The Enterprise Awards were created to honour the achievements of tech entrepreneurs and their contribution to society. A number of awards were up for grabs, with professionals from across the sector celebrating successes with their peers from across the UK at a black-tie event, held at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel.
The Enterprise Awards celebrate the UK’s finest entrepreneurs in 13 categories. They uniquely focus on the achievements of founders, with applicants judged on a number of factors including vision, growth, innovation, funding, use of capital, use of resources, strategy, execution, ambition, and determination to succeed.
“The winners of this year’s Enterprise Awards are at the forefront of their fields. They exemplify the mission of the awards to recognise leaders at every stage in their careers that have or will make a significant impact on their industry. This year was record-breaking for us in terms of applications which is indicative of the number of quality of innovative founders we have here in the UK. Two-thirds of this year’s Enterprise Awards entrants are growing at over 50% per annum; 5 of those shortlisted are growing at 100% per annum and over £300 million growth capital has been raised from institutions. I’m already excited to see next year's crop.” John O’Connell, Enterprise Award Founder
Jacyn Heavens was honoured with the top accolade of the evening, a special Judges Award. Selected by a panel of industry experts on the merit of his leadership, customer centric values and commitment to people development, Jacyn continues to drive excellence from his organisation every day. The judges remarked on Jacyn’s inspiring journey and applauded his drive at securing Epos Now’s exponential growth since start up in 2011, which now stands as Europes 46th Fastest growing company. A company that was organically funded and has received no outside investment.
“I’m truly honoured to have received this special judges award. It has been a great evening with some inspiring stories and I’m ecstatic the judge wanted to share mine. Epos Now has come such a long way since I set it up in a room above my bar, to having offices on both sides of the Atlantic! This kind of recognition is great and it really spurs me on to keep innovating, keep disrupting and keep adding value to the businesses we serve.” Jacyn Heavens Epos Now CEO
Proceeds from the event will be donated to Sherry Coutu’s Founders4Schools charity, which helps schools find inspiring business leaders to speak to children in the classroom. For more information on the Enterprise Awards and their partner charity please click here or use the #17EAwards award on Twitter. You can learn more about Jacyn’s Epos Now story here, or follow him on social media @JacynHeavens.