June 2017

GeoSpock Founder shortlisted at Enterprise Awards

Enterprise Awards celebrate the very best entrepreneurs in the UK technology industry

London, 15th June 2017: The shortlist of finalists have been announced for the 7th annual Enterprise Awards. The awards took place last night at the Dorchester Hotel with a gala ceremony to celebrate the leading entrepreneurs in the UK technology industry.

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. Previous winners include 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 - every company at this year’s Enterprise Awards is 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 and shortlisted are:

Young Entrepreneur

Winner:            Christopher Baker-Brian, Co-founder & CTO, BBOXX

Shortlisted:      Dr Steve Marsh, Founder & CEO, GeoSpock Ltd; Ollie Purdue, CEO, Loot Financial Services Ltd; Martin Sweeney, CEO, Ravelin

Evergreen Entrepreneur

Winner:            Imam Hoque, Founder & COO, Quantexa

Shortlistd:        Gareth Cooke and Gareth Coombes, Founders & Directors, Teaching Continua

Female Entrepreneur

Winner:            Julie Walters, Founder, Raremark

Shortlised:       Debbie Wosskow OBE and Anna Jones, Co-founders, Allbright Ltd; Laura Hutton, Founder & Executive Director, Quantexa; Irra Ariella Khi, CEO, Vchain Technologies

Social Enterprise

Winner:            Laurence Kemball-Cook, Founder & CEO, Pavegen

Shortlisted:      Douglas and Estelle Lloyd, Founders, Azoomee; Martin Ijaha, Co-founder & CEO, Neyber; Daniel and Adam Pike, Co-founders, SuperCarers.com

Public Sector

Winner:            Paul Volkaerts, Founder & CEO, Nervecentre Software

Shortlisted:      Denis Kaminskiy, CEO, Arcus Global; Gareth Cooke and Gareth Coombes, Founders & Directors, Teaching Continua; Tom Hooper, Founder & CEO, Third Space Learning

Emerging Entrepreneur

Winner:            Asher Ismail, CEO, miDRIVE

Shortlisted:      Hellen Bowey, CEO, Alcove; Dr Steve Marsh, Founder & CEO, GeoSpock Ltd; Matthew Elson, CEO, SHE Software; Tom Hooper, Founder & CEO, Third Space Learning; Irra Ariella Khi, CEO, Vchain Technology

Developing Entrepreneur

Winner:            Terry Walby, Founder & CEO, Thoughtonomy, now part of Blue Prism

Shortlisted:      Ian O'Rourke, CEO, Adthena; Jason Mohr, Founder & CEO, AnyJunk; Sean Hoban, Co-founder & CEO, Kimble Applications; Tony Pepper and Neil Larkins, CEO & COO, Egress Software Technologies

Enterprise Entrepreneur

Winner:            John Snyder, Founder & CEO, Grapeshot

Shortlisted:      Richard Jeffery, CEO, ActiveOps; Giles Palmer, Founder & CEO, Brandwatch; Jason Mohr, Founder & CEO, AnyJunk

Scale Up Award

Winners:          Alastair Paterson & James Chappell, Co-founders & CEO & CTO, Digital Shadows

Saurav Chopra, Co-founder & CEO, Perkbox

Shortlisted:      Tony Pepper and Neil Larkins, CEO & COO, Egress Software Technologies; Jacyn Heavens, Founder & CEO, Epos Now; Sean Hoban, Co-founder & CEO, Kimble Applications; Tom Adeyoola, Founder & CEO, Metail

Team Award

Poppy Gustafsson, Founder & CEO, Darktrace

Special Judges Award

Jacyn Heavens, Founder & CEO, Epos Now

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 http://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.

Support was provided by FieldHouse Associates and Whiteoaks.

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