South Coast Tech Awards 2019 Categories

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Category descriptions

The Solent and South Coast region

Tech Start-up – Sponsored by Southampton Science Park

This category is for the most exciting tech start-ups in the region. Companies must be no more than two-years-old.

Innovative Tech Company – Sponsored by Onecom

This award is open to any company based in the Solent & South Coast region (see map) – that has produced an outstanding tech innovation (or series of innovations) in the past 12-18 months. Judges will take into account the success of the innovation (either product, system or service) and its impact on consumers, clients or the general business environment. 

The innovation will most likely have come to market, but judges will also accept nominations from companies in an R&D phase.

Tech Employer – Sponsored by Sanderson plc

This award is open to any company based in the Solent & South Coast region (see map).

Judges are looking for the outstanding tech employers – those IT, telecoms or science-based businesses that have proved themselves great places to work, and where the employees are valued and empowered.

Testimonials from employees and evidence of a workplace culture that attracts and retains staff are welcome.

South Coast Tech Company – Sponsored by BDB Pitmans

This award is open to any company based in the Solent & South Coast region (see map) – of any size, turnover, etc.

Judges will take into account the achievements of the company over the past 12-18 months – whether in the area of innovation, sales and profitability, product development and/or contribution to the sector – and will assess the winners of other categories to decide the overall ‘South Coast Tech Company’.

High Growth Tech Business – Sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy

This award is open to any company based in the Solent & South Coast region (see map) – that has grown significantly over the past 2 years. Growth could be organic or through acquisition.

Judges will consider the reasons for growth so far, and the ability of the company to continue its growth trajectory in future years. Companies will need to show evidence of strong management and a robust business plan.

Science & Technology Award – Sponsored by Smith & Williamson

This award is open to any company based in the Solent & South Coast region (see map).

The award covers areas ranging from software-based and data analytics health technology to life sciences and robotics and space technology – sectors that the region is known to excel in. The winner will be building its reputation and have earned recognition for its truly innovative work in its field.

Marine Tech Company – Sponsored by Aura Technology

This award is open to any company based in the Solent & South Coast region (see map) that has produced software, hardware or any tech solution that has benefitted the marine sector in the past 5 years. Judges will look for innovation and ground-breaking technology, but also take account of commercial success.

Tech Leadership Team – Sponsored by Irwin Mitchell

Judges are looking for outstanding leadership teams that are driving their tech companies to greater heights. The management team will be innovative, game-changing and agile, and will have a focus on building the brand and the financials.