Leading central London venue The QEII Centre has hosted the first Black Tech Achievement Awards.
The awards, backed by Raphael Sofoluke, founder of the UK Black Business Show, aim to inspire and promote a more diverse, inclusive and innovative landscape and highlight achievements of those working within the tech sector.
Around 150 people attended the awards in the Centre’s Mountbatten room on 13 February 2020 and enjoyed a three-course dinner prepared by QEII Taste before the awards were announced.
Awards were presented in eight categories that included Rising Star Award; Entrepreneur of the Year award; Social Good Award; Employer of the Year Award; Employee of the Year Award; Diversity Champion Award; App of the Year Award and BTA Gaming Award.
The event, sponsored by JP Morgan, included entertainment from international saxophonist Si Sax and up-and-coming singer Lauren Ackie, and speakers from JP Morgan, Facebook, BT and Goldman Sachs. BBC News also filmed the whole event.
Founder Raphael Sofoluke said: “I am so proud to be hosting our first ever Black Tech Achievement awards at the iconic QEII Centre. We have previous experience in using the venue for the UK Black Business Show and it’s worked well for this.
“It has been a truly amazing evening – made possible with the help of the QEII team – and I am ecstatic to celebrate our new awards.”
QEII’s Senior Account Manager, Chris Gaylard, said: “We were delighted to host the first ever Black Tech Achievement Awards, which is a ground-breaking event.
“It’s been a pleasure working with the team to support this inaugural event and we look forward to seeing how this develops.”
For more information about the QEII Centre, visit www.qeiicentre.london.