Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak searching to find world’s best start-ups

Virgin and Apple moguls are judging a new global competition which will award five winners with a trip to Silicon Valley and mentoring from Wozniak

The UK’s “most exceptional” digital and tech start-ups are being given the chance to get their business in front of Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, as part of a new global competition.

The Talent Unleashed Awards 2016 will grant five “game-changing” start-ups with a trip to San Francisco tech hub Silicon Valley, alongside a mentoring session with Wozniak himself.

Branson and Wozniak will be judging the competition alongside Facebook EMEA Vice President Nicola Mendolsohn, and the UK government’s head of digital service Stephen Foreshew-Cain.

The competition is open to start-ups from the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, and promises to reward “exceptional people and organisations unleashing technology in the workplace and the community”.

There are five categories to enter which include best start-up for social impact, best start-up for tech innovation, best digital ‘SME’ for tech innovation, most disruptive CIO/CTO, and best tech IPO/venture capital raising.

Finalists will be announced on June 20 with winners unveiled at a global grand final in Sydney.

Last year’s UK & Europe grand prize was awarded to Andiamo; a software platform which uses 3D scanning, printing and predictive analytics to create custom orthotics for disabled children.

Entries close on May 27, to find out more click here.

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