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2021 Leeds Digital Festival Awards shortlist

It brings us a huge amount of pleasure to confirm the official shortlist for the 2021 Leeds Digital Festival Awards!

Hosted by Ward Hadaway and Amsource, this years Awards will return to being an in-person event – having been forced online in 2020 – with the Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen booked for Wednesday 29th September. Information about ticketing will be released in the coming weeks.

We were overwhelmed with the volume of nominations received, and the standard of entry across all categories unbelievably high. Making the task for our judging panel of Eve Roodhouse (Leeds City Council), Greg Wright (Yorkshire Post), Rachel Skelton (Covea Insurance) and Rashik Parmar MBE (IBM) incredibly hard, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to make a nomination and congratulate everybody who had their name or business put forward, whether they were shortlisted or not.

With nine awards on the slate this year – including a couple of new categories – here are the shortlisted individuals and businesses for the 2021 Leeds Digital Festival Awards:

Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by the University of Leeds)

  • Achille Traore (Top Screen Media)
  • Sarah Pawson (Fruition Consulting)
  • Lyric Jain (Logically)
  • Justin Whitston (Fleetondemand)
  • Bobby Thandi (XR Games)

One to Watch 2021 (sponsored by LITTLE)

  • Ruta Baltiejute (AND Digital)
  • Anju George (TruNarrative)
  • Eric Harstedt (Meeow)
  • Fiona Bradley (FB Comms)

Start-Up of the Year (sponsored by AD:VENTURE)

  • Iatro
  • Meeow
  • Tred
  • Gridfox
  • Logically

Growth Company of the Year (sponsored by Marsh Commercial)

  • Force24
  • TruNarrative
  • Burendo
  • 6B
  • eviFile

Tech4Good (sponsored by SCC)

  • Mindwell Leeds
  • The Data Shed x GAMSTOP
  • 365 Response
  • givto
  • JUST: Access

Best Tech Place to Work (sponsored by Crisp)

  • 6B
  • FluidIT Consulting
  • The Data Shed
  • BTL Group
  • Audacia
  • AND Digital

Diversity and Inclusion Award (sponsored by Panintelligence)

  • Digital Access Across West Yorkshire
  • University of Bradford: MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics
  • Northcoders
  • Alice Chance
  • Sophie Mei Lan

2020-2021 Thrive Award (sponsored by BJSS)

  • KwizzBit
  • madeby.studio
  • Reflex Arc
  • incuto
  • Fleetondemand

International Award (sponsored by Sedulo)

  • Burendo
  • BTL Group (Surpass)
  • TruNarrative
  • Content Catalyst
  • ddroidd

We’re looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 29th of September at the Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen for the 2021 Leeds Digital Festival Awards – good luck and congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees!

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