Two Singapore startups win trip to Cambridge, UK for mentoring program

CAMBRIDGE, UK, June 6, 2013 – Two Singapore technology startups have won a new mentorship competition run by leading UK software company Red Gate and Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA).

The winners, Sent.ly and Novatap, were chosen by a judging panel from Red Gate and the IDA at Echelon 2013, Asia's largest tech conference.

Both companies will fly out to Red Gate's Cambridge headquarters later this summer, where they'll receive individually-tailored mentoring from the team that grew Red Gate from a startup to an international software firm.

Cambridge-based international law firm Taylor Vinters will offer the winners extra support during their trip, introducing them to representatives from Cambridge's world-class venture capital and technology community.

"We decided to double the original prize"

Simon Galbraith, CEO of Red Gate, said, "Originally, we planned to bring one company over, but Angus Chudleigh, the head of our Singapore office, was so impressed with the startups that we decided to double the original prize and fund two of them.

"The winners have created products which resonate with our core mission of ingenious simplicity – I'm really excited to see how things develop during the time they spend with us.

"Sent.ly make it incredibly easy for developers to make their applications communicate with customers via mobile. The first time we ran our Springboard incubator, I remember PagerDuty had great difficulty scaling their SMS infrastructure; Sent.ly makes all that go away.

"We're also really excited by Novatap and the potential of their dockPHP product. It allows rapid prototyping and development of interactive websites and they've had an insane number of users sign up in the past few months."

Stronger technology ties for Cambridge and Singapore

The competition was launched earlier this year at the Cambridge Connection, a networking forum aimed at strengthening the ties between the technology hubs in Cambridge and Singapore.

Taylor Vinters head of technology Patrick Farrant said, "Congratulations to Sent.ly and Novatap! We look forward to welcoming them to our Cambridge HQ and are excited by the technologies that Sent.ly and Novatap have developed and are deploying.

"We hope to be able share our sector experience and technical expertise with them as well as showcase them to our network of tech sector clients and contacts."

To reach the final stage of the contest, the startups saw off competition from 25 other companies in a pre-selection round and an online video-pitch to the mentoring team at Red Gate.

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Notes to editors:

Red Gate Software was founded in 1999 in Cambridge, UK, by Simon Galbraith and Neil Davidson. It now employs over 280 people in Cambridge, Singapore, and Pasadena, California. Red Gate's software tools are used by 640,000 IT professionals worldwide and the company has been repeatedly recognized as one of the UK's best places to work. Over the past five years, Red Gate has incubated and supported a number of Cambridge startups, including Blinkpipe, founded by former directors of FTSE100 technology company ARM Holdings. www.red-gate.com

Taylor Vinters is a successful next generation law firm with a commitment to being one of the elite law firms operating internationally in the areas of technology, investment, and private client. Headquartered in Cambridge UK, Europe's innovation capital, and operating from its offices in London, Singapore, and Cambridge, its team of entrepreneurially minded people serve an international client base of private individuals, fast-growth companies, multinationals, investors, and non-profits. www.taylorvinters.com

Contacts:

Tom Russell
Red Gate Software
+44 1223 438774
tom.russell@red-gate.com

Tim Hill
Taylor Vinters
+44 1223 225292
tim.hill@taylorvinters.com

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