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Certificate Awards

All participants on the Accelerate Cambridge programme, including associates, mentors and coaches who have contributed to the programme are awarded a certificate of recognition for their contribution and efforts at the end of each term. Accelerate Cambridge offers a structured approach of three-month programmes that combine entrepreneurship training, regular coaching and mentoring, as well as access to shared workspace.

Pitch of the night winner

18 June 2020 – Botprobe

Pitch & Judge – what a excellent event. A thoroughly enjoyable and useful experience. Its fantastic that Cambridge-based entrepreneurs are given this opportunity to test their pitches against a team of experienced mentors and coaches who don’t pack their punches, but at the same time deliver honest and invaluable feedback. Thanks to all involved – the mentors, coaches and my fellow pitchers. Botprobe develops hardware and software tools to enhance homeworkers cyber security. This is particularly pertinent right now as we start to come out of lockdown. Businesses are just starting to discover the benefits of homeworking, and it is highly probably that many people may never return to being full-time office based. Since lockdown, cyberattacks have increased considerably as homeworker IT security can be far inferior to the corporate networks they are connecting to. Loss of information from a cyber attack can have a detrimental impact on a company’s reputation as well as leaving the employees shaken. Commercialising our technology means we can deliver higher levels of protection at a much more affordable price point than many other solutions available today.
Mark Graham, Co-founder and CEO of Botprobe

4 June 2020 – CambAir

Pitch & Judge was a fantastic opportunity for us at CambAir to work with highly experienced coaches and mentors who guided us greatly to develop this winning pitch! Our technology originates from intensive research developed at Cambridge University over the past four years, is now available as a unique single-chip device solution for continuous monitoring of toxic and polluting substances present in the air we breath both indoor and outdoor, with high accuracy, sustainable costs, and the smallest dimension ever demonstrated for these devices. We believe that commercialising CambAir’s technology holds the potential to save life to millions of people across the globe who are exposed to these invisible and dangerous particles and we are keen to work with investors and partners to help bring our technology onto market soon.
CambAir team

21 May 2020 – Virtual Nick

The Accelerate Cambridge programme has helped me refine my skills as a founder and business leader. The programme has provided our company with access to an excellent ecosystem of startups and business coaches. Pitch & Judge is a matchless opportunity to communicate your vision while gaining honest and constructive feedback.
Nick Apps, Virtual Nick

7 May 2020 – S4

The Accelerate Cambridge programme is helping us chart the next steps of our journey to commercialise our technology. The programme has not only taught us about the day to day details of starting a business but is also helping us develop our strategy and knowledge of markets for exploiting our technology. Pitch & Judge was a fantastic opportunity to test these ideas out and get useful feedback from the brilliant pool of mentors and coaches, and form really useful connections with other ventures on the programme.
George Hawker, Co-founder and CTO of S4

12 March 2020 – Skinlync

With Accelerate Cambridge, we are on the path to make our dream a reality. The programme not only taught us how to structure our business but also how to sell our vision to a bigger crowd. Pitch & judge is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our new skills and receive constructive feedback from our big family, including mentors, judges and our cohort.
Yigit and Atiqah, Skinlync

27 February 2020 – Medwyse

Accelerate Cambridge provides all round support to startups and the Pitch & Judge event is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to take their learnings from coaches and practice their pitching in front of a supportive audience. Medwyse looks forward to bringing what we learn from Accelerate Cambridge to the bigger stage at Digital Health Rewired Pitchfest finals on 4 March.
Dr Keith Tsui, CEO and Co-founder at

13 February 2020 – Pinpoint Oncology

The Cambridge Accelerate programme has been a great resource for Pinpoint Oncology and the advice from mentors has been invaluable. I think for startups raising money, there is always a lot of focus on pitching, so it’s great to have an opportunity to practice and improve in a safe environment like Pitch & Judge.
Jason Yip, Co-founder of Pinpoint Oncology

30 January 2020 – Spotta

We’re delighted to have won a competition for the best presentation at the Pitch & Judge event last night hosted by Accelerate Cambridge at Cambridge Judge Business School. From a field of five exciting and growing new businesses, almost half of the audience voted for Spotta.
Robert Fryers, CEO, Spotta

To round off a busy Easter Term, startup teams pitched their ventures for three minutes and then answered questions from a tough audience of their peers, coaches, mentors and associates.

Accelerate Cambridge marks another term of excellent progress, perseverance and optimism!
Luther Phillips, Accelerate Cambridge Coordinator

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To round off a busy Lent Term, startup teams pitched their ventures for three minutes and then answered questions from a tough audience of their peers, coaches, mentors and associates.

The awards ceremony and networking event was a great opportunity for the entrepreneurs to acknowledge the progress their venture has made on the programme.
Luther Phillips, Accelerate Cambridge Coordinator