Bird & Bird working to support technology start-ups


Bird & Bird is pleased to announce that following the final of the CISCO 'BIG' awards, uMotif, a digital health platform, has been awarded first place and will now be supported by Bird & Bird with pro bono legal advice, workshops with leading technology lawyers and ongoing mentoring support.

The British Innovation Gateway (BIG) Awards aim to recognise and support up-and-coming innovators, entrepreneurs and early-stage startup businesses. Submissions are accepted from small businesses and early stage startups which have technology-based prototypes and proof of concepts (PoC) in development.

The BIG Awards have been set up to attract high-potential technology startups that are seeking investment and support to accelerate their development. This is the second year that Bird & Bird has supported the initiative and they will also be providing pro bono legal and mentoring support to Whisk, a digital home cooking app, and Actual Experience, an IT analytics service, who were placed second and third respectively.

uMotif helps people lead healthy and independent lives, supported by their clinicians and carers through software that improves health treatments, saves lives and reduces costs. Their mobile and web apps combine patient-led data inputs, passive sensor data (from the Internet of Everything), health open data sets and a range of content to help patients better self-manage their health.

Barry Jennings, Bird & Bird, said: "We are really pleased to have been part of this competition for the second year. The standard of entries was incredibly high and we are grateful to Cisco for getting us involved. At Bird & Bird we work with some of the world's most innovative companies, and initiatives such as the 'BIG' awards help us to support those companies who are part of the next generation of innovation, using technology to transform the way people live and work."

Bruce Hellman, uMotif, said: "We are thrilled to have won first place in the competition. We are very proud of the growth we have achieved to date and the support which we will now receive from Bird & Bird, as well as the other companies involved, will be invaluable for our continued development."

Phil Smith, CEO, Cisco, UKI said: “The talent that these awards discover never fails to astonish me, and is just a snapshot of the technological ingenuity within the UK tech start-up community. We were all hugely impressed with the calibre, ambition and courage of all our innovators at the exciting Cisco BIG Awards Finals. We have found a brilliant winner in uMotif, and look forward to working more closely with Bruce, his team and all of our winners going forward. We’re genuinely excited to see what the future holds for them.”

Other companies involved were Right Management, dnx and Octopus Communications.