This category is for the most exciting tech start-ups in the region. Companies must be no more than two-years-old. Shortlisted start-ups will be invited to pitch their concept to a special panel, organised by sponsor ConnectTVT.
This award covers the rising stars of the sector – the emerging company that might be starting to scale up, or has plans to. The company might be just a few years old but is already starting to make some ‘noise’.
Winner: Open Cosmos
Highly Commended: Adaptix, FiscaltecGroup and Epoq IT
The award for innovation. This might be an innovative product or process, or it could be a technologically innovative way of doing business. The award will go to a company that puts innovation high on its agenda.
Winner: Ultima Business Solutions
Third: Oxford nanoSystems
Highly Commended: FliteTrak, ScopeMaster and Siyona Tech
The award covers areas ranging from software-based and data analytics health technology to life sciences and robotics and space technology – sectors that the region is known to excel in. The winner will be building its reputation and have earned recognition for its truly innovative work in its field.
Covering the diverse world of telecoms, from mobile data to cell phones. The award is for telecoms companies that have enjoyed a spectacular year, either in terms of financial performance, market share, or products and services.
Second: STL Communications
Third: Southern Communications
Tech Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Austin Fraser
Great employers are eligible to enter this category – those that have the culture and/or physical working environment that makes them stand out from the crowd.
The award will go to a key transaction in the past 12 months – an acquisition, merger, flotation or other significant ‘event’ that has proved a successful exit for a company’s founders or will help build future growth for the business.
Winner: Roc Technologies –investment by BGF and acquisition of CCM
Contego Fraud Solutions investment by NVM and Maven
Hunter Macdonald sale to Netcompany
Redwood Technologies investment by Scottish Equity Partners
Awarded to the overall winner, the leading IT/science/telecoms company of the past year. Judges will be looking for the outstanding tech business that has excelled in performance, or product innovation or both.