HRH The Duke of York, who established the Pitch@Palace entrepreneurship competition to help tech businesses scale-up globally, marked the launch of the official list of the Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech 2017. The Duke presented the Chairman’s Award to Professor Shafi Ahmed who was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to HealthTech. Launched on 6th June 6th 2017 by Diversity UK in association with the Ethnic Minority Foundation (EMF), KPMG and and hosted at the KPMG offices at 20 Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, the list showcases the wealth of talent that is currently growing the British tech scene.  The list highlights the UK’s diverse talent; from startup founders, technologists, venture capitalists and investors; to the game changers and digital influencers in business  and social enterprise.

The Judges

The purpose of this list is to showcase the diversity and vibrancy of the tech sector and Asians who work within it. A job that could not be completed without the help of 2017 judges including: Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London (Business), Ben Brabyn, Head of Level 39, Harry Briggs, Partner at BGF Ventures, James Clark, Head of Tech and Life Sciences – Primary Markets – London Stock Exchange; Harry Davies, Senior Acceleration Manager at Wayra UK; Dilip Joshi MBE, Chair of Diversity UK, Patrick Imbach, Co-head of KPMG Tech Growth; Ameerul Miah, Partner & Chief Operating Officer – MMC Ventures; Deepali Nangia, an investor in tech/tech-enabled businesses; Aekta Patel, Head of Venture Capital Unit – UK Trade & Investment (UKTI); Neeta Patel, CEO of New Entrepreneurs Foundation; Maila Reeves, Director of Forward Ladies; Nishma Robb, Head of Marketing at Google UK; Matt Smith, Co-Founder & Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs; Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director of WeAreTheCity and John Zai, Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Cocoon Networks.

The Sponsors & Partners

The Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech 2017 list would also not be published without the sponsorship of Diversity UK, the Ethnic Minority Foundation (EMF), KPMG and EMF Trustees including Anil Bhanot OBE, Sunil Purohit, Tangy Morgan; EMF Finance Manager Survkeet Plaha and EMF CEO, Hashmukh Pankhania, joined Diversity UK Chair Dilip Joshi MBE, Deputy Chair Sushila Khoot and Founder & CEO Lopa Patel MBE at the launch event. Simon Collins, Chairman and Senior Partner of KPMG in the UK, was joined by Kevin Smith, Partner and Brexit International Trade Lead at KPMG; Bina Mehta, Partner at KPMG and the Co-Head of KPMG Tech Growth, Patrick Imbach, as well as Enterprise Manager, Riya Chopraa and colleagues.

Creative design, production and photography of the Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech list was provided by Amit Patel of Count Creation, with presentation development and event management by Nilesh and Heena Solanki of Event Gurus.

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About Asians in Tech

The Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech is the definitive list of Asians working in the digital and technology sectors in Britain. The aim of the list is to showcase diverse talent; from startup founders, technologists, venture capitalists and investors; to the game changers and digital influencers in business  and social enterprise. | @asiansintech

About Diversity UK

Diversity UK is a think tank to research, advocate and promote new ideas for improving diversity and inclusion in Britain. Diversity UK delivers its objectives by undertaking research, facilitating debates, hosting roundtable meetings, producing white papers and publishing a monthly newsletter focusing on contemporary equality issues. Diversity UK is a registered charity (No: 1155189) in England & Wales.  | @diversityuk

About The Ethnic Minority Foundation

EMF is a national registered charity created in 1999. It is an independent organisation that seeks to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice in society, and address the growing inequalities in the world system. EMF’s social justice programme has sought to tackle some of the most difficult issues facing societies today. It has worked to try and protect children from exploitation; safeguard the rights of women and other vulnerable groups; tackle poverty and seek social applications for new technologies. Currently most of its work is focused on social enterprises and providing services and opportunities to local communities.

About KPMG Tech Growth

KPMG Tech Growth is a team based in Shoreditch, London focussed on helping early stage and high growth technology companies succeed through providing business advice and more specific tax, accounting, fundraising and cyber security related support. The team supports companies at all stages of their development – from those with just an idea to those looking ahead to a listing. They host a range of industry and networking events for the startup community in London and support a number of startup accelerator programmes as coaches and/ or mentors.  | @KPMGTechGrowth

About KPMG

KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 11,500 partners and staff. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 155,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.  | @kpmguk

About is a news, business and entertainment website for the South Asian diaspora. With an ambition to usher in a new era of high quality citizen journalism, focuses on the ‘untold stories and unheard voices’ of the community. It publishes the ‘Asian Power Couples Hot 100’ and ‘Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech’ lists.  | @newasianpost