Finalists revealed for the 2018 Summit Entrepreneurship Awards

Dylan Macdonaldblog

The finalists for the 2018 Summit Entrepreneurship Awards, staged by Entrepreneurial Scotland and STV, have been revealed today (Tuesday, 23 October 2018).

The awards recognise outstanding entrepreneurial talent across seven categories:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Intrapreneur of the Year
  • Academic to the Entrepreneur
  • Rising Star of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year

With more than 250 nominations, a rigorous review took place to determine the final candidates in each of the seven categories. These candidates will now take part in challenging judging days on 30 October and 1 November in Glasgow. They will face a panel of some of Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurs who will decide the winners. The winners will be announced at the awards night to be held at SWG3 in Glasgow on 22 November.

This year’s finalists are:

Entrepreneur of the Year in association with Deloitte

  • Derek Pierce, J&D Pierce Contracts
  • Chris Stewart, Chris Stewart Group
  • Simon Hannah, Filshill

Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year in association with Barclays

  • Mike Wilson, Ecosse Subsea
  • Neil Logan, Incremental Group
  • Steven Gray, ROVOP

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Josh Littlejohn, Social Bite
  • Celia Hodson, Hey Girls
  • Alan Mahon, Brewgooder

Intrapreneur of the Year

  • Robin Watson, Wood plc
  • Mark Hunter, Sainsbury’s Bank
  • Hugh Edmiston, The University of Edinburgh

Academic to the Entrepreneur

  • Caroline Barelle, Elasmogen
  • Cait Murray-Green, CuanTec
  • Monika Tomecka, uFraction8

Rising Star of the Year

  • Martin McDonnell, Sublime Digital
  • Kristian Tapaninaho, Ooni
  • Michael Corrigan, Trtl

Young Entrepreneur of the Year in association with Scotland is Now

  • Erin McGinley, E-mogis
  • Isla Leslie, Estrele
  • Lucy Sinclair, iBaller

Some of Scotland’s most high profile entrepreneurial leaders will form the judging panel chaired by Colette Grant, Grant Property including: Gareth Williams, Skyscanner; Mike Welch, Blackcircles; Julie Wilson, Cheeky Chompers; Stuart Brown, Barclays; Richard Slater, Deloitte, Cat Leaver, Scotland is Now and Ian McConnell, The Herald.

Commenting on the Awards, Entrepreneurial Scotland Chief Executive, Sandy Kennedy, said: “Huge congratulations to all of the finalists. We received a phenomenal response to our call for nominations, the entrepreneurial talent for each category was truly impressive.

“We showcase and celebrate entrepreneurial leaders from all backgrounds across the public, private and social sectors and at every stage of growth. By increasing awareness of Scotland’s entrepreneurs, and highlighting their contribution to the economy and society, we aim to inspire others to take the next step to start or scale-up their own successful enterprises.”

STV Client Services Director and Summit judge, Danielle Kelly, said: “It’s fantastic to see the exciting and diverse finalists shortlisted for this year’s Summit Entrepreneurship Awards. The celebration of entrepreneurs on STV over the last four months has really highlighted the wealth of skill, innovation and determination that is driving the Scottish economy. I am very much looking forward to meeting the shortlisted nominees, learning more about their exciting entrepreneurial journeys and recognising their achievements at the 2018 Summit Entrepreneurship Awards in November.

“We can’t wait to celebrate Scotland’s entrepreneurship at the Summit Entrepreneurship Awards next month.”

Tickets for the 2018 Summit Entrepreneurship Awards dinner to be held at SWG3 in Glasgow are available at

Download the full press release here