Gala ceremony gathers the UK technology industry to celebrate entrepreneurs
Winners have just been announced for the 7th annual Enterprise Awards. Thirteen entrepreneurs were honoured for their achievements at a ceremony last night in London’s prestigious Dorchester Hotel.
Uniquely focused on Founders, rather than Companies, the Enterprise Awards recognises those that demonstrate vision, growth, innovation, funding, use of capital, use of resources, strategy, execution, ambition, and determination to succeed. Winners join an impressive alumni which includes the founders of British unicorns FanDuel and Transferwise.
John O’Connell, Chairman of the Scaleup Group and founder of the Enterprise Awards, said: “From edtech entrepreneurs to cyber security specialists, fintech innovators and engineers revolutionising the energy industry – the winners of this year’s Enterprise Awards are at the forefront of their fields. They exemplify the mission of the awards to recognise leaders at every stage in their careers that have or will make a significant impact on their industry.
“Entrepreneurship is key to the success of the UK economy, and we continue to be encouraged and impressed by the standard of leaders in this country through the Enterprise Awards. This year was record breaking for us in terms of applications which is indicative of the number of quality of innovative founders we have here in the UK. Two-thirds of this year’s Enterprise Awards entrants are growing at over 50% per annum; 5 of those shortlisted for the Enterprise Awards are growing at 100% per annum and over £300 million growth capital has been raised from institutions. I’m already excited to see next year’s crop.”
The winners are:
Christopher Baker-Brian, Co-founder & CTO, Bboxx
Imam Hoque, Founder & COO, Quantexa
Julie Walters, Founder, Raremark
Laurence Kemball-Cook, Founder & CEO, Pavegen
Paul Volkaerts, Founder & CEO, Nervecentre Software
Asher Ismail, CEO, MIDRIVE
Terry Walby, Founder & CEO, Thoughtonomy
John Snyder, Founder & CEO, Grapeshot
Jacyn Heavens, EMEA CEO, Epos Now
Poppy Gustafsson, Founder & CEO, Darktrace
Listed Company Award
Alastair Bathgate, CEO, Blue Prism
Mentor of the Year
Dr. Steve Garnett
Held in association with the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the event brought together 400 members of the technology and investment community. Proceeds from the night will be donated to Sherry Coutu’s Founders4Schools, which helps schools find inspiring business leaders to speak to children in the classroom.
Details about the Enterprise Awards and the list of nominees in all categories are available at www.enterprise-awards.co.uk/.
The Enterprise Awards has once again attracted some big name sponsors for the event – Sage, NatWest, Questers, RandDTax, Scaleup Group, Silverpeak, Smith & Williamson, TechMarketView and Stifel.
The event was organised by ScaleUp Group and tx2events.