Enter the BAME50!

Enter TechRound’s BAME50!


TechRound is proud to announce the launch of our annual BAME50, celebrating the U.K. and Europe’s most underrepresented group of entrepreneurs and business owners. 

TechRound is the UK’s best-known and fastest-growing startup and tech news site.

Founded in 2016, TechRound is where decision makers, investors and startups of all sizes and nature come to find out the latest developments and trends within the industry.

Our BAME Top 50 List is one of the highlights of the year and last year’s list was featured across local, regional and national press, including Forbes, Wikipedia, Business Insider, Exeter University, University Arts London, Lincoln News, Harrow Times and Preston News amongst others.

Are you new to the market? Are you changing the way people do things? Are you an entrepreneur or group of people? We want to hear from you.


Entries Open: 14th November

Winners To Be Announced: 6th December



Meet The Judges


Joanne Safo, Founder at Lukango

Joanne is the Founder and CEO at Lukango, an insurtech dedicated to providing easy-to -understand, flexible insurance to the underserved small business and sole professional community. With 15 years in the insurance industry, Joanne has helped launch start-ups, built high performing, global teams and is at the forefront of the use of technology in the industry. She continually strives towards racial and gender equality and wants to level the playing field for women and people of colour in the insurance and technology industries.

Find out more about what Joanne is looking for from entrants in her interview here.

Shalini Khemka CBE, Founder at E2E

Shalini Khemka (CBE) founded E2E (www.e2exchange.com) in 2011, where she is the Chief Executive and serves on its Board. E2E consists of entrepreneurs, investors, non-execs, and SME focused corporate organisations. Its mission is to develop the largest and most active entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UK. From April 2022 Shalini became a Member of The Advisory Board for Globant’s Bekind Tech Fund. In 2022, Shalini was awarded The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to entrepreneurship.

Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO and Founder at Tapoly

Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is the CEO and Founder of Tapoly, winner of Innovator of the Year at UK FinTech Awards 2023 and winner of Technological Development at the European Business Awards 2021. Tapoly is a digital managing general agent (MGA) providing tailored commercial lines insurance to micro SMEs and freelancers. Tapoly also works globally, building end-to-end white labelled SaaS solutions that utilise emerging technologies to connect insurers with their distribution partners across the world.

Josh Wilson, Producer and Entrepreneur

Josh Wilson is a genuine disruptor in the media and tech industries, with a portfolio of companies including Global Venture Partners, Binj, and Wilson Worldwide. As Managing Director of Wilson Worldwide, an award winning film and TV production company, based in Dubai, Josh has steered his company to winning many commissions against the larger and more established production houses that dominate global television. Josh’s meteoric rise was reflected in 2018 with his inclusion in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list. The next year, Josh was asked to be a judge for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in entertainment alongside musician Rita Ora and producer Stephen Garrett.

Angela Ené, CEO and Founder at Modafirma

Angela Enez is the CEO and Founder at Modafirma and a seasoned Finance Director with over two decades of experience in finance, investment, and technology. Her expertise spans private equity, venture capital, and banking, with a notable role at Arix Bioscience plc. Angela has also founded tech startups, is a certified digital strategist, and champions the use of data analytics and fintech innovations. Her commitment is to nurture future business leaders in finance, life sciences, and tech.

Find out more about what Angela is looking for from entrants in her interview here.



Important! Advice From The Judges


Use the first line to describe your business, what it does and what you are about in two sentences…what makes you tick?

With our judges reading through hundreds of applications, we are looking for a clear description of your business, its concept, its success and plans for growth.

Try to avoid waffle and discuss your business clearly and concisely.

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BAME50 Competition Terms


Entry fee: Free

To enter: Complete the form below

Entry deadline: 28th November

Winners announced: 6th December


Entries Closed