Aston University spin-out aiming to be crowned Best British Tech Startup 2019

Grid Edge

5 February 2019 

  • A startup business founded by three former colleagues at Aston University is in with a chance of winning a national competition

A startup business, founded by three former colleagues at Aston University, is one of five finalists heading to a competition in Barcelona this month in a bid to be crowned Best British Tech Startup 2019.

Grid Edge, an artificial intelligence startup company that provides ground breaking AI services to commercial building operators, will attend an event at the Mobile World Congress on 26 February.

Jim Scott, Daniel Wright and Tom Anderson set up the company during their time working at the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University. 

The competition, which is now in its fifth year, is run by professional services firm KPMG who whittled down more than 180 applications to find five innovative businesses from regions across the UK, who will now travel to Barcelona to pitch their company to a panel of industry experts.

Commenting on making the finals of the competition, Tom Anderson, co-founder and CEO of Grid Edge said:

“The whole team at Grid Edge is absolutely delighted that we have been announced as the midlands winners of the KPMG Best British Tech Start Up Awards.

“It is less than two years since Jim, Dan and I left Aston University to pursue our vision for developing a new and better way to manage energy by empowering consumers to predict, optimise and control their building’s energy profile, and so this award means so much to us.”

Professor George Feiger, Executive Dean of Aston Business School, said:

“I am delighted that Grid Edge is in the running to be named the Best British Tech Startup 2019.

“The ground breaking work that the business does to empower commercial building operators to intelligently manage their building’s energy profile deserves to be recognised.”

Alumni of the Best British Tech Startup competition include SafeToNet, What3Words and Echo and hundreds of millions have been raised by previous participants to date. 

The competition provides an unrivalled opportunity for British startups to raise their profile, gain access to investors, clients, corporate alliance partners and a booth to present their startup to over 100,000 industry players. The Mobile World Congress is one of the world’s largest annual technology industry gathering, organised by the GSMA. Last year the event attracted over 100,000 attendees from all parts of the world, including over 7,000 CEO participants, 2,000 exhibitors and 3,500 international media and analysts.  Hundreds of investors attend the event in Barcelona, all of whom are searching for the next unicorn to support.


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