At TechSPARK and the SPARKies we strive to recognise the most accomplished, most successful, most deserving, most special companies and individuals for their contribution to the region’s tech scene.
In the 8 years that we have been doing this, we regularly ask people what exactly makes our thriving tech scene so special.
The most common answers? Community, collaboration, support.
That’s why we’ve decided to create an award to recognise those who embody those values, especially now, when coming together as a group is so important.
Supported by Invest Bristol and Bath, the inward investment service for the West of England Combined Authority the Community Award is for the companies, institutions or individuals that go the extra mile (beyond what their strictly paid to do) to bring us together.
Here’s a few examples of what we mean:
- Providing mentoring, business development or support
- Making connections between organisations
- Introducing businesses and investors
- Driving efforts towards diversity and inclusion
- Strengthening the cluster as a whole through training, workshops, investment.
Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England, says "The West of England’s tech cluster is doing amazing things, and its collaborative and community-led approach is driving innovation that is having a global impact. Supporting this award is a way to recognise how important this collaboration is for business growth, and to support the organisations that are helping to build a stronger and more inclusive tech community in the West of England."
We accept and encourage self-nominations, but if you’re reading this and thinking of a particular person, organisation or company – please nominate them. A lot of the hard work that goes into making our region, and our clusters, a community is done by those not prone to self-promotion. You could make their day!
You can nominate for the community award below.