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Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2023: BetaDen alumni win top prizes

The Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2023, a prestigious event that celebrates the achievements of women in the region’s technology sector, announced its winners last night at the Birmingham Eastside Rooms. Among the winners were several alumni of BetaDen, a technology accelerator based in Malvern, Worcestershire.

BetaDen alumni shine in tech innovation

BetaDen is a testbed for entrepreneurs, start-ups and scale-up businesses that provides guidance, mentorship, office space and grants to develop next-generation technology. The accelerator has supported several women-led tech ventures in fields such as 3D printing, sustainability, smart lockers and digital marketing.

Natalie Wadley of Changemaker 3D, a BetaDen Cohort 5 alumni, won the Best Use of Tech in a Private Sector Project award for her innovative use of 3D concrete printing technology to improve efficiency and sustainability in design and build projects.

Helen Stickler of Triplo ESG (cohort 6), Paula Bedborough of Secure Socialising (cohort 5) and Jennifer Long, founder of IceBlue and a BetaDen Advisory Board member, were also shortlisted in different categories for their outstanding contributions to the tech industry.

Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2023: BetaDen alumni win top prizes

Celebrating women in tech

The Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2023, now in its fourth year, recognises the exceptional achievements of women in the region’s tech industry. A panel of judges from across the tech industry chose this year’s winners based on their contributions to their field, leadership, and role in promoting diversity and inclusion in tech.

The awards ceremony was attended by hundreds of guests from the tech sector, academia, government and media. The event also featured keynote speeches from inspirational women leaders such as Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, co-founder of Stemettes, and Dr Sue Black OBE, founder of Techmums.

Driving technology innovation from Malvern

Donston Powell, Marketing and Communications Manager at BetaDen, said: “The Midlands Women in Tech Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the incredible achievements of women in our region’s technology sector. It is inspiring to see so many talented and innovative women making a difference in their fields and we are proud that, through BetaDen, we have been able to support their development, driving technology innovation from our base in Malvern.”

“Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists of the 2023 awards. You are all role models for future generations of women in tech and we can’t wait to see what you achieve next.”

BetaDen is co-located with the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership team at Malvern Hills Science Park. The accelerator is currently hosting its seventh cohort of tech start-ups and is accepting applications for its eighth cohort until November 15th.

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