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CODE_n competition: UK/CeBIT partnership is big opportunity for British startups

Following the announcement that the UK will be the official partner country for CeBIT 2014 in Hanover, organisers of the CODE_n contest, which will take place as part of the show, have said entry has become "particularly attractive for young companies from the UK".

Helen Thomas, Sales Director at London's GFT Technologies AG, which established CODE_n in 2011 commented: "We are thrilled about this decision as it will draw attention to companies and solutions from the UK – the perfect setting for our young and innovative tech scene to present itself on an international stage."

The CODE_n competition gives 50 applicants the chance to win a free space at the exhibition to showcase their companies. The overall winner will then receive €30,000 (£26,000) in prize money.

Under this year's slogan "Driving the Data Revolution" CODE_n is looking for young companies who provide big data solutions to enter the competition in order to have the chance to be part of the the world's largest IT expo taking place 10-14 March, 2014.

"Each year, we search for the most exciting startups, ones with the potential to set something new in motion with their digital business solutions. They have to have it, that 'code of the new'," said Thomas. "To find them, we choose a socially relevant global megatrend as a theme each year. This time, it's big data."

"CODE_n is a unique opportunity for all young companies," added Nick Miles, commercial director and co-founder of TheGreenAge, a London-based startup that was a finalist in last year's CODE_n contest. "We highly recommend taking part in CODE_n to other startups from the UK. The countless contacts we made at CeBIT have really moved our business forward."