​As of yesterday, 21 tech companies have been announced as finalists* for the UK government’s second annual GREAT Tech Awards. An advisory board of industry influencers** has chosen the finalists, representing the states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, based on their potential for overseas growth and the innovation of their products or services.

A separate judging panel*** will select the winners who will be announced at the GREAT Tech Awards Gala on Thursday, 9 October 2014, in New York. Additionally, a Best of British Award will recognize the transatlantic growth of a British technology company that has successfully established an office in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Connecticut.

The GREAT Tech Awards reflect the British government’s commitment to helping the best and brightest American tech companies to expand across the Atlantic,” said British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. “The UK’s world-class business environment is an ideal springboard for international growth, and today’s 21 finalists were selected from a field of 120 ambitious and dynamic firms poised for global success. I look forward to seeing these companies, this competition and the US and UK’s technology sector links grow and prosper in the months and years to come.

We are really pleased to be supporting, for the second year in a row, the Great Tech Awards and offer our recruitment consultancy services as part of the customized winners’ package. The US winners will also receive: round-trip World Traveller Plus flight to London courtesy of British Airways; five nights’ accommodation, plus breakfast, at the five-star Corinthia Hotel London; accountancy services by Blick Rothenberg; legal services by Taylor Wessing; three months’ free office space in East London for two employees, provided by Second Home; meetings with investors, property agents, mentors, and government officials; and attendance at the Innovate Conference in London.

To learn more about the GREAT Tech Awards, visit http://www.gov.uk/great-tech-awards.

*The category finalists are: for education, Admittedly, Noodle and Schell Games; for finance, EquiMetrics, InvestCloud, and SeedInvest; for health, Cytosorbents, Kinsa, and Menssana Research; for Internet of Things, Critical Mention, Electric Objects, and Research Frontiers; for lifestyle, Cater2.me, SmartLine, and TodayTix; and for media, Contently, SeamlessDocs, and TouchCast. A seventh category, Best of British, also has three finalists: Conversocial, Equivital, and ustwo.

**The Advisory Board includes: Nima Behkami, PhD, Director of Strategic Alliance, Merck & Co; Paul Murphy, Partner, Betaworks; Ziv Navoth, CEO/Co-Founder, Paragraph; Tarek Pertew, Co-Founder, Wakefield; and Bob Schukai, Head of Advanced Product Innovation at Thomson Reuters.

***The panel of prestigious judges includes: David Karp, CEO/Founder of Tumblr; Pete Cashmore, CEO/Founder of Mashable; Lily Cole, Founder of Impossible.com; Douglas Atkin, FinTech Fund Portfolio Manager, Guggenheim Partners; Marco Mohwinckel, Global Head Integrated Care Solutions, Janssen Healthcare Innovation; Margaret Molloy, Global Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Business Development for Siegel+Gale; and Yinka Adegoke, Deputy Editor, Billboard.