GBE Awards Finalist

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Founder of edtech startup Cypher shortlisted as finalist at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2019

Elizabeth Tweedale, CEO and founder of London-based edtech startup Cypher, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2019.

Ms Tweedale, who is a computer scientist, architect, author of coding books for children and a serial entrepreneur, founded Cypher in 2016 in a bid to equip the next generation with ‘future-ready’ skills through creatively themed coding camps for children aged 5 to 14. The venture has previously won the 2017 Small Business Grants and was also selected for the NatWest Accelerator programme.

Now in its sixth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses in the UK, regardless of size or turnover.

Commenting on the awards, Elizabeth Tweedale said: “Cypher was founded at an interesting juncture of my life, and we’ve circumvented many obstacles in order to become a viable business that essentially nurtures and supports the UK’s next generation of inventors, innovators, problem solvers and entrepreneurs. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, and being recognised for this as a finalist not only inspires us to do more but will serve to raise the importance of coding as a universal language of the future. We’re humbled by the support of those who are helping us on this journey – from the investors who first saw promise in our business to our amazing team who are passionate about getting children, especially girls, excited and engaged in computing.”

Since its incorporation, Cypher has grown from three to 30 teachers and has hosted over 1,000 children in its coding camps. Revenue has grown 330% in two years, with global plans to franchise the business in the US and the Middle East.

For more details about the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and to view the finalist shortlist, click here

Lise Bremont