Apprentice finalist makes talent shortlist
Birmingham entrepreneur Nick Holzherr has been named as a finalist of a talent awards judged by Sir Richard Branson.
Holzherr is the chief executive of Whisk – a Birmingham-based online food app, taken up by Tesco, Waitrose, Asda and Ocado. It was the idea he idea he pitched to Lord Alan Sugar on the final of BBC's The Apprentice in 2012.
The Talent Unleashed UK awards, run by Talent International in association with Wired, celebrates individuals who have used technology in a creative or entrepreneurial way to transform business or the social landscape.
The overall winner will be announced at the Haymarket Hotel in London on the 23 October. They will also win a trip to Sir Richard's Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa this November.
Sir Richard, who has been judging the Talent Unleashed Awards globally, said: "I've been quite overwhelmed by the quality of the entrants, and as you know I am a bit of an ideas man, so to see all these great ideas and businesses has been remarkable.
"Talent is one of those organisations that care about tomorrow and how we change the world today by inspiring tomorrow's technological sector and the people in it."
The awards were open to UK-based technologists and entrepreneurs and were nominated by industry peers, technology incubators and individually via the Talent Unleashed website.