Published on 10/10/2022
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Aston University entrepreneurship graduate joins Tech Awards judging panel
  • Davies Okeowo gained a masters in entrepreneurship from Aston Business School
  • He has since started his own tech company Novel Innovations Ltd
  • Davies is a judge for the Tech Awards 2022 to be announced during Birmingham Tech Week.

An entrepreneurship graduate from Aston University is one of the panel of experts judging the Tech Awards 2022 as part of Birmingham Tech Week, the UK's largest regional tech festival and conference, which is being held from 10 to 14 October. 

Davies Okeowo, originally from Nigeria, graduated from Aston Business School with a masters degree in entrepreneurship in 2021, after which he founded the company Novel Innovations Ltd which provides business management software that gives micro businesses access to business insights. 

Earlier this year, Davies was shortlisted in the start-ups and enterprise category of the Future Faces annual awards organised by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to recognise and celebrate young talent across the West Midlands.

The Tech Awards celebrate tech and digital talent across the West Midlands. The winners will be announced at a black tie dinner at the ICC in Birmingham on 14 October which will be attended by 550 tech experts and digital leaders from across the West Midlands. Russ Shaw CBE, founder of Global Tech Advocates, is the guest speaker.

Mark Smith, executive director of business engagement at Aston University, said: 

“Davies Okeowo came from Nigeria to study at Aston University and was awarded a partial Aston Enterprise Scholarship for demonstrating his potential to be a successful entrepreneur in the future. 

“Realising that potential, and utilising his learning from Aston University, Davies has since started his own tech business. His achievements have already been recognised by being shortlisted for a Greater Birmingham Chambers Future Faces award earlier this year.

“We at Aston University are delighted and proud that he is now a judge for this year’s Tech Awards.”

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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

In 2022 Aston University was ranked in the top 25 of the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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