San Francisco, Calif. - June 13, 2006 - blinkx, the smartest thing on the Web, has recently been named one of the top 20 winners in BT Business' Essence of the Enterpreneur Top 20 in the UK campaign. The initiative celebrates the achievements of small businesses that have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and found new directions to succeed in business with the help of technology.
To capture that unique essence the winners have had their photograph taken by renowned celebrity photographer Perou, acclaimed for his individualism and unique perspective of the world. These photos will be showcased at a high-profile exhibition at the Gallery@Oxo Tower from June 14-18, 2006.
The 20 winning small businesses represent a diverse range of industries including garden design, extreme sports, diet deliveries, electricians, outdoor advertising, couriers and water leak detection.
More than 200 businesses entered the initiative; the final 20 were selected by panel of experts, including John Dunsmure, the managing director of British Chambers of Commerce Enterprises, Gavin Dollin, head of Business Link National Partnerships and successful entrepreneurs Anthony Maloney, David Lloyd and Mayank Patel.
Andrew McGregor, head of Marketing and Strategy for BT Business, said: "The quality of the entries was extremely high, and proves that the UK's small businesses are thriving.
"We were looking for small businesses who could really demonstrate how they had brought technology together to create new business opportunities and new ways of working. The 20 winners are excellent examples of companies using technology to successfully operate in a changing business world."
John Dunsmure, managing director of British Chambers of Commerce Enterprises, said: "The standard of entries in this competition proves that there are many entrepreneurs in the UK who are successfully doing it for themselves. They are recognising potential in the market and going out and getting it. The 20 winners are prime examples of this."
The complete winners list:
Accommodation for Students (Manchester and London), Alice Bowe - English, Landscape and Garden Design (Nottingham), Athena Care Limited (Leicester), The Black Farmer (Devon and London), Blinkx (Cambridge and San Francisco), Bundles Limited (Hexham), eCourier UK Limited (London), Extreme Group (London), First Recovery Limited (London), FreshMinds (London), Glassesdirect.co.uk (Wiltshire), GoinGreen (London), Lawyers Direct (London), MAC Services Limited (London), Mr & Mrs Smith (London), OutSec (Norfolk), The Pure Package (London), Toptable.co.uk (London), Trichocare Diagnostics Limited (Bedfordshire), Waterscan (Chichester)
"www.blinkx.tv is the world's first search engine for video clips. blinkx is a free service, enabling users to search the web for a wide range of multimedia content, ranging from news to entertainment to the latest podcasts and video blogs. The Judges said: 'A great concept and a company not afraid to take on the corporates.'"
"Innovation, hard work and a great team is the at the heart of blinkx.tv. Our unique technological approach to video search has enabled us to really challenge the status quo in search on the Web," said Suranga Chandratillake, CTO and Founder of blinkx. "We are honored and delighted to be winning the Essence of Enterprenuer Top 20. To be recognized as a innovator in business is truly a great achievement."
blinkx is the only search engine optimized for rich media. Using advanced speech recognition technology, it automatically indexes and transcribes audio and video content giving users the ability to search inside a piece of video, literally word for word.
blinkx.tv is the world's most comprehensive video search engine. Today, blinkx.tv has indexed more than 4,000,000 hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and available on demand. blinkx's founders set out to solve a significant challenge - as TV and Garage Video on the web explodes, keyword-based search technologies only scratch the surface. blinkx's patented search technologies listen to - and even see - the web, helping users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not available elsewhere. In addition, blinkx powers the video search for many of the world's most frequented sites. blinkx is a privately-held company based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.tv.
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