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TechCities Awards winners announced

The winners of TechCityinsider’s 2015 TechCities Awards have been announced. A total of 23 awards were presented at a packed event at the Trampery Old Street in east London on Thursday afternoon. Julian Blake reports.

winners350Two hundred leading lights from the UK technology business scene came from right across the country to attend the TechCities Awards ceremony on Thursday – half from London and half from outside the capital.

Presenters of the awards included Tech London Advocates founder Russ Shaw, Alex Depledge from Hassle, former TechStars chief Jon Bradford, Claire Ruskin from Cambridge Network and Kenny Lowe from brightsolid in Dundee.

All winners receive a trophy specially designed by independent east London fabrication lab makersCAFE.

The full list of winners is below.

Meanwhile, at an evening event on the rooftop of nearby Shoreditch House, TechCityinsider launched its 2015/16 TechNation200 Almanac, celebrating the 200 digital game changers it profiled during its 2015 tech tour of 21 UK cities.


Breathing new life into cemeteries on both sides of the Atlantic, PlotBox uses drones to help cemetery operators open up alternative revenue streams and modernise their systems.


Nourish Care
Nourish uses cloud and mobile apps as part of an effort to revolutionise the way social care is managed.

Brighton & Hove

Connecting home and pet owners on every continent with trustworthy house and pet sitters who will sit for free.

Bristol & Bath

On a mission to be the global leader in private cloud systems for business, Zynstra offers small to medium-sized business remotely managed, enterprise-class IT on a pay-as-you-go basis.


Drawing on biological principles to create ‘enterprise immune systems’, Darktrace’s cyber-security platform learns and responds to changes in behaviour patterns.

East Anglia

Rainbird’s artificial intelligence platform takes human expertise and scales it into transformative tools, to deliver improved efficiency, judgment and customer service.


LivingLens helps its market research and brand customers to extract data and insights from the world’s fastest-growing medium – video.

Because of the overwhelming number of entries from the capital, we have given four separate awards for the capital.

London tech business of the year

Digital Shadows
Offering ‘cyber-situational awareness’ to help financial services clients to protect against cyber-attacks, by analysing the adversary through an “attacker’s eye view”.

London newcomer of the year

Grub Club
Private dining platform connecting food lovers with the best pop-up restaurants and supper clubs in their area, helping to ensure dining out is always an adventure.

London innovator of the year

Referencing tool that automatically generates a bibliographic reference from a book’s barcode or a URL, by scanning that barcode and sending a request to an external database.

London scale-up of the year

With over 3.8m users, and over 50,000 transactions a day, Blockchain is recognised as the most trusted brand in bitcoin and is behind the most popular bitcoin wallet.


Juliand Digital
Juliand’s Hive product helps customers to maximise the efficiency of their supply chain operation, identifying and explaining losses.


Whisk’s app turns recipes into handy shopping lists that users can access anytime, anywhere. Its mission is to give people simple, intelligent ways to discover, organise, shop for, cook and share food.

North East
Making video more social by enabling users to make time- specific comments on YouTube, Vimeo and self-hosted video, Reframed is on a mission is to be the glue between social media and video.


TVSquared – Edinburgh
Bringing state-of-the-art analytics capabilities to the world of TV advertising, TVSquared allows its clients to measure the effectiveness of their TV ad campaigns.

Thames Valley

Oxford-founded Onfido’s background checking business provides employers with automated background and reference checking services.


A social media analytics platform that lets producers of live shows and events tap into real time conversations about the show or event.


The world’s first dedicated marketplace for the professional drone industry, with a network of professional drone operators in 80+ countries. It also showcases and sells footage.

TechNation200 awards

Four awards went to individuals profiled by TechCityinsider during 2015, as part of its TechNation200 series of interviews.

TechNation200 ambassador of the year

Guy Levin, Coadec (London)
As executive director of the non-profit coalition for a digital economy, Levin works with digital entrepreneurs and policymakers to create better policy for the digital economy.

TechNation200 entrepreneur of the year

Ross Bailey, Appear Here (London)
Appear Here connects landlords’ vacant retail spaces with people with great ideas, online. Bailey’s vision is to create a global network of spaces so that people can make their ideas travel.

TechNation200 tech funder award

Sarah Turner, Angel Academe (London)
Turner set up Angel Academe to become the UK’s leading angel network for women. She wanted to create a space that supports and encourages potential female angels and female founders.

TechNation200 Tech for Good award

Alex Klein, Kano (London)
Kano is a computer and coding kit for all ages, built on Raspberry Pi. Kids and adults can build a computer, customise it, make music with code, create games, and build radios, servers and websites.

TechCities Editor’s Award

This award from the TechCityinsider editorial team goes to the entrant that has made an outstanding contribution to the UK technology business scene.

Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube allows anyone to invest as little as £10 in businesses in exchange for equity. It has raised over £120m, has over 20,000 investors on its platform and has facilitated over 325 successful raises.

Look out for photos from the event soon.

Thanks to all who entered the awards from across the UK. Congratulations to the winners and to the nominated companies!