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Monday 29th April 2019

The Leeds Digital Festival Awards take place TOMORROW (30th April 2019).

The LDF Awards celebrate the success of the digital and tech industry in Leeds and the wider city region over the last year. The thriving scene is not only home to start-ups and SMEs, but also much larger businesses where tech is at the heart of everything they do.

The awards will celebrate the organisations and individuals who are driving the vibrant industry and making Leeds a fantastic hub of digital innovation. 

With just a day to go until the big night, we thought we'd take the opportunity to get to know our fantastic shortlisted individuals and organisations.

In this blog we hear from the 'Start-up of the Year ' shortlist. We asked them 'What does being shortlisted for a Leeds Digital Festival Award mean to you?' 

Find out what some of them said below..


Here is one of the many reasons Burendo were shortlisted...

"Burendo is a Leeds based Agile consultancy that provides innovative tools and techniques to organisations to build more responsive capabilities and improve their speed of change to their customers.  

Within 1st year of trading, their impressive Leeds client list includes multiple blue chip companies spanning numerous verticals. Burendo has supported organisations with, mentoring and coaching around new, industry leading ways of working, which allow rapid ROI based investment decisions to enable building the right thing for both customer and organisation in a volatile marketplace. 

Burendo has also provided embedded consultants to work as part of client teams on longer term engagements.  This has allowed companies to increase capability of both the organisation as a whole, as well as the individuals within it."

Here is what Burendo had to say about being shortlisted...


Here is just one of the many reasons Aireforge were shortlisted...

"We are an innovative, instance-level comparison tool - similar products only make comparisons at a database level. We include checks no one else does, such as index comparison and duplicates. These checks, and the instance-level comparison, open new ways of optimising servers. With these improvements, companies can save millions of pounds on infrastructure and high running costs. The solid database foundation our tool provides helps businesses to flourish and take their growth to the next level. 

Aireforge Studio incorporates advice drawn on the Aireforge team’s experiences: 30 years+ of SQL Server knowledge and work on the world’s largest healthcare database. 
We also contribute significantly to the SQL Server community, offering free licenses to volunteers, regularly speaking at events, co-running conferences such as SQLbits and Leeds Data Platform User Group and more. There is also a totally free Community edition of our product."

Here is what Aireforge had to say about being shortlisted...

Carbon Performance

Here is one of the many reasons why Carbon Performance were shortlisted...

"Recognised as "One of the UK's most exciting tech startups" and "One of the top 3 tech startups in Yorkshire and the Humber" in just 11 months time since founding. Other achievements include being one of the 3 global finalists in the World Additive Design Challenge in the Netherlands and having been featured in 9 prominent industry media."

Here is what Carbon Performance had to say about being shortlisted...

“It feels overwhelming to have been nominated for two awards and both me and Carbon Performance couldn’t be more grateful for the immense support we have received and continue to receive from the wider Leeds tech community. Having been in Leeds for 3 years now, I am amazed at how the Leeds tech scene has boomed and cannot be prouder to add to the tech scene here in Leeds and Yorkshire.”  (Revannth N Murugesan, Director at Carbon Performance)


Here is one of the many reasons why Vet-AI were shortlisted...

" Vet-AI have raised £1 million in the North in investment for growth. The are disrupting the veterinary sector (where tech is overall quite limited)
using cutting edge AI algorithms which aims to make pet care more accessable and affordable."

Here is what Vet-AI had to say about being shortlisted...

Iron Compass

Here is just some of the many reasons Iron Compass were shortlisted...

"An amazing startup from Leeds working on bringing out disruptive technology and accessible gaming and entertainment for anyone and everyone. Already with support of eBay they are aiming to make Leeds the next big technology hub. A very small team aiming for a dream that is soon to become a reality!" 

Here is what Iron Compass had to say about being shortlisted...

"For a start-up of our size, at the stage that we're at, it's an amazing achievement to be shortlisted as Startup of the Year. Hopefully this means we're doing something right!"

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