250+ enter Impact Awards

The 2018 Impact Awards closed for entries this week – and we’ve been super-impressed by the quantity and quality coming through. Numbers have now topped 250 – leaving our judges with their work cut out ahead of the awards event on March 7. That is shaping up to be a super afternoon and evening – with tickets now on sale. Julian Blake reports.

Sherry Coutu Joe McRoberts Founders4SchoolsDigitalAgenda’s 2018 Impact Awards closed for entries this week – and we’re delighted by both the quantity and quality of the entries that have come through.

We now have over 250 entries across our 12 awards categories – that’s 25% up on 2017’s inaugural year. The quality of entries is also extremely high, with a breathtaking range of innovations on show.

Massive thanks to all who took the time to enter. This is a genuine validation of the DigitalAgenda mission – which is to highlight the best that the UK has to offer in life-changing tech innovation – as we enter our second awards event.

Thanks also to everyone who shared the awards news on social and by word of mouth. We’re still new and that sharing is vital to us.

The tricky work now begins for our expert judges – first, narrowing down the entries to a shortlist of three finalists in each category, then deciding on our 12 winners. The judges (listed below) will assess entries using our five criteria: idea, product, team, scalability – and of course impact.

We publish our shortlist of finalists on January 24.

For 2018 we have a new people’s choice award, with a public vote determining that award winner from our 36 finalists. Look out for more on that. We will also give out an award for individual impact.

The Impact Awards event happens on Wednesday March 7 at east London’s Oval Space – and we promise you a day to remember that breaks with the norm of your usual awards event.

Our afternoon awards ceremony (3-6pm) brings together more than 250 from our network of innovators, investors, policymakers and more, working across startups, non-profits and government bodies alike. All our finalists will be there too, along with judges, sponsors and other invited VIPs.

Tim Smit Eden ProjectWe’ll be joined on stage by brilliant speakers sharing their wisdom and their inspiration. And we have a showcase of tech for good innovators from our headline sponsor Nominet Trust. I’ll be on stage with our inimitable super-connected compere, Oli Barrett MBE.

Look out for more speaker news shortly.

Our evening reception at Oval Space runs straight after the awards until 10pm. Food and drinks will be served.

Tickets for the March 7 Impact Awards are now on sale. Individual ticket prices start at £49, with our awards supporter package offering six afternoon and evening guest tickets plus branding for £349. That’s ideal if you want to bring along guests to the party.

All finalists receive one complimentary VIP ticket for the event.

Buy your tickets for March 7 now.

The Impact Awards are headline sponsored by Nominet Trust, in association with Berenberg. Additional sponsorship comes from ClearlySo, Sharemrkt/The People Who Share and The Planet Mark, with the evening reception sponsored by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

If you’re interested in supporting the awards we have a few categories left to sponsor. Sponsorship gives you two places at the March 7 event, branding and ongoing engagement. Contact us if you want to find out more.


Mike Bracken, Partner, Public Digital
Richard Brass, Head of wealth and asset management UK, Berenberg
Justin Cooke, Vice-chair, Unicef UK
Gi Fernando, Founder, Freeformers
Priya Guha, Ecosystem general manager, RocketSpace
Vicki Hearn, Director, Nominet Trust
Christian Hernandez, Managing partner, White Star Capital
Matt Isaacs, Founding partner and chairman, Essence
Eve Joseph, Responsibility manager, Microsoft UK
Moira Sinclair, Chief executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Pete Trainor, Co-founder, US Ai
Jess Tyrrell, Client partner, ustwo.

Judging committee

Our founding judging committee is responsible for vetting our awards entries and for selecting our finalists in each category

Julian Blake – Director, DigitalAgenda (judging committee chair)
Simon Davey – Consultant, Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness
Ellie Hale – Communities lead, CAST
Andrew Huddart – Senior partnerships manager, UCL
Katz Kiely – Founder, Kiely & Co
Mike Mompi – Impact investment director, ClearlySo
Kate Sandle – Community manager, B Lab UK
Jessica Stacey – Partner, Bethnal Green Ventures.


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