Posted on August 4, 2017 by staff

Do you dare to be different?


The first car, the first aeroplane, the first computer – every world-changing technology throughout history seemed like a huge risk at the time.

BusinessCloud has joined forces with Havas PR to recognise these risk-takers and the innovators who are looking to change the world.

If you’re doing something completely new, or have fallen in love with a revolutionary tech product that’s changed your life, we want to hear about it for our upcoming ‘101 Tech 1sts’ list.

The tech doesn’t have to be as radical as a new mode of transport, we want to hear about any and every tech ‘first’ – from the game-changers to those that simply have an element of being new to them.

So far entries for the list have arrived from as far afield as Aberdeen, Derry and Norwich and showcase game-changers in a range of industries, from healthcare to HR and music to marketing.

Revolutionising everything from the way we reduce food waste to how we shop, these companies – new and old – are using tech in some of the most innovative ways that we’ve ever seen.

The 101 products will be included in a list of a 101 ‘Tech 1sts’ and many of the companies behind them will have the chance to pitch to a range of investors at an exclusive event later in the year.

Special awards will be given to the best products with one winner given a ticket to CES 2018 in Las Vegas*.

The Consumer Electronics Show (best known as CES) is an annual trade show and attracts innovators from all over the world.

BusinessCloud editor Chris Maguire said: “Innovation is the engine room of the UK economy and technology is the rocket fuel for growth. Tech 1sts is designed to showcase those companies which have invested in R&D to bring new products to the market.

“The products could be disruptive, of global significance or just a bit wacky but part of it has to have an element of being first. It could be completely tech or part tech. I think the selfie stick is a really good example of a product that has worked to enhance technology.

“We’re delighted to be working with Havas PR and we’re currently in discussions to work out the nature of the event for later in the year.”

Nigel Hughes (pictured above), board director at Havas PR UK, said: “Being first to the market with something truly innovative is the most exciting place to be in the business world.

“So many of the stories we tell for our clients focus on how they are using new technologies to improve their relationships with customers.

“I can’t wait to see the 101 ideas that make the final list.”