Young, gifted and tech: 25 under 25

25 under 25 – London’s young tech

Written by Julian Blake , Director of Digital Agenda

Digital business coalition Tech London Advocates has unveiled its inaugural ‘25 under 25’ list of the capital’s young tech leaders, identifying the rising talent that is vital to the future success of the UK digital sector. Purpose-driven ventures feature strongly.

Tech London Advocates, the influential UK digital business coalition, this week unveiled its inaugural ‘25 under 25’ list, identifying what it sees as the best and brightest young talent in UK tech.

TLA says the initiative “highlights the next generation of British talent – the young leaders that are set to dominate the transforming digital economy of tomorrow”.

The 25 – pictured above and listed below – reflects the breadth of tech expertise in the UK. It includes startup founders, innovative app creators, as well as heads of impact-driven non-profits and coding schools.

TLA compiled the list after asking its 6,000-strong community for insights and nominations.

Impact-focussed innovators on the list of 25 include:

  • 23 Code Street founder Anisah Osman Britton, offering a coding school for women
  • Colorintech co-founder Ashleigh Ainsley, 25, campaigning for tech diversity
  • I’m Okay app creator Katie Griffiths, 18, offering advice and support to LGBTQ teenagers

In a related move this week, TLA launched a new pledge campaign to treble tech employment in London to a million by 2023, looking to more graduates, more tech talent visas and a more diverse workforce to help reach that target.

 TLA founder Russ Shaw said: “Young, talented tech founders and entrepreneurs are the chief executives of the tech giants that will dominate our tomorrow. It is only right we champion young leaders early and support them on their journey, backing their ingenuity and ensuring they develop to their full potential.

“In light of the talent shortage we face in the UK, nurturing our brightest minds must be a priority and a necessity. They are the trailblazers that will define Britain’s success in the age of digital.”

London chief digital officer Theo Blackwell said the list was “an essential first step in highlighting the strength in numbers we have, and I am confident that this initiative will help bring even more young people into tech to meet the high talent demands of our thriving sector.”

Ainsley said: “I am thrilled to have been selected for this inaugural list, and be part of a fantastic group of young tech entrepreneurs and leaders. With the tech industry now contributing nearly £200bn to the UK economy, it is an increasingly an important sector for our society, so it is fantastic to see greater focus and attention to the work future generations are doing in shaping the UK tech community.

“The accolade from TLA is a great signal that there is support for the Colorintech mission to make the UK the most inclusive tech hub in the UK, and I look forward to growing our involvement in the UK tech community.”

See the full list of London’s young tech superstars


Originally posted here

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