The SPARKies awards aim to recognise the very best of Bath’s tech sector and, with only one day to go until the sold out event, excitement levels are running high! One category in particular, the “one to watch for 2012”, shows the impressive range of emerging companies generated in Bath. For those of you who perhaps haven’t heard of all of them just yet, here is a quick run down of the finalists.
How many of us are too intimidated to purchase a work of art from a gallery? That’s if we can even afford the prices in the first place! Artolo is reinventing the visual art world, making it accessible to all customers and budgets alike. It is an online platform which allows any artist to present their work for sale. Customers can then view these pieces in coffee shops, hotels and studios in their local area.
Artolo will launch this summer on a national scale giving independent artists the tools they need to connect with their audience.
Jowst is a free community platform for both casual and competitive gamers that aims to centralise a players gaming experience into one easy to manage competition hub. Users can create or compete in tournaments for all games on all platforms. Jowst shows every conceivable stat that gamers crave, from tournament participation and win/loss ratio to being able to discover which teams are your biggest adversaries and viewing your form over time.
Jowst is working with professional teams such as TCM-gaming and is currently accepting applications for its beta programme.
Meanbee use the Magento e-commerce platform to build websites for clients and have become experts in their knowledge of the platform. They aim to build websites that look great, maximise user experience and focus on increasing conversion rates. They also build custom Magento extensions including DIY Mage which makes it easier for a store owner to edit the look and feel of a site without needing to contact any developers.
Since graduating from the University of Bath last summer, Meanbee have moved into new offices with views of the Abbey and in 2012 they plan to double their team from three to six team members.
TopicLogic’s mission is to make it easier for information workers to find, share and publish their information wherever it is stored. All your files and emails are organized by topics and presented in your own personal online map. Files can be shared within teams with a single click. This increases productivity and collaboration by reducing the time spent sending and downloading information within a company.
TopicLogic are currently in private beta and are working with UK lawyers to trial and market the product.
Treehouse is an online tutorial service to teach web design and development to beginners. Users pay a monthly subscription fee for access to video tutorials and reinforce the content through quizzes and coding tests to unlock badges.The service is brilliant for any entrepreneur who wants to learn how to build their own web products or simply for people who wish to increase their employability prospects.
Treehouse currently has 8,000 paid users and with investors such as Kevin Rose and Reid Hoffman this is certainly a company with some serious credibility.
Urban Tribe is an online student community which gives members access to discounts at local venues and tips and recommendations for the area. Users can create their own “circle” of friends to keep track of the most relevant offers being used and share activity on Facebook. By allowing members to be paid for signing up their friends, user acquisition has been very successful.
Urban Tribe have worked with over 200 clients so far and their user base has doubled in the last month alone. They are planning to launch nationwide in Fresher’s week this September.