For a number of years, I have been a proud member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT). The WCIT is the 100th (And I love the fact that that is binary. How apt for IT.) Livery Company of the City of London. The Company’s members are all senior IT professionals who have joined in order to give something back to the IT sector and the wider community.
The WCIT is running a great award to find the UK’s leading technology entrepreneurs. Under the banner “Championing Entrepreneurial Spirit”, this will be the fourth Enterprise Awards with a deadline for submissions of May 7th. So if you are a tech entrepreneur, please do submit an application, but it must be sponsored by a WCIT member. The awards supported by GFT and other leading lights in the UK tech industry and the City itself including TechUK (Formerly Intellect), Cobalt, Investec, Innovation Warehouse and Smith & Williamson. As we know from our experience of creating and running our startup platform, CODE_n and the great UK CODE_n finalists we had this year, the UK is packed full of great IT entrepreneurs to all four corners of the British Isles. The spirit of the awards is all about recognising and celebrating the success of the UK’s leading technology entrepreneurs. Something I wholeheartedly support. The awards categories are as follows:
- Young Entrepreneur – Under 30s;
- Emerging Entrepreneur – Under £1 million revenue p.a;
- Developing Entrepreneur – £1-5 million revenue p.a; • Enterprise Award – £5 million+ revenue p.a;
- Social Enterprise Award – For entrepreneurs with a business model that gives something back;
- Judges’ Award – a discretionary award given to an entrepreneur who in the opinion of the judges is a role model for others.
The winners will be announced at a black tie awards dinner on June 12th which is a great opportunity to network as well as enjoy the hospitality at one of the City’s finest venues, Plaisterers’ Hall.
The Hall itself has hit in the headlines last year as the location for Waking Shark 2, the war-gaming simulation around a various cyber-attack scenarios and the City’s and UK government’s proposed response. If you interested in this simulation exercise the Bank of England has published a great report about it. We look forward to seeing you at One London Wall in June! Minus the sharks of course.