WCIT Celebrates UK Technology Entrepreneurs at Enterprise Awards 2014‘Oscars’ for rising stars of IT in their fourth year and going from strength to strength
London, 23rd June 2014 – The fourth annual WCIT Enterprise Awards has once again led the way in championing the entrepreneurial spirit of the new generation of technology entrepreneurs in the UK.
The achievements of successful entrepreneurs from all sectors of the economy were celebrated at a special gala dinner held on Thursday 12 June at the Plaisterers’ Hall in London.
Anthony Impey, CEO of IT service provider, Optimity, based in the heart of London’s Tech City, won the prestigious Social Enterprise Award while Darren Westlake, CEO of Crowdcube, the equity crowdfunding platform, won the inaugural Innovation of the Year Award.
The award for Emerging Entrepreneur was given to Sanjit Atwal and Leo Hawkins, co-founders of Squawka, a web application that delivers real-time data visualisations of live football matches. Environmentally focused entrepreneurs, Jim and David Driver of mobile surveying technology and CRM platform provider, eTech brought home the WCIT Enterprise Award for 2014.
One of the major accolades, Young Entrepreneur (under 30), was won jointly by Dominic Joseph and Adam Ludwin of digital advertising technology company, Captify while from the world of IT security, Tony Pepper, and Neil Larkins, founders of market-leading encryption services provider, Egress Software Technologies, picked up the Developing Entrepreneur award.
Vin Murria, CEO and founder of publicly-listed Advanced Computer Software Group, a leading provider of healthcare and business management software and IT services, received the Judges Award, while Paddy MccGwire, managing partner of Cobalt Corporate Finance, was named Mentor of the Year.
Chairman of the WCIT Enterprise Awards Panel, John O’Connell said, “Once again, we have seen ample evidence that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well across the UK technology sector. We are well on the way to meeting the twin goals I set out when we launched the awards three years ago: to establish truly independent awards for rising technology entrepreneurs in the UK and to harness the experience, connections and knowledge of members of our Livery Company in order to help create new technology world champions from the UK.”
For the first time, the awards were held in association with techUK, the trade association for the UK’s technology sector. The evening, which was sponsored by Cobalt Corporate Finance, GFT, Investec and Smith & Williamson, featured two panel discussions. The first featured Richard Holway, chairman of research firm, TechMarketView interviewing Michael Tobin, Telecity CEO about “Forget Strategy, Get Results”, his acclaimed book which outlines an alternative method of management and leadership thinking. If you have any queries about the WCIT Enterprise Awards, or would like to arrange an interview with any of the winning entrepreneurs, please contact Tom Webb – firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT)
The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists is the 100th livery company of the City of London, bringing together the centuries-old livery tradition and information technology, a key industry of the new millennium. Since 1992, when the Company was awarded livery status by the Court of Aldermen of the City of London, it has been actively demonstrating the relevance of the livery tradition to modern day society. The Company uses the time, expertise and resources of its members to promote the information technology profession and undertake a range of charitable and educational activities. The Company currently has some 780 members, all of whom have important links with the IT profession.
For further information about The Worshipful Company, please visit www.wcit.org.uk
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