Skip to main content

Best of the West in Tech revealed as Tech South South West Awards shortlists announced

By September 19, 2019January 26th, 2021STEMM

Leading tech companies, initiatives and individuals shortlisted for this year’s inaugural Tech South West Awards have been revealed.

Celebrating the best ‘tech in the west’, the awards cover Bath, Bristol, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. Exeter-based companies including DeGould, Oneserve and Software Solved, have made it through to the shortlist.

Life-saving technology for watersports, immersive holographics and next-generation bionic limbs are amongst the array of world-leading innovations from finalists.

Toby Parkins, Chairman of Tech South West and founder of Cornwall-based software firm, HeadForwards, said: “The South West is pushing the boundaries of technology and it’s brilliant to be celebrating that achievement with the Tech South West Awards. Huge congratulations to those whose brilliant entries made it through to the shortlist – with so many extraordinary submissions from a huge range of companies, individuals and initiatives, the judging process was incredibly difficult. ”

Shortlisted for Tech Company of the Year (revenues under £5m) are Rocketmakers, Exeter-based DeGould, Oneserve and Software Solved, along with Lineal Software Solutions.

Amdaris, Open Bionics, and TDK Lambda have been shortlisted for Tech Company of the Year (revenues £5m and over).

One Big Circle, People Matter Technology and Virti are shortlisted for the Best Startup Award, sponsored by DeGould.

Finalists for the Innovation Award, sponsored by Granted Consultancy, are Cornish Lithium, Exeter-based DeGould, Neuro Ai, Paddle Logger, Exeter company Sparx, Tiny Giant and Ultrahaptics.

Georgia Stewart of Tumelo, Paul Hetherington of Neuro Ai and Zara Nanu of Gapsquare are all shortlisted for the Tech Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Michelmores.

Finalists for the Tech Research Award, sponsored by the UK Hydrographic Office, are Sparx, the University of Plymouth, and the UKHO Pipeline.

The Best Education Initiative, sponsored by the Heart of the South West LEP and Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP Digital Skills Partnerships, sees Exeter College, Software Cornwall, South Devon College and Unlock Cyber shortlisted.

Finalists for the Tech Leadership Award, sponsored by Astley Media, are Richard Godfrey of Rocketmakers, Richard Hillum of Claritum, and Plymouth-based Elixel.

The International Success Award sees DeGould, Email Hippo, Rockit and Sparkol make the shortlist.

Bluefruit Software, Singer Instruments, Ghyston, Rocketmakers and Storm Consultancy have been shortlisted for the Best Tech Workplace Award.

More than 25 tech experts were involved in the judging, including representatives from Astley Media, BT, Cosmic, Digital Plymouth, Digital Taunton, Engine Shed, Software Cornwall, Tech Exeter and TechSPARK.

Shortlisted for the Sustainable Tech Award are LettUs Grow, PyroCore, and SunGift Energy, based near Exeter.

Stephen Amor and Petroc are the finalists for the Teach Tech Award.

Finalists for the Best Scaleup Award are Exeter-based Oneserve, and Ultrahaptics.

The Commitment to Diversity Award sees _nology shortlisted along with Bluescreen IT and the Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology.

For the Contribution to the Community Award, sponsored by the Western Morning News, Alex Roland of Your IT Now, Heath and Care Videos and Exeter-based Web Wise Media are finalists.

Gary Hall, CEO of Cornwall-based internet service provider WebMate, Headline Sponsor of the awards, said: “The judging was really tough, with so many entries really showcasing the fantastic work going on across the region in tech and digital. Congratulations to the finalists – we can’t wait for the ceremony to announce the winners!”

Judges also looked at the standout entries in their local areas for the special Cluster Awards.

The winners will be announced at the Tech South West Awards ceremony at Exeter Castle on Wednesday 27 November. Tickets to the ceremony will go on sale on Eventbrite in the coming weeks.