More than 120 high-potential start-ups from around the world convened in London to participate in the Start-Up Games, competing for the chance to be recognised as an international start-up champion. Announced by the Prime Minister in January and organised by UK Trade & Investment`s (UKTI`s) Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO) in partnership with StartUp Britain, the Start-Up Games saw 270 bright entrepreneurs from 120 start-ups being put through their paces during intense training and competition. The participants represented more than a dozen countries including Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Russia, Spain and the US.
“There is a fantastic energy in Britain at the moment, and an increasingly connected start-up environment,” said Oli Barrett, co-founder of Start-Up Britain. “We are seeing more people than ever starting out on their own, and it’s fantastic to be able to play a role in helping British companies to go global and in welcoming overseas founders to Britain. It is also encouraging to be reminded that, as a country, we are producing exciting companies and passionate founders with the potential to make a difference on a global scale.”
Graham Turner, Co-founder of giveonthemobile® said: “The Start-up Games presented a great opportunity to meet some of the most dynamic entrepreneurs from around the world. We are pleased to be a finalist and look forward to working with many of the other contestants to develop compelling products for our mobile platform”.
Ben Southworth, Deputy CEO of the Tech City Investment Organisation, said: “It has been a real honour to be around such an inspiring and diverse group of start-ups and entrepreneurs this week. We hope everyone leaves the Games feeling more confident in their ability to create and grow a great business – whether that’s in London or further afield.”