Electric atmosphere at Investor Demo Day event as startups at the University of Southampton take the chance of a lifetime

Startups at the University of Southampton take part in Investor Demo Day
Startups at the University of Southampton take part in Investor Demo Day

Tech startups from Future Worlds, the startup accelerator at the University of Southampton, wowed a live audience as they hope to land international investment through a high impact trip to Silicon Valley.

On Saturday afternoon June 11, the founders of five tech startups from the University of Southampton demonstrated purpose, innovation and drive as they pitched how their ideas would change the world at the ‘Investor Demo Day’.

The founders took to the stage at the Cube on Highfield Campus, where they unveiled their latest technologies to an audience of international investors, mentors and industry specialists to secure the backing to take them to the next level.

The electric atmosphere and engaging pitches created a perfect opportunity for the founders to showcase their ideas and valuable connections and advice ahead of their trip to Silicon Valley at the end of June. The trip to San Francisco will catapult the founders on to a global stage to connect with an international network of investors and mentors and experience the mindset and culture of the Bay Area, the world’s leading startup ecosystem.

Startups pitching in last year’s Future Worlds Demo Day went on to raise over £2.5m in equity and grant funding to pioneer advances from carbon utilisation to quantum tech.

Ben Clark, Director of Future Worlds, said: “Saturday was the chance for the founders to make their mark with extremely influential people watching them pitch, both in the room and online across the world.

“Demo Day embodies what Future Worlds is all about – opening doors and giving a platform to exceptionally talented individuals and teams to launch and gain momentum.
“Future Worlds helps propel Southampton startups on their global journeys. There are so many more success stories to come, which together build Southampton into a powerhouse for tech startups that will have a lasting impact on the University, the city and the world.”

Potential investors or corporate partners with an interest in world changing startups are asked to contact the Future Worlds team at futureworlds@soton.ac.uk

The startups from the University of Southampton present on the day were:

•    Data Revival – a chemically aware AI platform to capture, contextualise and query unstructured chemical information from any source across an organisation.

•    Inpulse – the world’s first wearable muscle fatigue tracker for elite sports to optimise performance training and injury recovery.

•    Hortlock – automated ESG (Environmental, Social Governance) targets tool enabling sustainable finance providers and clients to efficiently determine ESG goals.

•    Graffinity – a knowledge graph visualisation technology that automates the discovery of meaningful connections across disparate text and data sources.

•    AMRSS – AI for real-time aerodynamic performance analysis enabling racing teams like F1, Indy, and Nascar to make informed, in-race decisions.

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