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The judges

Entries are judged by a panel of London influencers who share a passion for the business ecosystem.

The Judges

Ben Brabyn
Head of Level39

@BenBrabyn

Ben Brabyn, Head of Level39, launched his first digital business in 2001. The world’s first crowdfunding business, Bmycharity combined payments, social networking and data analytics, enabling 800,000 donors to deliver more than £50 million to UK charities. The business was sold to Help for Heroes, the leading charity for British service men and women. 

Catherine Wines
Director & co-founder, WorldRemit

@cwinesLondon

Catherine co-founded WorldRemit in 2010, convinced that digital innovation would enable faster, lower-cost money transfers around the world. Her current board responsibilities focus on corporate governance and compliance, and she frequently represents the company with keynote appearances at conferences and in the international media talking on issues from fintech and innovation to women in business.

Devi Clark
Programmes Director, Impact Hub King's Cross

@deviclark

Devi Clark is Programmes Manager at Impact Hub King's Cross, managing the team that helps social entrepreneurs start up or grow their businesses. She planned and delivered the Impact Hub Scaling programme in the UK, which helped 110 social enterprises scale up their businesses across 8 European countries. She also has responsibility for our work with PwC, the EU Social Challenges Platform and Feeding the City.

Omid Ashtari
President and Head of Business at Citymapper

@thecoolgeek

Omid joined Citymapper after spending 2.5 years as a MD of Foursquare where he grew the international user base and revenue through strategic partnerships and ad sales. Before that he spent 7 years with Google in Dublin, London and San Francisco. During his Google tenure he held multiple positions in sales and business development, working with a broad range of clients and partners across the globe. This meant closing strategic deals for products like Google Search, Maps, Product Search, Google+ and selling the full suite of Google ad products.

Priya Guha
Advisor to Merian Ventures
@UKPriyaGuha

Priya is a senior career diplomat who spent half her 20-year FCO career leading on European Union policy issues including EU treaty negotiations. She recently returned from San Francisco, where she worked as the first female British consul general, to take up a role in London as ecosystem general manager for RocketSpace, a San-Francisco-headquartered company that helps tech entrepreneurs, high-growth startups and corporate innovators bring the future to market. RocketSpace’s UK campus opened in June 2017. Priya is also a member of the Innovate UK board, a government-run organisation that supports tech innovation.

Rajesh Agrawal
Deputy Mayor of London for Business

@RajeshAgrawal

Rajesh is the Deputy Mayor of London for Business. Born in India, Rajesh moved to London in 2001. As an entrepreneur, he founded RationalFX in 2005 and Xendpay in 2014. Both companies utilise technology to reduce the cost of international money transfers for businesses and individuals. 

Rajesh is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for young people. He was appointed chair of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme in 2015 and has been a patron of the Prince’s Trust for many years.
As deputy mayor, Rajesh aims to be a strong voice for London’s business community, protecting jobs and growth, and ensuring that the capital remains the most open and attractive place to do business in the world.