This is my Alternative Digital Dozen for 2015. They're not all my companies. They're not all Indycube Venture businesses. They are changing their markets and showing that good stuff is happening in Wales.
Whether you are coping with a recent loss or want to plan ahead, Kim Bird’s site gives you the information you need. This unique comparison site of funeral directors and funeral plans is launching a new version soon that will include every funeral director in the UK.
Climbers themselves, Marc Heatley, Andrew Shankie and Ben Jones have created simple tools for managing climbing centres. This is the first step towards their plans to build the social network for the climbing world.
Set up by insurance industry experts, Stephanie Murdoch and Steve Jones, Comparison Creator builds white-label insurance comparison sites for the likes of MoneySupermarket, CompareTheMarket, GoCompare and Confused.com. They are now the UK’s leading provider of Breakdown Insurance and online Equine Insurance, with Horse&Hound Compare.
Founded by education and health experts, Professor Amanda Kirby and Dr Ian Smythe, Do-IT’s Profiler provides assessments of an individual’s skills related to education and employment. The system is used globally in education, training and support organizations from schools to prisons to employment schemes.
Former Barrister Jenny Yeo established her Cake Box Company to supply bakers across the country with specialist boxes. Demand for boxes that could be posted with cake in them, led her to create what’s been dubbed the “Interflora for Cakes”. 300 Bakers across the UK have joined her network to deliver hand-made locally baked cupcakes.
Founded by information industry professional Martin Brassell and international finance law expert Professor Iwan Davies, they're on a mission to help organizations capitalize on the strength of their intellectual property. With almost £250 million of online valuations processed with their unique Sollomon tool and partners like Microsoft and InnovateUK, they are changing the way banks and investors look at IP.
MyPinpad secures digital commerce transactions on mobile phones, tablets and personal computers without the need to change existing bank or Card Scheme protocols. Founder Justin Pike, has assembled a team of industry experts as his leadership team and rapidly built a global presence in London, Hong Kong, Sydney and Auckland.
Tom Gallard’s photo printing API, Pwinty, printed 750,000 photos for 60,000 customers last year. It’s now become the go-to solution for organizations that want to print photos with integration to the world’s largest photo labs in the UK, USA, Australia and across Europe.
Anton Faulconbridge’s Rantmedia is Wales’ premier mobile apps agency. They’ve been building smartphone apps for major brands like BBC, Jaguar Rover and Confused. They also have a games division that developed the award winning Vectrex Regeneration, a faithful recreation of the 1980’s console Vectrex.
Damon Chapple and Richard Prime have built the recruitment industry’s answer to invoice financing. They’re challenging the banks by offering improved finance with the additional technology to eliminate contract administration. The Recruitment industry agrees, awarding them the Technology Innovation Award.
Richard Williams’ Veritii is the future of house plans. He’s helping house builders sell more homes off-plan, with ease, with his interactive 3D sales tool. Veritii has industry partners like Crown Paints and Porcelanosa, allowing house buyers to decorate their new home, before it’s built, on an iPad.
Bill Safran with Huw Rees, the brains behind the vScreen technology, have built an award winning screen sharing solution that allows a presenter to conduct a ‘face to face’ advice session with a customer remotely. This is now widely used in the financial services sector in their sales processes.
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Indycube Ventures offers funding and expert advice to entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs and small-business owners based at coworking space network Indycube are being offered access to a half-million-pound annual funding stream and expert advice.
"We have benefited greatly from David's experience, counsel and contacts on a wide range of issues. His past experience in the IP space is particularly useful to Inngot, but even without that, he is just the sort of investor and non-executive director a high growth business needs. He sees potential, makes connections, and keeps us focused on the things that matter."Martin Brassell, CEO, Inngot Ltd