Posted on August 1, 2019 by staff

‘UK is a hotbed for creating great tech businesses’


Jacqueline de Rojas CBE has urged businesses to enter the 2019 Digital Entrepreneur Awards and shine a light on their innovation.

One of the most respected figures in UK tech, De Rojas is president of techUK, chair of the Digital Leaders board and a non-executive director at tech firms including Rightmove.

She is among a stellar judging panel for the 2019 DEAs which now also includes respected tech commentator Martin SFP Bryant.


“There are so many reasons to enter the awards – not least to have the spotlight shone on your innovation teams and to showcase the incredible ideas fuelling the UK as a digital nation of significance,” De Rojas told BusinessCloud.

“The UK is a hotbed for creating great tech businesses fuelled by brilliant innovators. The opportunity to see who is writing our digital future is exciting – and a little like the lid being lifted on what’s coming next!

“I believe that acknowledgement fuels motivation. The businesses that enter are the ones that try harder, fail faster and win bigger.”

De Rojas was awarded a CBE for services to international trade in technology in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2018.

Former journalist Bryant is founder of technology and media consultancy Big Revolution. He joins a judging panel which includes UKFast co-founders Lawrence Jones MBE and Gail Jones, Swiscot Group CEO Vikas Shah, NatWest enterprise manager Heather Waters, Tropic Skincare CEO Susie Ma, Tech North Advocates co-founder Naomi Timperley and Space 48 MD Jon Woodall.

The DEAs, held in association with UKFast, are the only national awards dedicated to internet entrepreneurialism. They are free to enter, with a black-tie dinner held on November 21st at the iconic Principle Hotel in the heart of Manchester city centre.

The deadline to enter is August 5th. Full details of the award categories are available here.