecurity
Most Innovative Product/Service – ClearSky Medical Diagnostics
Audience Vote – CHOP CHOP

#Spinoutpitch for highlights.

A unique opportunity to see some of the UK’s top technology innovators pitch their product or service to an audience of investors, researchers, entrepreneurs and advisors, as part of the Digital Shoreditch festival.

The UK has an incredible depth of research coming out of our world-class universities. Each company pitching is a spin-out capitalising on R&D from a different university around the country. This is a chance to see deep innovation and breakthrough thinking.


This exciting showcase evening will see presentations from a series of talented entrepreneurs, who will have strictly 5 minutes to pitch followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. As well as an audience voted prize, our panel of judges will announce awards for the most innovative product or service and the best pitch.

The evening’s judges will include Steve Crossan, leader of Google’s Social Impact work and founder of Google’s Cultural Institute,  Soraya Jones, Entrepreneur in Residence for St John’s Innovation Centre and founder of Cambridge Wireless and Melanie Marchant, Start-Up Advisor, Mentor and Technologist who advises for Angel Academe, TechStars and Entrepreneur Academe among others.

Along with bragging rights and a rather nifty trophy, winning companies will be afforded Digital Catapult ‘Contributor’ Status, which offers benefits including use of the Centre’s meeting rooms and hot desks.

The evening will conclude with drinks and networking – a chance to meet the companies and for them to meet you!

How to attend

If you would like to hear from these high potential companies and network with investors, media and entrepreneurs during the drinks reception, please register here.

If you have a product or service that originates from university research, and would like to participate in the pitch, please read the below criteria and apply to participate by completing a short 5 minute form. Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 6 May.

Application deadline: 12pm, Wednesday 6th May 

Pitching Criteria

  • The product or service must fit within the Digital Catapult’s theme and challenge areas. All of our projects concern the sharing of closed data in better and more trusted ways. In particular we look at trust in the use of personal data, the licensing and sharing of creative content, data from networks of Internet of Things deployments, and closed organisational data. These represent areas of large economic opportunity and potential disruption on the one side, and strength in the UK research base on the other side.
  • Each company must be able to show the genesis of their product or service from a research project at a UK university or other institute within the last two years. Just being alumni is not sufficient.
  • Companies must have a developed prototype to talk about or product/service in market. The event is not intended for later-stage companies; but for companies with first stage funding or earlier.
  • A maximum of one company representing each UK university will be accepted.
  • At least one person must be able to attend the event in London on 13 May in person.

As well as the chance to pitch to our influential audience members and gain visibility, we anticipate continuing to work with and help the selected companies over time.

Cost: FREE

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Dr Soraya Jones

Dr Soraya Jones

Entrepreneur in Residence, St. John's Innovation Centre

Dr. Soraya Jones is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence for St. John’s Innovation Centre, an organisation which provides a dynamic and supportive incubation environment for ambitious innovative firms in Cambridge.Before this, she was the founder-CEO of the successful Cambridge Wireless organisation, where she grew the business to a membership of 400 companies, with 20 industry Special Interest Groups and  was also the co-founder of the famous Discovering Start Up Competition. Prior to Cambridge Wireless, she served as Director of Commercial Partnerships at Tribal plc and Programme Development Manager at the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry. Born in Malaysia, Soraya holds BSc and MSc degrees from Indiana University, USA, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Steve Crossan

Steve Crossan

Founder and Head of Cultural Institute, Google

Steve Crossan currently leads Google’s Social Impact work in EMEA, with a focus on Public Health & Smart Cities. A Googler since 2005, he previously founded and led Google’s Cultural Institute in Paris after spells with Maps, Search and Gmail. During the Egyptian internet shutdown in 2011 he led a small team building speak2tweet. Prior to Google he founded 2 successful startups in the UK after beginning his career with Amnesty International.

Twitter – @stevecrossan

Melanie Marchant

Melanie Marchant

Start-up Advisor, Mentor and Technologist

Melanie Marchant is a start-up advisor, mentor and technologist. She is involved in the start-up ecosystem as board advisor, technical advisor, mentor and supporter of many of London’s top incubators including TechStars, Media Camp and the City of London’s Entrepreneur Acadame. Her most recent experience is in managing digital innovation projects to bring material value to both companies and the media industry. Melanie is incredibly passionate about all aspects of technology, strategy, innovation, venture capital and angel investing.

Before joining Turner, Melanie held a variety of roles at Vodafone, Palm and Ericsson. She started her career in telecommunications before moving into the media industry and has extensive experience spread across Australia and Europe.

Twitter – @pomstrine


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