The aim is to showcase the wealth of talent on the British digital scene; from startup founders, creatives, social entrepreneurs, technologists, venture capital and angel investors to the policymakers and game changers. The key objective is to address the perceived lack of diversity in the tech sector by highlighting the business models, funding and support networks being created by these Asian digital entrepreneurs. Shortlisted list nominees make valuable connections at the launch event to help fund or scale their business; are recognised in industry publications and go on to win other competitions and awards. Each year, the Chair of the judging panel also recognises an individual with the coveted Chairman’s Award which is presented at the launch event in June.
It’s a great opportunity to represent the vibrancy of the tech sector and Asians who work within it. We want to thank the judges that recognized all of the many talents across the board, including ourselves.
Professor Robin Bargar, Director, Digital & Creative Industry Zone at the University of Salford; Simon Calver, Head of Investments, Ventures at BGF Ventures; James Clark, Head of Tech & Life Sciences, Primary Markets at the London Stock Exchange Group; Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President of techUK and the chair of the Digital Leaders board; Lord Jitesh Gadhia, Chairman of Compare The Market; Ling Ge, Chief European Representative at Tencent; Patrick Imbach, Head of KPMG Enterprise’s Innovative Startups team; Dilip Joshi MBE, Chair at Diversity UK [Chair of the Judging Panel]; Mahesh Patel, CFO at the Kamani Family Office; Simone Roche, Founder of Northern Power Women and Helen Wang, CEO of BGTA.
The Top 5 categories for 2018 are Top 5 Investors (including accelerator, incubator, angel investors, private equity, venture capital etc); Top 5 in Business (incl. B2B, B2C, edtech, fintech, healthtech, insuretech, proptech, retailtech etc); Top 5 in Creative Industries (incl. entertainment, gaming, marketing, advertising etc); Top 5 StartUps (entrepreneurs who have set up in the past 5 years or so) and Top 5 Women.
We have been honored to not only be in the top 100 but also make the top 5 list in the Start-Up category alongside other talent companies, Blooming Founders, CyberOwl, Cera and Velocity