2020 Winners

Our National Winners

We’d like to give a special thanks to our National Judges for all their support in making these difficult decisions with the quality so high: Maija Palmer (Innovation Editor at Sifted), James Hallahan Director (UK & Ireland, Hays & James Harvard), Neil Sebire (Chief Innovation Research Officer, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust) and Penny Coulthard Director of Investor Relations North Invest.

Special thanks to our Tech for Good panelist Amali De Alwis MBE FRSA, UK Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups and our Growth Roundtable panelists from Top Business Tech, NIHR, North Invest, Cosmico and Dublin BIC

Please see below for the full results

National Title

Winner (1st Place): Beam

Our ultimate aim is to reach as many homeless people as possible and empower them into stable work. The best way for us to achieve this is to expand out of London and into other cities – not only within the UK but further afield. We are confident that our model is scalable and we’re looking forward to moving in this direction in the next year or so  beam.org

2nd Place: TapSOS

TapSOS is a smartphone app for non-verbal contact with emergency services (999). Many people face barriers when engaging with 999 – physical, medical or situational. Confusion, panic and stress can break down communication causing life-threatening delays. tapsos.com

3rd Place: CanSense

The innovative CanSense test provides an affordable healthcare solution to early stage cancer detection using one simple blood sample, significantly reducing the high levels of cancer mortality. www.cansenseltd.com

A Recap of the prizes won by our National Winner

  • Hays Rise: Our National Winner will receive a 12-month subscription to Hays Rise (worth £30,000) enable you to make 5 hires with VIP access to online training, content and events. Learn More… or visit www.haysrise.com
  • Super Connect FLEX Membership provided by Empact Ventures (worth £3,000) to engage and connect with a wider range of potential partners, clients and/or funders across the UK and Ireland. Learn More…
  • Guaranteed Press Coverage provided by TB Tech Prize including Founder Interview, Sponsored Video Interview, Home Page Takeover and Whitepaper hosting (worth £2,500) here
  • Full Funding Workshop provided by Angels Den or option to pitch to Angels with 20% discount on cost of the raise www.angelsden.com
  • Free Virtual Address & Hot-Desking for 6 Months at eOffice: MyeOffice 40 package free for 6 months providing a central London address, mail forwarding, telephone number and telephone answering, with hot-desking 40 hours month (worth £2,000+VAT) – Read More…
  • Free Legal Documents or Legal Advice with Linkilaw Solicitors (worth £3,000). Read More…

Our National Winners

AI for Good

1st: Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS)

IGS produces a vertical farm turnkey solution named Intelligent Growth. Our fully automated controlled environment agriculture solution embraces what we term the 3 E’s: Environmentally Sustainable, Excellence in Quality and Economically Competitive. These principles mean our VF solution provides superior quality, yield and consistency for the produce one can grow in it. The social impact is significant reductions in energy and resource consumption. intelligentgrowthsolutions.com

2nd: Everledger

Everledger creates solutions that harness the benefits of blockchain in tandem with other cutting edge technologies, such as AI and intelligent labelling. The Everledger platform is the first to create secure and permanent digital records of an asset’s origin, characteristics and ownership across its lifetime, benefiting those industries and companies that face strict requirements to evidence the provenance and traceability of their products. www.everledger.io

3rd: V&V Health Innovations

Here at V&V Health Innovations, it is our determination that is driven us to help healthcare professionals solve the challenges surrounding health issues, with innovative AI solutions that addresses the diagnosis process effectively. Utilising state-of-the-art technology and innovative AI algorithms, V&V is producing solutions that transform healthcare, and generate information and vital analytical data to assist professionals .We aim to help in prevention of blindness and life threatening diseases such a cardiovascular. vvhealthinnovations.com

Smart Cities

1st: Civic Dollars

Civic Dollars is a social currency platform that is used to improve our citizens health by encouraging physical activity and helping them to engage with their communities. Users earn Civic Dollars by visiting parks and open spaces, volunteering in community groups and reporting problems to the city or council.  civicdollars.com

2nd: Alcuris

Alcuris’ Memohub® digital solution is a sensor based monitoring platform. It addresses the need of providing a new digital social alarm, combined with activity monitoring. The aim is to prolong the independence of older and vulnerable individuals. www.alcuris.co.uk

3rd: MySense

MySense is a wellbeing analytics platform that uses passive and wearable devices to spot early signs of wellbeing decline. The AI driven platform learns the expected patterns of an individual and then constantly analyses data points for any indications of abnormality. mysense.ia

Note: The Smart Cities stream also coverage IoT, 5G and Intelligent Transport

HealthTech (General)

1st: Neatebox

The Neatebox WelcoMe system utilises location-aware technology on the modern smartphone and uses geolocation to trigger specific messages to participating venues. A disabled person using WelcoMe triggers this notification when within a certain distance which provides staff with information on how best to serve their soon to arrive visitor. www.neatebox.com

2nd: HappyR Health

The playful companion on a child’s Migraine Journey. They offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in a playful, engaging and personalized way to children with chronic pain, starting with childhood migraine. At Happyr Health, AI and safe and secure psychographic profiling are used for good. happyrhealth.com

3rd: Ethelcare

ETHEL is a large (16 inch screen) , Always-on, touchscreen device that is tailormade for people who have little or no digital experience. Once an ETHEL is in installed in a persons home (its Plug and Go), Staff and families can use their own Laptops, Tablets, smartphones for E-consults & ‘Virtual visits’ (video call), medication reminders with built in non-compliance alerts, event reminders, scheduled video exercises, one-touch ‘Call Me’ request feature, and photo and video sharing. It further has the vital signs monitoring feature, where patients can input range of vital signs either manually or via Bluetooth. www.ethelcare.co.uk

HealthTech (Healthy Aging)

1st: MySense

MySense is a wellbeing analytics platform that uses passive and wearable devices to spot early signs of wellbeing decline. The AI driven platform learns the expected patterns of an individual and then constantly analyses data points for any indications of abnormality. mysense.ia

2nd: Local Treasures

Local Treasures uses a sophisticated AI to create flexible, frictionless work for older adults. We believe that work is good for you, especially as you age. Work keeps you fit and healthy, financially independent and socially included. Local Treasures is an AI matching engine which connects customer requests for help around their homes or in small businesses with a database of vetted, older adults who have a wide range of skills. www.localtreasures.me

3rd: Alcuris

Alcuris’ Memohub® digital solution is a sensor based monitoring platform. It addresses the need of providing a new digital social alarm, combined with activity monitoring. The aim is to prolong the independence of older and vulnerable individuals. www.alcuris.co.uk

EdTech

1st: Tootoot

Tootoot is the award-winning reporting app which enables children and young people to report a concern, such bullying or mental health concerns, directly to their school, college or university. tootoot.co.uk

2nd: Flash Academy

FlashAcademy®, developed by Birmingham EdTech Learning Labs and part-owned by Birmingham Local Authority, is the only digital English language platform to teach English curriculum content from 45 different home languages. flashacademy.com 

3rd: Potential.ly

The Potential.ly technology and more recently its ‘Classof2020’ (classof2020.org.uk/about-us) online platform initiative provides an engaging learning and development environment to help young people during and post-education to bridge the skills gap, become career ready and thrive through their early careers. home.potential.ly

GovTech

1st: Beam

Beam is the world’s first platform to crowdfund employment training for homeless people and support them into skilled, long-term work. Help a homeless Londoner for the long-term. You help fund their training. We support them into a career. They get a bright new future. beam.org

2nd: SwiftComply

SwiftComply has potential to bring national and transformative change to how the UK is dealing with sewer pollution. We have created a tool for a collaborative, joined up solution to tackle the growing problem of fats, oils and grease (FOG) in the sewer. Sewer blockages can bring damage and distress to anyone, affecting not just the polluter, but surrounding neighbours, communities and businesses.  swiftcomply.co.uk

3rd: Neatebox

The Neatebox WelcoMe system utilises location aware technology on the modern smartphone and uses geo location to trigger specific messages to participating venues. A disabled person using WelcoMe triggers this notification when within a certain distance which provides staff with information on how best to serve their soon to arrive visitor. www.neatebox.com

MedTech

1st: Bold Health

The NHS estimates that 15-20% (and up to 25% of women who are predominantly affected) of the UK population is affected by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a chronic gastrointestinal condition with variable bowel symptoms that can severely impact the daily life and wellbeing of affected individuals. For this, the team at Bold Health has created Zemedy, a digital therapeutic solution for IBS with a whole-body approach to patients’ long-term health and wellbeing, to bridge the gap in care and in access to effective therapies for IBS. www.bold.health

2nd: MyM Health

The my mhealth platform uses react native technology to deliver a range of digital therapeutics to patients with a range of health conditions. Their aim is to empower patients with the tools they need to self-manage more effectively. The platform includes condition specific, NHS approved, Apps for people living with COPD, Asthma, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Covid-19. mymhealth.com

3rd: QV Bioelectronics

We are pioneering an implanted electrotherapy device to treat brain tumours. Our internal electrotherapy device fits elegantly into the current treatment pathway and once implanted, it will deliver pain and side effect free treatment 24/7 directly to the site of the cancer cells. The entire device is completely implanted, with a small battery placed under the shoulder. qvbio.co.uk

Regional Winners

  • Scotland: NeateBox

  • Northern Ireland: TapSOS

  • Republic of Ireland: Kids Speech Labs

  • North: QV Bioelectronics

  • South: My mHealth

  • East: IE Hub

  • West (Wales & Midlands): CanSense

  • London: Beam

A full list of all winners with descriptions and runners up can be found here

Our Regional Winners

We were truly overwhelmed with the support we have received for the competition so far with only 6 weeks to put it together between Empact Ventures and Hays. It was excellent to see the startup ecosystem working hard to make a positive social impact through technology in every area including healthcare, education, public services and more.

We’d like to thank our 50+ Regional Judges for volunteering their time and expertise to review the applications and decide on our 8 Regional Winners who will now go through to our National Virtual Final on 17th November 2020 to pitch to be crowned our National Winner.

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Republic of Ireland

Winner (1st Place): Kids Speech Labs

Kids Speech Labs is building the first remote, automated assessment of children’s speech and language skills. Our goal is to ensure that no child falls behind socially or educationally because of missed speech and language delays. The platform consists of interactive games that can reliably score children’s speech and language skills. www.kidsspeechlabs.com

2nd Place: Equal 1 Laboratories

Equal 1 Laboratories is an innovative start-up creating a paradigm shift in quantum computing. Quantum computing is a potential game-changer as the field promises an exponential increase in computing power which will enable breakthrough applications in areas as diverse as vaccine and drug discovery, climate modelling, protein folding modelling, financial services and artificial intelligence among others. www.equal1.us

 

3rd Place: Trezeo

In a world where a large and growing proportion of the workforce don’t have access to the usual safety net provided through traditional employment, Trezeo’s mission is to deliver inclusive financial services for independent workers to equip them with the support needed to be their own boss. www.trezeo.com

Scotland

Winner (1st Place): NeateBox

The Neatebox WelcoMe system utilises location aware technology on the modern smartphone and uses geo location to trigger specific messages to participating venues. A disabled person using WelcoMe triggers this notification when within a certain distance which provides staff with information on how best to serve their soon to arrive visitor. www.neatebox.com

2nd Place: IGS Ltd

IGS produces a vertical farm turnkey solution named Intelligent Growth. Their fully automated controlled environment agriculture solution embraces what they term as the 3 E’s: Environmentally Sustainable, Excellence in Quality and Economically Competitive. These principles mean their VF solution provides superior quality, yield and consistency for the produce one can grow in it. www.intelligentgrowthsolutions.com

3rd Place: Klik2Learn

With its focus on digital innovation, Klik2learn has a unique place in the English and vocational market. Their ambition to transform lives is being realised at a faster pace than ever due to the profound impact of Covid 19. Their software serves a social as well as an educational purpose by using technology to open up new opportunities in emerging economies. www.klik2learn.com

Northern Ireland

Winner (1st Place): TapSOS

TapSOS is a smartphone app for non-verbal contact with emergency services (999). Many people face barriers when engaging with 999 – physical, medical or situational. Confusion, panic and stress can break down communication causing life-threatening delays. tapsos.com

2nd Place: See.Sense

See.Sense is a technology and data company helping to get more people using bikes, so that cities can reduce congestion, pollution and improve the health of their citizens. We have a B2C2B business model. Our award-winning B2C products include intelligent bike lights and GPS theft tracking devices that make cycling safer and improve the cycling experience. seesense.cc

3rd Place: Ethelcare

ETHEL is a large (16 inch screen) , Always-on, touchscreen device that is tailormade for people who have little or no digital experience. Once an ETHEL is in installed in a persons home (its Plug and Go), Staff and families can use their own Laptops, Tablets, smartphones for E-consults & ‘Virtual visits’ (video call), medication reminders with built in non-compliance alerts, event reminders, scheduled video exercises, one-touch ‘Call Me’ request feature, and photo and video sharing. It further has the vital signs monitoring feature, where patients can input range of vital signs either manually or via Bluetooth. www.ethelcare.co.uk

North of England

Winner (1st Place): QV Bioelectronics

We are pioneering an implanted electrotherapy device to treat brain tumours. Our internal electrotherapy device fits elegantly into the current treatment pathway and once implanted, it will deliver pain and side effect free treatment 24/7 directly to the site of the cancer cells. The entire device is completely implanted, with a small battery placed under the shoulder. qvbio.co.uk

2nd Place: CurveBlock

Using cryptography in a centralised and compliant manner allows CurveBlock to finally place the construction industry and its lucrative returns to be owned by the public in a digitised and fractionalised manner, empowering the working class to be able to replicate how the wealthy and institutions constantly compound their capital within the worlds largest asset class. curveblock.io

3rd Place: Tootoot

Tootoot is the award-winning reporting app which enables children and young people to report a concern, such bullying or mental health concerns, directly to their school, college or university. tootoot.co.uk

 

South of England

Winner (1st Place): MyMHealth

The my mhealth platform uses react native technology to deliver a range of digital therapeutics to patients with a range of health conditions. Their aim is to empower patients with the tools they need to self-manage more effectively. The platform includes condition specific, NHS approved, Apps for people living with COPD, Asthma, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Covid-19. mymhealth.com

2nd Place: Imployable

Imployable are a UK startup set to disrupt the recruitment and education market having created an app to allow people; no matter their age, background ability or disability, to manage their career and gain purposeful employment. The app is built to take the user on a journey of career coaching, industry insights and upskilling as well as matching an individual’s skills, experience and qualification (SEQ) to the live jobs market. imployable.me

3rd Place: Local Treasures

Local Treasures uses a sophisticated AI to create flexible, frictionless work for older adults. They believe that work is good for you, especially as you age. Work keeps you fit and healthy, financially independent and socially included. Local Treasures is an AI matching engine which connects customer requests for help around their homes or in small businesses with a database of vetted, older adults who have a wide range of skills. localtreasures.me

East of England

Winner (1st Place): IE HUB

IE Hub is a multi award-winning web portal empowering the millions of UK people in financial difficulty to assess and share their affordability data. IE Hub delivers a seamless digital engagement with customers to self-assess and verify affordability. This can be used to establish affordable repayment plans, assign forbearance and identify financial vulnerabilities for customer in financial difficulties. iehub.co.uk 

2nd Place: Happyr Health

The playful companion on a child’s Migraine Journey. They offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in a playful, engaging and personalized way to children with chronic pain, starting with childhood migraine. At Happyr Health, AI and safe and secure psychographic profiling are used for good. happyrhealth.com

3rd Place: Zevolv

Zevolv are building drop-box EV chargers which are charger agnostic (meaning they can be used by any electric car make or model, regardless of country of origin), that can be dropped anywhere without disruption – powered by renewable energy to power the charge. Aesthetically pleasing and affordable. www.zevolv.com

West (Wales & Midlands)

Winner (1st Place): CanSense

The innovative CanSense test provides an affordable healthcare solution to early stage cancer detection using one simple blood sample, significantly reducing the high levels of cancer mortality. www.cansenseltd.com

2nd Place: Alcuris

Alcuris’ Memohub® digital solution is a sensor based monitoring platform. It addresses the need of providing a new digital social alarm, combined with activity monitoring. The aim is to prolong the independence of older and vulnerable individuals. www.alcuris.co.uk

3rd Place: The Big Media House / YOUR BusinessExpo

The principal technology is our easy2training platform for online learning. With this platform we work with subject matter experts, enabling them to deliver training either as 100% online modules or as part of a blended course. www.bigmediahouse.co.uk

London

Winner (1st Place): Beam

Beam is the world’s first platform to crowdfund employment training for homeless people and support them into skilled, long-term work. Help a homeless Londoner for the long-term. You help fund their training. We support them into a career. They get a bright new future. beam.org

2nd Place: Miicare

MiiCare is transforming the way care is provided to elderly. We are giving them the freedom to live in their own home, safe, healthy and more connected. MiiCare’s developed IoT ambient assisted-living solution, which utilises wireless sensors and devices to monitor activities and vitals of older adults, and acts as a companion to address loneliness and keep them more connected to their families and friends. miicare.co.uk

3rd Place: Bold Health

Zemedy provides an at-hand, personalised, and set of proven behavioural-change and stress-reduction tools to enable self-treatment for individuals with IBS. The app leverages a scientifically proven CBT protocol developed at the University of Pennsylvania, which has also been successfully taken through an RCT in digital format of mobile app Zemedy. www.bold.health

 

Industry Winners Update: All applicants have been entered into the Industry Streams that they submitted with their application with our Industry Partners now judging those applications and the 6 Winners will be announced at the National Virtual Final in the areas of AI, EdTech, MedTech, HealthTech, Smart Cities & GovTech. Please register here to join us