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Decoding the BOLD Awards Process: from Public Voting to Glittering Gala Dinner

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We are entering the second stage of voting in the fifth edition of the BOLD Awards. BOLD Awards 2024 has 33 categories of digital industries and the technology that drives and empowers them. The first round of public voting gives nominees a chance to mobilize their networks of stakeholders. It creates shortlists of finalists who will all be invited to the gala dinner awards ceremony in Venice, Italy, on March 22nd.

Before they arrive there, each category of finalists’ submissions will be assessed by a relevant member of our international judging panel. Their assessment and the results of the public voting will each account for 50% of the finalists’ combined scores.

For consistency and transparency, judges are scoring the submissions against weighted criteria that were available to all entrants through the whole submission period.

BOLD Awards judging criteria before the gala dinner award ceremony for digital industries and tech startupsLevel of Impact 40%
BOLD thinking and actions that add value to the business and the ecosystem in which it operates.

Scalability 30%
There should be global potential and/or use in other applications or development opportunities for the business or project.

Transparency 20%
Operates in an authentic and open way to encourage trust and engagement.

H-Factor 10%
Be human. Put people at the heart of your product/services and believe that they are the heart of your company too.

Bold Awards gala dinner for digital industry and tech awards #beBOLDOur in-depth judging process ensures that winning submissions reflect each category’s BOLDest work and reward the projects that are leading the way for positive impact. The winners will not be announced until the Gala Dinner award ceremony, and winners must be present to collect their award.

The gala dinner award ceremony is a unique prestigious event at which startup entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world can network with each other, partners and investors. There is always a warm welcome as well for finalists from established businesses.

Places are also available, on request, for non-finalists. You can submit your request to attend the BOLD Awards Gala Dinner at


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Clive Reffell

Clive has worked with Crowdsourcing Week to source, create and publish content since May 2016. With knowledge and experience gained in a 30+ year marketing career based in London, UK, he helps SMEs and startups to run successful crowdfunding projects, and provides support across wider marketing issues.

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