7th October 2017 Ascension Team

Elevator Pitch Awards 2017: Announcing the winners (Vidsy & Anon AI)

On Thursday night, UKTN brought together some of the country’s most exciting tech startups to celebrate the Elevator Pitch Awards 2017.

Following the 14 superb live pitches delivered on the morning of Tuesday 26th September, a panel of experts ranked each business on variables such as originality of idea, the quality of the three-minute pitch and the long-term potential of the company.

The judges scoring the startups were: Suzanne Ashman, partner at LocalGlobe; Diana Krantz, VC investor at Draper Esprit; Eyal Malinger, investment director at Beringea; and Tom Wilson, investment manager at Seedcamp.

Here are your Elevator Pitch Awards 2017 winners…

AdTech / MarTech, sponsored by Kreeston Reeves – Vidsy

In the first award of the night, Vidsy walked away with the title in the AdTech / MarTech category.

The startup allows brands to link up with creators to produce mobile video ads.

Vidsy was commended for its simple objective to make mobile video easy for any brand or business, with the clarity of the pitch from Vidsy’s head of marketing Pedro Carvalho helping it to the top spot.

Cybersecurity, sponsored by Cisco – Anon AI

The final tech category to be announced was Cybersecurity – the winning startup: Anon AI. The company’s CEO Harry Keen gave a persuasive pitch for how the startup is overcoming the challenge of automatic data anonymisation using AI, with the panel buying into the relevance of the business’ proposition and the clarity of Keen’s presentation.

Standout Success – Vidsy

Having already secured the first prize of the night for the best startup in the AdTech / MarTech category, Vidsy rounded off affairs by walking away with the evening’s blue ribbon award.

Given to the pitch that secured the highest combined score of all startups at the preceding live pitch event, Vidsy’s head of marketing Pedro Carvalho wowed the panel with a slick presentation and compelling business proposition…

Source – UK Tech News

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