Each November Nott Tuesday celebrates Nottingham’s newest generation of tech start-ups from the past year.
This year, the cream of Nottingham’s new tech start-up companies were given the opportunity to compete for a cash prize of up to £2,500 and face-to-face sit-downs with the hottest start-up programmes around, at the Nott Tuesday Tech Start-up of the Year Awards, held at Antenna.
The awards had two categories:
New Start-up of the Year – this award is for new start-ups who have launched their service or product within the last two years, with an emphasis on potential as well as success so far. As well as a cash prize of £2,500 the winner will receive support from programmes Ignite, Dotforge and Seedcamp. This award was sponsored by G2 Innovation, a Nottingham-based design innovation consultancy.
Start-up of the Future – this award is for people who have a great idea for a start-up they think should happen and rewards the future potential of the start-up idea. The £500 cash prize was sponsored by Distinction, a Nottingham-based integrated digital agency.
The contenders for both awards categories had five minutes to pitch their business to a panel of expert judges, followed by a ten minute Q & A from the panel. The panel then deliberated and decided who would be the winners.
The eventual winners were:
New Start-up of the Year – Onomi who help customers to manage their databases more effectively by providing 24x7x365 managed services and the best independent advice.
Co-founder and Director of Onomi, Andrew Slater said: “We are delighted to win the Technology Start-up of the Year award. Our talented technical team here deserve the recognition for all the hard work they have put in this year and this award caps a great 2015 for Onomi.
“The Dragon’s Den style format and fierce competition made for a nerve wracking experience, however, the high level integrity and tough format makes winning all the more rewarding.”
Start-up of the Future – Wraptime who are developing a mobile and web app, named “Instaplay”, to help manage football activities.
Freeman Latif, co-founder and CEO at Wraptime, said: “Winning the Nott Tuesday Start-up of the Future award has enabled us to step-up a gear and push forward with our plans. When meeting potential partners and investors, having that official recognition has made them pay more attention to our message. They also believe in what and how we are trying to achieve our aims.
“The prize money has allowed us to speed-up and improve our website and app development processes by purchasing the necessary software and tools, which we badly needed before this competition.”
The Nott Tuesday Tech Start-up of the Year Awards is an important celebration of entrepreneurial activity in Nottingham.
Judge Jonathan English, Managing Director of Skeleton Productions, commented: “The tech scene in Nottingham has been bubbling for years and the Nott Tuesday awards have become a barometer of the City’s tech ecosystem. This year raised the standards again showing that Nottingham’s tech scene will continue to grow for years to come.
“Many congratulations to both winners and everyone that entered. Onomi are an investors dream. An A-class team with experience in the sector, trading in a growing market and having a very focused offering. Watch this space, these guys will go far! If Instaplay get the app right and venues on board they could also see some exciting growth over the next few years.”
Fellow judge Vimla Appadoo, Programme Manager at Dotforge, added: “Supporting the Nott Tuesday awards was amazing, the Nottingham tech scene is booming and it was great to see so many inspiring entrepreneurs in the room, collaborating and talking about their start-ups. Dotforge were happy to be involved and help support innovation in the City. We can’t wait to see what new start-ups showcase next year – we’ll definitely be there again!
“As for this year’s two winners. Onomi are definitely a start-up to keep your eye on, an amazing team, with world class experience and incredible metrics and traffic, this a tech start-up to talk to! And it was great to see so much passion in Instaplay’s young team. They’re solving a real life problem and as soon as they get users and venues signed up, their platform will be scalable and effective.”
Nott Tuesday co-founder and event organiser, Nick Barker, had this to say after the awards: “This year’s Nottingham Tech Start-up Awards was a tremendous success. After six years of running the awards, this was the best yet, with the most start-up entries and most attendees on the night. The Nottingham tech scene keeps going from strength-to-strength.”
Nott Tuesday, which is run by and Nick Barker and Jamie Huskisson, hold meet-ups for people working in the tech industry every month where stimulating speakers give talks on the challenges of starting and running a technology business, and practical guidance such as finding funding and exploring future technologies for new opportunities.
The goal of the monthly meet-up is to bring together technology people, start-ups and companies in Nottingham to create great conversations and fascinating insight.
Nott Tuesday is jointly organised and run on a voluntary basis by Nick and Jamie.
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