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Announcing the Hall of Fame – The faces behind London’s international tech success story

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Entrepreneurs from Duedil, Transferwise and YPlan were among the winners of the Tech City News International Hall of Fame awards last night.

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable MP closed the event and presented our International Entrepreneur of the Year award.

The campaign launched at accelerator Level39 and celebrates the international tech talent shaping the future of Britain’s tech sector.

A vibrant community

Just for a moment, imagine a Tech City without it. Imagine how much smaller it would be; how much less vibrant.

Britain needs to radically rethink the way it views immigration and International Hall of Fame marks the beginning of our campaign to recognise the achievements of our brightest international talent.

Backers IHOF

International Hall of Fame

MPs, founders, investors and VIPs were in attendance at the event.

A group of high-profile judges including Rohan Silva, former adviser to David Cameron, Mike Butcher, Editor-at-Large at TechCrunch and Sarah Wood, Co-founder of Unruly, selected the top 21 international movers and shakers in Britain’s tech sector from a shortlist of 100.

The event attracted international media attention from CNN, The Telegraph, CNBC and the Evening Standard.

The awards were split into 4 categories representing the diverse contribution to Britain’s tech sector and the UK economy:

  • Backers – VCs and angel investors
  • Superstars – Early pioneers with startups now worth millions of US dollars
  • Connectors – Key pillars of the tech community
  • Ones to Watch – Up and coming founders

The event is sponsored by WorldPayUKFitzgerald and Law, and Propel London.

Vince Cable

A spotlight on immigration

Damian Kimmelman, serial entrepreneur and founder of DueDil was also presented the International Entrepreneur of Year award by Vince Cable, Secretary of State of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Vince Cable added:

Vince_Cable_HeadMigrant entrepreneurs make a hugely significant contribution to the UK economy and the Tech City News International Hall of Fame puts the spotlight on the achievements of some of these individuals.

The Government is committed to fostering this talent and making the UK the place for their businesses to succeed.

Full list of winners

Name

Company

Category

Hussein Kanji

Hoxton Ventures

Backers

Sherry Coutu

Angel Investor

Backers

Robin Klein

Index Ventures

Backers

Eileen Burbidge

Passion Capital

Backers

Eric Van der Kleij

Level39

Backers

Bryce Keane

Albion Drive

Connectors

Eze Vidra

Google for Entrepreneurs

Connectors

Bindi Karia

Silicon Valley Bank

Connectors

Russ Shaw

Tech London Advocates

Connectors

Elizabeth Varley

TechHub

Connectors

Nicholas Russell & Mike Salter

We Are Pop Up

Ones to Watch

Maxim Berglund & Alex Loizou

StreetHub

Ones to Watch

Iris Lapinski

Apps for Good

Ones to Watch

Jody Orsborn

The Backscratchers

Ones to Watch

Dmitry Aksenov & Bogdan Maksak

FinGenius

Ones to Watch

Rytis Vitkauskas & Viktoras Jucikas

YPlan

Superstars

Yoni Assia

eToro

Superstars

Taavet Hinrikus & Kristo Käärmann

TransferWise

Superstars

Arnaud Bertrand & Junjun Chen

HouseTrip

Superstars

Bernhard Niesner & Adrian Hilti

Busuu

Superstars

Damian Kimmelman

DueDil

International Entrepreneur of the Year

See a full list of nominees here.

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