SPARKies 2019 | Bath members scoop top awards!

The SPARKies awards – the best in tech in the West

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If you’ve not heard of #TheSPARKies awards before then they are THE digital and tech awards ceremony for the West set up in 2012 and organised by TechSPARK.

The 2019 ceremony brings the 7th consecutive year of awards where the SPARKies will be shining a light on the very best people, products and companies that make up the tech sector in Bristol, Bath and the broader West of England region. We can’t wait to attend the award ceremony in Bath on 27th June 2019!

SPARKies Award Ceremony 2019

This year the awards were held in the UNESCO world heritage city of Bath on 27 June 2019 and if you’ve been to the SPARKies before you’ll know that it was a night full of the usual digital debauchery, comedy and community with awards for everything from outstanding tech startups to mentors, hardware, virtual reality and more.

Sixteen categories representing the brilliance of the tech scene in the West were up for grabs - celebrating the entire local tech spectrum – including those wonderful people and companies that work tirelessly to support and grow the cluster

See the complete list of winners here.

SETsquared Bath members in the running for an award

Rosie Bennett (Bath SETsquared) and Monika Radclyffe (Bristol SETsquared) jointly present the award to Zenotech.

Rosie Bennett (Bath SETsquared) and Monika Radclyffe (Bristol SETsquared) jointly present the award to Zenotech.

We were extremely pleased to announce that two companies who are members here at the innovation Centre made the shortlist across two of the award categories. 2019 has seen a record number of nominations for the SPARKies and they’ve been some of the highest quality they have ever seen.

Across 16 award categories, 18 Judges have spent 2 weeks carefully deliberating over some of the most creative and innovative projects, companies, experiences and designs – as well as some of the most dedicated people in the region – all deserving of recognition for the work they’ve done to support and grow the South West tech cluster.

SETsquared sponsored the ‘Most Innovative use of Tech’ award. This is for the projects that are pushing the limits of what we can do with data. This can include both commercial or public good projects.

The Winner was the fabulous Zenotech! Bath SETsquared Centre Manager Rosie Bennett and Bristol SETsquared Centre Manager Monika Radclyffe jointly presented the award.

Winner! - The ‘Good’ Award

EZ Education - creators of DoodleMaths and DoodleEnglish

SETsquared Bath member, EZ Education are best known for their personalised learning programmes and apps. They were the winners of the ‘Best Mobile App’ Award at the 2017 SPARKies and have now won the ‘Good’ Award at this year’s SPARKies.

The award recognises the philanthropic use of digital and tech skills in the region and that the company is using their digital capabilities or technology for the good of others.

We are thrilled for Founders Nicola Chilman and Tom Minor as well as for the whole EZ Education team - it was great to see them all on stage accepting the award from sponsors RealWorld.

The EZ Education team all went up on stage to collect their award.

The EZ Education team all went up on stage to collect their award.

We are delighted to have won the ‘Good’ Award. We developed DoodleMaths so that children, from whatever background, have a chance to develop their confidence and ability in maths. This award is recognition that we are well on the journey to achieving what we set out to do. It was fantastic to be able to celebrate with all of our team up on stage!
— Tom Minor, Co-Founder of EZ Education


Winner! - FutureSPARK

Harry CobBOld - Founder Haio

One for the under 25s. This award is for the individual, whether an employee of a tech company, post grad or entrepreneur, that has already demonstrated true commitment and initiative within the tech and digital community and whom the judges believe will go far in this industry. Congratulations to the Harry Cobbold - Founder of Haio who is a graduate of the University of Bath and a finalist in our Business Plan competition in 2017.

Highly commendable: Lucia Velasco

Also shortlisted:

  • Sarah Roberts (Versari)

  • Abby Scarborough

  • Patrick Benjamin

Finalist - Founder / Entrepreneur of the year Award

Georgia Stewart - co-Founder of Tumelo

Georgia Stewart, Co-Founder of Tumelo

Georgia Stewart, Co-Founder of Tumelo

Georgia Stewart, Co-Founder of Bath member company Tumelo, which has developed a sustainable savings, investment and engagement app, was in the running for the ‘Founder / Entrepreneur of the year’ Award.

This is an award for those in the community who have consistently demonstrated a significant entrepreneurial spirit and have shown commitment, enthusiasm, success and achievement.

Last year Georgia’s pioneering fintech start-up (formerly known as Hedge) were awarded with the FutureSPARK award.


Congratulations to Georgia Stewart, Harry Cobald, EZ Education and all the rest of the winners and finalist from all of us here at SETsquared Bath!