UK GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL GREAT TECH AWARDS COMPETITION

Monday, May 12, 2014

The UK government recently announced the second annual GREAT Tech Awardscompetition, celebrating the best US and UK technology companies, hosted by UK Trade & Investment and the British Consulate General New York. Technology companies headquartered in the US states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut are encouraged to apply to win a UK expansion package in one of six sector categories: educationfinancehealthinternet of thingslifestyle, andmedia. The award winners from the six categories will be chosen by a panel of judges representing the finest tech industry leaders, influencers, and entrepreneurs.Applications will open on Sunday, 1 June and will close on Friday, 1 August 2014. Confirmed sponsors of the competition include PropelBlick Rothenberg,Corinthia Hotel London, and Taylor Wessing.

"I am thrilled to announce the second annual GREAT Tech Awards," said Danny Lopez, British Consul General New York. "Last year's competition was a tremendous success. This year will be even bigger because tech companies across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut are now eligible. The GREAT Tech Awards will attract the best tech talent from our region and give companies the opportunity to grow their business in the UK, the best place to do business in Europe."

The award winners from the five categories will be judged by a panel of prestigious industry leaders including: David Karp, CEO/Founder of Tumblr; Pete Cashmore, CEO/Founder of Mashable; Douglas Atkin, FinTech Fund Portfolio Manager, Guggenheim Partners; and Marco Mohwinckel, Global Head Integrated Care Solutions, Janssen Healthcare Innovation.

"As media and technology continue to shape the international landscape, we at Mashable understand the necessity of having a global presence, especially in the UK, which is home to a large and growing Mashable community," said Pete Cashmore, CEO and Founder of Mashable. "Mashable is very excited to be a part of The GREAT Tech Awards, and I look forward to joining the judging panel for this year's competition."

Winners will receive a customized package that includes: a roundtrip flight to London, five nights accommodation at Corinthia Hotel London, accountancy services by Blick Rothenberg, legal services by Taylor Wessing, recruitment services by Propel, meetings with investors, property agents, mentors, and government officials, and attendance at the Innovate Conference in London. Additionally, the Best of British Award will be awarded to recognize the transatlantic growth of a British technology company that has successfully established a New York office. The winner of this award will enjoy promotion at events and in publications and more.

The Advisory Board includes: Nima Behkami, PhD, Director of Strategic Alliance, Merck & Co; Paul Murphy, Partner, Betaworks; Ziv Navoth, Co-Founder/CEO, Paragraph; and Tarek Pertew, Co-Founder, Wakefield. Winners will be announced at the GREAT Tech Awards Gala on Thursday, 9 October 2014 in New York City, and will fly to the UK from New York during the week of 2 November 2014.

When: Applications open online on at 12:00am on Sunday, June 1, 2014; all application packages must be received by 11:59pm on Friday, 1 August 2014.

Where: For more information and how to apply, visit: www.gov.uk/great-tech-awards

Interviews: For further information and/or interviews with British Consul General Danny Lopez or select judges and advisory board members, please contact:

Patricia S. Edwards – Vice Consul, Communications British Consulate General New York patricia.edwards@fco.gov.uk or 212-745-0251. 

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