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Aspiring Panda featured in TechRound’s 50 Best BAME Businesses 2020

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Aspiring Panda featured in TechRound's 50 Best BAME Businesses 2020

We are delighted to announce that Anu Panesar of Aspiring Panda has been named as a finalist in TechRound’s BAME 50 Under 50, which ranks the top 50 BAME-driven and founded businesses and startups in the UK, praised for their innovation and contribution to the UK’s fast-growing startup scene, whilst smashing social barriers along the way.

The announcement follows over 500 applications and a week of judging from an expert panel including Linda Plant; successful entrepreneur and renowned interviewer on BBC’s The Apprentice, as well as Rajeeb Dey, co-Founder of Learnebly and Startup Britain, Kike Oniwinde, Former Team GB athlete and CEO of BYP Network and Bindi Karia, the UK’s ‘Queen of Startups.’

TechRound is the UK’s leading voice for startup news and opinions and the BAME50 Under 50 highlights the diversity and success in the UK startup and business sectors, with people from all walks of life and from all nature of backgrounds demonstrating their ingenuity and creativity. TechRound remains the best place in the UK to showcase the talent and progress in the startup and tech industry. The judges commended the innovation and hard work of all the entries and the entrepreneurs. One judge reportedly said that she was ‘bloody impressed’ with the quality of candidates and their ideas, which is a huge credit to the BAME community living in the UK, who continue to work hard and thrive despite various social and economic challenges.

TechRound co-Founder David Soffer commented: “The UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a startup. TechRound’s BAME50 Under 50 goes to show that people of all backgrounds have thrived in the UK. The BAME50 Under 50 also goes to show that there are some wonderful businesses and ventures, started, run and sustained by the UK’s fabulous BAME communities, something we hope will continue.”

“Part of what makes the UK such a huge global player when it comes to startups, tech and innovation is that there is such depth of diversity, with people bringing their different experiences and backgrounds into startups and business, which are both all about being creative.”

TechRound co-Founder Daniel Tannenbaum said: “ The BAME50 Under 50 is set to be a game changer and will promote those individuals who have fought harder than most to succeed and their stories will outline their journeys. As we are well aware, BAME entrepreneurs have historically been underfunded and underrepresented and this list’s purpose is to help change the status quo.”

“We want to celebrate people from all backgrounds and businesses of all sizes and this list will be a testament to those individuals who are diversifying the UK’s startup landscape.”

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Jas Panesar

Chief Operation Officer

Jas spent 25 years as a principal consultant and database specialist at Capgemini where she led digital transformation and migration projects for Public Sector Services, the Insurance and Property industry, DHL, Citibank, General Motors Acceptance Corporation, Nationwide Building Society, Swansea County Council and more. Jas now manages our operations and development team to ensure the highest level of quality for your development project.

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Aspiring Panda featured in the Harrow Times, Harrow People and Watford Observer

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Aspiring Panda featured in the Harrow Times, Harrow People and Watford Observer

Aspiring Panda were finalists in the Harrow Business Den 2018, pitching Time2Attend, their latest in-house solution to manage time and attendance of staff using facial recognition and geo-tracking technology.

Here is an excerpt from the Harrow Times about the event: Click here to view the original article

“This website and app development company has put forward an app which can help with recording employee attendance.

It hopes to make things easier for small to medium size businesses that rely on managing various people in several locations.

Their pitch will be led by consultant Anoop Panesar and trainee Trishan Chandarana who have been working hard on the app and believe it is ready to be put out there.

“It’s a very simple app that’s easy to use but it’s incredibly useful and very versatile,” Anoop said.

“It allows businesses to see where their employees are at certain times and is a very cost-effective way of managing this.

“As a small to medium sized business ourselves, we realise that, sometimes, it’s difficult to plug all the holes when it comes to running things – this will help with that.”

The programme allows people to log their attendance via the app and removes the need for signing time sheets and extensive spreadsheets.

It was inspired by a community development project in Uganda, which Aspiring Panda was involved in.

Anoop explained that the cost of implementing biometric fingerprint systems was extremely off-putting and forced the company to look at another way of addressing the issue of absenteeism.

“It would cost an arm and a leg to introduce the fingerprint system. This is much more accessible and much more effective,” she said.

“It levels the playing field and allows people to get a handle on how much they are losing through people missing work.

“We wanted to give this app to our local community. It’s not just about what we sell, we’re problem solvers and we want to help businesses like ours,”

She added that the company is keen on promoting its links to Harrow, as well as its commitment to inclusivity, including the high percentage of experienced women employed there.

And while the team is aware that there is a long way to go – and that the competition will be tough – it is an exciting time for those involved with the project.

“We know it is a good app; we’re passionate about it and we know it’s ready to market,” Anoop said.

“But we were all pleasantly surprised to hear that we’d made it through to the final and have the chance to present it.

“Now it’s all about preparing well so we can explain the true value of what we are offering.” “

If you would like to learn more about Time2Attend, please book some time with us

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Anoop Panesar

Business Development Manager

Digital marketing and tech specialist Anoop is a well-known figure in the Harrow and North London community. Currently the Operations Director for Aspiring Panda, the company uses cloud and development expertise to solve some of the toughest business challenges – which has recently included consulting with East African nations to provide sustainable farming.