For inclusion in the Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech list, individuals must comply with the following eligibility criteria:
1. Individuals must be predominantly resident in the UK.
2. Individuals must be of East Asian, South Asian or Southeast Asian descent themselves or a descendent of any genealogical combination of these. The minimum requirement is 25% Asian heritage, i.e at least one grandparent must be/have been from East Asia, South Asia or Southeast Asia.
For the purposes of this list, the eligible countries comprise those of East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia and their dependent territories, including : Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam.
3. Individuals must be working in the digital and technology industries in the UK.
4. Each individual needs to be assignable to a primary category, e.g. investor. The categories are
– Investor (including Accelerator, Incubator, Angel Investor, Venture Capitalist, Private Equity)
– B2B (including Technologist, Inventor, Innovator, Technology Advisor, Tech Services, Mentor, Adviser, Business Coach)
– Social Entrepreneur
– StartUps (any business that has started up in the past 5 years)
– Women. [It is not possible to select Women as a category as this is defined by gender].
Nominations are not accepted for the Chairman’s Award as this award is at the behest of the Chairman of Judges.
5. Each individual must be able to demonstrate:
• an executive level of seniority and reach within their organisation, e.g. CEO, CTO, CDO, CMO, COO or equivalent titles.
• impact – this can either be based on number of ventures started, awards won, books and papers published, investment raised, exits achieved, people helped etc.
• a significant level of innovation – this is strength of their business idea or scope of their strategy or plan.
• a significant level of influence – this is a subjective criterion and would be determined by their public profile, social media followers, TED talks, podcasts, vodcasts, white papers, conference speeches, seminars hosted etc.
Individuals will then assessed from a longlist to a shortlist to a final list before being selected in the Top 5 categories Investor (including Accelerator, Incubator, Angel Investor, Venture Capitalist, Private Equity); Business-to-Business B2B (including Technologist, Inventor, Innovator, Technology Advisor, Tech Services, Mentor, Adviser, Business Coach); Social Entrepreneur; StartUps and Women.
The final shortlist of the Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech is only announced at the launch event.
Nine expert judges are asked to make their selections independently of each other with a casting vote by the Chair of the Judging Panel if required. Judges were asked to declare any conflicts of interest and are excluded for consideration on the list. A weighting factor is applied to ensure nominees are not effected by any conflicts of interest among judges.
A nomination does not guarantee shortlisting into the Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech list.
The information for each individual is compiled from published sources. Every possible effort has been made to ensure the information contained in The Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech is accurate at the time of going to press. Notification of any errors, amendments or omissions can be sent via the Contact Us page.