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Tech South West Awards celebrate region's innovators

The Tech South West Award’s shortlist of nominees has illuminated the region’s innovative success and given recognition to an amazing array of finalists.

The prestigious shortlist has demonstrated the prevalence of local talent as many Exeter based businesses have been nominated including for the Innovation award, Best Startup and Tech Entrepreneur of the Year.  The awards celebrate the “best in tech from across the South West” and have highlighted what a vibrant innovation ecosystem there is developing in the area. The winners were announced on 26 November and many Exeter nominees triumphed.

The Tech SW awards seek to recognise and commemorate outstanding entrepreneurial achievements, within the technology sector, from individuals and businesses in Bath, Bristol, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Exeter based AI companies dominated the Best Startup category with Intelligent AI, Role Mapper and Dashboard all nominated to win the award. Not only did Role Mapper win the category, but Intelligent AI were highly commended within the category too. Exeter as a region is demonstrating a growing capability and passion for delivering revolutionary innovative solutions that utilise AI, as those nominated helped pioneer intelligent risk management platforms, transformative job description software and industrial system-optimising, data-driven platforms, respectively.

Amongst the individuals nominated was University of Exeter graduate and founder and CEO of Hatless Studios, Chris Phippen. His entrepreneurial vigour and specialist skills in digital transformation and software solution creation have helped propel innovation in the Exeter area, which was recognised at the awards ceremony as he was announced runner up for Tech Entrepreneur of the Year.

Also representing Exeter were Spatial Quotient, the creators of human flow analysis technology, now vitally used in hospitals, who were victorious in the Health Tech category and Encortec, who gained special mention and commendation in the Innovation award category.

The Innovation award is one of the most sought after of the ceremony, so it is a highly honourable accolade for the worthy Encortec to have received. Encortec were nominated for their groundbreaking progress in developing battery-free wireless sensors. Utilising research from the University of Exeter, Encortec’s product development has sustainably enabled industry digitalisation of monitoring systems. The ability to self-power has removed substantial barriers to expanding and improving monitoring systems, making it a truly disruptive innovation, that has the potential to be adapted for other beneficial uses in different sectors.

Director of Encortec Limited, Professor Meiling Zhu, was incredibly proud and grateful to have been shortlisted, stating that she was “very excited by the excellent news” and wanted to thank SETsquared Exeter for their “extremely valuable guidance” during Encortec’s development journey. She also added that “collaborating with SETsquared Exeter” on their Entrepreneurs’ Programme was “critical to understanding the business operation” and enabling delivery of a high-performing energy harvesting core technology start up.

SETsquared Exeter are incredibly proud to have collaborated with and supported numerous of the Tech South West Awards 2021 nominees, but are even more thrilled to be able to witness the hive of innovation that is growing in the local area.

To see the full list of winners and nominees.

For more information on SETsquared Exeter's Entrepreneurs' Programme held from 24-27 January 2022 visit the Eventbrite page.

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