The fourth annual ESTnet Awards celebrated excellence in the electronics, software and technologies sector in Wales in a lavish ceremony at the Wales Millennium Centre on March 2.
Start-ups, SME’s and Multi-national companies gathered to see dynamic online polling company doopoll triumph in the prestigious Sir Michael Moritz Award for Start-up companies, while SPTS Technologies, a leading supplier equipment for the global semiconductor and microelectronic device manufacturing industries, won company of the year.
Other winners at the ceremony, attended by over 350 guests from the technology industry and related sectors included the Cardiff University National Software Academy who won Collaborative Partnership of the Year.
Caldicot based Microsemi Semiconductor Ltd and Cardiff based online booking system business Zipporah Ltd both won in the ‘Innovative Product or Software Application’ category.
In addition to the company awards there were three individual categories to celebrate the valuable contribution young people make to the industry. ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ was Andrew Griffiths from IQE plc, while Corey Lewis of SPTS Technologies Ltd, won ‘Apprentice of the Year’.
The ‘Industry Role Model’ award recognises the impact and contribution made to the sector by individuals. This honour was given to Emma Powell, Zipporah Ltd.
ESTnet managing director, Avril Lewis, said: “This year’s awards are once again testament to the fantastic work and innovation taking place within Wales’ technology sector.
“This level of interest really does reflect the changing nature of our industry and highlights just how important it is for businesses to engage with the ESTnet, government and academic institutions to ensure we are at the forefront of digital skills for the future. Tonight we have seen examples of extraordinary achievement at an individual and company level. The next step is to achieve greatness as a technology community and a technology country. Individually we can be good; collectively we can be great. The ESTnet is here to bring us all together, to listen to industry needs and to do our utmost to meet them. I look forward to speaking with as many of our members as possible later in the year to see how this can be achieved.”
Thank you to our judges James Carnie, Skybrid; Ashley Cooper, Catalyst Growth Partners; Professor Karen Holford, Cardiff University; Hayley Parsons OBE; and Dr. Steve Welch, Knowledge Transfer Network (Chair) who did such a magnificent job, and to our partners, it would not have been possible to stage the ESTnet Awards without them.”
For a full list of Award winners, finalists and short video clips of each, please click here
For more photographs of the evening visit the ESTnet Flickr page