ProdPad wins TechPitch 4.5
ProdPad won TechPitch 4.5 on 14 October 2015, winning first in the both the judges’ and audience vote.
Co-founder Janna Bastow presented the winning three-minute pitch, describing ProdPad’s product management software for teams that build digital products. “ProdPad’s software facilitates idea management,” she said, “and makes it easy for all stakeholders to give their input.”
In second place came CityFalcon, a financial news site that identifies trending stories based on a proprietary algorithm, and in third came Filisia, which has designed software that supports adaptive sensory interfaces for rehabilitation and learning difficulties.
The judging panel – which was comprised of Tom Jamison of Lloyds Bank, Teddie Wardi of Dawn Capital, Justin Pritchard of EY, and Kirsty Styles of TechCity News – all agreed that the calibre of the presenting start-ups was high.
Positive feedback all around
Feedback from the judges was positive and varied. Jamison said of Filisia, “It’s nice to see tech come and change people’s lives for the good.” Styles had similarly positive words for Thrivo: “It addresses an increasing need. We’re surely in a mental crisis timebomb.”
Event chairman Danvers Baillieu commended Tria for its undertaking. “There’s a huge treasure trove of data that no one’s doing anything with, and it’s a big challenge handling it all.”
And all the judges agreed – Sportivo won for the most entertaining pitch. “If you entertain me, then you can go over three minutes,” Baillieu joked.
End of the bubble?
The pitches followed a brief, open discussion amongst the judges, in which Baillieu asked if the day’s announcement that Twitter was cutting 300 staff meant the “end of the bubble.”
Pritchard thought not, as markets had learned from the previous market instability. “The markets are much more mature and have learned their lessons,” he said. “Smart start-ups are raising as much money as makes sense, then getting to what they’re good at doing.”
Jamison agreed. “We’re not seeing businesses suffering from over trading or companies going overboard with funding,” he said. “The best strategy now is keep cash-flow maintained and ensure people keep their jobs.”
TechPitch 4.5 was conceived, organized and executed by 2Pears – the team creating opportunities and events to inform, educate and connect entrepreneurs and startups in music, media and technology.