Thinking Digital Conference: Second Annual Startup Competition in association with Sage One

Thinking Digital Conference Announces Second Annual Startup Competition in association with Sage One

Thinking Digital is a three-day event drawing together exceptional talent from the worlds of technology, media, science, industry and the arts. Since its creation in 2008, Thinking Digital Conference has grown steadily and now attracts nearly 700 participants annually.

Thinking Digital Conference was founded by Herb Kim in 2007 as part of a not for profit effort to support and promote the digital and creative industries of the North East of England. On the back of the conferences success, Herb�s work has lead him to be included in the 2010 Media Guardian and 2011 Wired Magazine top 100 lists of influencers and newsmakers.

This year, Thinking Digital 2013 is taking place on 21st -23rd May in Tyneside at the Sage Gateshead.

The Thinking Digital Conference is pleased to announce the Second Annual Thinking Digital Startup Competition which is made possible in 2013 by Sage One, the cloud-based accounts and payroll service created by Sage (UK) Limited, specifically for startups and small businesses.

From today, 12th April, until 30th April, we are inviting digital and technology startup companies to enter the Thinking Digital Startup Competition. Up to 10 companies will be shortlisted to give a 3 minute startup pitch before a panel of renowned industry judges and a 500 strong voting audience on Tuesday 21st May during the preconference activities of Thinking Digital. Every shortlisted company receives a free registration to the Thinking Digital Livecast Lounge and a free 12-month license for Sage One�s easy to use, jargon-free Accounts software. Expert presentation coaching from Sage One is also available for every shortlisted entry.

The top two startups, as chosen by the audience and the Judges Panel, advance to the final competition which will occur before the live audience of the Thinking Digital Conference. The delegates of Thinking Digital will then choose the final winner.

Startups can enter online by clicking here.

-Paul Lancaster of Sage One:

"The Sage One team are huge fans of Thinking Digital, which is a hotbed for creativity, collaboration and innovation. Championing enterprise is at the heart of Sage One and we�re well aware of the huge entrepreneurial talent rife throughout the UK. Unearthing and supporting this talent is something we are always keen to invest in and we�re looking forward to seeing the finalists pitching on stage in the Thinking Digital competition.�

-Herb Kim of Thinking Digital:

�For a conference that�s about �technology, ideas & our future� it�s essential to us that we embrace technology startups and all they are doing for the future of Britain. We�re elated to have the support this year of Sage, one of the most successful startups that the UK has ever produced and a leader in understanding the needs of businesses to help them grow.�

The Startup Competition is free to attend for all Thinking Digital ticket holders. For information on how to register please click here.

See more information on the speakers here.

About Sage

Sage has been helping small businesses improve the way they work for over 30 years with award- winning accounting, payroll and CRM software.

In the UK, Sage provides software and services to businesses ranging from start-ups to large companies. This software ranges from accounts and ERP, HR and payroll, forecasting and business intelligence to customer relationship management, e-business and help for start-ups. Services include Excel Support, HR Advice, Health and Safety Advice and training courses.

Sage One is the cloud-based accounts and payroll service created by Sage (UK) Limited specifically for start-ups and small businesses. Sage have stripped out all the jargon and simplified each process so that anyone can use the software without any prior knowledge or training.