You’ve probably heard of our plans to devise a list of the TechSPARK’S Top 50 innovators, technologists and creators causing welcomed disruption in the South West’s tech scene. And it’s coming soon, but you’re going to have to hold on a little longer to see who has made the top spot. In the meantime, we wanted to give a huge shoutout to the Top 100 individuals who have been working tirelessly to put the South West on the map.

Thanks to our partnership with Forgerock, Mettle and ADLIB, we’ve been able to celebrate the individuals who have had a rippling impact on our community – not just in economic terms, in the ways they facilitate collaboration and personal growth throughout the region too.

So, we are presenting TechSPARK’s Top 100-76 individuals who deserve the recognition for their impactful contribution to our tech cluster – in alphabetical order.

Andrew Carr



Brian Allen


Catherine Allen



Charlotte Randall



David May



Gavin Eddy



Glynn Hayward



Jane Garrett



Jaya Chakrabarti


John Courtney


Joyann Boyce


Laura Lafave



Luke Sartain


Mark Lippett


Matt Bolton



Martin Reid



Merle Hall



Mike Oram



Oli Ward


Simon Cook

Tom Lewis


Tom Woollard


Tomas Rawlings



Vassilis Seferidis



Zoe Taylor


After pulling down a 250 person longlist from the network, we whittled it down to a 100 person shortlist and eventually (with great pain) our TT50. We judged this list, with our partners, using 5 key criteria:
  • Local Impact – What have they done for the community locally, inspiration, events and connections
  • Economic Impact – What impact have they had through investing or employing people.
  • Global impact – What impact are they having globally in raising the region’s profile.
  • Reach – Public profile both in the ecosystem locally and wider.
  • Influence – How much can they shape things, can they mobilise a network? In short, how quickly would you respond to their email!

Stay tuned for the next instalment of TT50. Please do share this list of impressive innovators around to celebrate their achievements! If you’d like to keep up to date will all the latest TT50 news, give us a follow on Twitter here: @TechSPARKuk.


Shona Wright

Shona covers all things editorial at TechSPARK. She publishes news articles, interviews and features about our fantastic tech and digital ecosystem, working with startups and scaleups to spread the word about the cool things they're up to. She also oversees TechSPARK's social media, sharing the latest updates on everything from investment news to green tech meetups and inspirational stories.