28 April 2009
Europe’s largest professional network for high growth technology companies identifies ShipServ as the future of technology.
The award goes to the UK-headquartered company with the most inspirational business idea and vision for the future. Over 175 UK technology companies entered the competition, with the initial shortlisting done by a panel of experts from sponsors Cisco, FirstCapital, Intel and TerraFirma. This long list was then reduced to 8 and then to just 3.
The finalists (ShipServ, wonga.com and twitterjobsearch.com) were then asked to pitch “Dragon’s Den style” in front of a jury consisting of Sean Phelan, Founder of Multimap.com, Ien Cheng, Director of Product Management, Google EMEA and John Yeomans, Partner, FirstCapital. The final happened at this year’s Internet World Exhibition in Earl’s Court, London, and nearly 50 people watched our CEO, Paul Ostergaard, tell the ShipServ story. After much deliberation by the jury, we were proud to be announced winners.
“Its great to hear that our vision for the future has been warmly received by such an esteemed group,” commented Paul. “But I’m particularly delighted that the value we’re delivering to our customers in the shipping industry has been recognised more widely as innovative, compelling and world-class.”
For more information on ShipServ please email John Watton or call him on +44 20 3051 0257.
ShipServ is the leading maritime e-marketplace, helping the buyers and sellers of ship supplies to reduce the costs associated with doing business together. In 2008 ShipServ helped its members save an estimated $100m and transformed the way they do business. Whether a Buyer needs to streamline its purchasing operations or a Supplier wants to reduce the cost of attracting or retaining customers, ShipServ is unique in helping businesses of all sizes to find each other easily, connect cost effectively and trade efficiently. Today the ShipServ community numbers over 130 buying organisations, 4,500 vessels and 27,000 suppliers. For more information visit the ShipServ website.
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First Tuesday is Europe’s largest professional network for high growth technology companies seeking venture capital with 38,000 members and 10 offices hosting events the first Tuesday of every month. For free membership, newsletter and more information please visit: http://www.firsttuesday.org.uk
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