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Award-winning startups

19 April 2021

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Companies associated with Cambridge Judge Business School were honoured in the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards.

Companies associated with Cambridge Judge Business School were honoured in the annual Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards.

BIOS Health, a company co-founded by University of Cambridge graduates Emil Hewage, a computational neuroscientist, and Oliver Armitage, a biomechanical engineer, was named AI Company of the Year in the fourth Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards, a category sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge. The venture was supported by Cambridge Social Ventures, part of the Business School’s Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation in 2016.

Bruno Cotta, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre, was on the judging panel and presented the award. “BIOS Health is unlocking the potential of the nervous system in treating chronic disease by using AI-powered neural interfaces that can automatically read and write neural signals. It was a pleasure to see them recognised as well as several other companies that the Business School has supported through its early-stage innovation and entrepreneurship programmes,” he said.

Techspert.io, a company that connects businesses with subject matter experts using the power of AI, was Highly Commended in this category.

The award winners and others Highly Commended in 14 categories were decided from well over 100 entries by an independent judging panel chaired by Cambridge Independent editor Paul Brackley. “It was a pleasure to reveal the winners of these awards, but also to celebrate the incredible work of all the finalists who were shortlisted tonight,” he said in a virtual interactive awards ceremony on 15 April. “The awards, which are now in their fourth year, are a showcase of what the Cambridge region is capable of – world-leading achievements across so many fields of science and technology.”

Other honourees in the Cambridge Independent awards associated with Cambridge Judge include:

  • Bit.bio, a cell coding company that applies computation principles to biology, was named Biotech Company of the Year, and the firm’s CEO, Mark Kotter, was Highly Commended in the CEO of the Year category. The company was originally supported by the Accelerate Cambridge programme at Cambridge Judge’s Entrepreneurship Centre.
  • Spotta Smart Pest Systems, which develops technology for pest detection, was Highly Commended in the Cleantech Company of the Year category. The company is currently on the Accelerate Cambridge programme.
  • Healx, a startup that seeks breakthroughs for rare diseases through artificial intelligence, won the Tech for Good Award. Healx was supported by both the Accelerate Cambridge and Business Growth programmes at the Entrepreneurship Centre.
  • VividQ, which develops hologram technology capable of manipulating light to produce novel 3D displays for a range of applications, was winner of The One to Watch category. The company was co-founded by Cambridge Judge MPhil in Technology Policy alumna Aleksandra Pedraszewska (MPhil in Tech Pol 2017).
  • Minicomputer firm Raspberry Pi, founded by Cambridge Judge Executive MBA alumnus Eben Upton (EMBA 2009), was Highly Commended in the STEM Initiative of the Year category.