Kairo, a chat-based assistant for busy parents, took the ultimate prize of Best Elevator Pitch against stiff competition from 10 other startups at this June’s Tech-Xpo at PwC offices in Glass Wharf, Bristol.
“Kairo’s CEO has won the audience using humour and real life parenting disaster scenarios which can be prevented with her technology”
The Xpo, organised by World-leading university startup incubator SETsquared, selected 11 of its most impressive startups from across the South West to take part in an intense 60-second pitch to a diverse audience of entrepreneurs and investors from across the region who voted to decide the ultimate winning pitch.
Monika Radclyffe, SETsquared Bristol’s Director (pictured left) said: “To win the people’s choice award at the Tech-Xpo is no small feat. It is surprisingly hard to explain what you do in exactly a minute and all our ventures worked hard on mastering their pitch. Lisa, Kairo’s CEO, has won the audience using humour and real life parenting disaster scenarios which can be prevented with her technology.”
“Tech-Xpo is a great demonstration of the thriving and supportive scene we’ve got here in Bristol”
Lisa Matthews, CEO at HellyHolly (pictured right) who has developed Kairo, adds: “I am thrilled with this win especially in the company of so many fantastic ventures – it was a great competition! The SETsquared community and the wider Bristol startup ecosystem is a constant source of motivation and inspiration for us, and Tech-Xpo is a great demonstration of the thriving and supportive scene we’ve got here in Bristol. We’re excited for Kairo’s future as part of it.”
Marina Traversari, the Bristol Programme Manager at Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator – a supporter of the Tech-Xpo, adds: “The technical and product innovation coming out of this region is tremendous and we are thrilled to partner with SETsquared and Tech-Xpo 2017 to help shine a spotlight on these exciting companies. These partnerships are invaluable as Oracle expands its engagements with startups in not only the Bristol/Bath area but across the globe.”
Stay tuned for a full recording of all the pitches, soon to be released on SETsquared’s YouTube channel. You can also find out more on the SETsquared website or by following them on Twitter here: @SETsquared_Br.