Connect Yorkshire, a UK public sector organisation that grooms technology start-ups for investment, put eight of its companies on show to investors last week at its Autumn Investment Forum.
The investment-ready companies include CMM Technology, based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, which is developing text messaging systems that automatically alert parents if children are absent from school without reason. The software works in conjunction with a school’s existing registration systems.
The system also incorporates a bulk messaging function for communicating with user-defined messaging groups, for instance, sports teams, orchestras and Parent Teacher Associations.
Other companies include The Alternative Energy Company, which has developed wind turbine products; GO-SIM Ltd, which provides SIM cards that allow mobile phone users to reduce the cost of calls whilst aboard; and Acoola Marine, which has developed a range of marine fenders made from high-density closed cell foam with environmentally friendly coatings.
Meanwhile, Cambridge Correlators has developed patented, high speed image recognition technology, which can be used in a wide variety of inspection, validation and recognition and motion tracking tasks; while Lots2Play, has developed gaming software for fixed-odds betting, sweepstakes and lotteries.