Don’t be scared, just go for it!

Cambridge based Speechmatics won Discovering Startups Competition in 2014 – we caught up with Georgina Robertson (Marketing Director, Speechmatics) to find out what they’ve been up to…

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Speechmatics win Discovering Startups Competition in 2014

CEO Benedikt receiving their award from Soraya Jones, David Cleevely and Miles Kirby

Q: What have been your key milestones since winning DSU in 2014?
A: The team have been busy! Key milestones include:

  • Creation of our AI framework which builds languages using minimal data sets and previous language knowledge
  • Holder of a Deloitte Fast 50 award
  • Scaling the company from 7 employees to now, 38
  • First investment round closed at the end of 2016
  • Close to hitting 30 languages built in an 18 months time frame

Q: If you could offer one tip for startups pitching at this years competition, what would it be?
A: Don’t be scared just go for it!

Benedikt, CEO of Speechmatics pitching at the 2014 Discovering Startups Competition

Benedikt, CEO of Speechmatics pitching at the 2014 Discovering Startups Competition

Q: Casting your minds back to the competition, would you say the competition provided you with new, valuable contacts? If so, can you tell us who & why?
A: Yes, useful contacts that helped refine the business story and product definition

Q: Are you working on any new project launches that you can tell us about?
A: Yes but they are under embargo

Q: How many staff did you have working for you in 2014 and how many do you have now?
A: We had 7, we’ve now got a team of 38

Q: Sum up working in a startup in one word
A: Exhilarating

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The 8th Discovering Startups Competition is taking place on Monday 23rd October at Deloitte in London. If you’re a start-up, early stage company or entrepreneur working in the field of technology, make you apply by 22nd September 2017! Submit your application via the CW website, here. 

To watch the pitches and network with the next generation of budding technology entrepreneurs, register your ticket today! CW member tickets cost £80 + VAT, standard delegate ticket costs £110 + VAT.

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