Naq CEO Nadia Kadhim Named As TechRound’s BAME50 Under 50

29 Oct 2020


Nadia Kadhim of Naq Cyber 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.

Naq Cyber, a bespoke cyber security solution tailored to small businesses, impressed the expert panel of judges including Linda Plant; successful entrepreneur and renowned interviewer on BBC’s The Apprentice, 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.’

Daughter of an Iraqi refugee and Dutch-Surinamese mother, Nadia started specialising in Children’s Rights after being forced to leave her own childhood home at the age of 14 – encouraged that she could make a difference to others who desperately needed help. This led Nadia into her role as CEO of Naq Cyber – where she was thrilled to be able to add a female voice and a nurturing spin to the notoriously male-dominated world of cyber security. 

Nadia Kadhim, founder of Naq Cyber said: “I was both surprised and delighted to find out I’d made it into the BAME50 Under 50 list, standing alongside an incredible array of founders amongst which many can already call themselves global leaders. Naq Cyber understands the importance of a reliable service that takes the anxiety out of knowing you have a cyber security and GDPR responsibility, but not necessarily knowing where to begin. Unfortunately, the cost of a cyber attack can bankrupt a fledgling business or ruin their reputation overnight. 

“Receiving this accolade only serves as more motivation to continue to work hard not only to help and support the SME market with our holistic approach to cyber security, but also to empower small businesses and dramatically improve overall business wellbeing.”

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. The week long round of judging commended the innovation and hard work of all the 500 entries and the entrepreneurs.

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.”

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.”