Music start-up BeatStream has been crowned the winner of this year’s Venturefest Manchester innovation showcase competition.

The revolutionary live music streaming app, which allows people to experience the thrill of a gig as it happens, emerged victorious in the Best Start-up category after a live vote by hundreds of audience members at Bridgewater Hall.

Founded by entrepreneurs Matthew Walsh and Helen Fish, BeatStream allows bars, clubs and venues to stream their live entertainment using an easy-to-use app. It can help venues keep in touch with their customers, as well as find new ones.

The firm was one of 10 businesses to deliver pitches to several of the region’s most prominent entrepreneurs, innovators and investors.

 Beatstream announced as Venturefest winners

Beatstream announced as Venturefest winners

The fourth Venturefest Manchester took place today at Bridgewater Hall and was organised by the Business Growth Hub.

It was hosted by serial entrepreneur and investor Professor Vikas Shah, who was joined by several high profile speakers including Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, British Business Bank chief executive Keith Morgan and Pippa Hall, director of innovation and chief economist at the Intellectual Property Office.

In the Best Start-up Business category, BeatStream was competing against Actiphons, Bee Industrious, Virtual Training Centre and Energimine.

Beatstream

Mello won the  Best Established Business category ahead of The Link App, Avakino, Tile Master and HMR Circle went head to head in the Best Established Business category.

Each winner received a prize package worth £20,000.