Digital & IT

Published: November 27, 2019 | Updated: November 27, 2019

Biggest turnout to date as Super Connect Bournemouth is declared a smash success

Ross Thornley, Co-Founder, Adaptai.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

An event bringing some of Dorset’s most dynamic – and innovative – tech start-ups face-to-face with potential investors and collaborators has been declared a big success.

The Super Connect Series event attracted more than 100 people – its best turnout to date – as it returned to Bournemouth where it all began in late 2017.

It is one of 12 events being staged around the UK and Ireland by Bournemouth-based Empact Ventures in partnership with specialist recruiting group, Hays.

The event, held at Bournemouth University’s Fusion Building, focused on medical technology (MedTech) and artificial intelligence (AI).

Chris Stening, Consumer Director, City Fibre, delivered the keynote talk while a fireside chat was held with Harry Thirkettle, Senior Medical Advisor of local scale-up My mHealth and also the former Scientific Editor of The European Medical Journal.

A discussion panel of experts included Crystal Dennis, Digital Innovation Catalyst at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, David Priestley, Chief Digital Officer at Vitality UK, Ian Sharp, Chief Executive Officer of Future Health Innovations and Sam Alford, Award Manager, UnLtd.

Matt Hughes, Editor-in-Chief of Top Business Tech, chaired the panel.

The event was the fourth to be held in Dorset.

The previous three were at the Hays Bournemouth office, Bournemouth University Executive Business Centre and, in March this year, in Poole with BCP Council, Dorset LEP, Hays and the Dorset Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster.

A unique feature is that people attending are super connected throughout with the right potential partners, clients, and funders.

Kosta Mavroulakis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Empact Ventures and Co-Founder of  the Super Connect Series, said: “It was fantastic to see a great turnout from around the ecosystem including tech startups based locally who were participating, pitching, exhibiting or running demos of the innovative solutions to support an ageing population. These included Adaptai, Curamicus, YouGo.World, Famiio, Holistic Audio, Care Home Bed Finder and My mHealth.

“We had some incredible support from our co-design partners Hays, City Fibre, Dorset LEP, UnLtd, and Bournemouth University to bring together the best emerging innovations in MedTech and AI from around the region, and the UK.”

The Bournemouth event took place in Global Entrepreneurship Week and was one of 35,000 events involving 10m people in more than 170 countries.