The Winners and Finalists 2017-06-22
Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start-up Award
- Boma Camp
- Byte IT
- Codeherent Ltd
- Digital Profile
- Properr Software Limited
- SamePage Group Ltd
- Talkative Ltd
Named to honour one of the country’s most successful venture capitalists, Sir Michael Moritz, the category stands to celebrate young Welsh companies which have achieved great success and demonstrate the potential to grow and transform the industry.
Co-established in 2016 by technology specialist Dr Richard Theo and financial expert, Michelle Pearce, Wealthify has developed a revolutionary cross-platform website and app that gives its customers full control and transparency over their investments.
Judges were impressed with Wealthify’s success in becoming a leading UK player in the emerging ‘robo-investing’ sector, which is forecast to be worth around $5 trillion by 2020.
The company utilises algorithms to assist the asset allocation decisions to allow the start-up to process vast quantities of daily market data, without a large investment team. This allows the start-up to provide online wealth management services at a fraction of the cost of traditional providers. Wealthify’s customers are then able to access this data and make confident investment decisions via Wealthify’s simple, intuitive, and jargon-free platform.
The finalist were:
- Cardiff University National Software Academy
Cardiff University National Software Academy
Judges praised Cardiff University’s National Software Academy (NSA) for its long-term commitment to change the way that software engineering is taught, and its work to support Welsh Government aims to regenerate the economy of Newport.
A partnership between Cardiff University, Welsh Government and industry leaders, the NSA works to address the shortfall of qualified, industry ready engineers, by producing graduates with industrial experience. In just one year this has seen the Academy’s intake grow from 23 to 65, and the percentage of females in the cohort grow to 17%.
The Academy’s school outreach programme also works to raise awareness of opportunities in the software sector, which places a focus on encouraging females and other under-represented groups in the industry, to peruse careers in software.
- Denise Powell - IQE
- James Smith - DevOpsGuys
- Scott Burton - Zipporah
James Smith, CEO of DevOpsGuys
Mr Smith co-founded DevOpsGuys in 2013 with a goal to provide web application management without the worry. The company now employs over 70 members of staff and consultants and works with clients including Admiral, Waitrose and ASOS.
Attracted by the opportunities Wales offers to dynamic start-ups, the company relocated to Cardiff in XX. Recently, it secured a £1million funding grant that would enable the firm to protect the quality of the service it provides, while furthering its growth through new contract wins.
The Awards’ judges were impressed by the level of praise that Mr Smith received from those who nominated him, which repeatedly cited his dedication to the values and beliefs that he set out during company’s inception. James was also congratulated for his contribution to the wider tech sector, including the creation of the world’s first DevOps focused conference, which attracted over 200 delegates from around the world.
Most Innovative Product
The finalists were:
- GP Commissioning
- Wales Interactive
Joint winner: Wales Interactive
Pencoed-based games developer and publisher, Wales Interactive, secured the Award for their internationally popular live action video game, The Bunker.
Available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac, The Bunker amassed over 100k sales in its first months, made it one of the most popular independent games of 2016.
The title is the first next gen, completely live action video game experience with zero computer generated effects. Filmed on location in a real government nuclear bunker located in Essex, the game tells the story of John, the last survivor living in a government bunker after a nuclear attack wiped out England.
Players will guide John through the bunker, solving puzzles and uncovering secrets. With a story created by writer and designers behind the hugely successful gaming titles The Witcher, SOMA and Broken Sword. The title also stars leading actors, Adam Brown (The Hobbit), Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) and Grahame Fox (Game of Thrones).
This category also saw Wealthify claim its second award of the evening. Judges were impressed by the company’s dedication to the user experience, which combines smart technology and a straightforward approach, to make investing easy and affordable for everyone.
Joint winner: Wealthify
Wealthify lets people sign up in 10 mins, via PC or mobile devices, and investments can start from just £1. Building portfolios based on customers’ risk appetite and manage them every day, just like a wealth manager.
By rebooting the traditional discretionary investment services to make them 21st century-ready, the company has attracted a wider audience, from younger tech-savvy millennials to seasoned investors wanting a more cost-effective solution.
Best New Talent
The finalists were:
- Alina Griestaragiene - Infineon Technologies Newport Limited
- Josh Brown - Method4
- Kate Martin - DevOpsGuys
Alina Griestaragiene, Senior Device Engineer at Infineon Technologies Newport
Senior Device Engineer, Alina Griestaragiene, joined the UK’s largest power management semiconductor facility as a junior engineer. Within this role, Alina impressed the firm with the relationships she established with global suppliers and her ability to manage and interpret big data, allowing her to quickly progress to the position of senior device engineer.
Judges were particularly impressed by Alina’s strategic skill set, which has enabled her to take a lead role in shaping the future of the business when sourcing new suppliers and streamlining core business processes.
The judging panel also recognised Alina’s quick progression and proven ability to utilise her technical knowledge, to identify and efficiently resolve potential issues before they impacted on production and customer delivery.
Best Tech Adopter
The finalists were:
- Barry Island Primary
- Natural Resources Wales
- Ysgol Cae Top
Ysgol Cae Top
Bangor’s Ysgol Cae Top primary school saw off stiff competition from other schools and organisations across Wales, for its innovative use of technology which alleviates time pressures for staff and reduce costs through the use of the app, eeZeeTrip.
The app, which was made by Llandudno based software firm Semantise Ltd, allows schools to organise attendance and payments for school clubs, external trips, music lessons, sports fixtures. In addition to eliminating the curse of the lost permission slips, the app provides environmental advantages in paper reduction, and saves school’s administrator and teacher time.
The app allows the school to communicate with parents about upcoming events and to manage responses and consent forms via the free cloud-based mobile app. Reponses are immediately visible and the payment option saves parents time while the ‘shopping basket’ feature allows parents to pay for multiple actions in a single transaction.
Judges were particularly impressed by the school’s application of the app to increase opportunities for students and parents while streamlining resources and decreasing overheads.