Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator partner SETsquared hosted its annual Tech-Xpo event this July showcasing the latest in high-tech talent and innovation, currently leading the way in the UK’s South West thriving tech cluster. The event was sponsored by Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator, VWV and Barclays, who provide support to tech start-ups across the city, contributing to the development of the UK’s high-tech industry.
From the SETsquared Bristol startup incubator, 15 businesses exhibited at the event including AutonoMe, Limber, Nano Simbox and Zoetrope Labs. The event highlight was an exciting 60-second pitch-off, where ventures competed for ‘Best Elevator Pitch’. The winner of this prestigious accolade was Kairo, a digitalised chat-based home and work assistant, offering a slick solution to everyday organisational struggles.
Commenting on the win by Kairo, Monika Radclyffe, SETsquared Bristol Director said: “To win the people’s choice award at the Tech-Xpo is no small feat. It is surprisingly hard to explain what you do in exactly a minute, and all our ventures worked hard on mastering their pitch.”
Lisa Matthews, CEO at HellyHolly who developed Kairo, said: “The SETsquared community and the wider Bristol start-up ecosystem is a constant source of motivation and inspiration for us, and Tech-Xpo is a great demonstration of the thriving and supportive scene we've got here in Bristol. We're excited for Kairo's future as part of it.”
Tech-Xpo provides an annual platform to celebrate the latest in tech innovation across the city, putting programmes, such as SETsquared Bristol’s business incubator and Oracle’s Startup Cloud Accelerator, on the national map in cutting-edge high-tech industry.
Marina Traversari, Bristol Programme Manager of Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator, said: "The technical and product innovation coming out of this region is tremendous and we are thrilled to partner with SETsquared and Tech-Xpo 2017 to help shine a spotlight on these exciting companies. These partnerships are invaluable as Oracle expands its engagements with start-ups in not only the Bristol/Bath area but across the globe.”
Other companies participating at Tech-Xpo include AutonoMe, Bioinduction, Cerberus Security Labs, CLWB, Duel, FutuHR, Gapsquare, Limber, Lemonpeel Controls, LuJam Security, Music Memory Box by Studio Meineck, Nano Simbox, Test and Verification Solutions, TISCreport, TrustWeave, YellowDog and ZConnect.