Polling platform doopoll named Welsh tech start-up of the year

Polling platform doopoll has been named Welsh tech start-up of the year at the ESTnet Awards 2016.

The Cardiff-based firm picked up the coveted Sir Michael Mortiz Award during the awards ceremony which took place at the Welsh Millennium Centre last night.

Named in honour one of one Wales’s leading venture capitalists, the category is aimed at celebrating the success of young Welsh tech companies that are making an impact in UK technology.

doopoll, which launched in summer 2015, lets organisations and businesses create polls that enable effective decision-making. As well as this, it allows for anonymous voting and instant feedback.

It went up against five other Welsh tech companies in the category. These include Echosec UK, Delio, Leadin, VisScore and Digital Profile.

Marc Thomas, co-founder of doopoll, said: “We’re really happy to have won the awards especially considering the great companies we were shortlisted with.

“We think having the recognition of the ESTnet will be a big help to promoting the product we are proud of and securing new clients.”

Other awards marking industry success

Overall, six companies received awards at the event, which attracted over 300 people from the Welsh technology and electronics sectors.

Zipporah, a business management solutions and online bookings software provider, secured the ‘Innovative Software’ award, and the company’s MD Emma Powell was named ‘Industry Role Model 2016’.

The evening also recognised the contributions to the industry made by Welsh academia, with the National Software Academy walking away with the ‘Collaborative Partnership’ prize.

SPTS Technologies, a provider of capital equipment for the semiconductor industry, was awarded with the ‘Company of the Year’ title. It currently employs almost 300 people at its Newport-based headquarters.

Corey Lewis from SPTS also received an award, being named ‘Apprentice of the Year’. The title of ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ went to Andrew Lewis of semiconductor company IQE Plc.

Avril Lewis, managing director of the ESTnet, said: “Once again, our Awards symbolise the outstanding calibre of the Welsh technology sector the ESTnet serves. Today, our software, electronics and technology industry is flourishing.

“Our most recent research tells us that 70% of our companies plan to grow their workforces in the next two years. We are seeing growth in revenue and jobs fuelled by the rise in fast-growth start-ups, and our established indigenous and multinational companies. The impact and influence of these businesses goes beyond economic benefits.

“Our companies are pioneers and game-changers. The innovations developed in Wales are revolutionising practically every other sector. From healthcare to the automotive industry, the technologies emerging from Wales are changing the way we all live our lives.

“The ESTnet supports and enables these organisations by facilitating relationships between members and those who support them. Our Undergraduate Year in Industry programme develops the talent pool our companies are calling for, and via campaigns like the Wales Festival of Innovation we have spotlighted our sector’s successful innovation for the world see.”

Julie James, deputy minister for skills and technology, was a guest of honour at the night. She said: “I am delighted to be able to celebrate the achievements of the ESTnet members and the ICT technology sector in Wales.

“Wales is rightly recognised as a leading UK Technology Centre.  We have global blue chip companies, world class academic research, innovative SMEs and a vibrant start-up scene. I am proud that Welsh Government has supported the growth of the ICT sector by helping to create, safeguard or assist over 7,500 high value and highly skilled jobs.

“Congratulations and best wishes to all finalists and winners”.