A software start-up based at the Entrepreneurial Spark business incubator in Leeds has been shortlisted for two high profile technology awards, even though its app is yet to be released.
Connectably made the Northern Stars shortlist for Tech North at the Leeds regional final in September, and this week is pitching in Manchester for the Best British Mobile StartUp hosted by KPMG Tech Growth.
Designed for small service business owners to manage their marketing, sales, payments and accounting in one place, Connectably is the ‘one stop shop’ mobile app that co-founder Gareth Everson knows is needed by this market.
Gareth, from Harrogate, joined the Entrepreneurial Spark incubator in Leeds to develop the “next version” of his existing “add on” service to the CRM system he’d been selling for the past five years. Mentored to realise the more scalable potential of building a complete small business system, he recruited local talent with interns from Leeds University joining his existing developers over the summer to work on a prototype.
Now with a co-founder on board, whose experience in software marketing includes launching cloud accounting success story Xero in the UK, this fits perfectly with getting the app to market. The business has already been shortlisted for two prestigious pitches to showcase their idea, ahead of the app’s launch.
Gareth Everson, co-founder, Connectably, said: “Entrepreneurial Spark has been a fantastic launchpad and door opener for us. It’s given us the confidence to pitch even while we’re in pre-launch and has allowed us to start conversations already that are confirming real interest in our software. It’s one thing to have an idea, but when others see the market potential too it’s really exciting.”
Esme Caulfield, Northern Stars Programme Lead, Tech North, said: “Initiatives like Northern Stars help us to showcase the wealth of digital talent we have across the region. This is the third year we have run the competition and each time I am overwhelmed.”