The launch of The SPARKies 2022 Longlist can only mean one thing – voting for The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Aico | HomeLINK is now LIVE! We have an array of exciting talent up for the award this year, but only four companies can make the shortlist – so get voting to support your winner.

Voting will close on 7 July 2022 – one week before The SPARKies. We’ll announce the shortlist for The People’s Choice and attendees will be able to vote for the winner on the night; make sure to get yourself a ticket now to celebrate the best in tech in the West with us.

We’ll be back in Bristol this year on 14 July @ 7pm, hosting the awards at Propyard. The venue has been bringing some amazing experiences to Bristo, most recently becoming home to the world-famous Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, and we’re super excited for The SPARKies to be a part of the repertoire.

The courtyard will be home to our arrival drinks and street food, well lit and complete with bar and music to get everyone in the spirit. This year’s awards will be held in the Crane Room, named after Propyard’s stunning 20 tonne Morris crane, a testament to the venue’s former life as an MOD torpedo warehouse. We’ll see you there to commemorate this year’s achievement across the tech and digital community.

But for now, get involved by casting your vote. Here are the wonderful nominees, who will be your choice?

Aspirent.io

Bringing startups and corporates together to solve real world problems. Increase visibility of your ideas with one-to-one connections and our unique matching platform. Helping your startup to succeed. Founded by Cameron Johnson, a nominator says, “Cameron is curious and passionate about helping others and successfully connecting people. He listens and is able to scout competencies and therefore better couple requests with desires and availability.”

Clue

Clue’s market-leading investigation and intelligence software is used globally by governments, police, private and non-profit sectors to tackle issues of corruption, human trafficking, safeguarding, fraud among other use cases. Clue is proud to be playing a valuable supporting role in preventing harm and seeking justice and is committed to helping to drive the digital transformation of investigations.

iO Academy

iO Academy’s mission is to help the next generation reach a career in tech. In just 16 weeks, they’ll teach you all you need to land your first job as a developer. Without years of study, and while having the time of your life. The last 12 months have brought significant growth to the iO Academy: they recorded a 33% increase in applications and trained more students than any year since the Academy opened in 2015.

KETS Quantum Security

Spun out from the University of Bristol in 2016, KETS has proven time and again that it is a truly great place to work. Not content with overcoming the ‘standard’ startup challenges (time, space, resource, money, investors, recruitment, marketing, business acumen, etc etc.), KETS’ founders went full throttle with the aim to lead a totally new market, with totally new technology. The quantum industry as a whole is young, but there are huge companies & even countries involved in making it work.

LOQBOX

Most people miss out on living the life they could. That’s wrong. And  LOQBOX aims to do something about it by giving everyone access to a richer life. Their money app gives people the tools and support to have a better shot at being more fulfilled – personally and financially. Better off or happier? With LOQBOX, you can choose both.

Zap-Map

Zap-Map’s mission is to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles and zero emissions mobility. They do this primarily through the Zap-Map app which helps electric vehicle (EV) drivers and Fleets across the UK and Ireland search for available charge points, plan longer electric journeys, pay for charging, share updates with other EV drivers, and offers in-car support and navigation.

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.