Awards Review 2015

Welsh Technology Firms Celebrate at the ESTnet Awards 2015

tableview1Cloud services provider, Skybrid, won the brand new Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start-up Award at the ESTnet Awards 2015 held at the Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff.

The third annual ESTnet Awards were held to celebrate excellence in the growing electronics and software technologies sector in Wales. Skybrid were just one company among many talented individuals and businesses who showcased their contribution to over 350 guests at the ceremony.

Yard Digital, a web analytics and data agency, was chosen as the ESTnet’s ‘Company of the Year’ with a turnover of less than £10million in recognition of its commitment to technical innovation.

Newbridge-based Axiom Manufacturing Services, which designs and makes components and sub-assemblies for top electronics manufacturers, took the second ‘Company of the Year’ title for businesses over £10million, while Newport-based Interceptor Solutions recieved the award for ‘Innovative Software Application’ for its LinguaSkin application which aims to simplify and reduce the costs associated with delivering bilingual services online.

St Asaph-based semiconductor business, SmartKem, won the award for ‘Innovative Product’ for its tru-FLEX product which enables the manufacture of a new generation of flexible displays and touch screens for consumer devices such as smartphones and smartwatches.

winnersIn addition to the company awards there were two individual categories to celebrate the valuable contribution young people make to the industry ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ was Jason Good from IQE plc, while Luke Elsemore of IAC Ltd, which is one of the top specialists in the integration of complex electrical systems for industry, won ‘Apprentice of the Year’.

A new award for this year was that of ‘Industry Role Model’ to recognise the impact and contribution made to the sector by individuals. This honour was given to Mary Curtis of IR Newport Ltd (an Infineon Technologies Company). Starting as front line operator, Mary’s career trajectory over 25 years has established her as a senior research and development engineer, contributing to several patents in one of Wales’s most advanced high tech centres in an environment dominated by male colleagues.

Guest speakerGuest of honour at the awards was Julie Meyer, chairman, CEO and founder of Ariadne Capital who congratulated all finalists and winners on the evening.

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. In particular we are extremely proud of the new Sir Michael Moritz award and the sheer volume of entries we had for this category and all finalists deserve to be congratulated.

“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.

sponsorsThank you to our panel of judges who did such a magnificent job, and to our partners, it would not have been possible to stage the ESTnet Awards without them.”

For more photographs of the evening visit the ESTnet Flickr page.

For a full list of Award winners, finalists and short video clips of each, please click here.