First 15 Tech Awards finalists announced

Local digital firms whose successes have gone under the radar – including Circle Cloud, Dash Media and Life Ninja Education – are among those announced among the first finalists for the Tees Tech Awards 2021.

The second annual Tees Tech Awards – and the first to be held as an in-person event – is being organised by Tees Business in association with Middlesbrough Digital and DigitalCity, taking place on Thursday, July 1 at Hardwick Hall Hotel.

Category sponsors choose the three finalists and the shortlists for five categories have been announced so far including Small Business of the Year, Digital Transformation, Innovation, Best Newcomer and Rising Star.

Tees Business co-editor Martin Walker said: “The quality of the entries was incredible so we know our sponsors have had an incredibly tough job choosing just three finalists in each category.

“Congratulations to all those shortlisted so far – and good luck to those waiting to find out if they’ve made a category final!”

Among those shortlisted for the Innovation Award, sponsored by Erimus Insurance Brokers is Middlesbrough firm Animmersion, specialists in digital visualisation tools including virtual interactive events, virtual reality, augmented reality, holograms and animation.

They are finalists alongside Wynyard-based Everflow Tech, who design and create software to help the utilities industry increase profits and improve efficiencies, and another Middlesbrough firm, Salesfire, who specialise in replicating online the experience of an in-store sales assistant.

Salesfire will be looking to defend the Innovation title they won at the inaugural Tees Tech Awards when they also lifted the Best Newcomer gong. Everflow Tech is part of the Everflow Group, who won the Digital Transformation Award at last year’s event.

Finalists in the Small Business of the year category, sponsored by Jacksons Law Firm, are Stockton’s Circle Cloud, who specialise in the design, implementation and management of Office 365, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Teams Calling.

Circle Cloud are shortlisted with health and safety software leaders Intasite, Stockon-based co-winners of the Tech Partnership gong at the inaugural awards, and Life Ninja Education, a Middlesbrough-based business providing the digital engagement and learning needs of primary schools.

Still to be announced are the winners of the Company of the Year, Best Project/Campaign and Tech for Good plus individual awards for Tech Ambassador, Tech Business Leader and Unsung Hero.

These will be announced in the next few days.

Sponsors will next independently score the finalists to help select category winners, who will only be unveiled on the night of the awards.

The list of category finalists listed so far is:

Small Business of the Year (sponsored by Jacksons Law Firm)
Circle Cloud
Life Ninja Education

Innovation Award (sponsored by Erimus Insurance Brokers)
Everflow Tech

Best Newcomer (sponsored by Python Properties)
Dash Media
Evolution XR
Unforgettable Experiences

Digital Transformation (sponsored by Azets)
Jacksons Law Firm
My Marketing Button
Sapere Software

Rising Star (sponsored by Middlesbrough College)
Chris Goodyear (Many Cats Studios)
Mia Simpson (OES Oilfield Services)