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Nottingham’s New Tech Start-ups Celebrated at Awards

presenting to judgesThe cream of Nottingham’s new tech start-up companies were given the opportunity to win £1,000 pounds alongside a raft of support for their business at the Nott Tuesday Tech Awards last week.

 

Nott Tuesday, which is ran by Jamie Huskisson and Nick Barker, hold meetups for people working in the tech industry every month where stimulating speakers give talks on the challenges of starting and running a technology business, and practical guidance on operating a business – such as finding funding and exploring future technologies for new opportunities.

The goal of the meet up is to bring together technology people, start-ups and companies and to fill the Nottingham tech scene with networking and opportunities.

The Nott Tuesday Tech Awards aims to celebrate the achievements of the industry and provide support for companies who work within the sector in Nottingham – the awards had two categories:

New Start-up of the year – for fresh start-ups (less than a year old) who are about to or have just launched a new service/product.

And Emerging Start-up of the year – for more mature start-ups (up to 5 years old) who have gained traction in their market and show potential for further success.

 

The contenders for both awards categories had to pitch their business to a panel of expert judges who then deliberated and decided who would be the winners.

 

The eventual winners were:

 

New Start-up of the Year – Cronofy (One Diary) which is a platform for organising time, produced by the team at One Diary who are building tools to manage the flexible work-life balance of the 21st century.

 

Emerging Startup of the YearENSEK which provide analytics solutions to energy suppliers and industry participants, allowing them to manage data and use it to enable trusted and informed decision making.

 

Each company won £1,000 pounds to use for their business and raft of other business support from Nott Tuesday award sponsors.

 

CEO of One Diary’s Cronofy and winners of the new Startup of the year, Adam Bird said: “The Nott Tuesday startup awards are an important celebration of entrepreneurial activity in our city. To be recognised as one of the winners is an honour and we’ll be working hard to ensure we live up to it.

 

“As for what we’re up to – we’re in the midst of a fundraising which, when closed, will give us the resources start expanding our team. Having already had success with Esendex I’m relishing the prospect of finding the people who can be part of building another Nottingham success story.

 

“Our focus for the next 12-18 months will be continuing to sign integration deals with companies in the travel and booking sectors around the world. Enabling them to integrate their apps and services deeply within their customers’ lives.”

 

Access to Finance Growth Manager for the East Midlands GrowthAccelerator, Robert J Crawdon, was Chair of the Judging Panel on the night and he said they were all very impressed by the standard of the companies, commenting:

 

“This year’s Nottingham Tech Startup Awards was a tremendous success. There were 14 strong entrants and several more who submitted entries after the deadline (roll on 2015 for them!).  Any of the entrants might have made the final six companies in previous years, so there was intense competition to reach that final six and to win. 

 

“The evening itself was very well supported by a large audience at Antenna. In the end, Ensek thoroughly deserved to win the Emerging Category and Cronofy, founded by successful local entrepreneur Adam Bird, prevailed in the New Startup Category.

 

“The number and quality of entrants seems to have been improved by some of the business support that is currently available, in particular Next Business Generation locally and the national GrowthAccelerator service. 

 

“I heard one attendee from London comment that the pitches were stronger and more innovative than many he had recently seen in the capital.  All in all, the Nottingham Tech Startup scene is thriving.” 

 

Nott Tuesday co-founder and event organiser, Nick Barker, had this to say after the awards: “After five years of running the awards, this was the best yet, with the most startup entries and most attendees on the night. The Nottingham tech scene keeps going from strength to strength.”

 

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