Technology entrepreneur Kate Craig-Wood has been named the South East’s Entrepreneur of the Year and will now compete for the national title at a ceremony in London today.
Craig-Wood, who transitioned several years ago to become a woman, is the founder and managing director of Memset, a server provider.
She has also won a host of awards for innovation, service and IT strategy, along with her green credentials.
She has promised that if she wins the £50,000 prize money for the ‘Winner of Winners’ award, she will put it towards supporting other women in IT and technology.
The ceremony for the British Chambers of Commerce Awards will be held tonight in London.
The entrepreneur has spoken openly in the past about her trans history.
She began her transition four years ago and has said she is “lucky” that her attractive appearance made it easier for her.
Craig-Wood told the Daily Telegraph earlier this year about her decision to be open about her history.
“We’re not quite there yet in how to deal with transgendered people,” she said.
“I could have gone stealth, my surgery was good enough that people wouldn’t have known, but I decided it was more important than my own bit of comfort to use my experience to help other people.
“Every couple of days now I get emails from people thanking me for being visible and showing the world we’re not freaks.
“They say that it gives them hope and confidence that they can live a normal life.”