The Tech South West Awards showcase the depth and breadth of tech expertise from right across the ecosystem.

From founders and startups to multinationals, from education to innovation and from sea to space, the awards celebrate the South West tech ecosystem in all its vibrant glory.

Check out the full list of categories up for grabs below.

The awards will take place in November, date and venue to be revealed.

*Entries have now closed*

Awards Page (8)


For organisations bringing tech solutions to the agricultural sector.

Best Application of AI

Sponsored by Your Tech Future

For the organisations leveraging artificial intelligence to enact positive change in the world.

Best Education Initative

Sponsored by CIoS and HotSW Digital Skills Partnership

For the organisations delivering impactful projects and programmes to upskill the region.

Best Startup

Sponsored by UoE Digital and SETsquared Exeter

For early stage companies breaking through and disrupting the sector.

Cluster Awards

Sponsored by Headforwards

Companies who enter any of the Tech South West Awards will be automatically put through to the Cluster award category. They will be judged by local tech clusters who are looking for the most outstanding organisation in their area.

Commitment to Diversity

Sponsored by ISL Talent

For the organisations going the extra mile to bring a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and voices into their operations.

Commitment to Talent

Sponsored by Clockwise

This one celebrates the organisations supporting the development of tech talent in the region.


Sponsored by Filmily

Creativity meets technology. For the organisations that embrace creative skills, emerging technologies and new ways to engage audiences.


Sponsored by Software Solved

FinTech makes the world go round. Let's shine a light on the organisations using technology to improve financial services.

Growth Award

Sponsored by Ashfords

Has your organisation scaled impressively in the last 12 months? Expanded into new markets? Is your revenue going through the roof?

Growth is good. Let’s celebrate.


Sponsored by FDB Health

For companies using technology to improve health outcomes, from research to procurement, diagnosis, treatment and systems.

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Granted Consultancy 

If you're not moving forwards, you're standing still.

For companies pushing the sector forward with fresh ideas.


Sponsored by QantX

For the organisations making waves in the marine sector, from offshore energy to navigation, underwater devices, marine restoration or ocean research.

People's Choice

Sponsored by Hertzian

For individuals who deserve a little recognition for their work.

Nominated by you, chosen on the night by the attendees.

Space & Aviation

Sponsored by Cornwall Space Cluster

Satellites, Earth observation, space navigation and flight... for companies reaching for the skies in space and aviation.

Supporting the Sector

Sponsored by Howden

For the organisations that help the sector thrive - including legal firms, marketing agencies, financial services, startup consultancies, accelerators, incubation hubs, science parks and more.

Sustainability Award

Sponsored by Michelmores

There is no Planet B.

This is for companies using technology to look after the one we've got.


"One teacher can change the world" Malala Yousafzai.

This award is for individuals inspiring the next generation and improving access to great tech careers. 

Tech Company of the Year (over £5m)

Sponsored by Foot Antsey

Achieved something brilliant this year?
Hit record growth? Expanded your team? Broken into new markets, or rolled out a knockout marketing campaign?
This award celebrates the organisations* knocking it out the park in every way across their operations.
*with revenues over £5m

Tech Company of the Year (under £5m)

Sponsored by Exeter Science Park and Plymouth Science Park

Achieved something brilliant this year?
Hit record growth? Expanded your team? Broken into new markets, or rolled out a knockout marketing campaign?
This award celebrates the organisations* knocking it out the park in every way across their operations.
*with revenues up to £5m

Tech for Good

Sponsored by Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone

This award celebrates the organisations and initiatives that help to promote a better world.

That might mean improving health outcomes, tackling inequality, supporting marginalised groups or protecting the environment.

Tech Leadership Award

Sponsored by Mercia Asset Management

For the tech leaders who go the extra mile, inspire and influence, maximise the efforts of others and deliver positive impact.

Spotlight Award

Sponsored by Sandler Training

Shining a light on the individuals achieving great things in the sector.
This can be people just breaking into the industry, experienced leaders, innovators, educators, change makers and ceiling breakers.

Women in Tech

Sponsored by Jurassic Fibre

Let’s shine a light on the tech females out there!

The Women in Tech Award celebrates the women and girls doing great things in the sector.

Workplace Culture

Sponsored by Interaction

For organisations that put their people first, foster positive working environments and empower their people to deliver change.

THE Tech South West Award

Sponsored by South West Business Council

The most prestigious award, chosen from the winners of all other categories.