CAMBRIDGE, England--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Following on from May’s Cambridge Connection two tech cities initiative – driven by Taylor Vinters, Cambridge Capital Group, Red Gate, UKTI, Singapore IDA and Cambridge Consultants – two winning start-ups have landed in the UK to embark on individually-tailored mentoring from the team that grew Red Gate from a start-up to an international software firm.
“We’ve set up a great programme for the two teams. They’re receiving mentoring from our internal experts, and we’re putting them in front of some of the finest entrepreneurs and investors in Cambridge and the UK. Both teams are benefitting hugely from their advice.”
Featured in The Wall Street Journal, the competition was run by Red Gate and the Singapore Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and was launched at the Cambridge Connection event to unite the technology clusters of Cambridge and Singapore. The winners were Sent.ly and Novatap, chosen by a judging panel from Red Gate and IDA at Echelon 2013, Asia's largest tech conference.
Says Nick Wood, Head of Operations of Red Gate: “We’ve set up a great programme for the two teams. They’re receiving mentoring from our internal experts, and we’re putting them in front of some of the finest entrepreneurs and investors in Cambridge and the UK. Both teams are benefitting hugely from their advice.
“Last week, entrepreneur Jack Lang, currently chair of The Raspberry Pi Foundation, came to Red Gate to talk to them about what investors want from a start-up and to give them one-to-one mentoring. I’m personally very excited about how the programme is running and I know both Sent.ly and Novatap are too.”
Patrick Farrant, partner and head of technology at Cambridge-based international law firm Taylor Vinters said: “It’s an exciting and very practical outcome from the Cambridge Connection two tech cities initiative. We’re looking forward to working with the two enthusiastic teams from Novatap and Sent.ly and as well as introducing them to a number of our tech clients we’re running informal workshops for them on branding, web-based terms and conditions and funding.”
The teams will be attending a number of networking events in the region including the CUE Grand Launch, and will be visiting Ideaspace, the Cambridge University Enterprise Accelerator unit at the Hauser Forum, as guests of Struan McDougall, Cambridge Capital Group, who has arranged a series of relevant meetings for them there.
To reach the final stage of the contest, the start-ups saw off competition from 25 other companies in a pre-selection round and an online video-pitch to the mentoring team at Red Gate.
Kapil Mahajan from Sent.ly, which allows businesses in emerging markets to communicate effectively with their customers over SMS, in place of email, comments: "A week in Red Gate has been more fruitful than months of trying to battle it out on our own. We've had the opportunity to learn from some of the thought leaders within the teams here and that has been a great start to our six week stay here."
Shivam Pathak, Software Engineer and Systems Architect at Novatap, adds: “From a business point of view, this is an excellent opportunity for us to get to know more industry experts, professionals and entrepreneurs and expand our network. Red Gate is helping us connect to the right people whose guidance can really help us understand industry trends, gather useful information and solve our technical and business problems – setting milestones for our product in near future.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Taylor Vinters is a successful next generation law firm with a commitment to being one of the elite law firms operating internationally in the areas of technology, investment and private client. Headquartered in Cambridge UK, Europe's innovation capital, and operating from its offices in London, Singapore and Cambridge, our team of entrepreneurially minded people serve an international client base of private individuals, fast-growth companies, multinationals, investors and non-profits. www.taylorvinters.com
Red Gate Software was founded in 1999 in Cambridge, UK, by Simon Galbraith and Neil Davidson. It now employs over 280 people in Cambridge, Singapore and Pasadena, California. Red Gate's software tools are used by 640,000 IT professionals worldwide and the company has been repeatedly recognized as one of the UK's best places to work. Over the past five years, Red Gate has incubated and supported a number of Cambridge start-ups, including Blinkpipe, founded by former directors of FTSE100 technology company ARM Holdings. www.red-gate.com
Sent.ly provides businesses, both brick and mortar as well as online businesses with a single interface that they can use for transactional and marketing messaging. Sent.ly systems have an efficient online interface that can be used by the marketing teams and a comprehensive programmer interface that can be connected to business intelligence software. With a unique two-way interface, businesses can now set up interactive communication without having to deal with expensive short-code systems. For businesses that work across multiple countries, Sent.ly provides a single point of contact, saving them the time wasted on integrating with a different provider in each country of operation.