These ventures successfully completed the Cambridge Pre-Acceleration programme and were accepted to the Accelerator. Accelerate Cambridge continues to support them for three to six months with mentoring sessions and networking. At the end of the Accelerator programme, selected companies will receive a seedfund.
Academy of Magic and Science
The Academy of Magic and Science is designing and delivering innovative school courses, corporate workshops, conference public engagements, media format and interactive exhibitions.
We teach science by using magic as the springboard for scientific applications from chemistry and electronics to physiology and psychology. We are focused in engaging the audience in a tour to discover the scientific principles behind illusions, perceptions and biases.
This switch between the 'WOW' excitement that magic creates with the 'AHA' realisation of the science principles, encourages participants to question what they see and empowers them to unlock their creative potential and analytical thinking.
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AptaCam is a University of Cambridge spin-off company dedicated to being a leading supplier of high quality oligonucleotides. The core of our business is the world's largest and most comprehensive oligonucleotides database, data-sharing and e-commerce platform.
Oligonucleotides are short, single-stranded DNA, RNA or XNA molecules that can be developed with high affinity and specificity to any desirable targets. They have been widely used in facilitating discoveries in basic research, ensuring food safety, monitoring the environment, and they also play promising roles as clinical diagnostics and therapeutic agents.
Team members at AptaCam are active scientists with passion for entrepreneurship in the biotechnology industry. Comprised of leading academics, our advisory board convenes distinguished professionals united by their passion for utilizing oligonucleotides as diagnostics and therapeutics.
AptaCam sets out to be a world leader in oligonucleotides production, design, and applications.
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Article Number 25 want to start building commercial scale modern farms in underused spaces within the cities, like rooftops. We envision the potential to integrate farms in the design of more efficient cities by connecting them with the flow of energy and materials moving through the city to create a closed loop system, achieving a higher degree of self-sufficiency.
Using controlled environment agriculture (CEA) in combination with hydroponics, we expect to boost yield of a higher quality produce, using less resources than conventional agriculture.
Cambridge ThinkLabTM offers an innovative alternative to traditional consultancy. Our activities centre on the ThinkLab method, developed at the University of Cambridge and designed to help companies think differently to improve business performance. Our unique method offers organisations an intense burst of resource to focus on a live, complex problem - from identifying new revenue streams to aligning company culture during organisational change.
The Cambridge ThinkLabTM experience is concentrated, inspiring and rewarding. Our model builds on evidence that successful solutions arise when different skills and mindsets collide to focus on a single problem. By bringing together the brightest minds from your organisation together with a handpicked group of researchers from the University, Cambridge ThinkLab introduces a new way of problem solving. Combined with the latest insight about understanding the ‘human’ aspects of your business, the structured and facilitated process will change the way your business thinks and performs.
Edozo is an online community for commercial property professionals who wish to share high quality comparable evidence.
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We created the first ever light festival in Cambridge to entertain the community and highlight the city’s unique architecture and history. Our USP is promoting sustainable lighting and energy efficient products by showcasing light as the basis for both creative artistic work and innovative technology.
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EndoTraps is a biotech venture that aims to develop novel therapeutic intervention in a host of different diseases associated with increased endothelin-1 levels. Numerous research has shown that increased endothelin-1 levels are a critical factor in the pathophysiology of these diseases. Our technology could potentially provide a unique treatment option in several areas of unmet medical need.
Go Enrol is a platform making enrolment easy for students and institutions. We empower students to make an informed choice about where to study through providing them with data, reviews and tapping into their social network. For institutions, we provide a suite of tools which enable them to pro-actively approach students from around the world, receive applications and manage their student recruitment.
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H2GO Power has developed a safe method of hydrogen production and storage for providing power on the move. Mass commercialisation of Fuel Cells (FCs) - efficient energy conversion devices - have been prevented due to difficulty in storing the fuel, hydrogen. Our unique solution allows for the deployment of FCs into new markets, such as portable consumer electronics. The potential outcomes include smartphones that last five times longer than ones that have current battery technology and all-electric vehicles with the same range as combustion engine counterparts. We are looking commercialise our technology either through the manufacture and sale of standardised fuel cartridges or a technology licencing model.
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Jake's Boost is a socially aware health and fitness food company that looks to promote healthy living and healthy lifestyles while also helping underprivileged children in the UK.
We create gluten-free, low sugar, nutrient-rich spreads and snacks made from the nothing but the best that nature has to offer: nuts, seeds, dried fruit and a little bit of honey, packaged in traditional jars as well as convenient sachets and snack pouches. Our products aim to be 100 per cent natural as well as organic and come in fully recyclable packaging. With every jar or multipack we sell, we'll provide a breakfast to a child in need in the UK and as we grow, worldwide.
Do good, feel good - changing children's lives for the better, one breakfast at a time.
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Kissane-Marshall is a residential property development company based in Cambridge with a growing portfolio of new build developments and short term rental properties. We currently have properties in two city centre locations, London and Cambridge, as well as coastal settings in Kent.
The aim of the company is two-fold; firstly we aim to build a portfolio of short term let-able flats where business and academic postings are common. Secondly we aim to develop a brand for the sale of newly developed flats and homes in the same locations.
Our developments are built using highly sustainable technologies to add long term value to the properties, by reducing annual spend on ever increasing energy costs. The individual homes offer flexible living spaces and a wide range of interior design choices to enable the new homeowner to create a dynamic home that fulfils their living needs.
myShape is looking to revolutionise 3D body scanning by allowing smartphone users the ability to scan themselves using a downloadable app in under five minutes. Once scanned, users will have their own unique 3D avatar and body size details on their phone.
3D body scanning has widespread applications, be it in online retail clothing, fitness or healthcare. However, application growth is limited as there is no 3D body scanning solution that is scalable, affordable and comfortable for consumers to use.
myShape is applying technology developed at the University of Cambridge to create the first mobile phone 3D body scanner that operates at the speed and accuracy required for clothing, fitness and health applications.
Niume is an interest-based social network that allows individuals to share their ideas in circles of like-minded people and find new things to love. We launched our open platform in July 2014 and so far have reached a monthly active user base of close to 100,000.
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SeeSpeak is a simple videophone for the elderly. Social isolation amongst the elderly is an increasing problem. Over 10 million people in the UK are over 65 and this is expected to increase by 50 per cent over the next 25 years; one third live alone. Some elderly people enjoy using video applications, such as Skype, to keep in touch with friends and family. However, such technology is often too difficult to use for a large proportion of this demographic.
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SensorHut was founded in late 2013 by Tanya Hutter and Marc Stettler after they met through Cambridge iTeams. We're based in Cambridge, UK and have strong links to the University. Our innovative chemical sensing technology is more sensitive and selective to volatile organic compounds than our competitors.
SensorHut aims to provide an innovative solution in a number of areas where more accurate measurement of volatile organic compounds is required. These applications range from monitoring of industrial processes to medical diagnostics. We are focussed on research and development and will exploit our innovations through partnerships and licensing.
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Shallow Waters is a social enterprise working on a long-term, community-led coral reef management programme in Cambodia's Koh Sdach archipelago. We host international volunteers at our research outpost on the island of Koh Sdach, whether they are students looking to undertake their own research in a unique marine environment, or those seeking to gain scuba qualifications whilst practically contributing to marine conservation in a developing country.
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SimPrints is a social enterprise committed to improving the lives of the poor. Accurately linking people to their digital records is a critical bottleneck in the delivery of mobile services in healthcare, microfinance, and aid distribution. We're building a mobile biometric scanner and open-source software to empower the mobile tools used by researchers, NGOs and governments around the world.
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Spark is a software system which will enables the electric taxi/courier market to grow from niche to mainstream with drivers saving between £5,000-£8,000 a year from lower running costs and improved environmental benefits. Our software monitors battery life and sends this information wirelessly to a dispatch system, which then allocates a driver based on proximity to customer, remaining battery life, and length and nature of the requested journey using combined datasets. Once the concept and software has been proven, Spark intends to license the software to dispatch system providers and taxi companies, as well as individual drivers, so integrating with ridesharing firms like Uber and Lyft. We believe that the regulatory and media pressure to reduce transport-related emissions in towns and cities creates a substantial commercial opportunity to prove the software locally through Spark Taxi and then license the software globally.
Speechmatics provides cloud-based speech recognition services that convert speech-to-text. Thousands of hours of audio are created every minute (TV/radio/phone/meetings), information that is difficult to manage, as it is not easily searchable. This challenge is critical for companies that need to know what is happening in the world in real-time. To address this challenge, Speechmatics has built the most efficient and accurate speech recognition system that converts speech-to-text thus making audio searchable and interpretable. This enables companies to find information contained within audio files quickly. The technology can also be used in archiving, transcription, dictation and many other applications.
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Think Shaadi is a visual search engine and online scrapbook for wedding inspiration, vendor listings and planning tools for South Asian weddings. We will inspire users with images and videos that are easy to search, share, and save on a cloud scrapbook. Our mission is to connect high quality vendors, both small and large to the South Asian market, and provide couples with inspiring content, useful reviews and tools to simplify the planning process.
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With a specific focus on the sport and leisure industry (worth €450bn globally in 2013) UKSI have developed two products to facilitate professional sports clubs to both build and leverage their brand equity to yield additional and sustainable cashflow.
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