Tees Tech Awards 2021 Programme - Page 29

FINALISTS
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Tees Tech Ambassador

DAVID DIXON
( DigitalCity )
David is investment programme manager and a digital transformation specialist who has worked for Middlesbrough ’ s DigitalCity since 2017 , driving digital growth across the region .
David believes in Teesside ’ s digital companies , whether they are a start-up or an established firm . His enthusiasm for what the region can achieve is infectious .
Obsessed with tech and passionate about connecting people , David is never off duty when it comes to the tech sector and supporting business growth . His network is global and as a selfless networker , he regularly introduces others for their benefit with no personal gain .
A catalyst for so many collaborations in the region , he embodies the word ambassador .
DEAN BENSON
( Visualsoft )
CEO of Visualsoft , Dean has been an amazing success story for the region .
Building Visualsoft into one of , if not the biggest digital companies in the Tees Valley , Dean has generated employment in the region and encouraged those who have worked under him to found their own businesses .
Dean represents the Tees region at talks and events and sits on various boards such as the Teesside University and Entrepreneurs forum . He always helps where he can and has contributed a huge amount to charity , especially during the last challenging year .
Recently raising new investment into his organisation , Dean continues to grow offices outside of the region , increasing a Stocktonbased company ’ s national footprint .
MARK SOUTH
( Double Eleven )
Mark is chief operating officer at Double Eleven , a full-service publisher and developer of interactive digital entertainment for big names such as Microsoft , Nintendo and Sony .
Based in Boho One , the company employs around 220 staff across their HQ in Middlesbrough and studios in Birmingham and Malaysia .
Double Eleven was recently nominated for a Bafta for its role in developing Minecraft Dungeons , proving that the Tees Valley is a place to do digital business on a national and international stage .
Approachable , supportive and enthusiastic about the region , Mark helps shape local policy and support provision in all areas of digital and champions the next generation of companies coming through .
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