Martin Vander Weyer

Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019 – the regional finalists

Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019 – the regional finalists
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We’re pleased to announce the regional finalists for The Spectator's Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by Julius Baer. We were delighted to receive some 50 per cent more entries this year — including many more from the regions outside London and the South. Business sectors represented range from fintech to funerals, and from ‘big data’ to dating. The full set of entries illuminates how entrepreneurs are addressing today’s pressing social and environmental issues, whether that be food waste and sustainable packaging, or the decline of town centres and the shortage of affordable housing, or the need for greater efficiencies in the NHS.

When we launched the Economic Disruptor awards last year, we were blown away by the enthusiasm of the entrepreneurs we met — and we learned that perfecting the product is often just as important as achieving financial success. What’s evident from this year’s crop is that positive social impact is also an essential ingredient in the formula. It’s a pleasure and an education for us to meet so many dedicated and talented business-builders. We now have the fascinating task, with the help of expert guest judges, of reducing the shortlist below to five regional winners and one overall national winner. We’ll announce those names at our awards ceremony on 13 November; meanwhile, do find out more about the shortlisted companies from their individual websites.

London

Advice Inc

Beyond Life

Boxpark

By Miles

Century Intelligent Learning

Beyond Life

LendInvest

Loowatt

Muzmatch

Starling Bank

Swytch Bike

Winnow Solutions

Midlands

Igloo Vision

Rebound Returns

School Space

Warwick Acoustics

North West/Wales

Howz

Sky Medical Technology

Tickr

Transcend Packaging

North East

Conductive Transfers

The Floow

Ilke Homes

Kinrise

Scotland/Northern Ireland

Delta DNA

TV Squared

WFS Technology

WRLD 3D

The Economic Disruptor of the Year is awarded to the company that the judges feel has disrupted their marketplace. The decision is subjective and has no wider implications.