Premier entrepreneur event: The ITC Entrepreneurs’ Forum

By VisionwizTeam at April 28, 2011 | 9:56 am | Print

Premier entrepreneur event: The ITC Entrepreneurs’ Forum

If you are living in London and have a zeal for entrepreneurship then don’t miss this event (first ever ITC Entrepreneur’s Forum, ‘Enterprise Awards’).It will be held at Stationers Hall in London on Thursday 5 May.

The ITC Entrepreneurs’ Forum is dedicated to helping business founders who need to accelerate their company’s development from early stage revenue to sustainable growth. The Forum consists of a pro-bono team of successful business mentors to help develop companies whose proposition has significant information and communications technology content.

The Forum conducts 1-2-1 mentoring with entrepreneurs helping them achieve their business goals. The Forum is also focussed on an entrepreneurial business that is likely to require between £250,000 and £1,000,000 in first round finance.


The ITC Entrepreneurs’ Forum, part of the Information Technologists’ Company, the 100th Livery Company of the City of London, is celebrating the success of its Mentoring Programme by holding its premier Enterprise Awards 2011 ceremony to recognise some of the most outstanding achievements of the entrepreneurs being mentored.

With 140 attendees at the ceremony, it is predicted to become the premier entrepreneur event in the UK’s technology industry calendar.

The awards will be presented by Dr Mike Lynch, founder, chairman and CEO of Autonomy. He, with Brent Hoberman, co-founder and chairman of; founder and CEO of Kashflow Software, Duane Jackson and IDBS founder and CEO, Neil Kipling will make up a Panel on the night, chaired by the leading ICT analyst and commentator, Richard Holway, discussing the ‘Essence of Enterprise’.


The judging panel, comprising of Geoff Morris, chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum; Simon Williams, leader of the Mentoring Programme, Ed Lascelles of Albion Ventures and John O’Connell of ITC and host of the Awards Dinner, had a tough job deciding the shortlist as the quality of the entrepreneurs far exceeded expectations.

John O’Connell, himself a renowned technology entrepreneur and founder of Staffware which was sold for $250 million in 2004 commented “Our goal is to nurture and inspire enterprise in the field of technology here in the UK. By recognising some of the best-of-breed entrepreneurs from our current portfolio of 60+ companies, we hope to encourage them and their peer group to become global champions in due course.”

The prestigious awards are sponsored by Nic Birtles, CEO of Konetic; Roger Graham, former ITC master; John O’Connell and Ken Olisa, chairman of Restoration Partners and master of ITC. There are three main categories for entrepreneurs including ‘Young Entrepreneur – 30 or under’, ‘Emerging Entrepreneur’ and the ‘Enterprise Award’. The judges’ criteria cover key areas which recognise both the entrepreneurs’ personal and company achievements such as growth, profile and innovation. Eight entrepreneurs have been shortlisted in total.

Shortlisted for one of the major accolades, ‘Young Entrepreneur’, is Matt Brooke-Smith who founded Future Workshops; Rajeeb Dey of and David Excell who founded Featurespace.

Shortlisted for ‘Emerging Entrepreneur’ are Matt Brooke-Smith again; Stuart Clark who founded Impendium; David Excell again of Featurespace and Keith Brown, managing director of paythru.

The three entrepreneurs shortlisted for ‘Enterprise Award’ are Richard Anson of Reevoo; Peter Baumann of Active Navigation and Adam Kingdon of i2oWater.

In addition there will be recognition of the ‘Mentor of the Year’ from within the ranks of the ITC Mentors themselves.

All winners will all be awarded with certificates to commemorate their achievements as well as a top of the range iPad2 and a three year membership to the Information Technologists’ Company, for the winning entrepreneurs.

Buy Tickets:

A limited number of tickets are still available for what is expected to be a sell-out event. Tickets are £125 each, £500 for a table of five or £950 for a table for 10, all plus VAT.



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