Innovative healthcare Enterpreneur named Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year 2022
The founder of pioneering healthcare app CardMedic has been recognised as one of this year’s most exceptional business leaders at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2022 Grand Final.
Dr Rachael Grimaldi, founder of CardMedic, won Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year.
CardMedic, a pioneering web- and mobile-based app designed to reduce communication barriers between healthcare professionals and patients with language, cognitive or other difficulties, has been recognised and supported by multiple accelerators and support networks since its founding during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The programme, in partnership with Starling Bank, has recognised the UK’s most inspiring entrepreneurial success stories for a decade and developed a community-oriented network of alumni which grows year on year.
The ceremony was held at Grosvenor House in London and saw 1,400 entrepreneurs and colleagues join together to celebrate a collective £2 billion generated in turnover and over 17,000 jobs.
Rachael Grimaldi is among 12 south-east entrepreneurs who went home with prizes in categories from Health & Beauty and Sustainability to Family Business and the overall Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which was won by Jordan Brompton of myenergi Ltd
Rachael Grimaldi said: “As Co-Founder of CardMedic, and an NHS anaesthetist, I’m delighted to have been recognised with the Start-Up Entrepreneur award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. It has highlighted the importance of innovation in healthcare and the difference that it can make to patient outcomes and reducing health inequalities. The opportunities we have had through programmes like The Hill Accelerator and the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme have been instrumental in helping us to achieve this accolade, and I couldn’t be more grateful for their continued support.”
Over the ten years, there have been a number of big names to receive accolades, including Alan and Juliet Barratt of Grenade, Shaun Pulfrey of Tangle Teezer and Diary of a CEO host Steven Bartlett. Many previous winners have gone on to sit on the expert judging panel for the 2022 programme.
The tenth anniversary awards also included a brand new category – the John Caudwell Blaze Your Own Trail Award recognises organisations and individuals providing non-traditional routes into employment through apprenticeships, on-job training and work experience placements. The award was added as part of a new partnership between the programme and the Phones4U founder’s charity Caudwell Children.
Great British Entrepreneur Awards founder Francesca James said that the awards’ tenth anniversary was the biggest and best yet: “Celebrating Britain’s ambitious, driven and inspirational entrepreneurs for a decade has been an honour, and we’ve learnt so much from hearing all of their unique stories and perspectives.
“The extraordinary circumstances of the last few years have tested the resilience of our business communities, and the challenges were enough to give many entrepreneurs an excuse to give up. Instead, our award winners did the opposite and, through ingenuity, innovation and the ability to adapt, they thrived.
“These challenges certainly haven’t gone away, and the next few years will present new obstacles to overcome – but one only needed to look around the room at our tenth anniversary to see some of the truly special founders and doers, to gain confidence that this snapshot of the economy can go on and adapt again.
“We’d like to congratulate all of our 2022 winners for all of their hard work and achievements – we look forward to following your lead into 2023 and beyond!”
Anne Boden MBE, Founder of Starling Bank, headline partner of the Awards, said: “Entrepreneurs up and down the country across so many different industries have shown just how innovative and resilient they have been in these uncertain times. The awards are a celebration of their success – congratulations to all winners.”
To find out more about the awards and to see the full list of winners, visit greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com.
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