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SPARKies shortlist focus: best startup

The Best Startup is always an exciting category to read through, and with a large number of entries this year it was hugely encouraging to see that the regional tech scene is going from strength to strength.

The three startups in our shortlist are all completely different, and all at different stages of development. What they have in common is that our judges were really impressed with the achievements to date, future vision, business planning and strategy of each.

The Best Startup category is sponsored by tech investors Eden Ventures.

CiteAb is an antibody search engine, allowing scientific researchers to quickly find antibodies that will be right for their work. Currently large amounts of time and money are wasted on the ‘wrong’ antibodies. CiteAb, an website inspired by researcher Dr Andrew Chalmers, overcomes this by matching search results with academic citations, so researchers can choose an antibody that has been proven to work. The site was launched in Q1 of 2013 and is now preparing to reach 1m antibodies.

Forged from the burning heart of Games Jam culture, Bristol’s Opposable Games has bought together some of the best and most experienced talent in the South West in the fields of games design and development, illustration, 3D modelling, audio design, and composing, to create brand new gaming experiences. Their first release – Clockwork Racers – is now available on the App Store, and the company has got grant funding from the Wellcome Trust to produce a game demonstrating DNA damage and repair within a human cell. This young company is already demonstrating its huge potential.

Prezola was created by a Bath-based team as the definitive directory to home and garden products from the UK’s favourite high street and online retailers. The site pulls together over 30,000 products into a single destination, making it easier for users to browse everything the market has to offer; all in one place. In its first year Prezola has been nominated as Wedding Gift List of The Year by Bridal Magazine and has enjoyed widespread national press interest.

About Katrina

Founder of Pepper PR & Marketing, a company specialising in marketing and event management for the digital and tech sector. On the BathSPARK organisation team and involved in running the SPARKies, the south west's best tech awards.

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