The annual Tech South West Awards are back to honour innovation, advancement and achievement across the region.

Covering the whole of the South West from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset to Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, the awards shine a spotlight on the fastest growing part of the region’s economy – tech.

At last year’s awards, Bristol-based hydrographic company, Rovco, were the big winners, winning Tech Company and Tech Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and the Innovation Award. 

Amongst winners from across the region, Neuronostics picked up the Health Tech Award for their pioneering epilepsy biomarker technology (BioEP), which they develop at the University of Exeter. North Devon-based online procurement specialists Applegate Marketplace took home the Hero Award for their outstanding response to the pandemic. 

Toby Parkins, chair of Tech South West, said: “It’s wonderful to launch the awards again and shine a light on what is a dynamic, responsive and forward-thinking industry within the region. Despite all the challenges over the past year, the tech sector has proved remarkably resilient and is key to the economic recovery. It’s fantastic to celebrate the great successes and recognise the role technology has played in supporting businesses and communities.”

The awards shine a spotlight on developments within specific fields and championing organisations striving to make a positive impact on both their employees and the wider community. Categories include the Workplace Culture Award, Clean Tech, Future Tech, Health Tech, Marine Tech, Tech for Good and the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The awards go live with a virtual launch event featuring previous winners and awards’ partners on Wednesday 5 May 10-12pm. Tickets can be booked at: https://bit.ly/TSWLaunch.

Attendees will be able to learn more about this year’s event, new categories, discover the organisations supporting this year’s awards, and gain important advice on pulling together strong entries from previous winners. 

Dan Pritchard, co-founder of Tech South West, said: “The tech sector has stayed strong in an incredibly difficult year and played its part in providing solutions to the pandemic and being a crucial and growing part of the economy. From Swindon to St Ives, we have an exceptional array of talent that has proven just how adaptable and collaborative our community is. I’m thrilled that through the Tech South West Awards, we get to show our appreciation.” 

The awards open for entries on Wednesday 5th May at www.techsouthwest.co.uk/awards.

Shortlists will be announced in September, with details of the awards ceremony to be announced over the summer.

Book your free spot at the virtual launch: https://bit.ly/TSWLaunch.