On 25th June I was asked to be on the panel of judges for the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur awards and to announce the two winners on the evening. Here’s what I said:
Good evening. I’m Jodie from JC Social Media – one of the judges for the BQ emerging entrepreneur award – on a judging panel that included Nick Holzherr, of WHISK, Julie Summerell of TR Fleet and Steve Dyson of BQ Magazine.
This evening the two awards for emerging entrepreneur will be presented by the event’s sponsors, Innovation Birmingham’s Climate KIC project, and the University of Birmingham.
But first, I’d like to say a few words on behalf of all the judges about what we were looking for. The first thing we did was defined ’emerging’ – what it meant to us – so we could choose winners who we felt really fitted this term.
With this in mind:
– we were looking for winners who we felt were really onto something with their venture
– for people who we felt displayed the traits of great entrepreneurs – resourcefulness, resilience and passion
– we also thought it important to tell you that we were very impressed with each and every one of the entries, definitely not an easy decision, as I’m sure you will understand having heard from them all this evening
The first winner: got us all very excited. They are making great inroads into a very difficult industry to crack, have some very interesting projects completed and in the pipeline, and was actually someo
ne that we’d all quite like to work with!
For the second winner, the key trait of ‘resourcefulness’ was very appropriate. This winner is clearly a very productive act who we are convinced will do well!
It gives me great pleasure to announce our winners as Cliff Dennett of Soshi Games and Amrit & Scott, Blue Vine Consultants. Well done Cliff, Amrit and Scott, very well deserved. Ladies and gentlemen let’s hear it once again for our emerging entrepreneurs!
The awards dinner was fantastic and it was a great honour to be on the panel of judges and to present the award on the evening. Congratulations to Cliff, Amrit and Scott on your achievement – very well deserved!