Join Tendertec at the Digital Festival 2018 – Wales biggest tech event

digital-festival_gocompareTendertec’s co-founder will be speaking at the Digital Festival 2018.

Join Tendertec’s co-founder and CTO, Rui Zhang, at the Digital Festival’s Panel: Healthcare in times of the digital economy, IoT and connected devices.

From exercise watches to heart monitoring shirts, digital tech is having a positive impact on our health. This session explores some of the most intriguing development, with exciting case studies to get the pulse racing.

When

22 May 2018, 11:00 – 11:30 am

Where

Hoddinott Hall
Wales Millennium Centre
Bute Place
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff  CF10 5A

Why Attend the Digital Festival?

Tech leaders from Silicon Valley, Paris, London, Africa, India, Berlin, Brussels and Barcelona are set to tackle tomorrow’s big issues at Digital Festival in Cardiff, as organisers Innovation Point announce the final line-up.

With an exciting mix of interactive workshops, panels and keynotes now confirmed, the founding editor-in-chief of Wired, the CEO and founder of Starling Bank, app engineers saving millennials money, established fintech leaders at GoCompare and a Silicon Valley investor are just some of the names businesses can learn from at Digital Festival, organised by Innovation Point in partnership with Welsh Government.

The international tech event, headline sponsored by fintech pioneer GoCompare, returns to Cardiff on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May 2018 for its sixth year. Digital Festival will welcome more than 2,000 delegates to the iconic Wales Millennium Centre. Online ticket registration for the event is open at www.innovationpoint.uk/digital-festival with 70% of available tickets already sold out.

Keynotes from big names in the tech world will be delivered from the main stage, including speakers from BT, Sony Europe, TechUK, the UK’s Department for International Trade, British Blockchain Foundation, the Office for National Statistics, the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, Accenture Digital, Garmin and BBC sharing their insight into how the latest innovations can impact on the way organisations operate.  A series of workshops will explore how megatrends like 5G, artificial intelligence and digital privacy can benefit businesses across the UK.

David Warrender, CEO at Innovation Point said: ‘Disruptive solutions to today’s challenges are emerging from the Welsh digital scene more and more, and Innovation Point is central to supporting growth in the region. These exciting updates to our agenda reflect our intentions to support start-ups, incubate ideas and put tomorrow’s tech mavericks in touch with those who have been there and done it.’’

Buy your tickets here.

Tendertec pitches at the IoTA Wales Investor event

IoTA Wales Investor EventTendertec presents its investment opportunity at the IoTA Wales Investor Event

A big thank you to the Accelerator Network, Innovation Point, Airbus Group Endeavr and Barclays Eagles Labs :

For creating an amazing experience at IoTA Wales and organising the IoTA Wales Investor Event.

For believing in 9 startups looking to change the future.

For working tireless behind the scenes.

For supporting and challenging us to  better ourselves.

For giving us the opportunity to create what we know will become lifelong friendships with the phenomenal entrepreneurs in our cohort.

The Internet of Things Accelerator Wales

The Internet of Things Accelerator Wales (IoTA Wales) is a national first. The programme brought investment, intensive training and invaluable contacts to help 9 startups make Wales and the world a smarter place.

The 9 startups are:

Wales – the IoT place to be?

A recent Tech Nation report finds that Wales has the fastest growing digital economy outside of London. The Cardiff/Swansea tech cluster creates £392 million annually in GVA [gross value added], employs 17,000 people and saw 103 start-ups launched last year.

The organiser of London’s biggest IoT meet up, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, claims that Wales has a competitive advantage over London that it will need to capitalise on in order to make the most of the commercial opportunities available.

She said: “You can make a profitable business in this space by manufacturing just 5,000 pieces and, through the production of the Raspberry Pi, Wales has the manufacturing capability which we just don’t have in London. That bit is potentially the hardest piece of the jigsaw.”

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “Wales is a dynamic nation that is home to some of the most innovative companies in the world.”

“As we prepare to leave the EU, I want Welsh innovators to seize the opportunities available to expand their companies and help us trade on the global stage.

Read More about the programme here.

RBS Guest blog: Empowering Cardiff’s entrepreneurs – Tendertec’s Story

Tendertec shares its experience with NatWest’s Entrepreneurial Spark.

18 months on since the opening of NatWest’s Entrepreneurial Spark Hub in Cardiff, hear from Tendertec who joined the hub to start and scale-up its business.

Tendertec’s Story

It all started in January 2017 with a chat with Victoria Mann, NearMeNow founder, who had already joined NatWest’s Cardiff hub. Inspired by her excitement about the programme, we submitted our application online and our business, Tendertec, was given the opportunity to join the May 2017 intake. We weren’t sure what to expect, but it has turned out to be one of the savvier moves we’ve made. One first gets blown away by the office space right at the Cardiff City centre, directly next to the new BBC Wales HQ, but as time goes by this becomes only a small part of what the hub really is – an opportunity to travel one’s start-up journey with like-minded entrepreneurs, seasoned Entrepreneurial Spark enablers and an amazing network of mentors and NatWest partners.

Through our enablement sessions with our talented enabler, Charly, and the conversations with fellow hub members, the Entrepreneurial Spark programme has made all the difference for Tendertec. Since the day we joined, we have been inspired to understand and pitch our business in a completely different and more effective manner. Before the end of our first month in the hub, Tendertec won Cardiff’s first ‘NatWest Entrepreneur Meet Up Pitch-Off’ competition. We are now eight months into Entrepreneurial Spark’s unique Enable programme and Tendertec has been offered seed investment by Wales’s first internet of things (IoT) Accelerator. Our business journey at the hub has transformed our mind-sets as entrepreneurs and we cannot be more excited about what is ahead of us.

Find out more about Tendertec.

About Entrepreneurial Spark

Entrepreneurial Spark, powered by NatWest, is the world’s largest free business accelerator for start-up, early stage and growing businesses from all sectors. NatWest provides entrepreneurs who are selected as part of the Entrepreneurial Spark programme with free facilities and Wi-Fi, access to the bank’s networks and suppliers, and free business advice. Find out more at the Entrepreneurial Spark website.

Read here the stories of more business owners who joined the hub to start and scale-up their businesses.

 

Tendertec is accepted into IoTA Wales

IoTAWalesTendertec is one of the ten companies into IoTA Wales – the first Welsh IoT Accelerator

Tendertec has been selected to be part of the Internet of Things Accelerator Wales (IoTA Wales).

The Internet of Things Accelerator Wales (IoTA Wales) is a national first. If you’re a small company with a big idea which could drive the evolution of IoT, this programme can bring investment, intensive training and invaluable contacts that can help you make Wales and the world a smarter place.

A brainchild of Innovation Point, The Accelerator Network, Barclays Eagle Labs, Inspire Wales and the Development Bank of Wales, the programme will see 10 promising companies receive financial support alongside considerable business support including access to world-class training and mentoring in vital areas of IoT and business development, and use of a creative office space in the heart of Cardiff.

Wales – the IoT place to be?

A recent Tech Nation report finds that Wales has the fastest growing digital economy outside of London. The Cardiff/Swansea tech cluster creates £392 million annually in GVA [gross value added], employs 17,000 people and saw 103 start-ups launched last year.

The organiser of London’s biggest IoT meet up, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, claims that Wales has a competitive advantage over London that it will need to capitalise on in order to make the most of the commercial opportunities available.

She said: “You can make a profitable business in this space by manufacturing just 5,000 pieces and, through the production of the Raspberry Pi, Wales has the manufacturing capability which we just don’t have in London. That bit is potentially the hardest piece of the jigsaw.”

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “Wales is a dynamic nation that is home to some of the most innovative companies in the world.”

“As we prepare to leave the EU, I want Welsh innovators to seize the opportunities available to expand their companies and help us trade on the global stage.

 

Read More about the programme here.

Tendertec graduates from the Digital Catapult’s Things Connected Innovation Programme

DigitalCatapult_InnovationShowcase_TendertecTendertec is one of the eleven companies to complete the Programme.

Tendertec has graduated from the Digital Catapult’s Things Connected Innovation Programme.

Tendertec is one of the 30 companies invited to participate to the Programme, and one the 11 companies to complete it and pitch at its Innovation Showcase.

This was the second Things Connected innovation programme of its kind. This time around it involved considerable input from client organisations – Croydon Council, Friends of the Elderly, and Golding Homes. The selected companies participating to the Programme had the opportunity to work closely with them, getting a deeper understanding of their business challenges and opportunities for Internet of Things to help.

The graduating companies completed a 6-week program which focused on a number of topics presented by the leading companies and experts in the field. The external experts which contributed to the Programme were:

As the grand finale of the Things Connected Innovation Programme, the Digital Catapult hosted an Innovation Showcase at the end of November 2017. The showcase audience included representatives from a dozen Local Authorities, plus Housing Associations, Care Homes, service providers and charities all involved in the Housing and Care sectors across the UK.

As part of the showcase, each of the innovators that completed the programme were invited to give a 5-minute pitch to the audience, which were very well received.

The programme would not have been the enriching experience it has been for Tendertec without the effort of Mark Stanley and the contributions of the multidisciplinary Digital Catapult team.

Tendertec’s Things Connected Page : https://www.thingsconnected.net/tendertec/

The innovating companies which graduated from the Digital Catapult’s Things Connected Innovation Programme are:

Read More about the Innovation Showcase here.

Tendertec joins the Digital Catapult’s Social Housing and Assisted Living Programme

Tendertec has been selected to work with the Digital Catapult to take Tendertec’s technology to market.

Tendertec has been selected to be part of the Digital Catapult’s LPWAN Solutions for Social Housing and Assisted Living Programme. 

The innovation programme is focusing on fostering innovation in LPWAN technologies to address assisted living and social housing challenges. It is designed to help startups and SMEs ensure that when they take their new products and services to market they are 100% primed and targeting the right needs.

The six-week programme will culminate in a demo day and showcase with a selected audience of Local Authorities, service providers and investors.

The Challenges

Local Authorities have a statutory duty to provide housing, advice and assistance to applicants in need. A recent survey by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that one in six families in the UK live in social housing, approximately half of which are council owned.

According to a recent survey by YouGov, nearly two thirds of people worry about the level of GP care that will be available in their golden years, and there is the belief that using IoT devices could help them live independently for longer, reducing the burden on health and care services.

The UK is falling behind the rest of Europe in innovating in LPWANs. To help address this challenge, we are looking for startups with disruptive products and services that are designed to help councils save money on delivering services, yet still ensure that citizens are able to continue living in independent homes with dignity and well-being.

Read More about the programme here.

Tendertec receives support from CEMET and the University of South Wales

Tendertec will work with CEMET to develop its data visualisation platform

The Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies (CEMET), led by the University of South Wales, is a £6.4m project aiming to drive forward research to help businesses develop cutting-edge technologies and boost productivity. The project is backed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

CEMET helps Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the Valleys, West and North Wales design and test new mobile and emerging technologies to create products and services for commercial success.

Data visualisation is both an art and a science. As part of Tendertec’s user centred development, we will be working with CEMET’s experts and developers to make sure that the information coming out of Tendertec’s platform is communicated in the best way possible for senior citizens and their families.

 

Tendertec progresses to next stage of Natwest’s E-Spark

Gaining Altitude

Tendertec has progressed to the Entrepreneurial Spark Enable Programme powered by NatWest.

Enable is the Entrepreneurial Spark’s acceleration focused level. It is a six-month programme focused on equipping startups with a growth mindset and validating everything participating startups do.

Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free people accelerator. Evolved as it works with more and more entrepreneurs across the UK, it has four bespoke programmes crafted around meeting an entrepreneurial leaders needs, whatever stage of development their business is at – from idea, to start-up to pre-scale.

Tendertec graduates from Y Combinator’s Startup School

Connecting and Learning from the Best

Having ambitions to learn from the best and connect with startups across the globe, we joined Y Combinator’s Startup School.

Y Combinator has been one of two “Platinum Plus Tier U.S. Accelerators” and has been called “the world’s most powerful start-up incubator“.

The School ran for 10 weeks from April to June and aimed at teaching how to start a startup, equipping participants with resources and tools to help prepare them now and in the future. The 10-week class offered was a composite of lectures, class office hours and group office hours. The School created a community of entrepreneurs who supported, encouraged and taught one another.

Tendertec is one of the 1500+ startups that graduated from Y Combinator’s first online Startup School.

We have met some great early startups and have been privileged to support and be supported by fantastic mentors and startupers.

A review of our experiences to follow shortly!