Technology founders showcase innovations ‘made in Worcestershire’

Seven early-stage technology businesses presented their innovations to an audience of investors, customers and partners at the BetaDen Accelerate Cohort 7.0 showcase at Stanbrook Abbey last week.

The event marks the culmination of the cohort’s time at BetaDen’s award-winning accelerator. To date, BetaDen has supported over 50 early-stage technology businesses in the county, whose innovations include world-first and game-changing technologies such as 5G at sea (Jet Connectivity), large-scale 3D concrete printing (ChangeMaker 3D) and voice-face fused recognition technology (FARx). Graduates of the programme have so far supported over 210 jobs and announced over £507mil raised in investment and funding.

Donston Powell, Director of External Affairs at BetaDen, said: “We are thrilled to see our Cohort 7.0 businesses graduate from the programme and showcase their cutting-edge innovations. Their dedication and hard work has seen them all make significant progress over the last few months and we are excited to see what the future holds for them all.

“The opportunity to present in front of an audience of investors, customers and potential business partners is a key benefit of our programme and we are confident it will help them all secure the support they need for the next stage of their commercial journeys.”

The seven businesses presenting at the event were:
Anionix – building Green Hydrogen Electrolysers that are free from critical raw materials, who are currently testing their technology with projects in Nepal and India
Easetwist – a time-saving system for harnesses and buckles, who are seeking partners in the haulage, military and medical sectors
MotoCargo – rapid, low-emission goods delivery vehicles for ‘last mile’ deliveries. The team is now looking for financial investment to support full prototype development
Optimec Systems – advanced measurement and inspection technology for contact lens and intraocular lens manufacturers. The founders are seeking investment to ramp up product development and production capacity, as well as new members of their advisory team
Renki – an online tool that allows people to collaborate and connect with others in co-working spaces
Secure Elements – an automotive cybersecurity management system that will accelerate the adoption of connected transport systems. The team is seeking investment for research, product development and pilot programmes
Treadcheck – an automated platform that supports tyre checking for heavy goods vehicles across the UK. The team is seeking financial investment to develop its proof of concept.

Alison Skidmore, Director at Care4Futures, presented her revolutionary new product Easetwist. She said: “What a way to finish my journey with BetaDen! Nine months ago, my business was in such a different place but standing up in front of a large audience this evening with full confidence in both myself and my product is proof that the support and mentorship from BetaDen has been priceless for my future success. I have also made some fantastic, long-standing contacts and friends along the way.”

Jayne Nation, Commercial Director at Wynne-Jones IP, added: “It has been a real privilege to work with the current Cohort 7.0. They are a fantastic bunch of people – very hardworking, very dedicated and a lot of fun – and we wish them lots of success with their future businesses.”

The showcase was hosted by Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire LEP. He concluded: “Every year, I am impressed by the innovation and creativity of our BetaDen Accelerate cohorts and this year is no exception.

“Attracting entrepreneurs with the drive, passion and vision demonstrated by these talented founders is key to the ongoing success of the county. I am delighted that, once again, BetaDen has identified and nurtured new technologies that will have a positive impact on the local economy as those businesses develop and thrive.”

The showcase was funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the BetaDen Accelerate programme. It was sponsored by F8, Jerroms, Steatite, The Kiln and Wynne-Jones IP.