Here’s your weekly round up of news about startup competitions, awards, co-working spaces, accelerators and any other exciting things happening in the UK tech sector.
Pitch@Palace 7.0 winner
Clean tech startup Desolenator won Pitch@Palace 7.0 earlier this week.
Held in St James’s Palace, the competition founded by the Duke of York to help businesses grow, saw 12 tech entrepreneurs pitch in front of a live audience.
Founded in London, Desonelator won after presenting its solar-powered water desalination proposal.
Startupbootcamp IoT open for applications
Startupbootcamp IoT, a dedicated accelerator for IoT and hardware startups, is now accepting applications for its second program.
The three month program, which is due to start in October in London, will aim to support a maximum of 10 startups in the space.
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Alongside giving startups access to a network of mentors and investors, companies will also receive co-working space and £15,000 for expenses.
“We’re now moving towards the next stage of the Internet of Things: a system of connected devices that positively impacts society by reducing wastage and increasing performance. I’m optimistic about the impact this will have on both businesses and society and am looking forward to working with startups that feel the same,” said Raph Crouan, MD of Startupbootcamp IoT.
Startups can apply here.
Scotland’s Digital Tech Awards
ScotlandIS, the body representing Scotland’s digital technologies industry, has announced the winners of the 2017 Digital Technology Awards.
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Skyscanner CEO Gareth Williams was given a special honour on the night for Outstanding Personal Achievement.
Skyscanner also took the awards for Best B2C Product/Service and Investment Deal of the Year following its sale to Ctrip for £1.4bn.
Gillian Docherty of The Data Lab was crowned CEO of the Year.
Edge Testing Solutions won the award for Large Business of the Year.
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Hotdocs won the award for Small-Medium Business of the Year and was named International Technology Star.
The Public Sector award went to StormID for its work on the new website for ScotBlood.
The gong for Education Service Provider was awarded to CodeClan. Since its launch in October 2015 CodeClan has trained over 180 students and the judges praised the academy’s implementation and its increasing impact in helping to address the industry skills requirements.
The Outstanding Marketing Performance category was won by Glasgow-based mobile marketing agency Digitonic.
Edinburgh-based Nucleus took the award for B2B Technology Product/Service for Narrate, a new type of client reporting tool for financial advisors.
Best Financial Services Product/Service was won by FreeAgent for its cloud accounting software.
Aggreko won the Innovation Through Data award for its use of data generated by telemetry across its generator fleet to improve reliability and deliver enhanced customer experience.
Cardiff University partners with Airbus
Cardiff University and Airbus have partnered to launch a new cybsersecurity research centre in Wales.
The Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics will be located at Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics.
Researchers will work with Airbus to carry out studies into how machine learning, data analytics and AI can be leveraged for the detection of cyber attacks.
Dr Kevin Jones, head of cybersecurity innovation at Airbus, said: “Collaborating with leading Universities such as Cardiff to research and develop sophisticated machine learning and data analytics for attack detection is a key approach in the future protection of critical systems. The launch of the Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics is an enabler for the rapid transfer of research into operational activities and ensures that researchers are able to access the latest techniques and data, and in addition are supported by Airbus experts.”
The Centre of Excellence, Cardiff University has also been awarded approximately £2m to launch major new programmes over the next three years, aimed at developing cutting-edge machine learning algorithms to detect cyber threats.
AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards 2017
This year’s winners of the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards 2017 were: .
Trending Award Winner – MyAsthma: an app designed to help people living with asthma understand more about themselves and their condition.
The Future Award – Winner – sensewear: A collection of clothes and accessories that emphasise the use of senses.
AXA PPP Health Tech & You Challenge: Winner – Affinity: A connected device for people with cancer to monitor their blood cell counts from home.
The Health & Care Professional’s Choice : Winner – uMotif: A platform that captures high quality health data from patients through digital tools they love to use.
The Health Tech & Age Award: Winner – MIRA Rehab: A platform that turns physical and cognitive exercises into video games, making therapy easier to follow.
The Wow! Award: Winner – HealthUnlocked partners with hundreds of patient advocacy organisations and charities within these communities, providing them with support, expertise and moderation, and offers a range of unique solutions to organisations and businesses, specialising in access to an active health-focused audience.
RegTech delegation to New York
UK RegTech companies joined a delegation to New York City, organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT).
Some of the companies which joined the trip included ClauseMatch, ComplyAdvantage, Encompass Corporation, Percentile, Enforcd, Novastone, FundApps and Sybenetix.
The firms will be given the opportunity to network and meet leaders from the US financial services industry and take part in several meetings and workshops.