A Lincoln start-up that creates intelligent wearable technology has won a national competition aimed at finding the UK’s most innovative and exciting new tech companies.
Tended, which offers high-tech safety and activity trackers that provide safety solutions, were whittled down from hundreds of applications to one of 33 semi-finalists in Tech Nation’s Rising Star awards in January.
At the grand final in London this week, Tended pitched their business in front of a high-profile panel of expert judges, including the Head of Startups at Microsoft, and were selected as one of ten winners.
The competition final marked the culmination of a nationwide search to find up-and-coming tech start-ups with the potential to scale their businesses and ultimately become the market leaders of tomorrow.
The winners receive a package of support that includes one-to-one mentoring and introductions to potential partners and investors.
Tended, based at Lincoln Science & Innovation Park, has gone from strength to strength since it was founded in 2017. Its intelligent safety and activity trackers, worn as a wristband, detect accidents such as a fall, forceful impact or a period of no movement and sends an alert to the wearer’s emergency contacts or a central location.
The products are attracting attention from global commercial businesses as well as individual consumers.
Leo Scott-Smith, Tended’s founder and CEO, said: “It was great to be named as a Tech Nation Rising Star and for our team and product to get the recognition we believe they deserve.
“So much has happened since we moved to the Science Park at the end of 2017. Originally there were only the three of us. Now there are 19 of us, we have moved to larger offices, we are working with multi-national companies and have attracted a lot of funding.”