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Dana Denis-Smith from Obelisk is a Finalist for Working Mums Top Employer Award 2017 has announced the shortlist for Top Employer Awards 2017. The awards have identified 26 of the most progressive employers across 8 categories, including SMEs, Best for Dads and Family Support. The announcement of the awards ceremony will take place on 7th November and will involve a keynote address by Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered management Institute. The award celebrates companies leading the field in developing innovative ways of smart working suited to today’s world. The Awards recognise employers of all types who are progressive in their flexible working practices and proactive in seeking to retain talented staff, particularly working parents who want to combine successful careers with being a parent. This year’s awards have diverse sector representation, ranging from technology, law, banking, retail and housing to the performing arts and veterinary sector.

We are delighted to see Dana Denis-Smith, who has recently completed the ELITE programme, shortlisted for the Working Mums Top Employer Award. The Award is given to individuals who devoted efforts to making tangible difference for working mums in workplace. Congratulations Dana!

AI now used in Testplant’s App Testing Automation

Testplant, an ELITE cohort one company, has now incorporated the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for deeper scanning via all-new Eggplant AI module. This represents a new approach to testing called Digital Automation Intelligence that uses AI, machine learning and analytics to help different parts of organisation to continuously create amazing digital experiences and predict business and user impacts.

John Spitta from FIS Global was quoted saying "We are excited about the possibilities that Testplant’s Digital Automation Intelligence Suite brings to testing and the promise of full automation and predictive analytics to ensure our customers have great digital experiences."

OpenGenius and London Stock Exchange joining forces at Digital Festival at Tramshed in Cardiff

The London Stock Exchange had an important part to play in this year’s Digital Festival, held at Tramshed in Cardiff, on Monday 18th September. The two day event showcased the very best of the tech scene in Wales.

As part of the festival, a boat set sail down the River Taff to OpenGenius’ headquarters, Tec Marina, for delegates to hear more about the opportunities that LSE provides. OpenGenius, owners of Tec Marina, are part of our most recent ELITE cohort. They are the fast-growing company behind brainstorming and mind mapping software, iMindMap, and visual task management app, DropTask.

Delegates were treated to a one-off talk by serial entrepreneur and CEO of OpenGenius, Chris Griffiths. Chris was livestreamed from our LSE offices into Tec Marina providing insight into how his company became the first Welsh business to join the ELITE accelerator programme. Offering guidance to early stage companies looking to take their businesses to the next level, the talk aimed to inspire early stage entrepreneurs beyond the first hurdle. Griffiths talk ended with his favourite quote: "‘Winners fail more times than losers every try".

Delegates also took part in a workshop with Emma Titmus, Business Development Manager at LSE. Emma spoke to attendees about accessing finance for growth, and the acceleration that ambitious companies can gain when they join a programme like ELITE.

Congratulations to all!

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