You’ve probably heard of our plans to devise a list of the Top 50 most influential entrepreneurs, technologists and creators causing welcomed disruption in the South West’s tech scene. And it’s coming soon, but you’re going to have to hold on a little longer to see who has made the top spot. In the meantime, we wanted to give a huge shoutout to the Top 100 individuals who have been working tirelessly to put the South West on the map.

Thanks to our partnership with Forgerock, Mettle and ADLIB, we’ve been able to celebrate the individuals who have had a rippling impact on our community – not just in economic terms, in the ways they facilitate collaboration and personal growth throughout the region too.

So, first up is the Top 100-76 individuals who deserve the recognition for their impactful contribution to our tech cluster – in alphabetical order.

Andrew Carr

@cheesesandwich2

 

Brian Allen

 

Catherine Allen

@LiminaImmersive

 

Charlotte Randall

@StatsBomb

 

David May

 

 

Gavin Eddy

@_Framework

 

Glynn Hayward

@contweetcontrol

 

Jane Garrett

@JaneGarrett

 

Jaya Chakrabarti

 

John Courtney

 

Joyann Boyce

 

Laura Lafave

@OnCorpsHQ

 

Luke Sartain

@LukeSartain

Mark Lippett

 

Matt Bolton

@T3dotcom

 

Martin Reid

@Future_Space_

 

Merle Hall

@KinneirDufort

 

Mike Oram

@MPOram

 

Oli Ward

 

Simon Cook

Tom Lewis

 

Tom Woollard

@rentbunk

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Tomas Rawlings

@TomasRawlings

 

Vassilis Seferidis

@ZeettaNetworks

 

Zoe Taylor

 

Methodology
 
After pulling down a 250 person longlist from the network, we whittled it down to a 100 person shortlist and eventually (with great pain) our TT50. We judged this list, with our partners, using 5 key criteria:
  • Local Impact – What have they done for the community locally, inspiration, events and connections
  • Economic Impact – What impact have they had through investing or employing people.
  • Global impact – What impact are they having globally in raising the region’s profile.
  • Reach – Public profile both in the ecosystem locally and wider.
  • Influence – How much can they shape things, can they mobilise a network? In short, how quickly would you respond to their email!

Stay tuned for the next instalment of TT50. Please do share this list of impressive innovators around to celebrate their achievements! If you’d like to keep up to date will all the latest TT50 news, give us a follow on Twitter here: @TechSPARKuk.