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Monday 18th February 2019

We're extremely excited to announce that we are teaming up with Ward Hadaway and Leeds Digital Festival yet again to bring you the second Leeds Digital Festival Awards!

Last year the LDF Awards were the cherry on top of another fantastic Leeds Digital Festival which last year saw 160 events involving 400 companies, 600 speakers and a whopping 20,000 attendees! 

Over the course of the two-week long festival, Leeds hosted more tech events than the tech capital of the world - San Francisco!

What are the awards all about?

The Leeds Digital Festival Awards celebrate all that is great about the digital & tech industry in Leeds and the wider city region in the last year. The thriving scene is home to start-ups, SME’s and larger businesses where tech is at the heart of everything they do.

The awards celebrate the organisations and individuals driving the vibrant industry. 

The awards are an opportunity for the people of Leeds to have their say, and celebrate the people and organisations they believe deserve some recognition for their contribution to the digital sector, in our city over the last 12 months.

Catch footage from last year’s awards here…

What categories are up for nomination?

Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Little)
For the business leader who inspires innovation with the drive to make ideas become a reality, driving their team to success

2018 winner: ALEX CRAVEN

Facilitator of the Year (sponsored by University of Leeds)
This award recognises individuals, tech hubs, incubators, universities, co-working spaces, events or other organisations that support the tech and digital ecosystem in Leeds and the wider city region

2018 winner: ODI LEEDS

One to Watch 2019 (sponsored by Brown Shipley)
For the team player with big ambitions who goes above and beyond to do themselves, their team and their company proud.

2018 winner: HANNEKA KILBURN

Start-up of the Year (sponsored by Wizu)
This award celebrates the hard work and success of tech and digital start-ups in Leeds and the city region who have shown the best innovations and/or company growth. Nominated companies will be incorporated no later than Jan 2017.

2018 winner: SYNAP

Growth Company of the Year ( sponsored Sedulo)
The award for the tech business showing the most growth in the last 12 months through their success, driving increases in headcount and / or turnover.

 This award is brand new addition for 2019!

Tech Innovation of the Year (Sponored by Crisp)

The award for ground breaking research or project that pushes the possibility in tech and digital.

2018 winner: HARK SYSTEMS

Tech4Good (sponsored by Leeds City Council)
The person, organisation or technology that is delivering positive change within communities or the environment and making the world a better place.

 This award is brand new addition for 2019!

Tech Employer of the Year (sponsored by BJSS)
The company doing the most for their employees through training, development and innovative working practices in the tech / digital community.

 This award is brand new addition for 2019!

How do I place my nominations?


Who are the judges?

The final shortlisted nominees will be judged by a panel of familiar figures in the Leeds digital and business sectors. Including Chelsea Hardy of Nexus, Deb Hetherington of Leeds Beckett University, Yorkshire Post’s Greg Wright, 2018’s winner of Entrepreneur of the year Alex Craven as well as awards sponsors Andrew Maeer of Amsource Technology and Gareth Yates of Ward Hadaway.

Click here to meet the judges...

Entries will close on Friday 22nd March! 

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