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Portsmouth’s first ever Innovation Awards

November 10, 2021

The first ever Portsmouth Innovation Awards wowed guests with stunning displays of impressive work as honours were handed out in 10 categories. Drones, submersible crafts, incredible charity projects and big data advances were all part of this special event that took place at the Village Hotel on 4 November. The event was organised by The News and its owner JPIMedia, in association with Portsmouth City Council.

More than 120 guests gathered to see the latest innovations from business in Portsmouth.  Ten awards were handed out across a range of categories that looked at different sectors such as health, education, community, defence and the environment.

It was the first time the event had been put on, after the original date last year was postponed due to coronavirus lockdowns.

Cllr Ben Dowling, cabinet member for culture, leisure and economic development at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘We are very pleased to be a sponsor of the awards this evening.

‘Portsmouth is full of some of the most creative and innovative problem solving people and it is great to be celebrating innovation in our city. Long may it continue.’

The top award of the evening, Innovative Business of the Year, was given to Datavault, which also was named Digital Innovation of the Year.  Datavault is a boutique IT consultancy based on Hayling Island helping corporate clients improve their use of data and analytics.

Another worthy award recipient was Portsmouth-based charity Urbond, which won Community Innovation of the Year.

Its founder Ousmane Drame said: ‘Thank you so much, we started in 2013, the reason we started was division in the community. We have since reached over 30,000 people from 75 nationalities.

‘What we do in Portsmouth is really important. Let’s talk and see how we can make Portsmouth a better place for everyone.’

Editor of The News Mark Waldron praised the entries and thanked the sponsors.  He said: ‘This exciting new event has been designed to showcase what’s already being achieved in the city and also create a buzz around our digital, innovation and creative sectors to encourage more innovators into the Portsmouth area.  ‘These sectors have grown at a phenomenal rate, boost the local economy and underpin many aspects of business – and our lives. ”


Portsmouth Innovation Awards winners 2021


Data Science/AI Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by University of Portsmouth

Winner: Innovative Physics

Health Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by Portsmouth City Council

Winner: Endometriosis South Coast

Manufacturing Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by Portsmouth Water

Winner: TIPCI

Digital Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by Azets

Winner: Business Thinking Limited (trading as Datavault)

Defence/Maritime Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by Maritime UK Solent

Winner: Subsea

Education Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by The Portsmouth Grammar

Winner: Education Innovation UK

Community Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by StartUp Disruptors

Winner: Urbond

Highly Commended: Redundancy Support

Environmental Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by BAE Systems

Winner: Portsmouth Aqua

Young Innovator of the Year  Sponsored by Apollo Motor Group

Winner: Wireless Wild

Innovative Business of the Year  –  Sponsored by GetSet Solent

Winner: Business Thinking Limited (trading as Datavault)

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