Inspiring Innovators 2020

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Inspiring Innovator of the Year Award 2020

Now in its fifth year, we are delighted to continue our support of young entrepreneurs through our Inspiring Innovator of the Year award.


20th October 2020



As we look to the future, we will rely on the innovation, resilience, vision and ingenuity of the next generation of entrepreneurs to solve problems, connect people and generate employment. Just as the Global Financial Crisis a decade ago led to a surge in entrepreneurship, we believe 2020 may see a rise in creativity and innovation and we want to continue to support the young companies breaking the mould to launch their products, services and solutions to a new age of consumer.

The Inspiring Innovator of the Year award was created by the Entrepreneurs team at Arbuthnot Latham to bring together different facets of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in London, linking fresh talent with experienced entrepreneurs and mentors. We continue to partner with City, University of London to reward and recognise the exceptional entrepreneurial talent and spirit evolving in London.


For the first time, we will be holding our Inspiring Innovator event virtually:


Date: Thursday 19th November 2020 
Time: 15:30 – 17:00

Our visionary finalists will each present their business idea live for your vote. Our winner will receive a cash prize, plus a bespoke mentoring package from experts to help them maximise their business plan. 

We will be joined by a diverse panel from across the ecosystem of entrepreneurism.

If you would like to find out more, please email



Meet our 2020 finalists

Emenu Now


EMenuNow is the only universally integrated contactless ordering and payments service for hospitality businesses in the UK. We provide venues with their own bespoke mobile optimised menu, to accept ordering and payments for table service, collection and delivery. What makes us unique is that our innovative integrated solution can be installed in a day into any venue so they can use their existing screens and printers to accept orders and payments at a low cost. We can therefore serve the £89.5bn UK hospitality sector more efficiently than the competition. This is key in today’s environment as venues are desperately looking for ways to both optimise profitability and attract patrons by demonstrating their COVID safety procedures but are limited by their existing infrastructure. EMenuNow helps the UK hospitality sector bounce back and thrive post COVID.

Leiho founders


At Leiho, we focus on improving the quality of life for homeless people. For every pair of bamboo socks sold, we give another pair to a homeless person because clean socks are the most requested item at homeless shelters.

DeepReel Founders


DeepReel is an automated end-to-end movie dubbing service that leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence to produce high quality dubbed videos by retaining the original actor's voice, and synchronizing actor's lip movements to the new language.

Gordon Tveito-Duncan, Founder


WealthAware is a fully-automated investment tracker for your whole investment portfolio. It is now easier than ever to invest in different financial assets and achieve a diverse portfolio through robo-advisers such as Nutmeg, crowdfunding platforms like Crowdcube, crypto-exchanges such as Coinbase and traditional investment platforms such as Hargreaves Lansdown. However, monitoring a diverse portfolio in real-time still remains challenging. With WealthAware we want to bring more transparency to investing. We want to help people track their investments in real-time and provide them with a single number of how their portfolio is doing - a service that no company currently offers. Our long-term mission is to democratise asset valuation for everyone.

Meet our panellists

We are delighted to introduce our expert panellists, who will listen and quiz our finalists at our event in November.

Elle McIntosh

Elle McIntosh

Founder, Twipes

Elle is a biomedical, chemical and materials scientist with a passion for the environment.

She began her entrepreneurial journey just five years ago after graduation. She has since gone on to be honoured at the 2019 Princess Diana Awards, as well as winning the 2017 UK Woman’s Startup Competition, and in 2020, Elle is on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List.

Elle is also a member of our Inspiring Innovator alumni, having pitched Twipes in 2017.

Christine Nicholson

Christine Nicholson

Partner, Succession Plus

Christine is a Chartered Management Accountant with a Law degree who brings 25 years of wisdom, know-how, and experience of working with SME’s. Her long and varied career has included working overseas, rescuing technology companies, building a healthcare business from scratch and running a zoo.

She started her first successful multi-million turnover business in 2002 and has grown business ventures for others including a bankruptcy to 8-figure exit in 18 months. Christine’s engagement consistently gets her clients increasing their turnover with improved profitability and fewer working hours.

She has saved clients thousands and increased the value of their business by millions. Since 2008 she has generated over £100m of crystallised value in business exits.

Christine is also an author of three books on Finance, Business Management and Technology businesses. She is a seasoned speaker and Professionally Accredited Member of the Association of Business Mentors.

Stephen Hurst

Stephen Hurst

Founder, Mercanta

Stephen is the Managing Director of Mercanta The Coffee Hunters, suppliers of best of harvest unroasted, raw coffee beans to specialty, artisan and craft coffee roasting companies all over the world. Mercanta import and distribute specialty coffee beans via a global network of five (soon to be six) offices / coffee labs on three continents. Stephen has also served on the board of directors of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence, the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe, and founder of London School of Coffee, a London based training and consultancy business in the field of specialty coffee training and education’

Special guest

Mark Blundell

Mark Blundell

Former Formula One driver, Mark Blundell, has enjoyed an extensive career in elite motorsport spanning more than three decades. Enjoying 61 Formula One starts for the likes of McLaren, Brabham, Tyrell and Ligier, Mark claimed three podium finishes in what was a golden era for the sport. Further to his F1 competition, Mark enjoyed victory at the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1992 as well as numerous wins in IndyCar. Since his retirement from driving duties, Mark has become one of the sport's most successful businessmen in various roles spanning driver management, sports marketing, punditry and team management.

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