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All 19 categories are judged either LIVE at the Festival or through face-to-face presentations pre-event, giving these awards unrivalled integrity and you, the opportunity to hear about the best innovations and technologies being adopted in the sector.

Judges are selected based on being clients to business that enter, and who therefore understand what excellence looks like, or because they are experts in one or more fields.

The judges are arranged into panels of three or four, with each unaware of who will be on their panel until the day of live judging or face-to-face presentations by finalists.

The Start-up of the Year category will be judged live on the day in our Start-up Hub. The Accelerator Award, in association with Mott MacDonald, will also be pitched live on the main stage.

The decision on who wins each category rests solely with the judges. 

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