Tech SW Awards 2019 Announced

Tech South West have announced their Awards for 2019, to celebrate & showcase the best of the region's technology sector.

The Awards will cover the whole Tech South West region of Bath, Bristol, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire, recognising and celebrating talent, creativity, business success, education, leadership, diversity and more across the whole technology sector.

23 categories showcasing the South West's fastest growing sector

The groundbreaking event will comprise 23 award categories covering South West’s fastest growing sector, honouring the profusion of innovative businesses, individuals and organisations making up the region’s thriving technology scene. Categories range from Best Startup, International Success and Tech Entrepreneur of the Year, to Sustainable Tech, Tech Education Initiative and Research Award. 

A special Cluster Award for Digital Northern Devon!

Alongside these categories, we are thrilled to announce that Digital Northern Devon will have its own Cluster Award to celebrate our local success, with awards also for our sister clusters; Digital Plymouth, Digital Taunton, Software Cornwall, TechExeter & TechSPARK (Bristol & Bath). 

These area-specific accolades will reward great tech initiatives and organisations across the South West in particular local tech cluster areas. It could be a company achieving fantastic growth, an organisation or partnership delivering a big positive difference to their community, a learning initiative, innovative programmes, novel ways of encouraging and celebrating tech heroes, diversity, best practice or local tech successes.

The judges

Toby Parkins, chair of Tech South West and founder of Cornwall-based software firm HeadForwards, said: “These awards will recognise the many successes across the South West’s technology scene, highlighting the incredible array of companies, initiatives and individuals helping drive innovation, collaboration, economic growth, jobs and future talent.

“The South West is a growing hub for digital and tech, and these awards will support our objective to showcase the region as an emerging, world-leading hub for technology and innovation.”

Nick Sturge, Director of Bristol’s enterprise and engagement hub Engine Shed, and one of the judges for this year’s Tech South West Awards, said: “The technology sector across the South West is bigger and stronger than ever and the awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate groundbreaking successes, creative talents and remarkable developments.”

Representatives from Software Cornwall, TechSPARK, Digital Plymouth, Tech Exeter, Digital Taunton, Northern Devon Digital, BT, Cornwall College Group, Cosmic, HeadForwards, Maistro, Oneserve and Astley Media are on the judging panel.


The awards open for entries today (Wednesday May 8 2019) at www.techsouthwestawards.co.uk with the deadline for entries no later than 5pm Friday 21 June 2019. Judging takes place towards the end of June, with the shortlists announced in July, ahead of an awards ceremony in October.