Digital & IT

Published: November 13, 2019 | Updated: November 13, 2019

What a match: Super Connect event to bring tech start-ups and investors together at BU

Kosta Mavroulakis, Co-Founder, Super Connect Series, and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Empact Ventures.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Some of Dorset’s most dynamic – and innovative – tech start-ups will be coming face-to-face with potential investors and collaborators as the county continues to carve out a national reputation as a centre of excellence.

Super Connect Bournemouth is held at Bournemouth University on Wednesday November 20 with a special emphasis on medical technology (MedTech) and artificial intelligence (AI).

Ten start-ups and scale-ups will be pitching on the day which falls in the middle of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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 first was held in Manchester with others lined up for London, Southampton, Leeds, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast and Basingstoke as well as Bournemouth.

The driving force behind the Super Connect Series is Co-Founder Kosta Mavroulakis who is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Empact Ventures.

The 32-year-old, described as a global super-connector, launched the first Super Connect event in Bournemouth in 2017.

It quickly proved a hit, expanding to 13 events across five cities and towns up to June this year including three in Bournemouth and one in Poole.

The new series of roadshows is the most ambitious to date.

Kosta said: “We’re true match-makers, bringing together the best emerging tech start-ups and scale-ups with decision-makers.

“While tech start-ups and scale-ups have access to an abundance of investment opportunities, they still face the challenge of securing new business development and a range of funding opportunities.

“For larger organisations and funding providers they often face the challenge of meeting many smaller tech companies before they find the right fit.

“Our unique match-making process connects people based on mutual need during and after the event through our team of Super Connectors. It’s a very successful formula which works well.

“Bournemouth has fantastic potential to become an established tech cluster in the next decade beyond its strong digital routes.

“Our team is working from here to showcase its pockets of excellence and super connect it to the wider global tech ecosystem.”

The theme of the 2019 Super Connect Bournemouth is innovative solutions to support an aging population.

It will include:

  • a keynote speech.
  • a fireside chat.
  • a discussion panel of experts including representatives from UnLtd, Vitality UK and Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.
  • MedTech and AI start-ups and scale-ups pitching to the audience for potential collaborations.

Super Connect Bournemouth is held in partnership with Dorset LEP, City Fibre and Hays.

It is supported by UnLtd and Bournemouth University which is hosting the event.

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