Technology developed by Anvil Mobile based near Saffron Walden that allows you to have one or more land line numbers on your mobile phone and be charged local rates, is one of the innovative ideas hoping to win the Discovering Start-Ups competition being run by Cambridge Wireless and supported by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA).
Discovering Start-Ups is designed to showcase and support a new generation of wireless technology companies in the east of England and will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their technologies and business plans to the likes of Google, Microsoft and Orange, along with some of the world’s leading angel and VC investors.
Anvil has teamed up with the network operator 3, so that calls to multiple geographic or non-geographic numbers go direct to a mobile phone but are charged at land line rates. This is ideal for small companies or tradesmen who want to promote local numbers; while Anvil customers can also record voice calls and text messages for security and compliance and even scan for abusive content.
In addition to presenting to some of the most influential angels and VC investors in the finals, winners of the Cambridge Wireless Discovering Start-Ups 2010 also get cash prizes along with business consultancy and services.
“This is a great opportunity to pitch our new technology and ideas to investors with successful track records of backing winning technologies and businesses,” said Ian Philip, founder and CEO at Anvil. The company recently moved into new offices at Blois Meadow Business Centre, in Steeple Bumpstead.
There are five entry categories in Discovering Start-Ups: cognitive and/or green radio, hot applications and services, wireless health and wellness innovations, technology design in wireless, and emerging disruptive ideas. Any business or R&D organisation with a new product or service that falls into on of these categories is eligible to enter. The closing date for entries is 29 October and the final pitches and awards take place on 9 December at Newnham College, Cambridge.
More information about the competition and masterclasses can be found at: http://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/discoveringstartups
About Cambridge Wireless
Cambridge Wireless is a leading and vibrant wireless community with a rapidly expanding network of companies interested in the application of wireless technologies. In addition to VIP networking activities and business development support, Cambridge Wireless runs Special Interest Groups focussed on specific technology and/or market areas, providing opportunities to meet, form partnerships and exploit opportunities for new business.
Cambridge Wireless has partnerships with like-minded organisations around the world, and endeavours to keep members fully up to date with the latest developments, and assist in exploring new business opportunities with local and international companies. For more information, please visit www.cambridgewireless.co.uk
About the East of England Development Agency
EEDA has a clear mission – to improve the economy of the East of England. So whether it’s helping businesses through the recession, supporting people to be the best they can or breathing new life into places, everything comes back to EEDA’s mission statement. EEDA works across the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. EEDA investment decisions have a track record of delivering considerable returns. A recent independent report found that for every £1 EEDA spent, it generated a mid-point return of £4.75 for the region’s economy. Visit www.eeda.org.uk to find out more.