Founder of Estendio and Present Pal creator, Chris Hughes; co-founder of MyWay Digital Health Debbie Wake; and CEO of Pillow Property Partners, Scott Weir, are the three lucky entrepreneurs selected to pitch for the £200,000 prize at this year’s Startup Summit.
They were selected from a group of eight at the semi-final event, which took place at Johnston Carmichael in Edinburgh. The three semi-final judges, founder of Galvanise Nick Jones; CEO of Exmos, Gordon Coulter; and senior business development manager at Johnston Carmichael, Kirsty Irvine, assessed various aspects of the competing businesses, including entrepreneurial spirit and potential growth.
The overall winner of the annual Startup Summit Competition will receive business support from IBM, STV, Adopt An Intern and Johnston Carmichael. They will also be given a fully funded place on the FutureX Silicon Valley Accelerate 2019 programme. In previous years, delegates have met representatives from Google, Facebook, Silicon Valley Bank and Rocketspace among others.
Gordon Coulter said of the Accelerator programme: “Having participated in the Silicon Valley Accelerator program in 2017, I know what one of them is about to experience and it’s pretty awesome.”
Meet the Semi-Finalists
- Present Pal by Estendio is a software product designed to make presenting easier for those who struggle with dyslexia or anxiety. University students across the UK are already using the software for their work.
- Pillow Property Partners has built an online platform that matches property owners with guests from around the world. They use technology to deal with the hands-off business aspects for their clients, such as marketing.
- MyWay Digital Health is disrupting the health sector with AI-driven products. Their main product, MyDiabetesMyWay, is an award-winning digital management system for people diagnosed with diabetes.
Irvine said: “It was a tough call choosing the final three companies to put through to the Startup Summit competition final – the calibre of the eight companies that walked through our doors to pitch at the semi final was high and they all demonstrated those vital entrepreneurial qualities; passion, purpose and an unbeatable work ethic.
“The final three – diverse in geography, sector, age and stage – had the slight edge to nudge them into the final and JC look forward to working with them to accelerate their business growth.”
Bruce Walker, co-founder of FutureX said: “The quality of the applications this year has been exceptionally high, which is testament to the thriving technology ecosystem in the UK. I can’t wait to see the finalists pitch live on Startup Summit main stage and find out this year’s winner!”
The competition final will be hosted on the main stage at Startup Summit 2018 on 31st October, where the audience vote will hold weight in the judging.