Posted: Wed 9th Dec 2015
We spend a lot of time hanging out at an events where we meet all sorts of interesting people and businesses. So in the first in a new occasional series sharing who and what we've spotted on our travels, head of content Dan Martin shares four start-ups he thinks are set to achieve big things.
I've been watching Techcrunch Disrupt via live stream this week and the winner of the event's pitching competition is definitely one to watch. Jukedeck is a platform that lets users create custom, cheap, royalty-free soundtracks for their videos and podcasts, all without any musical talent. Simply choose a tempo, mood, style and the length of the track and Jukedeck does all the heavy lifting. It's a brilliant idea and the pitch was the first I've ever seen featuring a rap!
I've known about this one for a while and it's great to see that it is almost here. Joanna Montgomery has been working tirelessly on her product that picks up and sends your heartbeat, in real time, to your loved one, wherever in the world are for the past five years. She is now crowdfunding on Kickstarter and has passed her Â£75.000 target with a day still to go.
Start-ups related to pets seem to booming at the moment and TrustedHousesitters is a great one I've recently come across. It was the winner of the Brighton & Hove prize at the brilliant TechCities Awards which I recently attended to announce the Bristol & Bath winner. The company connects home and pet owners across the world with trustworthy house and pet sitters who will sit for free in return for accommodation. It's a great idea and the business has seen impressive growth.
It's always good to see a company that use technology to transform a traditional industry. Nourish Care, winner of the Bournemouth at TechCities Awards, is doing just that. It uses cloud and mobile apps as part of an effort to revolutionise the way social care is managed.