Awards 2024

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OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Entry deadline: 31 July

Ceremony: November

About the awards

The Tech South West Awards shine a light on the game-changing innovation taking place across the South West tech ecosystem.

From marinetech to aerospace, agritech, fintech, createch and advanced engineering, the awards celebrate the founders, organisations, entrepreneurs, accelerators, educators and sector suppliers that make the South West one of the best places to do tech.

Innovation is worth celebrating.

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AgriTech

AgriTech Award

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The category that celebrates the innovation and application of technology to make the farming process more efficient, from field monitoring to the food supply chain itself.

Whether you're developing farming robots to increase efficiency, enhancing crop yield through innovative biotech or working to improve the sustainability of agriculture, we want to hear from you!

2023 shortlist:

  • Nanoland Global
  • Quor
  • Small Robot Company

Best Application of AI

Best Application of AI

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

Whether you’re using AI to identify diseases, disrupting traditional sectors like insurance or planning, powering up your e-commerce game or using machine learning to help with fraud protection, this category is here to showcase your success.

2023 shortlist:

  • Arwen AI
  • Beluga Pods
  • digiLab
  • Good With

Best Education Initative

Best Education Initiative

For the organisations (not individuals - that’s the TeachTech Award) delivering impactful projects and programmes to upskill the region.

From online learning platforms to delivering STEMM workshops, whether you’re increasing educational attainment or supporting new people into the sector, this category is for you.

2023 shortlist:

  • BIT Training
  • Cognition Creative Learning
  • Software Cornwall
  • TECwomen CIC

Best Startup

Best Startup

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Disruptive startups are the fuel to the tech sector’s engine.

Is your company less than three years old from the date of incorporation? Are you bringing real change to the world? Is your team worth celebrating?

Let’s shine a light on your success.

2023 shortlist:

  • Arwen AI
  • Good With
  • Kelpi
  • Oort Energy

Cluster Awards

Cluster Awards

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.

2023 winners:

  • Bristol: Arwen AI
  • Cornwall: Cognition Creative Learning
  • Dorset: Iplicit
  • Exeter and Wider Area: digiLab
  • Gloucestershire: MyGoodbyes
  • Plymouth: CoreBlue
  • Somerset: Ecoze
  • Torbay: Bay Photonics
  • Wiltshire: A2Z Cloud

Commitment to Diversity

Commitment to Diversity

For the organisations going the extra mile to ensure the tech sector is represented by a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and voices.

You might be a tech company, education provider or supplier to the sector - if you’re working to make the tech ecosystem more representative of the vibrant society in which we live, this one’s for you.

2023 shortlist:

  • Adopstar
  • Rowe IT
  • School of Code
  • Software Cornwall

Commitment to Talent

Commitment to Talent

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

That might mean providing knockout training for your team, encouraging greater access to the sector or facilitating career-switches to find great roles.

If you’re encouraging the development of great tech talent in the South West, we want to shine a light on your work.

2023 shortlist:

  • Adopstar
  • BIT Training
  • Software Cornwall
  • TECwomen CIC

CreaTech

CreaTech

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

From virtual reality and augmented reality to 5G and other creative fields.

Let’s celebrate the creative side of tech.

2023 shortlist:

  • Condense
  • Cornwall Museums Partnership
  • Inizio Engage XD
  • Moonraker
  • Real Ideas Organisation

FinTech

FinTech

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

From banking to blockchain, crowdfunding to corporate finance, and from insurance to finding ingenious ways to improve people’s experience of financial services.

Let’s celebrate fintech innovation in the South West!

2023 shortlist:

  • Good With
  • iplicit

Growth Award

Growth Award

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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.

2023 shortlist:

  • digiLab
  • Joiin
  • TalkLife
  • Thought Quarter
  • Wildanet

HealthTech

HealthTech

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

If you’re using technological innovation to improve the health system then we want to hear from you.

2023 shortlist:

  • Airway Medical
  • Ferryx
  • HCI
  • Mama Health

Innovation Award

Innovation

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

For companies pushing the sector forward with fresh ideas.

2023 shortlist:

  • Airway Medical
  • Alert Technology
  • Cleaner Seas Group
  • Kelpi
  • QLM Technology
  • Small Robot Company

MarineTech

MarineTech

For the organisations making waves in the marine sector.

From offshore energy to navigation, underwater devices, marine restoration or ocean research - if you’re making a splash with technological innovation, hit that button to enter now.

2023 shortlist:

  • Actisense
  • KILO Solutions
  • MLA College
  • savvy navvy

People's Choice

People’s Choice

For individuals who deserve a little recognition for their work.

Nominated by you, chosen on the night of the Tech South West Awards by the attendees.

And no, you cannot nominate yourself!

Nominated individuals must be working in the South West and be connected to the tech sector.

The nominations received will be judged to create the final shortlist for voting on the night.

2023 shortlist:

  • Andy Doyle
  • Colin Dart
  • Emily Hill
  • Joyann Boyce
  • Kate Doodson
  • Suzanne Manson

Space & Aviation

Space & Aviation

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

2023 shortlist:

  • Goonhilly Earth Station
  • KETS Quantum Security
  • Rocketmakers
  • Vistair

Supporting the Sector

Supporting the Sector

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

You’re the grease that keeps the tech cogs turning, and we think that’s worth celebrating.

2023 shortlist:

  • Ashfords
  • EPIC
  • FibreHub
  • Future Space

Sustainability Award

Sustainability

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There is no Planet B.

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

From renewable energy to biotechnology, low-impact food production and green building solutions.

2023 shortlist:

  • Cleaner Seas Group
  • Kelpi
  • Matter.
  • Oort Energy
  • QLM Technology

TeachTech

TeachTech

"One teacher can change the world" Malala Yousafzai.

This award is for individuals (not organisations - that’s the Best Education Initiative) inspiring the next generation and improving access to great tech careers.

2023 shortlist:

  • The team at Cognition Creative Learning
  • Dr Connie Wilson
  • Dr Juliette Jackson

Tech Company of the Year

Tech Company of the Year

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 with revenues knocking it out the park in every way across their operations.

2023 shortlist:

  • Bay Photonics
  • digiLab
  • Hiyield
  • Huboo
  • Kelpi
  • Rowe IT

Tech for Good

Tech for Good

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.

2023 shortlist:

  • Airway Medical
  • Cleaner Seas Group
  • Kelpi
  • Matter.
  • QLM Technology

Tech Leadership Award

Tech Leadership

“Leaders are those who empower others.” - Bill Gates.

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

2023 shortlist:

  • Emma Glazier, Crowd
  • Nathan Baranowski, Digital Wonderlab
  • Neil Morris, Kelpi
  • Niki Davies & Holly Patton, Software Cornwall
  • Theresa Benson, Adopstar

Spotlight Award

Spotlight Award

One for the change makers, the educators, the innovators and ceiling breakers.

The Spotlight Award shines a light on the individuals achieving great things in the sector - from those just breaking into the industry to experienced leaders, entrepreneurs and passionate learners.

2023 shortlist:

  • Dr Connie Wilson, BAE Systems
  • Emma Glazier, Crowd
  • Fran Solo, Stornaway
  • Jennifer Russell, TalkLife
  • Lynsey Bridgewater, AND Digital
  • Neil Morris, Kelpi

Women in Tech

Women in Tech

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.

Enough said.

2023 shortlist:

  • Fran Solo, Stornaway
  • Katie Goode, Triangular Pixels
  • Lynsey Bridgewater, AND Digital
  • The Female Team, Cosmic

Workplace Culture

Workplace Culture

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

Whether you’ve championed flexible ways of working, have a unique way of celebrating success or offer health and wellness programs to keep your staff at the top of their game, this award is for you.

2023 shortlist:

  • Ghyston
  • Storm Consultancy
  • Thought Quarter
  • Wessex Internet

THE Tech South West Award

THE Tech South West Award

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

2023 shortlist:

  • Adopstar
  • Airway Medical
  • Arwen AI
  • The team at Cognition Craetive Learning
  • Cornwall Museums Partnership
  • digiLab
  • Fran Solo, Stornaway
  • Future Space
  • Ghyston
  • Goonhilly Earth Station
  • Huboo
  • Iplicit
  • Katie Goode,Triangular Pixels
  • Kelpi
  • Neil Morris, Kelpi
  • QLM Technology
  • savvy navvy
  • Small Robot Company
  • TEC Women CIC

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Tech Company of the Year

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 with revenues knocking it out the park in every way across their operations.

2023 shortlist:

  • Bay Photonics
  • digiLab
  • Hiyield
  • Huboo
  • Kelpi
  • Rowe IT