Welsh tech start-ups make it to Pitch to Rich semi final

Two Welsh tech start-ups have made it to the semi final of Pitch to Rich 2015.

TAXO’D and GeckGo, which are both apps, are flying the flag for Wales at the competition run by Virgin Media Business.

Pitch to Rich 2015 is open to businesses from right across the UK and aims to discover the country’s most exciting and innovative businesses.

It’s offering a £1m business accelerator prize fund to support three winning businesses – whether an innovative idea, a promising start­-up or a company with huge growth potential.

Both start-ups have battled their way through an initial 2,408 entries and impressed a panel of business experts – including Virgin chief Richard Branson himself.

Launching soon, TAXO’D is an app built by freelancers, for freelancers. It’s been designed to take away the hassle involved in calculating tax based on income and expenses and to make filing tax returns easier.

GeckGo, which is also an app, sports a map-based interface where users can post pins of when and where they’ll be doing sports. Also, it gives businesses the opportunity to target desired users.

Dave Legion, founder of TAXO’D, said: “It took me four years to convince myself I was the right person to do this.

“As I’m not an accountant, I am a freelance designer – I could build a simple solution to manage the headache of freelance tax from the end­ user perspective.

“I know first hand the headaches caused by tax and trying to make sense of the HMRC website. TAXO’D aims to solve that.”

Jamie Edwards, founder of GeckGo, said: “P2R has helped me massively by connecting me to people in the industry and expanding my contacts.

“I believe that my app will boost the extreme sports industry in wales through generating new participants in the sports as well as allowing users to advertise meets groups and competitions.”