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Accelerate

These ventures have been with Accelerate Cambridge for over three months and are either looking to finalise their product or close their first sales.

Acting Systems™

Acting Systems™ helps social media marketers create original scripts for content by using the demand expressed by audiences on social media. Our solution uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, and content production processes. Each one of our scripts is composed of granular story elements, clearly backed by audience demand.

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Antiverse

Antiverse is developing a revolutionary technology to predict antibody drug hits in a single day rather than in months through the traditional methods. A combination of cell-free technology and cutting-edge machine learning is used to develop a proprietary model that recognises and predicts features of antibody-antigen interaction. Ultimately, the customers, who are pharma companies and Contract Research Organisations (CROs), provide us with the sequence of the antigen and Antiverse provides the customers with the sequence of antibodies which bind the antigen with a high affinity. A pharma company and several CROs have already expressed a strong interest in using the service and will also provide support to develop the model as rapidly as possible. Antiverse's technology will greatly speed up antibody hit discovery and thus enable the development of more, and better, antibody therapeutics against cancer, inflammation and rare diseases.  

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BioPhonics (formerly TunedIn Dx)

BioPhonics is developing consumer and medical devices to automatically detect abnormalities from bodily sounds. They have developed a prototype of an intelligent stethoscope capable of automatic detection of heart diseases. The company's mission is to produce innovative technology to improve early detection of diseases.

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Canard Influencers

Canard Influencers is a self-service platform connecting creative micro-influencers to brands. Our objective is to turn every micro-influencers into superstars and allow brands to activate thousands of handpicked influencers, reaching millions around the world, at minimal cost. We recognise the unique phenomenon of promotion through targeted social media creators and micro-influencers. Influencers directly engage followers and audiences through their creativity which builds a unique relationship based on trust and admiration. Seeing the gap on the influencer marketing scene for a platform connecting highly creative individuals to brands that privilege quality over quantity, Canard Influencers is born. Micro-influencers (audience with more than 150k followers) have more targeted audience and enable brands to benefit from higher engagement and impact as those content creators tend to be closer to their audience than traditional influencers.

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Citrecycle

Citrecycle has adapted new technology that unlocks the full potential of the lead-acid batteries (LAB) recycling industry in developing countries whilst simultaneously maintaining focus on development objectives. Citrecycle uses hydro metallurgy to recycle LAB in a safe, clean and sustainable way. We will utilise local independent co-operatives to collect the supply for recycling. Our ability to extract more value from each battery enables us to buy batteries at greater value than that that can be obtained from informal recycling. We can double the amount paid per battery, and still remain profitable, to ensure Citrecycle can absorb the informal recycling sector. Our process then recycles the batteries cleanly, using a Carbon neutral process. Hydro metallurgy inherently restricts poisonous emissions, slashes direct and indirect CO2 and operates profitably at smaller scales, 1000 tons per year rather than 50,000 - the size at which adequate pollution controls are considered to be cost effective. The scalable nature means that small, community directed plants will not replace the informal recyclers industry, but empower local communities by providing a cleaner and safer way to make money through localised employment. The replacement of informal LAB recycling practices with a safe provision that does not involve dangerous emissions, eradicates exposure of local communities and the environment to lead contamination, eliminating the risk of lead poisoning. The need for strong infrastructure for mass collection is overcome, sound legislation is unnecessary to regulate safety and exposure of local communities and the environment to lead contamination is prevented. Pollution, lead poisoning and fatality are replaced by job opportunities, prosperity, cleanliness and health.

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Exantas

Exantas uses modern software engineering techniques to provide equity investment solutions and investing packages. A combination of fundamental and technical investment strategies are analysed with artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, enabling a fully automated investment process. Using quant-driven algorithms removes human predisposition to heuristics, allowing for efficient and unbiased portfolio construction. AI algorithmic investing removes investor irrationality, a widely reported phenomenon in behavioural finance, and allows for 'Big Data' to be used to guide the investment decision.

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Fether

Fether is the first real-time end-to-end group booking platform. It takes the hassle out of organising group holidays using an AI-driven travel planner. Fether uses machine learning to take the varied requests and restrictions of a group and returns a complete holiday that ticks everyone's boxes. The app, available cross-platform, is designed so groups can pay for everything in a single step in the app. Fether is where group holidays take flight.

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Flower Street Labs

Flower Street Labs is a company dedicated to overcoming the obstacles that prevent individuals from making a real difference to their environmental impact through small changes to their everyday habits. First off, we're rethinking the delivered meal kit to re-engage customers with their food and the impact of eating sustainably. We provide educational meal kits that introduce customers to healthy, delicious and sustainable plant-based cooking at their convenience, all sourced from seasonal, local Cambridge produce. The kits are personalised to each customer and respond to their changing needs (based on prior consumption) each week, to help everyone eat a sustainable, balanced diet. 

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Heterogeneous

Researchers want dynamic medical and genetic data and people want to participate more directly in research. We have built the heterogeneous platform to allow individuals with genetic data (e.g. from 23andMe) to create a profile and participate directly in ongoing research projects, controlling when and how their data is shared and used. At the same time, we are working directly with rare disease patients and researchers to generate, store, analyze, and share dynamic medical and genetic data used in research and healthcare. We believe that creating a secure, patient-centric marketplace for genetic data will make it easier to conduct genetics research and follow-up studies not only in healthcare, but for a wide variety of organisations.

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Hinton Bikes

Hinton Bikes is developing a new electric bike that is designed from the ground up to make it convenient for more people to cycle in our increasingly congested and polluted cities. It folds down small enough to take on a train, is light enough to carry upstairs, and is smart enough to tell you when to pump up your tyres. When you get home, simply drop it into its dock for charging. Our mission is to make riding a bike more convenient and reliable than driving a car so that we can get more people cycling in our cities.

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Obsequio Software

Obsequio Software is a consent management platform, helping organisations through the full consent lifecycle with customers. 

Using Obsequio you can transparently and comprehensively detail your data processing intentions with new customers/prospects, give them control over which data you can process, for what purpose, over what period and make decisions on any 3rd party sharing.

Once your relationship with your customer is active, the ongoing management of consent, and the rights customers have, is a fundamental principle of the GDPR. Your customers can change their preferences whenever they need, submit data subject access requests, withdraw consent and make data portability requests.

Effective compliance efforts are dependent on robust processes. Providing a single portal for both you and your customers to manage the consent lifecycle together will streamline processes and reduce risk of error/missed information.

Through Obsequio it is easy for compliance teams to monitor request dates and time since. Needing to make the withdrawal of consent as easy as giving consent is further supported in Obsequio, following the same process with the same number of clicks for either.

Obsequio is specifically designed to manage the full consent lifecycle between you and your customer. A dedicated platform to help you do consent well.

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Outfield

Outfield is providing farmers with access to new drone technologies. We are developing a range of innovative services using autonomous aircraft and computer vision systems. Outfield services range from land surveying to horticulture crop management, using systems that are faster, cheaper and more accurate than current field assessment techniques. Outfield is growing the future of precision farming.

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Pentail Enzymes

We are a biotechnology company harnessing the power of enzymes to improve human health. Pentail's primary goal is to engineer and produce enzymes that target harmful substances in the human body for rapid elimination. Our prototype enzymes are being developed to neutralise a range of misused drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, which when overdosed can often lead to death or permanent organ damage. As the incidence of drug intoxication reaches epidemic levels worldwide, with significant health and social costs, our technology will provide an accessible tool for emergency services, ultimately helping to save lives.

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POCKiT diagnostics

POCKiT diagnostics is a UK- and Ireland-based startup company aimed at improving diagnosis of brain stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the Western world and the first cause of physical disability and dementia in adults. Every year 15 million people in the world suffer a stroke; of these, five million die and another five million suffer permanent disability as a consequence of the stroke. Events of brain stroke can occur upon blockage or rupture of blood vessels, giving rise to ischemic stroke (AIS) or intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH), respectively. Patients suffering from AIS or ICH are treated with thrombolytic or pro-coagulant therapy, respectively. Early and reliable diagnosis of the type of stroke is fundamental, as a very narrow time window (four and a half hours) is available for the treatment to be delivered before brain damage becomes permanent. Accurate diagnosis of stroke is paramount, as erroneous administration of thrombolytic or pro-coagulant agents can lead to permanent disability or death. Currently, diagnosis of stroke is performed with computed tomography (CT), which has a high sensitivity for the diagnosis of ICH, but not of AIS. Moreover, CT takes valuable time and is not always readily available in emergency situations, thus delaying treatment of stroke patients and increasing the risk of stroke morbidity and mortality. 

So how is POCKiT going to improve this? After an ischemic or haemorrhagic stroke, specific molecules (biomarkers) are released into our blood. POCKiT is developing a diagnostic device for the rapid diagnosis of AIS and ICH patients. Our innovation is the application of rapid immune-based detection of stroke-specific biomarkers to provide diagnosis of stroke in less than 20 minutes. This diagnostic application can be operated by anyone without the use of laboratory equipment, or individuals trained in chemical analysis. Moreover, our device will be very cheap and highly portable, being able to fit in your pocket. In contrast with other diagnostic tools for stroke that deploy individual or small sets of biomarkers for stroke diagnosis, our device can detect up to 10 different biomarkers, thus significantly improving specificity and sensitivity of diagnosis. We have developed a panel of positive and negative biomarkers for AIS and ICH, potentially allowing to distinguish these conditions univocally. The combination of a rapid diagnostic device, together with our unique panel of stroke subtype-specific biomarkers will allow accurate, fast and cheap diagnosis of stroke patients, potentially leading to faster treatment and reducing disability and death of stroke patients.

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Qureight

Qureight is a clinical data curation and analytics company which works in partnership with healthcare bodies and software developers in the field of artificial intelligence. 

Through advanced infrastructure, coupled with technical and clinical expertise, the company performs annotation and analysis of anonymised data. Qureight exploits the value of data in their entirety and allows testing of machine learning algorithms, by collaborating with drug or technology companies, healthcare and academic institutions.

Qureight's mission is to combine technology and life sciences to generate new knowledge and transform the way we use clinical data.

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Storimarket

Storimarket is a social online marketplace where you can connect to, and buy food directly from, small and medium producers in Africa. Everyone involved is visible in the transparent and ethical supply chain. Furthermore, you can get to know them and build trust, whilst getting to know the story behind your food. You get the quality food you love, in a way that aligns with your values. Producers get a fair price that allows them to produce their food in a way that protects the environment and provides them with a sustainable livelihood.

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