Dell announces ‘Start-up in Residence’ competition winners

‘Smart’ email provider and mobile business specialist to receive office space and mentoring

Global computing firm Dell today announced the two winners of its ‘Start-up in Residence’ competition, after a pitching process that saw a host of tech start-ups compete for a period of mentoring and support.

‘Smart’ email filtering service Fantoo took the top prize following the pitch, and will receive two years’ worth of office space at Dell’s Bracknell headquarters.

Established in 2012, Fantoo provides a service in which users can manage their email accounts and social media using an all-in-one service which claims to intelligently prioritise important content.

Mobile business analytics specialist iNovar, established in 2011, took the second prize and will receive a year’s office space at Bracknell.

In addition to the free period of rent, both companies will receive a wide-ranging package of support including technology and telecoms equipment, mentoring, and access to ‘global networking opportunities’.

The two start-ups will also become members of the Dell UK Centre for Entrepreneurs Advisory Council, which acts as a steering committee for the UK Centre for Entrepreneurs –providing funding, mentoring and technical expertise to UK tech start-ups.

The businesses were selected following a ‘competitive’ pitch to Dell UK managing director Tim Griffin and Dell’s ‘global entrepreneur in residence’, Ingrid Vanderveldt (pictured).

Announced in November 2013, the first-ever Start-Up in Residence competition is part of a wider drive by Dell to improve its links to the entrepreneurial community in the UK.

Tim Griffin, vice president and managing director of Dell UK, said:“I’m delighted to welcome Fantoo and iNovar to Dell.

“Picking our winners was a tough decision as the calibre of businesses that applied to the competition was really impressive.

“However in the end it came down to their ability to demonstrate their long term vision for their business, growth potential, and an entrepreneurial spirit that would be a good fit within our own business.”

Jordan Fantaay, founder of competition winner Fantoo, commented: “With our business already attracting a significant amount of interest globally, we’re super delighted to have been chosen as one of Dell’s resident start-ups.

“The level of support they’re providing us with will really help us free up vital resources needed to capitalise on the new opportunities we see ahead.”



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