Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak, supported by a global judging panel, select 2017’s most innovative startups, entrepreneurs and leaders

blog postTalentTalent has today announced the finalists for the 2017 Talent Unleashed Awards, applauding the most ground-breaking startups, innovative entrepreneurs and bold leaders across the globe.

The Talent Unleashed Awards identify companies and business leaders using technology to transform the world, creating disruptive and inventive solutions to business challenges or social issues.

Richard Earl, Talent’s Founder and Executive Chairman said, “Each year we search for the new front-runners in tech, and each year that search yields more spectacular results. I love having the opportunity to identify and celebrate the people and companies leading the way in innovation and social change across the globe.

This program is about bold ideas and brave leaders and this year we’ve seen incredible examples of both.

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and Global Talent Unleashed Awards judge commented: “It’s pleasing to see so many fantastic entries with social and community impact linked to their overarching purpose. When you have a business that creates revenue, and at the same time improves the world and society we live, in you have the perfect entrepreneurial formula.

Entrepreneur and Talent Unleashed Awards Global Judge Steve Wozniak also added: “In an age of automation and digitisation, it is astounding the number of industries that lag behind. I’m thrilled to see so many frontrunners driving the acceleration of their industry through technology; artificial intelligence and machine learning was particular prevalent in this year’s awards submissions.”

All finalists are invited to attend the Awards Grand Final Events in Melbourne and London on 7 December 2017. The Global Grand Prize Winners will be provided an all-expenses paid trip to Silicon Valley to visit the homes of global technology companies and meet with leaders in the sector.

The 2017 Talent Unleashed Awards finalists are as follows:

Best Idea: One to Watch

Best Startup: Tech or Digital Innovation

Best Startup: Social or Community Impact

Most Disruptive Technology or Digital Leader

Most Progressive Workplace Leader

Congratulations to the 2017 Talent Unleashed Awards Finalists! You can find out more about the finalists at the Talent Unleashed Awards website.