It would be wrong to call
The two cities are 12 miles apart, but the gap between them has narrowed in recent years: the universities are closely linked through the dynamic SETsquared partnership and their involvement in the
PERVASIVE MEDIA STUDIO
Founded 2007 Headcount 147 residents (including 19 companies)
What is it? A research lab and community workspace.
How did it come about? The studio grew out of the Watershed, a cross-artform venue on the harbourside. "We realised there was loads of potential in the creative/tech crossover, but it was reliant on government funding, which was stop-start," says
How does it work? Priority is given to applicants who bring new sets of skills to the studio. As well as desk-space and access to events and talks, the studio provides residents with guidance, feedback and support with funding.
Founded 2008 Headcount 100
What is it? A cloud-based business management application that incorporates inventory, accounting, CRM, POS and ecommerce.
How did it come about?
How does it work? "Brightpearl helps small-to-mid-size retailers by bringing together data from across the business and putting their customers, orders, inventory and accounting all in one place," says Mulvenna.
How are they doing? The company has just launched a strategic partnership with
Founded: 2003 Headcount: 60+ companies; 18 are resident at the centre.
What is it? A university partnership supporting research innovation and accelerating tech startups.
How did it come about? It was formed as an enterprise collaboration between the universities of
How are they doing? "In the last six years, we've helped early-stage companies raise pounds 106m," says
Founded 2011 Headcount 15
What is it? Social media analytics for TV.
How did it come about? "We saw a big opportunity in the volumes of conversations going on around TV shows on social media," says
How are they doing? "We launched our full product in January. By the end of February, we had
Founded: 2009 Headcount: Four
What is it? A streaming subscription service for audiobooks.
How did it come about? The idea to stream audiobooks to mobile on a subscription basis came to
How does it work? For pounds 9.99 a month, you can access the entire Bardowl catalogue, which is small but growing - the company has deals in place with a few big publishers such as Penguin and Macmillan, and is in negotiation with several others.
Founded 2010 Headcount Three
What is it? A company developing very small flapping-wing UAVs.
How does it work? The company is developing tiny insect-like UAVs, or drones, with flapping wings instead of rotors. "Bees are good bad-weather fliers," says CEO
How are they doing? It's initially being developed for military use. But Smith anticipates a variety of wider applications: "Police operations, fire-fighting and industrial plant inspection through to personal drones controlled with a smartphone."
Founded 2012 Headcount Three
What is it? A tablet-based kitchen management system.
How did it come about? "Commercial kitchens are obliged to keep records of how food is delivered, stored, prepared and cooked," says CEO
How does it work? The system uses low-cost wireless sensors to take measurements around the kitchen. Information is sent to software designed for iPad and can be accessed remotely via the cloud. Additional apps have been developed along the way to manage a variety of other kitchen operations.
How are they doing? They've signed their first contract with an NHS trust in
BLU WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
Henry Nurser co-founder and CEO
Founded 2011 Headcount 18
What is it? A company that designs and licenses silicon IP for multi-gigabit wireless communications.
What does that mean? "It's all about high-definition mobile video," says Henry Nurser, who co-founded the company. "With the advent of smartphones, everyone's expecting to have video on the go and the operators are struggling to keep up this demand."
How are they doing? "We've just shipped our first demo platform and should be able to demonstrate the technology in the second quarter of next year," says Nurser.
Founded 2008 Headcount 11
What is it? A web cluster storage and cloud platform.
What does that mean? "It's basically a platform for hosting companies, cloud providers and other IT companies who want to have resilience, scalability and data protection for the stuff they typically run in the cloud, such as applications, databases and mailboxes," says co-founder
How are they doing? This year the company has nearly quadrupled in size and it's currently working with 22 clients around the world.
Founded 2011 Headcount Six
What is it? A design company specialising in additive manufacturing.
What does that mean? "Whereas 3D printing applies to plastics and polymers, additive manufacturing generally refers to metals," says
How are they doing? Last year the company secured pounds 3.5m in funding from the Technology Strategy Board and entered a collaboration with
Founded 2011 Headcount Seven
What is it? Apps and hardware for triggering cameras using a smartphone.
How did it come about? It began with a Kickstarter campaign for a camera trigger which raised
How does it work? Connect your smartphone to a camera with a custom-made dongle and use the free mobile app to trigger the camera in a variety of ways: the sound sensor feature takes a photo whenever the phone detects a loud noise.
How are they doing? They've just raised a further pounds 290,000 on Kickstarter for a more advanced camera trigger.
Founded 2012 Headcount Two
What is it? A social network connecting local projects with companies in search of a cause.
How does it work? "It's part social network and part matchmaking," says founder
How are they doing? After a year in development, the platform launches this month. They've already had interest from projects and companies around the
Mark Lippett COO
Founded 2005 Headcount 56
What is it? A fabless semiconductor company that develops multi-core microcontrollers.
What does that mean? "I use the analogy of a motorway," says
How are they doing? After an impressive start, raising
Founded 2010 Headcount Six
What is it? A company making musical devices that integrate with computers.
How did it come about? After studying design engineering at
How does it work? "It's a sphere with 48 tactile pads that you tap to trigger music. The harder you press, the more you can manipulate the sound, which gives you a whole extra degree of expression. "
How are they doing? They've sold more than 300 AlphaSpheres, which retail from pounds 700. "This is our flagship product," says
Founded 2009 Headcount Four
What is it? An app developer and creator of a DIY app-making tool.
How did it come about?
How does it work? As well as developing apps for clients, Calvium has created an online tool called
"They enhance the real world by playing you audio stories or showing images or video triggered by your location. Recently we partnered with the
Photographed at the Milk Thistle bar in
1 Richard Hull Calvium
2 Mike Adams HiETA technologies
4 Nick Sturge SETsquared
5 Matt Kane Triggertrap
6 Henry Nurser Blu Wireless Technology
7 Nick Davies neighbourly
8 Caroline Hoddinott Bardowl
9 Glenn Smith MapleBird
10 Dave Benton HybridCluster
11 Tony Solon Sure Sense
12 Andy Littledale SecondSync
13 Richard de Lancey nu desine
14 Mark Lippett XMOS
15 Andrew Mulvenna Brightpearl
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