Bristol and Bath’s hotbed of digital innovation showcased at Tech City UK pitching event

The strengths of Bristol and Bath region’s thriving digital cluster were championed in front of an audience of national investors at a Tech City UK event in London.

The delegation included Bonnie Dean, chief executive of Bristol & Bath Science Park, who gave a speech at the event, and representatives from Invest Bristol & Bath, the inward investment agency for the region.

Innovation-led digital start-ups Sure Sense and MyEnvolve, which are based in the Bristol and Bath region, were among the businesses to pitch to investors at the session.

Tech City UK Sessions: UK Tech Cluster Showcase #1 took place at Bloomberg, City Gate House, London, on Thursday evening (July 17).

Bonnie Dean said: “Tech City UK’s ‘cluster showcase’ offered an excellent opportunity for the region’s strengths in digital and hardware innovation to be championed in front of an influential audience of investors, press and potential partners.

“Sure Sense and MyEnvolve are fine examples of the type of cutting-edge digital business that can be found in Bristol and Bath’s vibrant tech cluster. And their presentations showed the audience that the region is home to first-class investment opportunities, as well as exceptional talent and business acumen.”

David Maher Roberts, creative and digital sector specialist at Invest Bristol & Bath, said: “The tech and creative sector in Bristol and Bath has an excellent reputation for being home to an innovative and experienced talent pool, as well as a startup-friendly environment.

“London is no longer the only place for tech and creative companies to grow and prosper; the Bristol and Bath region has established itself as a place where innovative ideas are constantly being turned into ground-breaking products and services.”

MyEnvolve is revolutionising public consultation and engagement by using big data to connect communities to decision makers, while Sure Sense is behind an innovative table-based management system, improving the safety and efficiency of businesses.

The event offered attendees an opportunity to mix with tech talent from across the UK, look for new investment opportunities, hear great stories about UK digital innovation and build new relationships.

Bristol and Bath’s high tech cluster was recently highlighted in a major Centre for Cities/Mc Kinsey & Co report as “globally significant” and “high growth” – the only UK tech, creative or digital cluster to be included in this category outside London.

Meanwhile, leading online takeaway service JUST EAT, the world’s largest mobile solutions company Somo, Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and digital solutions business Kainos are among the latest tech companies to have announced plans to set up bases in Bristol.