On 13th June, Heard Network and Techcelerate Member Tontio delivered investor pitches for peer review at Techcelerate Coffees Manchester #TCMCR held at Crowe.


Paul Austin (Heard Network) and David Smith (Tontio)

Paul Austin (Heard Network) and David Smith (Tontio)




Tontio:  Founder and CEO: David Smith

Making repair simple by providing the information, parts and tools required to carry out a repair or maintenance, from a single search. Operates as a multi-vendor marketplace and is currently free for vendors to list.





Heard Network: Founder & CEO: Paul Austin

Heard lets you talk to the people around you to find out what’s going on, wherever you are.






The general consensus was on:

  1. Tontio: Explain the current niche before sharing the big opportunity.
  2. Heard Network: Reposition as an event application for music events and not as a social network.



David Smith, Founder & CEO of Tontio, said

The “pitch practise” gave me the opportunity to present my company for the first time and gain invaluable peer reviews. As an early stage start-up it is easy to get lost in your own journey. This event gave the focus to reassess the business model and to be able to adjust it based on the feedback received. It was very beneficial and would recommend it to other start-ups.  


Paul Austin, Founder & CEO of Heard Network, said

’Techcellerate is a great way to meet potential investors and people that can help drive your business forward. The feedback we received when we pitched was invaluable and will help us to refine our business model in the future.’

About us: Techcelerate is building a Membership organisation for technology product companies with support networks (investors, partners, specialists and tools). Our sole focus is to find ways to help our Tech Company Members to accelerate, including investment readiness and fundraising.