The metaphorical red carpet was unraveled for some of the UK’s most promising technology entrepreneurs yesterday (19 October), in Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
It was the occasion of the Great British Technology Entrepreneur Awards Celebration Evening, an opportunity to highlight the achievements of the most successful tech entrepreneurs in the UK and give them the accolade that is their due.
Culminating in the Gala Final, to be held on November 22, The Great British Technology Entrepreneur Awards is also about celebrating success coming out of Britain.
Technology is changing fast, some might say it is developing at a bewildering pace, and it is technology entrepreneurs who are helping this happen.
If the UK led the world into the industrial revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, then its tech entrepreneurs can help create another golden age for the UK economy. This may sound like hyperbole, but if you had talked to some of the entrepreneurs at yesterday’s event, you would surely have concluded that this is an eminently realisable ambition.
The evening was kicked off, by Luke Neel, co-founder of Fresh Business Thinking.com. He said: “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the UK economy,” and went on to quote Bill Gates: “If geek means you ‘re ready to study things, and you think science and engineering matter, I plead guilty. If your culture doesn’t like geeks, then you are in real trouble.”
He handed over to master-of-ceremonies, Simon Burton, events and serial entrepreneur, who has successfully launched and sold businesses in the worlds of media, clean tech, events and social media. Simon spoke about the importance of talking to people, of getting to know strangers. He said that it is in our DNA to tell our story, right back to our hunter-gatherer past, when we would return to our tribe and, beside the fire, recount the story of our latest hunt. Entrepreneurs are no different, but maybe modern culture has led us to forget some of our most human instincts. Simon urged entrepreneurs to tell their story.
He handed the baton to Nicolas Cary, Co-Founder & President of Blockchain, the world's leading Bitcoin software company. “Being an entrepreneur is a lonely business,” he said, and that means “We [meaning entrepreneurs] have to look out for each other. “
Completing the line-up of speakers, was Nick Winters, Partner and Head of Technology at Kingston Smith who welcomed the news that in the nine months to September, £1 billion was raised by entrepreneurial businesses, most of whom were techs.
The Great British Technology Entrepreneur Awards Gala Final is taking place on Tuesday 22 November in the Ballrooms of the prestigious, Lancaster London Hotel.