Back in 2019, here at techSPARK, we launched the inaugural techSPARK Top 50 – a ranked list to recognise the game-changing entrepreneurs, creators, founders and innovators here in the South West.

We’re bringing it back for 2023 but with a twist. With so many individuals contributing to the success of the sector, we’re expanding to comprise a list of 100 people. Secondly, we felt that ranking the list no longer aligns with techSPARK’s mission to champion inclusivity. Our community functions as a whole, and ultimately can’t be boiled down to ten names that are categorised as more important than the rest.

We still want to celebrate the positive impact key individuals have on our cluster, so will be announcing the techSPARK Top 100 very shortly. In partnership with AND Digital, we will be releasing TT100 in the run-up to the eagerly anticipated Bristol Tech Festival (BTF), made possible thanks to our Headline Partner, Ghyston. The third, slightly evolved, edition of TT100 will once again recognise the most influential movers and shakers in our community.

Shaping the tech sector

Fittingly, the last 10 names (but not explicitly the ‘top 10’ remember) will be announced on People Day at BTF – watch this space for more information on this! For the entire Tuesday at BTF, events will be focussing on the individuals in the industry, as well as the skills and knowledge required to succeed in tech. It’s set to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusivity, and the need to attract and retain talent from a wide range of backgrounds.

Shaping this list was no mean feat. With such a plethora of outstanding talent that has helped to define the South West tech sector, making it the powerhouse that it is today, techSPARK Directors Ben Shorrock and Abby Frear had a task on their hands to whittle it down to the Top 100. 

TT100 isn’t just a rich list, we’re looking to celebrate the individuals who don’t just have a huge economic impact, but also those players who are the glue to our community. Our mentors, our facilitators, our incubators, and our accelerators.

The list will be comprised of 100 entrepreneurs, technologists, and creators who are innovators and facilitators in the South West tech world – contributing significantly to the achievements of our regional tech community. 

When we produced the original shortlist of 250 names, one thing that stood head and shoulders above other regions was the wealth and depth of talent represented on this list. This will truly be a celebration of the amazing people, that make us Europe’s most productive, exciting, and fastest-growing technology cluster.

Stay tuned for the full list coming soon!

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.