Inspiring Innovation – UK Catalyst Awards 2008

A few weeks back on 24th July, the inaugural UK Catalyst Awards were hosted at the rather swish Imagination Gallery in London. Enabled by Design was lucky enough to be shortlisted and invited to attend the awards ceremony, a ceremony that was preceded with a very tasty champagne breakfast no less – yum yum!

Now I have to admit to feeling pretty nervous as it was, being surrounded by a very impressive crowd of the country’s leading online social entrepreneurs, but for it then to be announced that PM Gordon Brown would be kicking things off. Yikes! The Awards really just brought home how far we’ve come at Enabled by Design in a VERY short space of time and how many great experiences we’ve had on the way. Not only could we have never imagined we would be part of such a prestigious event 6 months ago, but to then have your view blocked by the PM’s, um, derriere – what an honour!

Unfortunately, Enabled by Design didn’t receive an award this time round (although happy to get an honourable mention elsewhere as non-winners!), but we feel extremely proud to have made it to the shortlist, and be among such good company. Enabled by Design’s Dominic Campbell couldn’t have put it better when he tweeted:

So not this year for @enabledby, but to be fair we’re not even live yet! Honoured to be on shortlist and congrats to fantastic winners :-)

[Thanks to Mark Simpkins (left) and School of Everything (right) for use of their photos]

In terms of the awards themselves, there were eight presented in total, each winner receiving a rather fetching shocking pink trophy to mark their achievements! In no particular order, the winners were:

The Revolutionary Award – Wheelies

The Self-Help Award – School of Everything

The Chalk & Cheese Award – FreqOUT!

The David & Goliath Award –

The Individual Hero Award – Helen Anderson

The Community Award – Savvy Chavvy

The Enterprise Award – Slivers-of-Time

The People’s Choice Award – The Freeconomy Community

Thanks again to you all and the award organisers. It has definitely inspired us no end and who knows maybe we might be lucky enough to pick up one of those coveted awards in 2009!