UK tech awards 2017 – shortlist announced

Oct 02, 2017

The shortlist for the UK tech awards has been announced by the judging panel, recognising the efforts of the flourishing UK tech industry.

The UK tech awards are now in their 17th consecutive year, sponsored by PwC in association with Silicon Valley Bank and produced by Ford Sinclair Ltd. They reflect the contribution of both public and private fast-growing and innovative home-grown tech companies.

Jass Sarai, UK technology industry leader at PwC, said:

“The voting panel was really impressed by the sheer number of high quality nominations this year. The UK’s tech sector is thriving with many companies demonstrating their ability to grow, innovate and disrupt.   The deal environment has been extremely busy with a number of new equity rises, IPOs and acquisitions. The UK remains attractive to tech entrepreneurs and to new sources of capital. ”

Phil Cox, head of EMEA at Silicon Valley Bank’s UK branch, said:

“The UK tech awards are such a highlight of the awards season, with an impressive history of celebrating the achievements of UK technology and innovation businesses. Silicon Valley Bank is delighted to support the awards again this year and we’re pleased to see so many great businesses nominated, from rising stars all the way to publicly listed success stories.”

The winners of the UK tech awards will be announced at an awards dinner to be held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster on Thursday 2 November 2017.

The short list nominees are as follows:

Tech fund manager of the year award

Sponsored by Zeus Capital

This is a factual award based on published performance data, with the winner to be announced at the awards dinner.

Tech innovation of the year award

Sponsored by Barclays

Blue Prism Group plc

IQE plc

Quint Group Ltd

Satchel Education Software

Tech journalist of the year award

Sponsored by Luther Pendragon

Mark Bridge - The Times

Emily Chang - Bloomberg TV

Kadhim Shubber - Financial Times

James Titcomb - The Telegraph

Tech deal of the year award

Sponsored by Rothschild & Co

Alfa Financial Software Holdings

Darktrace Ltd

Improbable Technologies Ltd

Worldplay Group plc

Best use of tech in the digital economy award

Sponsored by Mischon de Reya

Citymapper Ltd

Gooee Ltd

Revolut Ltd

Zerolight Ltd

Tech achievement of the year award

Sponsored by Rigby Group plc

AB Dynamics plc

The Foundry Visionmongers Ltd

IDOX plc

IQE plc

Softbank Vision Fund

Tech growth business of the year award

Sponsored by ECI Partners

First Derivatives plc

ParentPay Ltd

Plan Communications Ltd

UKCloud Ltd

Tech CEO of the year award

Sponsored by Oakley Advisory Limited

Alex Chesterman - ZPG plc

James Dyson - Dyson Ltd

Kris Hagerman - Sophos Group plc

Gareth Williams - Skyscanner Ltd

Tech company of the year award

Sponsored by Arma Partners

Blue Prism Group plc

First Derivatives plc

The Hut Group Ltd

Sophos Group plc


Notes for editors

The period under review for the awards is 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.

Companies and advisors can find out more about the awards and short-list at and should follow @uktech_awards #uktech17 on twitter to find out more about the event.

For further information about the awards please contact Jo Thomas at Ford Sinclair – email:  or tel 01277 350557. 


About the UK tech awards

The UK tech awards will celebrate the success, reward the achievement and raise the profile of the UK tech community. It is the absolute “must attend” networking event for anybody within the tech sector.

The event has evolved, by popular request, from the very successful techMARK Awards, sponsored by PwC, which concerned only main market quoted tech companies and which had been held for 17 consecutive years since the launch in 2000.


About Silicon Valley Bank UK

For more than 30 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has helped innovative businesses, enterprises and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB provides a range of targeted financial services and expertise through its office in the UK. With commercial and international banking services, SVB helps address the unique needs of innovators. The UK's leading technology and life science businesses, in all stages of development, look to SVB’s niche expertise, experience and unparalleled network, as they grow at home and tackle new markets abroad.

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