I-Com Big Data Venture Challenge Winners!

Clear Returns has had a truly phenomenal week at various different events across the country!

First up was the I-Com Big Data Venture Challenge held in Rome on October 16th. Competing alongside 8 finalists our CEO Vicky Brock delivered a superb pitch and was crowned the winner.

Next we were in Liverpool representing high-growth technology companies at The Pitch Live. 80 start-ups from across the UK pitched at the event held at the Merseyside Maritime Museum on the 18th and 19th of October. Clear Returns were selected as one of the top 20, who must now compete in a public vote to earn their place at the grand final on the 16th of November in London.

That night we also attended Hatchery Hits the Street, this awards ceremony is hosted by our business accelerator Entrepreneurial Spark and with the support of the Royal Bank of Scotland they provide £25,000 in prizes for entrepreneurs. CEO Vicky Brock pitched at this event in front of almost 400 guests, including Entrepreneurial Spark backers Sir Tom Hunter and Sir Willie Haughey. At the end of the night when we thought we’d missed out on a prize the big winner was announced – Clear Returns! We won the best high impact award – and a £3,500 cheque!

Finally on the 25th of October we were selected to appear at IBM’s Smartcamp in Dublin. Competing against 4 other strong contenders Clear Returns were honoured to be selected as the winners and will now attend the European finals in Berlin on November 14th.

How to top a week like that? Well New York is still to come…

Big Data Venture Challenge Nomination

It may be a buzz word of the moment, but “big data” is attracting the attention of retailers and investors alike.  The power of very large data sets and sophisticated algorithms is what gives Clear Returns its predictive capabilities, and this is the principle behind many of the uses that retailers are starting to turn to data mining and modelling for. Its a growing and exciting field.

And so we’re excited to have been invited to Rome as a nominee for the very first Big Data Venture challenge.  At a global gathering of data geeks, we’ll get to unleash all those mad professor tenancies that we usually keep under wraps.