Additional Pitch-preneurs Join the Darwinian Business Event
Over the past few weeks we have been profiling the companies that will be pitching at the upcoming Darwinian Business Event, and we are almost at the end of the list. Sponsored by Sun Startup Essentials, entrepreneurs will battle it out for the chance to win one of the following four prizes.
- The uploading of their business plan to the Angels Den platform where it will gain exposure to over 2000 investors (value £499)
- Entry to the Astia Doing it Right Programme (value £499)
- A free ticket to the cmypitch.com course: ‘How to Become Investor Ready’ (value £300)
- A morning of consulting with innovation and change agency ENTHEO
Pitch-preneur 8: OnRelay
Co-Founders: Marie Wold (CFO) and Ivar Plahte (CEO)
OnRelay’s software replaces desk phones with mobile phones, disrupting a $100 billion voice equipment market.
OnRelay’s solution disrupts the $100 billion market for voice equipment by allowing companies to replace telephony hardware with mobile phones and software. The company has developed the first “Mobile PBX”, a complete business communications system built for mobile phones. Deployment of MBX saves companies up to 80% of the hardware cost of telephony, and operators can host MBX and sell as high margin Software as a Service (SaaS). OnRelay customers include Global 100 companies, and the software is sold through global Tier 1 telecommunications operators. OnRelay benefits from a technical lead attained over nine year’s development and holds fundamental voice patents. OnRelay’s multinational team has deep industry expertise in Fixed Mobile Convergence, SIP, Linux, open source, CTI integration, Voice over IP and wireless technologies. Team members come from previous roles at leading vendors including AT&T, Telenor, France Telecom, Nokia, Alcatel, IBM, Vodafone, O2, and BT. OnRelay CEO, Ivar Plahte, was formerly Director of IP Telephony at Telenor, the seventh largest telecoms operator in the world. Co-founder and OnRelay CFO Marie Wold was the Head of Research, EMEA for Deloitte Consulting.
Pitch-preneur 9: iCreate-Shoes
Founder and CEO: Raquel Dobson
iCreate-Shoes - where you get to design your shoes online & express your style to the world
iCreate-Shoes * designed by you * is the 1st product line to be launched under the iCreate-Style brand. iCreate-Shoes is an internet technology-driven start-up that will provide the consumer the opportunity to design their own shoes online. iCreate-Shoes will specialise in Web 2.0 technology, 3D & 360 functionality to facilitate user-design, customisation and social shopping features to enhance the consumer experience, taking it to a new level. The iCreate-Style brand is all about the individual, the ‘i’ you wish to express. iCreate-Style will provide a platform for the individual to explore their creative side by designing items that express the unique exclusivity of their personality and share those beautiful designs with their world – real & virtual. Founder & C.E.O., Raquel Dobson, is a 17 veteran of the Digital & Broadcast Media industry. Raquel started her career in Los Angeles, USA, where she was a Casting Assistant in the Motion Picture industry for 4 years. When Raquel moved back to the UK, she immediately got bitten by the digital media bug and joined a pioneering technology company who launched Video-on-Demand and IPTV onto the world. Raquel has worked for global brands such as Sony Pictures & Disney-ABC-ESPN Television, and has a career that runs the spectrum of business disciplines, all of which have helped build the skills and knowledge required to establish the iCreate-Style brand. Using her wealth of media experience and contacts, Raquel intends to make iCreate-Shoes a massive success.
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