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upStart 2020

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Digital DNA presents upStart 2020

Digital DNA upSTART was created to identify, showcase and reward tech startups that have the potential to become high-impact businesses. Previous winners have come from Dubai, London, Dublin and Belfast.

upStart 2020

Now in its 5th year, upStart at Digital DNA selects 20-30 early stage startups to pitch their company to a selected group of investors and judges. In 2020 we are going online and founders and their teams will have the opportunity to create a 5 min PITCHTAPE for our judges to consider.

Why you should enter.

access our network

Showcase your startup in front of our global audience of investors, mentors and potential customers.

create a unique pitchtape

Claim your free account on our unique PitchTape platform and create a tailored PitchTape that you will be able to share with potential investors.

prize fund

Win over £5k of benefits from AWS credits, a Fiverr micro-grant, PR & Media package plus lots more benefits from being crowned upStart 2020 champion

How it works

Register your Startup

Create video pitch

Upload your deck

Add team info

Submit PITCHTAPE

Meet our Investors

Eamon Carey

MD of Techstars London

Megan Reynolds

Investor at Crane Ventures

Kieran
Hill

Ascension Ventures

Volker Hirsch

Amadeus
Capital

Marina Traversari

Global Program Manager at TEAC

Shaun Sharkey

Equity Manager at Crowdcube

Steven Hess

founder at WhiteCap

Oliver
Lane

Insurtech Gateway

Tammy Marks


L Marks

Sam Louis

Investment Consultant at Angel Invesment Network

Mohamed Foulster


Redstone

Lara Halfron

Senior Scouting Manager, L Marks

Jenny Ervine

Angel Investor & Co Founder of Raise Ventures

Oliver
Lane

Insurtech Gateway

Tammy Marks


L Marks

Sam Louis

Investment Consultant at Angel Invesment Network

Mohamed Foulster


Redstone

Lara Halfron

Senior Scouting Manager, L Marks

Top 50 NI Tech Startups

Startups are the lifeblood of the NI Tech ecosystem and this December, Digital DNA in association with Raise Ventures, Tughans, and Belfast City Council are excited to announce that we will be profiling the top 50 NI tech startups that you should know about. In addition to our upStart competition, which provides a unique opportunity for start-ups to showcase their business idea in front of a panel of investors, mentors, and potential customers, startups will also be listed in our end of year publication to our global audience of over 10,000.

An opportunity not to be missed!! 

Our amazing Sponsors

We are delighted to be working with these amazing companies to help make upStart 2020 happen.

Why you should enter

upStart provides a unique opportunity for startups to showcase their startup in front of a global audience of investors, mentors and potential customers. Our unique pitching platform also allows you to craft your pitch before going in front of investors and judges. 

  • Create an investor ready video pitch

    Everyone is going online and pitching investors is no different. upStart allows you to create your own PITCHTAPE that investors can view, rate and connect with.

  • Polish your pitch

    No longer do you need to worry about missing your key points on stage during a live pitch.

  • Pitch as a team

    All your team working remotely but you want to include everyone in the pitch. Don't panic! Get each team member to contribute their own pitch segment within our platform.

  • Upload your pitch deck

    Include your investor ready deck for investors to review alongside your PITCHTAPE

  • Record key milestones

    Signed a significant client? Onboarded specific talent? We got you! Highlight key milestones for investors to see your traction to date.

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EAMON CAREY

MD OF TECHSTARS LONDON AND A GENERAL PARTNER AT THE FUND

Eamonn Carey is the Managing Director of Techstars London and a General Partner at The Fund. He’s one of the most active early stage investors in Europe, with a portfolio of over 50 companies across Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA.

MEGAN REYNOLDS

INVESTOR AT CRANE VENTURES

Megan is an investor with Crane, a London-based early-stage VC fund investing in enterprise software and deep tech across Europe. Megan joined Crane from company-builder Entrepreneur First where she worked with over 100 technical founders to scale their company from idea to Seed stage. She previously worked at investment platform Crowdcube helping start-up founders raise capital and started her career as a public markets investor in Hong Kong.

KIERAN HILL

ASCENSION VENTURES

Kieran is a Partner at Ascension Ventures, the UK’s most active impact investor and one of Europe’s most active Seed investors, with a portfolio of 100+ companies. He is also the Founder of the Debut Sessions, a new remote pitching initiative aiming to democratise access to investors for pre-Seed startups and pre-Seed startups for investors.

VOLKER HIRSCH

AMADEUS CAPITAL

Volker is a Partner at Amadeus Capital, one of Europe’s leading “deep” technology investors where he works on its early-stage funds. He is an entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded a total of 6 companies to date. Previously, Volker was the Chief Strategy Officer at Scoreloop, a mobile social gaming platform, which he helped grow from (almost) inception to 450m users at its peak. When the company got acquired by BlackBerry in 2011, he served as BlackBerry’s Global Head of Business Development –Games.

MARINA TRAVERSARI

GLOBAL PROGRAM MANAGER AT TEAC

Marina heads up the Telecom Infrastructure Projects (TIP) Ecosystem Acceleration Centers (TEAC) globally. The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is an initiative to deliver innovative solutions to telecom network infrastructure that anticipate future demand and address the connectivity divide.

TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centres (TEACs) – currently announced in the UK, Germany & Korea – identify and incubate cutting edge telecom startups, accelerating product development through industry collaboration and investor support, with a current focus on 5G, MEC and OpenRAN.

 

STEVEN HESS

FOUNDER at WHITECAP

An entrepreneur and educator at heart, Steven now focuses his time and energy on executive coaching, growth and transformation consulting and mentoring the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Program. Prior he is a three time founder, one exit to marketing services giant Omnicom, one he set up one of the first incubator initiatives and one he exited to a partner.

TAMMY MARKS

L MARKS

As Scouting Manager, at L Marks,Tammy is responsible for sourcing and identifying the most innovative startups for collaboration. Tammy’s expertise ranges across a variety of industries, including retail, property and energy sectors.

TAMMY MARKS

As Scouting Manager, at L Marks,Tammy is responsible for sourcing and identifying the most innovative startups for collaboration. Tammy’s expertise ranges across a variety of industries, including retail, property and energy sectors.

MOHAMED FOULSTER

REDSTONE

Mohamed Foulser is Redstone’s investment manager responsible for deals that cover topics that include IoT, Cybersecurity, Robotics, Smart Manufacturing and Distributed Ledger Technology. He is operationally active in Redstones recently announced DeepTech fund: Future Industry Ventures. Background as an aeronautical engineer and founder with VC competence from the UK.

LARA HALFRON

SENIOR SCOUTING MANAGER, L MARKS

Lara is the Senior Scouting Manager at L Marks, leading the scouting team. She has scouted companies across many different sectors and she’s currently focusing on insurance, leading the scouting for Lloyd’s Lab. She identifies and approaches the best startups in the market to connect them with our corporate partners and has past experience and a strong passion in technology and entrepreneurship. Lara has also been involved in the Israeli startup ecosystem.

JENNY ERVINE

Angel Investor & Co Founder of Raise Ventures

An experienced early stage angel investor with a passion for marketing and business strategy. Currently focusing on Raise Ventures cohort of companies connecting them with investors & customers to help them grow and scale.