Eight of the region’s most innovative businesses are set to go head to head, after being named finalists in this year’s Venturefest Innovation Showcase Competition.

 

The Innovation Showcase is the centrepiece competition, with the overall winner from the eight businesses pitching set to receive a unique package of business support worth up to £30,000, including a year’s free space at Sci-Tech Daresbury.

 

This year’s competition, has seen entries from both ‘Start-up’ and ‘Growth’ businesses, and the finalists can now be revealed as:

 

Start Up

Miranex

T3 Sports Technologies

3DSi

ABD

 

Growth (businesses trading 3+ years)

ParentHub

E-Sign

Centaur Technologies

Formisimo

 

 

These dynamic, game-changing businesses will now work with the Business Growth Hub to help refine their pitch before going in front of an audience of angel investors and other business owners at Venturefest to determine the winner.

 

Speaking ahead of the event, Richard Jeffery, director of Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub, said: “Venturefest is a brilliant platform for pioneering businesses and it’s great to see our Innovation Showcase being contested by such high calibre names who are changing the way we work and play. Each of the finalists could be a winner in their own right, so the competition pitches should prove a real highlight of what is going to be a fantastic event.”

 

Meet the Finalists

Miranex

Based in MediaCityUK, Miranex is an independent and privately owned company dedicated to bringing the advantages of Desktop-as-a-Service and High-Performance Computing (HPC) to businesses across several markets, including 3D rendering engineering design and geo-surveying. The business has 25 years of experience in the Information Communication Technology sector and has been developing Cloud services since 2006.

 

T3 Sports Technologies

As the name suggests, T3 Sports Technologies develops new technologies for the rapidly growing sports market; most notably a world-first product for use within the cycling and triathlon sector. T3’s chamois cycling pad uses patented 3d spacer fabric and tackles the rising issue of impotence caused amongst cyclists by foam-based chamois pads.

 

3DSi

3DSi are a 3D laser scanning consultancy and service provider, serving businesses looking to implement the technology within their building information modelling. Director Ken Bagshaw, a laser scanning specialist, is a BIM research partner with the University of Manchester and University of Malaysia.

 

ABD

Advanced Bioprocess Development Limited (ABD) is a plc set up by Manchester Metropolitan University to commercialise the research of Dr Mike Dempsey, its founding scientist and managing director. The company develops biological processes based on expanded bed biofilm reactor (EBBR) technology and has developed a new method for removing toxic ammonia from wastewater.

 

ParentHub

ParentHub is a smartphone app that helps classroom teachers communicate with the parents of the students they teach. The idea was born from Manchester teachers Steven Isherwood and James Whitaker, who were tasked with finding better ways to engage with parents at their respective schools. The business is set to launch a free version of the software for teachers this month.

 

E-Sign

E-Sign is an electronic signature service that links individuals to their own unique electronic signature. In just 18 months, the business has rolled out two apps, created a plug-in for other software and become a registered research partner for the European Commission. Unlike larger e-signature businesses, E-Sign claims to have developed a true electronic signature and not simply computerized simulation of one.

 

Centaur Technologies

Centaur Technologies is a specialist roofing company, focused on the development of cutting edge liquid roofing systems. The roots of Centaur’s product innovation go as far back as the 1970s, and the development of the first fully reinforced liquid roofing system. Today, it is marketing one of the safest polyurethane roofing systems on the market.

 

Formisimo

Formisimo provide an analytics service for companies using online checkouts and forms. Set up by Al Mackin, founder of SEO agency, theEword, Formisimo has spent the last few years targeting the critical end point of online buying to help businesses ensure the process doesn’t deter customers. The company is currently developing a product that can predict if a person will complete an online checkout.