Virtual Final

Virtual Final

Our 40+ First Round and Regional Judges have now reviewed the applications and decided on our 9 new Super Connect for Good 2021 Regional Winners across the UK, Ireland and Europe.

On 18th November 2021, the Regional Winners will now go head-to-head by pitching live to be crowned the Super Connect for Good 2021 Overall Champion.

The event will also see our 10 Innovation Partners announce our Top 10 Innovation Winners following our epic Top 100 Innovation Showcase event in September 2021

It will also feature 30+ speakers across 6 roundtables focused on 3 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (Health & Wellbeing, Quality Education and Climate Action) followed by 3 roundtables to help you scale your company

Please see below for a list of our Regional Winners and Runners-up plus a full agenda for the Virtual Final

Thursday 18th November 2021

UN Sustainable Development Goal Roundtables

Starting and Scaling Roundtables

The Agenda

The event will take place from 9:00 am UK Time to 12:45pm UK Time:

Introductions from our co-hosts Kosta Mavroulakis (Founder & CEO of Empact Ventures) and James Hallahan (Director, Hays Technology UK & Ireland) who will shortly be followed by our judges.

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Regional Winner Company
9:15 am  9:25 am  Island of Ireland Equal 1 Labs
9:25 am  9:35 am  Scotland and Wales IGS
9:35 am  9:45 am  North of England QV Bioelectronics
9:45 am 9:55 am  South of England Electric Miles
9:55 am 10:05 am  London Medisieve
10:15 am  10:25 am  Central and Eastern Europe RemmedVR
10:25 am  10:35 am  France and BeNeLux AZMed
10:35 am 10:45 am  Southern Europe Citibeats
10:45 am 10:55 am     D-A-C-H & Nordics Kide Science

Our Judges will review the pitches and decide who they believe should be the Super Connect For Good 2021 Champion

UN Sustainable Development Goal Roundtables: Empact Ventures and Hays are extremely passionate about how Tech for Good can contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It is, for this reason, we challenged all our applicants, finalists and winners to outline (where possible) how they are doing that as these goals have the power to create a better world through quality education, good health and wellbeing for all and addressing the urgency of climate change, and more

As such, we’ve curated these roundtables with thought leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, clinicians and innovators to discuss these topics and how they can be addressed in the years to come through innovation.

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Session Title
Session Description
11:00 am 11:35 am Quality Education
The purpose of this session is to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Quality Education which is about ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
11:00 am 11:35 am Climate Action
The purpose of this session is to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 on Climate Action which is about taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts on the world
11:00 am 11:35 am Good Health & Wellbeing
The purpose of this session is to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 on Good Health & Wellbeing which is about promoting healthy lifestyles, preventative measures and modern, efficient healthcare for everyone
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Session Title Session Description
11:35 am 12:10 pm Scaling: From Startup to Scale-up Hear from some of the leading startup ecosystem builders that are supporting tech startups to scale every day and find out what support they can provide to you on your journey
11:35 am 12:10 pm Corporate Innovation This roundtable looks at supporting startups and scaleups looking to work and pilot with the public and private sector.
11:35 am 12:10 pm Fundraising This roundtable discusses how tech startups and scale-ups can both prepare and raise their first or further funding rounds with a blended set of funding providers

Our co-hosts Kosta Mavroulakis (Founder & CEO of Empact Ventures) and James Hallahan (Director, Hays Technology UK & Ireland) will welcome back everyone to the main stage where our 10 Innovation Partners and Judges will be announcing the Top 10 Innovation Winners followed by our Virtual Final Judges who will announce the Super Connect for Good 2021 Overall Champion

12:30 pm 1:00 pm Digital Exhibition An opportunity to connect with our Regional Winners and our partner support organisations.

The Expo Booths will allow you to view pitch decks, super connect over video or live chat, and request to be super connected by email.

12:30 pm 1:00 pm Video Speed Networking This will enable you to randomly super connect with other attendees over video for short 3-minute slots.

If you would like to continue the conversation you can extend the session, otherwise exchange contact details or move on to the next person

There will be a mandatory Test Rehearsal Event the day before the event for 30 minutes for all Regional Winners, speakers, exhibitors and judges only to demonstrate the virtual event platform and test your sound, light, microphone and video and answer your questions to ensure the event runs smoothly.

It will be held on 17th  November 2021 at 9 am UK Time as per the agenda below and to register for this event, register for this event here please note the below direct links only be active during the rehearsal


Start time End time Schedule Name Direct Link
9:00 am 9:30 am
Main Stage Speakers (Judges) Session
9:00 am 12:00 am Green Room Support HERE
9:30 am 10:00 am Regional Winners Session HERE
9:30 am 10:00 am Quality Education HERE
10:00 am 10:30 am Climate Action HERE
10:00 am 10:30 am Good Health & Wellbeing HERE
10:30 am 11:00 am Scaling: From Startup to Scale-up HERE
10:30 am 11:00 am Securing Pilots & Contracts in the Private and Public Sector HERE
11:00 am 11:30 am Closing Your First or Further Funding Rounds HERE
11:00 am 11:30 am Digital Exhibition HERE

Our Judges

Simon Winfield

Managing Director – Hays UK & Ireland

Simon joined Hays in April 2006 as Regional Director for the technical specialisms in Western Australia, including Resources & Mining, Energy, Oil & Gas, Construction & Property, Logistics and Manufacturing & Operations. In addition, he had Australia & New Zealand responsibility for the vertical markets of Resources & Mining and Energy, Oil & Gas. In 2008 Simon added the Northern Territory to his responsibilities following the successful opening of Hays in Darwin. In 2011 Simon was appointed as Senior Regional Director for all specialisms in Western Australia and was appointed to the operational board for Australia & New Zealand. Simon joined the UK&I business in January of 2014 when he was appointed Managing Director of the West and Wales region, and in 2017 he was also appointed Managing Director of the Republic of Ireland. Simon was appointed Managing Director of the UK & Ireland business in July 2018.

Maija Palmer

Innovation Editor at Sifted

Maija has been a journalist at the Financial Times for 19 years, winning two awards during her time as a technology correspondent. In her last role as acting as Deputy Editor of Special Reports, she helped launch projects such as Europe’s Road to Growth and 50 Ideas to Change the World.

Before joining Special Reports, Maija was part of the team that took the FT’s social media presence into the millions.

Chris Dottie MBE

Managing Director (Spain) – Hays

A native of Liverpool, Chris joined Hays in 1996, working in the UK and Portugal before arriving in Spain in 2002. He is Managing Director for the Hays group in Spain, with offices located in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao and Seville.

For the past four years, Chris has served as President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain and currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the British Chambers of Commerce.

Chris was awarded an MBE for services to British business on the New Years Honours List in 2020.


Our Speakers

James Milligan

Global Head of Hays Technology

Dr Lesley Booth MBE

Director of Research and Public & Patient Involvement & Engagement

James Hallahan

Director – Hays Technology – UK & Ireland, Director

Julie Baker

Head of Enterprise and Climate Engagement and Partnerships

Kosta Mavroulakis

Founder and CEO of Empact Ventures

Rowena Innocent

Group Head of STEM Strategy, Spectris plc

Philip Marais

UK-Northern Europe Lead

Ghaithaa Manla

Innovation Lead

George Frodsham

Founder and CEO of Medisieve

Dr Kim Johnston

Regional Partnerships Director

Dr David Bozward

Head of Entrepreneurship

Vee Mapunde

Programme Director, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical MedTech Co-operative

Jose Jimenez

Regional Lead @ Seedrs

Aurelie Soulier

Digital assessment advisor UCL

Oli Hammond

Investment Manager, Fuel Ventures (South East)

Sandy Findlay

Partnerships Director

Marco Nadol

Tech Director

Oskar Rylander 

Entrepreneur Relations Associate at Angels Den Funding

James Wilson 

Chief Technology Officer

Zhanna Zenina

Co-Founder and CEO

Nick Howe

Enterprise Manager, NatWest Business, London

Sari Hurnme-Mehtala

CEO and Co-Founder of Kide Science

Chris McKee

BD and Innovation Manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Jimmy Cockerton

UK Business Strategy Manager at Microsoft

Martin Chilcott

Chairman and CEO – Manufacture 2030

Arun Anand

Founder CEO of Electric Miles

Trevor Bezzina


Jason Lynch

COO Equal 1 Labs

Richard Whitehouse

Chief Digital Officer

Antony Tikhonov

EU Lead at Seedrs

Qasim Akhtar

Head Of Business DevelopmentQV Bioelectronics

Maciej Szurek

Co-Founder & CEO

Manish Jar

Founder and CEO at Neosap Global

Andy Taylor

Team Leader Innovate UK EDGE

Marcus Orton

Innovation and Growth Specialist

Innovate UK EDGE