Thursday 07 April 2022

Enterprise Awards celebrate UK tech entrepreneurial talent

Enteprise Awards dinnerIt was fantastic to see so many familiar faces – as well as many new ones - at the Enterprise Awards last night, as we gathered in the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall in London to celebrate the best of the UK’s tech entrepreneurs at ‘the Oscars for Technology Entrepreneurs’. 

Founded by the one and only John O’Connell, ScaleUp Group, the awards, which uniquely focus on the individual entrepreneur rather that their business, are now in their tenth year. This year, as chair of the judging panel, I know that it was harder than ever for the judges to choose the winners from the impressive group of finalists, so our congratulations to all the entrepreneurs shortlisted for an award.

The judges looked for vision, growth, innovation, financial management, external recognition and stamina, and were overwhelmed by the range and quality of UK tech entrepreneurs and businesses – from Emerging to Enterprise.

Many congratulations to the winners announced at the awards last night across the nine categories:

EA John TolaNet Zero – Dr Rebecca Harding, Coriolis Technologies

Social Enterprise – Alex Stephany, Beam

Public Sector – Sara Murray, Big Technologies trading as Buddi

Deep Tech – Scott White, Pragmatic Semiconductor

Emerging (revenues between £1m and £3m) – Alex Hously, Seldon

Developing (revenues £3m to £20m) – Alexandra Depledge, Resi

Scale Up (growth 50%+) – Adrian Overall, Cloudstratex

Enterprise (revenues £20m+) – Vishal Marria, Quantexa

Judges Special Award (all round excellence) – Martina King, Featurespace

and also to John O'Connell, pictured receiving a trophy to commemorate ten years as chair and founder of the awards.

In addition to celebrating the best of UK tech talent, the Enterprise Awards has traditionally been organised as a fundraising event, donating profits to the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists' charities to help its mission to improve lives across the UK and beyond by providing IT skills and training. Last night’s Awards, however, raised money for the Ukraine Relief Fund and we were delighted that the raffle alone raised more than £20,000 for this very worthy cause.

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '08:49' - Tagged: awards   scaleup   event   entrepreneurship  

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