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Headrow House |
april 30th 2019

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Judges

Chelsea Hardy

Chelsea Hardy

Nexus

As Engagement Manager for Nexus, Chelsea is responsible for liaison with businesses, matching their needs to the University’s capabilities and facilitating productive working partnerships and collaborations between academic experts and business. Joining Leeds from the Global Investment Bank, J.P.Morgan, Chelsea has extensive experience of creating successful co-creation opportunities with startups. As part of J.P. Morgan’s FinTech team, Chelsea focused on how to harness emerging technologies to transform the future of finance and has a wealth of experience in guiding start-ups on their journey from initial idea to product delivery.

Deb Hetherington

Deb Hetherington

Leeds Beckett Uni

Advocate of all things digital in the North, Deborah wears a multitude of hats. Her role as Business Engagement Manager at Leeds Beckett sees her advise entrepreneurs and start up companies in a range of areas from marketing to funding and everything in between. Deborah mentors students in local schools who want to enter the world of digital, as well as professionals in non digital disciplines wanting to break into the sector. She volunteers her time and expertise to local online platform Leeds.tech, as well as planning events and bringing together the female tech and student community through Women in Leeds Digital.

Greg Wright

Greg Wright

The Yorkshire Post

Currently working for The Yorkshire Post, Greg is an award-winning journalist who has worked for daily and weekly newspapers, regional magazines, the UK's national news agency and a pioneering news website which earned a place in The Guinness Book of Records. He has won 15 business journalism awards and is ranked at 158 in Richtopia's list of the top 250 business journalists in the world. Greg has interviewed the likes of Bob Geldof, George Osborne, Vince Cable, John Smith and John Prescott and was one of the first journalists to write about the "Calendar Girls" of Rylstone WI, a story which inspired a major film. During the dotcom boom, Greg worked on the business desk at Ananova.com, the news service which featured the world's first virtual newscaster. Greg played a major role in developing The Yorkshire Post's award-winning content, and establishing our Excellence in Business Awards and Fastest 50 awards. Greg chaired a childcare coalition fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester and hosted The Yorkshire Post's Environment Awards, alongside Natalie Bennett, the former leader of the Green Party.

Alex Craven

Alex Craven

Entrepreneur

Alex was the first winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year at the inaugural Leeds Digital Festival Awards 2018. A successful entrepreneur Alex has founded a number of successful tech/digital start-ups including Bloom Media and Jaywing Intelligence. Alex’s latest venture is as Co-Founder of The Data City, a pioneering venture using open data to make better decisions for a positive impact in cities and countries ensuring decisions are informed and available for everyone to see.

Andrew Maeer

Andrew Maeer

Amsource Technology

Andrew is the Founder and Managing Director of Amsource Technology, is a co-founder of the Leeds Digital Festival Awards and works as a Partner with NorthInvest, promoting investment in northern business. Andrew has worked in the Leeds tech scene for over 14 years helping to grow some of the most prominent organisations in the region. Andrew is passionate about everything Leeds and promoting the success of the region.

Gareth Yates

Gareth Yates

Ward Hadaway

Gareth is a Partner in Ward Hadaway who specialises in advising Technology companies. He acts for a variety of companies within the IT, bio-tech and energy sectors, from multinationals through to well-funded European and US start-up enterprises. Gareth provides advice on their day-to-day and longer term strategic business issues. Gareth has completed numerous secondments with client companies and has experience in fronting transactions on behalf of clients during pre- and post-contract negotiations.