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Six Bristol companies named among 'most disruptive' in South West

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 05 October 2018 15:55

Six Bristol companies named among 'most disruptive' in South West

Six companies based at UWE's Enterprise Zone have been named among the 25 most disruptive' businesses in the South West.

The early-stage firms are included on the 2018 Disrupt South West Index in recognition of their potential to shake up their respective industries in the UK and globally

Three of the organisations (DroneX, Folium Optics and Walk to Beat) have been supported by Bristol Robotics Laboratory’s Hardware Incubator; two (Bunk and Tickitto AI) are based in Launch Space Incubator; and one (Fusion Processing) is based in Future Space, UWE Bristol’s innovation centre.

These business support centres, together with UWE Bristol’s Health Technology Hub, form the foundations of the University Enterprise Zone ecosystem, which promotes collaboration between UWE Bristol and industry.

It connects entrepreneurs and tech innovators with scientists, researchers and graduate talent to spark collaboration, innovation and growth. 

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The annual index, an initiative by ADLIB, Foot Anstey and Tällt, was announced at a launch celebration in Bristol city centre showcasing the region as a global innovation hub.

Judges selected the SMEs based on a range of factors, from the make-up of their founding team and investors to their technology and ambition.

David Lennard, head of business and operations at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, said: “It is hugely encouraging to see so many of the innovative young businesses based at the University Enterprise Zone represented in this list, making up a quarter of all companies included.

“The 70-plus companies based at UWE Bristol’s Enterprise Zone are generating millions of pounds in funding, creating high-value jobs and signing deals with globally-recognised organisations.

“The enterprise ecosystem of business incubators, grow-on space and SME support services created at the University is producing real results, and the companies supported are having a strong impact in their respective industries.”

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