The UK’s Tech Rocketship Awards offers European technology scale-ups a launch-pad for global expansion – and its winners have just been announced.
German clean growth firm Breeze Technologies has been named the winner of the Department for International Trade ‘s (DIT) European Tech Rocketship Awards.
Entries came from every corner of Europe in a bid to identify the brightest and best tech companies and help them on their journey towards internationalisation, offering the opportunity to experience a paid-for, fully-tailored market visit to the UK.
The overall winner in the first European version of the Tech Rocketship Awards, was German clean growth firm Breeze Technologies, while Slovakian battery tech Inobat received Silver Medal and was winner of the public vote in the People’s Choice Award.
Breeze technologies is a proptech company that uses AI and IoT to help cities and businesses create better clean air action plans and a more liveable environment by providing hyperlocal air quality and climate data through smart, affordable indoor and outdoor sensors.
The competition attracted almost 650 entries from 30 countries across Europe and Israel and the Grand Finale saw eight Category Winners battle it out in live ‘dragons den’ style pitches in front of a panel of VIP judges.
The judging panel was headed by the DIT’s Minister for Investment, Gerry Grimstone, with Anthony Allcock (Chief Information and Digital Officer of British Airways), and experienced entrepreneurs and dealmakers Priya Guha (Venture Partner, Merrian Ventures), Shalini Khemka (Founder & CEO of E2Exchange), Jude Ower MBE (Founder & CEO of Playmob).
Minister for Investment, Gerry Grimstone, said: “The UK is a world leader in tech and digital, home to high quality and reliable infrastructure, an open business environment, and great innovation, all of which will be invaluable to these award-winners. Tech has really shown itself to be resilient and stepped up to the plate in the last year, keeping trade, business and investment going through the pandemic and I look forward to seeing how the winners will add to the UK’s thriving tech landscape.”