European Tech Tour Names UK and Ireland`s Most Promising High Growth Technology Companies; Selected Companies Stand to Benefit from $10 Billion in Investment Capital

Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:00am EDT

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British Olympic Team Psychiatrist Addresses Finalistsat Gala Dinner at Royal
Courts of Justice
LONDON & DUBLIN--(Business Wire)--
The European Tech Tour today announced the 30 selected companies of the 2010 UK
and Ireland Tech Tour. Revealed at the organisation`s gala dinner at the Royal
Courts of Justice in London last night, the finalists represent the region`s
most promising, high-growth, early- and expansion-stage technology companies. 

The 30 companies - all of them based or incubated in England, Scotland, Wales,
Northern Ireland and Ireland - were chosen from a pool of 250 applications and
selected based on detailed reviews by the UK & Ireland Tech Tour`s Selection
Committee, comprised of senior global venture capital and technology industry
leaders. The reviews assessed the uniqueness of their technology, strength of
their business model, vision, capability to execute on the business plan and the
quality of management team and track record. 

"It was a big challenge to identify the UK and Ireland Tech Tour finalists given
the strength of this year`s entrants, but we are satisfied we`ve selected the
companies with the greatest business and commercial potential," said Victor
Basta, president of the UK and Ireland Tech Tour. "These are not just companies
that will make an impact locally; they are companies with the potential to
assist in Europe`s broader economic recovery."

And the selected companies are…

The 2010 UK & Ireland Tech Tour finalists span several technology sectors,
including communication and networking systems, Cleantech, semiconductor
devices, internet and enterprise application software, design, enabling
technology, manufacturing and test equipment and medical equipment. This is who
they are and where they are from:

 Company                   Location                     Company                         Location             
 Aepona                    Belfast, Northern Ireland    Maxymiser                       Edinburgh, UK        
 Andor Technology          Belfast, Northern Ireland    MediaEquals                     London, UK           
 CarTrawler                Dublin, Ireland              Mobile Interactive Group        London, UK           
 Clavis Technology         Dublin, Ireland              Newbay Software                 Dublin, Ireland      
 CloudSplit                Dublin, Ireland              Nimbus                          Rowlands Castle, UK  
 Complinet                 London, UK                   Oxford Nanopore Technologies    Oxford, UK           
 DisplayLink               Cambridge, UK                PowerOasis                      Bath, UK             
 Green Biologics           Oxfordshire, UK              Renew                           London, UK           
 HeartSine Technologies    Belfast, Northern Ireland    Shutl                           London, UK           
 HeyStaks Technologies     Dublin, Ireland              S3 Group                        Dublin, Ireland      
 Imagini Europe            London, UK                   The TAS Group                   Dublin, Ireland      
 Intelligent Energy        Loughborough, UK             uberVU                          London, UK           
 Just Eat Group-           London, UK                   VOSS Solutions                  Reading, UK          
 Kore Virtual Machines     Dublin, Ireland              Zeus Technology                 Cambridge, UK        
 Lagan Technologies        Belfast, Northern Ireland    Zonerider Networks              London, UK           


Speech by Olympic team psychiatrist marks launch of two-day tour

Dr. Steve Peters, a psychiatrist with the British Olympic Cycling team,
addressed the finalists last night with a speech focussed on getting the highest
performance from teams and humanity`s dynamic drivers at the gala dinner. The UK
& Ireland Tech Tour is being held in London today while the Irish portion will
be held in Dublin tomorrow. During that time finalists will have twenty minutes
to present their business plans to senior partners, vice presidents and CEOs
from the global venture capital and technology industry, as well as service
providers and academics. They will benefit from networking opportunities, local
and international media exposure and opportunities to secure funding. There is
over €10 billion worth of investment capital present at the Tour. 

About the European Tech Tour

The European Tech Tour Association (ETT) was founded in Geneva in 1998 in
response to the growing interest in emerging technology companies in various
European regions. ETT is an independent, not-for-profit organisation composed of
key contributors to the high technology industry. The Association recognises
that continued prosperity in Europe lies in its ability to transform today's
innovative projects into tomorrow's global technology leaders. 

For further information, please visit www.techtour.com

Thanks to the Tech Tour sponsors for their generous support.

European Tech Tour
Laurian Krell
+41 22 544 60 62
Laurian@techtour.com
or
Weber Shandwick UK
Peter Ross
+44 20 7067 0540
pross@webershandwick.com
or
Weber Shandwick Ireland
Eoin Quinn
+353 1 676 0168
equinn@webershandwick.com



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