Jo Banks, our Business Development Manager, represented us at the ENGIE UK Innovation Showcase last week in Birmingham, judging ‘Big Pitch’, eventually selecting Net2Grind. It was a truly collaborative approach to innovation – working internally and externally to progress the company’s vision and strategy and to promote different innovations within the energy sector.
Hertzian featured as Trailblazing AI Company by UK Government
By Ben Sewell | 25th April 2018
Today the government recognised Hertzian as a leading light of the British AI industry in their announcement of a £1bn deal to put the nation at the front of the industry. The deal includes more than £300m of newly allocated government funding for AI research.
Hertzian were incorporated in 2015, one of the companies out of the Launchpad programme. The main programme is now underway, with five more companies in formation, and 15 new teams planned for September 2018 start.
Launchpad are at EGX Rezzed today, tomorrow and Sunday. Come and find us in the Careers Fair – and try playing the first level of Get Packing from Moonshine Studios, one of the teams that we’re incubating this year.
We’re holding our London Showcase soon: Five new digital businesses build to meet market demand will be presenting their products and plans.
Date: Monday 30th April, from 6pm
Place: Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Road NW1 2RA,
This is your opportunity to see the tech that our incubating companies are developing, and where their businesses are going. It is an invitation-only event, so please contact us by the 20th of April if you’d like to attend.
This is your opportunity to see the tech that our incubating companies are developing, and where their businesses are going. It is an invitation-only event, so please contact us if you’d like to attend.
We are pleased to be partnering Dublin Tech Summit on the 18th and 19th of April. Ben Sewell (our lead software engineer) is speaking on Thursday afternoon at TECHxFACTORY, or you can find us at our stand.
Glas Keynote Speakers at the AgriTech Innovation Showcase
By Mark Picken | 7th February 2018
Rob Sanders and Colin Phillipson are Glas: a Launchpad team innovating in the agri-tech sector to help farmers drive greater productivity through data.
Glas was delighted to accept an invitation to speak at the AgriTech Innovation Showcase at the Royal Cornwall show ground on the 23rd of January. The event was hosted by David Rodda and Liz Gilbert from the Cornwall Development Company in aid of boosting the AgriTech sector here in Cornwall. People from various companies and disciplines presented ideas and upcoming innovations in agriculture and discussions were held around the future of the sector and how Cornwall is playing a leading role in driving this enterprising industry forward.
It was an exciting opportunity to present Glas’ product for the first time to a forward-looking audience and they received a very positive reception.
“Glas – well-presented and excellent use of pulling data together – excellent: Paul Miles Rogers, (independent business advice).”
Although there is still some way to go to deliver the full vision that was presented on the 23rd it is an exciting first step in the right direction. Moreover, the event offered excellent networking opportunities and potential future collaborations between major AgriTech industry players such as Rothamsted Research and Plymouth University.
On the 15th of February, Launchpad was pleased to welcome Rod Beer from the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) as part of a day devoted to building up the angel network within Cornwall. Falmouth University is an incubator / accelerator member of the UKBAA which reflects the increasing importance of innovation and business growth at Falmouth University. Business angels play a crucial part of the investment landscape for growing businesses and universities are great locations to bring together innovators, businesses and angels.
Rod provided an overview of the angel landscape and their importance in supporting growing businesses. The presentation also provided a practical guide to setting up a group and the key taxation, business and risk considerations.
A follow on meeting has been arranged for potential angels and further details are available from Michael Dickinson.