Innovation Showcase: Where are they now?

Innovation Showcase: Where are they now?

As entries open for the 2017 Innovation Showcase Competition at Venturefest Manchester, BQ catches up with last year's top three to see how their businesses have changed.

2016 Winners: Nothing But Epic

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Digital agency Nothing But Epic brought Padoq, their app which creates a social feed with boundaries, to last year’s Innovation Showcase and walked away with the top prize.

Whilst the agency delivers websites, social media campaigns, design and PPC marketing to businesses, Padoq is a product of theirs specifically designed for groups of friends, those with shared interests, or to be used around brands and causes.

MD Mike Anderson told us that Nothing But Epic has gone from strength to strength since last year. “Off the back of the competition we’ve had successful validation of the Padoq product. We’ve done a round of investment, and we’ll be launching the product in the Autumn.

“The agency is going well – we hired three new staff within three months, and we’ve starting winning national accounts. Just this week we were named a Rising Star of the UK tech scene by Business Cloud.”

“If I look at the business last year, we were in the start-up phase – now it runs itself as its own business; there’s new clients every month. And Padoq has gone from an idea we were trying to validate, to a funded platform that we’re preparing to launch on a big scale.”

“Venturefest has been great for us,” Mike says. “Our business advisor recommended that we apply – and we felt that, as a company, we were at the right stage. I went to practice pitches which were really useful for getting ready for it all. And it went well!”

Mike found that meeting the other competitors was useful – and brought in some new business. “The PR, the press off the back of it has allowed us to win national clients; the reach has been great. Being up on stage in front of all those people was a very cool experience!”

“I’m looking forward to showing off our progress when we come back this year – and next time there won’t be as much pressure on me!”