(The Hosting News) – The entries for the UK’s DediPower Digital Awards, which awards a £50,000 grand prize, have increased drastically.
The closing date for entries has now passed and the judges have a tough task choosing a short list from the range of high calibre entries. The short list of three finalists will be announced on Monday 15th February. There is also a judges’ special “Digital Innovation Award” for an excellent entry, displaying inventiveness and creativity, but which did not quite make the last three.
Finalists will be invited to the Telegraph Media Group headquarters in London, on Wednesday, 24th February, to present their idea and business plan to a panel of judges which includes:
• Kamal Ahmed, Business Editor, The Sunday Telegraph
• Catherine Doran, Director of Corporate Development, Network Rail
• John Redwood, MP for Wokingham and former cabinet minister
• Karen Price, CEO, e-skills UK
• Craig Martin, CEO, DediPower Managed Hosting
The DediPower Digital Awards’ first prize is up to £25,000 cash investment, plus £2,000 in development funds and a further £25,000 worth of business mentoring and free Internet hosting. There is also the special Judges’ Digital Innovation Award to stimulate the development of other great digital ideas.
Craig Martin, CEO, DediPower Digital Hosting, comments: “This is the first year of the Awards and we have been staggered by the high number of entries and the quality of the ideas. It really seems to have captured the imagination of young people aged 17 to 30 years and the judges now have an unenviable task trying to choose the finalists.
“The campaign has had tremendous backing from e-skills UK and has been promoted by the Sunday Telegraph. It is all helping to recognise the young talent in the UK and to encourage innovative and determined young people with getting a start in their careers. You don’t have to have a degree to have a good commercial idea, but often it is nearly impossible to get that idea off the ground. These awards are trying to change that dynamic and stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit in this country.”
The DediPower Digital Award 2010 will be awarded to the winner at a special ceremony in London, on Monday 1st March, as part of EU e-skills Week.
Further details about the DediPower Digital Awards 2010 can be found at: www.DediPowerDigitalAwards.com.