The winners of the first BMW i UK Tech Founder Awards were revealed at a fantastic celebration of entrepreneurial spirit in the tech industry in London last week.

The BMW i UK Tech Founder Awards celebrates and champions the entrepreneurial journeys of those who create, disrupt and innovate within the UK’s rapidly changing tech landscape.

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Ben Jeffries, the founder of Influencer, took the top award, being crowned the UK Tech Founder of the Year for 2018.

Nominated in the “Regulatory Technology”, Mark Larkin was thrilled to be named RegTech Founder of the Year.

Vitaccess has created MyRealWorld™, a powerful digital platform that can be tailored for any real-world evidence study and generates evidence to quantify patients’ experience of their condition and its treatment with unparalleled speed. It includes bespoke questionnaires and uses industry-standard security adhering to GDPR and HIPAA best practices.

Mark has created a successful, company that is helping patients directly and providing the healthcare industry with essential information to help even more people. I wish Mark and his company every success.
— BMW i UK Tech Founder Awards' Judge

The RegTech is a relatively new niche dedicated to helping businesses to meet and deliver regulatory requirements. Deloitte describes RegTech as providing “nimble, configurable, easy to integrate, reliable, secure and cost-effective” solutions.

Mark was extremely proud to receive the award destined to a founder who best demonstrates how their tech significantly improves the way organisations deliver regulatory requirements with innovation and efficiency.

Winners were revealed in 14 categories across the ceremony, hosted by The Gadget Show’s Georgie Barrat, from a range of tech industries, including AgTech, HealthTech and Internet of Things.

Francesca James, founder of the BMW i UK Tech Founder Awards added: “As a first year Awards programme, we have been blown away by both the number and quality of applications from across a broad spectrum of niches. It is always an achievement in itself to be named a finalist in any Awards, perhaps more so within the thriving tech space. But special congratulations go to our winners.

To read the full BMW i UK Tech Founder Awards Ecosystem Report produced by our Intelligence Partner, GrowthEnabler, please click here. The report gives an insight into the community and the products or services on show, providing an objective lense into the brightest and best UK tech founders and their digital innovations.

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© BMW i UK Tech Founder Awards

Full list of winners:

UK Tech Founder of the Year | Ben Jeffries – Influencer RegTech Founder of the Year | Mark Larkin – Vitaccess
AgTech Founder of the Year | Charlie Guy, Jack Farmer & Ben Crowther – LettUs Grow
Blockchain Founder of the Year | Irina Albita & Maria Tanjala – Big Couch
CleanTech Founder of the Year | Simon Bransfield-Garth – Azuri Technologies Disruptor of the Year | Ed Bussey – Quill
EdTech Founder of the Year | Gareth Davies & Simon Potter – Kwiziq
FinTech Founder of the Year | Kerim Derhalli – Invstr

FoodTech Founder of the Year | Charlie Guy, Jack Farmer & Ben Crowther – LettUs Grow
HealthTech Founder of the Year | Christopher Weeks & Alastair Byrne – Bounce
Internet of Things Founder of the Year | Andrew Nowell – PitPat
MADTech Founder of the Year | Adam Hildreth – Crisp
PropTech Founder of the Year | Daniel Hegarty – Habito
Retail & E-CommerceTech Founder of the Year | Markus Stripf, Tim Allen & Simon O’Regan – Spoon Guru

Coralie Rassinoux