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Green FinTech entrepreneurs Peter Kirby and Will Smith are the joint winners of the latest TechBlast Star of the Week award.

The co-founders of the startup Tred use technology to track a user’s carbon footprint with the aim of tackling climate change.

Users will be able to choose a physical debit card, using recycled plastic or a digital payment platform like Apple Pay.

The debit card monitors daily spending but Kirby and Smith want to go one step further and help people with their investments and savings too.

Kirby said: “It’s amazing that Tred has won the TechBlast Star of the Week award.

“It’s great to see so many people joining us on our mission to let their debit card tackle climate change.

“But the debit card will just be the beginning. Soon we’ll help people save the planet with everything they do with their money.

“Positive news stories like this help us get the Tred story out there to even more people. Thank you TechBlast!”

Sarah Pawson is inaugural winner of TechBlast Star of the Week award

TechBlast’s Star of the Week is a new initiative for 2022. Every Friday, it will be given to the entrepreneur or entrepreneurs who have most impressed TechBlast in the previous seven days.

TechBlast will publish the full list of 50 names at the end of the year.

Key criteria that the judges are looking for include growth, overcoming adversity and authenticity.

TechBlast’s executive editor Chris Maguire said: “The Tred story is amazing. The co-founders have already raised £1m and the best is yet to come. Tred was their 67th business idea and it’s brilliant.”

To be considered for the Star of the Week award, entrepreneurs must be prepared to be interviewed by TechBlast. To nominate someone email [email protected].

  • Peter Kirby is speaking at a virtual event on January 31st entitled ‘Tech trends and the investment story in the Leeds City Region’