BuilderStorm wins TechPitch 4.5
“We’ve developed over 30 features to manage construction software, including diaries, drawing, hosting, and asset management,” said founder David Lawrence. “We are also fully compliant with the government’s new BIM [building information modeling] mandate.”
STOCKED – a digital communication platform for restaurants and their wholesale food and drink suppliers – came in second place with our panel of expert judges, and first in our audience vote.
“Independent restaurants don’t interact well with food suppliers – there is still a huge amount of error and miscommunication,” said founder Peter Butler. “We’re building the easiest way for independent restaurants to place orders via a smartphone in one click and communication with all suppliers in one place.”
Paylinko, a secure, easy method for small businesses to collect payments, was voted third. The winner of our audience vote was Onedox, a service that simplifies managing household admin and makes it easy to save money on household bills.
Conceived, organised and executed by 2Pears, the team that creates opportunities and events to inform, educate and connect entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors in technology, the TechPitch 4.5 series of events selects 8 tech start-ups to present their business plan in three minutes to an expert judging panel and an audience of investors, potential partners, and entrepreneurs.
As the winning startup, BuilderStrom receives – in addition to a bottle of bubbly – a growth clinic with Netleadz, the digital marketing agency, to help build its user base, its audience and increase visibility, awareness and reach.
Additionally, Pinsent Masons, as part of its Bootlaw initiative, offers a consultation free of charge to each of the pitching startups to discuss their legal needs.
Held at Pinsent Mason’s City offices in the evening of 4 October, and chaired by TechPitch 4.5 stalwart Danvers Ballieu, COO of Privax, TechPitch 4.5’s panel of judges encompassed a broad range of skills and expertise across technology investment, legal, entrepreneurship, research, incubators and journalism.
– Tim Bichara, entrepreneur, co-founder and commercial director, Conscious 2 and managing partner of Nimble Mobile
– Tom Fiddian, Innovation Lead – Creative Economy, Innovate UK
– Jody Orsborn, Founder, The Backscratchers
– Erik Wenngren, Founder, Spintop Ventures
The other start-ups selected to pitch were:
Budd it – a mystery shopping market place that optimizes the quality of stores/brands through a qualified community;
Crowd with Us Ltd – a new and alternative way to own property, via crowdfunding;
REWINR – a mobile rewards network for brands, merchants and app owners that aims to make mobile app advertising a rewarding experience;
Storygami – a tool that allows video creators to add context, calls to action and monetisation overlays – such as donation and purchase buttons – into their videos.
All judges praised and provided helpful critique of the start-ups who pitched. Danvers Ballieau remarked on the diversity of the business models presented, especially the range of applications for mobile tech. “Mobile tech is reaching everybody,” he said.
TechPitch 4.5’s supporting partners and sponsors include Bootlaw, Invesdor, Netleadz, TechMutiny, UKTI, MediaTainment Finance, and Privax Ltd.
TechPitch 4.5 Sport and Health will take place on 18 October 2016 at the offices of Lewis Silkin in London – get your tickets here. TechPitch 4.5 PLAY – our newest vertical event sponsored by Hasbro – is open to tech start-ups developing technologies and platforms that can help create new play experiences. Our inaugural event will take place on 22 November 2016 in London. Apply to pitch or get your tickets here.