At the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur dinner in The Great Hall, University of Birmingham, on Wednesday, 25th June, Cliff Dennett of SoshiGames and Amrit Chandan and Scott Hardman of Blue Vine Consultants were selected from 10 shortlisted entries.
The awards are part of the Made: Entrepreneur Festival which has been created by the City of Sheffield from 24-26 September.
SoshiGames has built very strong strategic links with the music industry and the business model is helping artists (major bands etc) monetise their huge fan bases through gaming, so creating new revenue streams for record labels and other rights holders.
Blue Vine Consultants is a company built upon the expertise of its associates in the area of science, engineering and marketing sustainable and innovative technologies. It is in a position to help clients bring their technological innovations to market. The principles of the Blue Vine Method are supported by academic research and have been proven to work. All of their associates have extensive experience in both academia and industry.
Congratulations to our West Midlands winners and best of luck at MADE in September.
Thanks go to support received from Innovation Birmingham’s Climate KIC Project and the University of Birmingham.
Dr. David Hardman MBE, Chief Executive Officer of Innovation Birmingham said, “The impressive line-up of this new generation of entrepreneurs from around the Birmingham region was heartening. Cities like Birmingham need to encourage the tech-knowledge economy entrepreneurs to successfully deliver their commercial aspirations so as to ensure the local economy flourishes. The tech-theme was strong in all the ventures on show but the underlying entrepreneurial approaches created common threads in terms of the drivers and needs of the founders. Their individual enthusiasm for their businesses was infectious and the personal energy was all that one expects when in the company of entrepreneurs. I was delighted that innovation Birmingham was part of this celebration of Birmingham’s emerging entrepreneurial leaders.”
Professor Simon Collinson, Dean of Birmingham Business School said, “I was thrilled to see such entrepreneurial talent in all the nominations at the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur Dinner and delighted to be a part of it. The University of Birmingham thrives on encouraging enterprising activity and we were pleased to be a sponsor and host of the evening. It was especially pleasing to see this talent developed and nurtured in the Midlands, I wish them all well for the future and look forward to hearing more about their success”.