The Northern Tech Awards 2018: The Hub, Edinburgh

The Northern Tech Awards 2018 will be held in March in The Hub, Edinburgh, to celebrate the fastest growing and most promising companies in the North. The event will be by invitation only to CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Digital Economy.

6:30pmRegistration and Drinks
7:30pmCall for Dinner
7:45pmWelcome – Hugh Campbell, Founder Managing Partner GP Bullhound
Keynote Speech – David Rowan, WIRED UK
8:00pmDinner and Top 50 Countdown
10:00pmAwards Ceremony
10:30pmNetworking and Drinks
12:00pmMidnight onwards – After Party


David Rowan

David Rowan
Editor, Wired UK

David Rowan is founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition, currently writing a book about bold corporate innovation. He’s taken 130 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. For his book, he’s currently on a global quest for successful examples of non-bullshit corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption. His recent keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies, and stage interviews have ranged from to James Murdoch and David Cameron. David has been a columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Guardian. At WIRED he has extended the brand into conferences and a consulting business. He’s an early-stage investor in 40 tech companies and co-founder of a non-profit taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world’s most extraordinary locations. And he is still searching for the future.

Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell
Founder & Managing Partner, GP Bullhound

Hugh Campbell is a Founder and Managing Partner of GP Bullhound.

Hugh has 15 years’ experience advising and investing in Europe’s category leaders in the technology sector. He has closed deals with, Avito, Interactive Investor, Figleaves, Realise and Car Loan 4U as well as selling businesses to Real Networks, Tesco, Disney, Accenture and Experian amongst others. He is a frequent speaker at events and conferences including CEBIT, the Mobile Web Summit and the Mobile Games Forum.

Hugh started his career with Citibank in M&A before moving on to Goldman Sachs where he worked in Equity Research. Hugh is from an entrepreneurial publishing family who sold John Murray Publishers to Hachette in 2002 and founded an e-learning business, Pastest Limited, where he still sits on the Board. In 2000, Hugh left Goldman Sachs and spent most of the year working and living in Beijing, China before going back to his investment banking roots by co-founding GP Bullhound.

Hugh opened the Manchester office of GP Bullhound in 2014. He is an MGS alumnus and graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford.

Guest Speaker: Rob Jones

Rob Jones

Rob is the Co-founder and CPO at Flick, Inc. Formerly, Rob was the Co-founder and EVP, Design of, the Edinburgh-based billion dollar business that has become the world’s largest one-day fantasy sports site with more than 6 million registered users. Rob’s expertise centre around user interface design, marketing creative and brand identity.

Raised in Pembrokeshire, Rob spent most of his younger years as a semi-professional football player. After graduating from Cardiff University in Product Design, he found his true passion, entrepreneurship, when he set up his first business in 2004. Having founded five companies; a digital design agency (2004), a social networking site (2006), a prediction game (2008), FanDuel (2009), and finally Flick in 2018 there aren’t many startup stories that Rob doesn’t have.

As well as ales and whisky, Rob is passionate about all things start-up and is an active speaker and an advisor to startups.