Our 2019 cohort has impressed us with their success stories since finishing in November 2019. Between them, they have won prizes and competitions, applied for grants, been accepted onto follow-on accelerators, founded companies and social enterprises and have stepped into the limelight in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Meet our EnterpriseTECH STAR 2019 cohort

  • Andrej Vasilj – Department of Engineering
  • Barnaby Fogg – Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • Ben Woodington – Sensor Technologies and Bioelectronics CDT
  • Christos Nikolaou – Department of Computer Science
  • Dante McGrath – Department of Engineering
  • David Izuogo – Department of Chemistry
  • Dr Emily Sellman – Department of Engineering
  • Dr Eugene Park – Department of Haematology
  • Filip Cvetko – MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit
  • Hendrik Runge – Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute
  • Jennifer Jia – Department of Clinical Neurosciences
  • Juliette Lee – MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit
  • Liviu Copoiu – Department of Biochemistry
  • Mario Cekic – Department of Computer Science
  • Mohamed Elzek – Department of Biochemistry
  • Sina Schack – Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Dr Susan Shay – Heritage Research Centre
  • Susannah Evans – Institute for Manufacturing
  • Dr Yudi Ding – Department of Chemistry
  • Zhen Du – Department of Pharmacology

Cohort activities

Some of the activities of this cohort include new companies and early-stage enterprises include:


Dante McGrath

  • First prize winner of the 2019 CJBS MedTECH Competition (£10,000).
  • Selected for Pre-Accelerate Cambridge and continuation in Accelerate Cambridge.

Hide Biotech

Susannah Evans and Dr Yudi Ding

Hide transforms industrial by-products into high performance fabrics.

  • Selected for funding through Entrepreneur First (£80,000).
  • Cambridge University Entrepreneurs Science and Tech £2,000 (winner)

Stroma Biosciences

Dr Eugene Park

Developing therapeutics that target the essential dependencies of cancer and autoimmunity.

  • Selected for Pre-Accelerate Cambridge and continuation in Accelerate Cambridge.
  • Short-listed for advancement in the OncoStars accelerator, jointly backed by Cancer Research UK and Panacea Innovations.


Jennifer Jia, Hendrik Runge and Dr Eugene Park

A frugal innovation with the vision of empowering women that aims to provide sanitary pads to women by lengthening the utility life of disposed textiles by manufacturing and repurposing them into sanitary pads to tackle the unmet need of millions of women.

  • McKinsey Venture Academy May 2020 (winner, second place).
  • Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, Social Venture £10,000 May 2020 (finalists).
  • Downing Enterprise Competition £2,000 (winner, £2,000).
  • Cambridge University Entrepreneurs Social Venture £2,000 (runner-up).
  • Royal Academy of Engineering: Global Grand Challenges Incubator.


Filip Cvetko

A biotechnology company that provides disinfection solutions using cold-fogging with electro-oxygenated water. Our technology aims to improve hygiene standards for patients and workers in the healthcare sector.

  • Downing Enterprise Competition £2,000 (winner, £2,000).


Mohamed Elzek

Building the infrastructure of personalised pregnancy healthcare to promote evidence-based health practices among expectant parents by widening the access of non-invasive prenatal technology to assess pregnancy complications.


Dr Emily Sellman

A software support system that automatically records, structures and contextually manages engineering activity. The collected data is analysed to provide feedback to engineers, such as relevant advice.

  • Downing Enterprise Competition £2,000 (winner, £1,000).

Individual competitions

2019 Trinity-Bradfield Prize

Ben Woodington and David Izuogo with IsoTagit a continuation project from EnterpriseTECH (winners – first place, £10,000).

2019 Cambridge Enterprise Postdoc Competition

Ben Woodington and team (third place).

Cohort mentors

  • Paul Bourne, Fellow in the Arts, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Collette Johnson, VP of Marketing, GeoSpock, Cambridge
  • Daniel Rooke, Partner, Head of Operations and Legal, Start Codon
  • Ed Rayner, Investment Director, Arix Bioscience, London
  • Henrik Wetter-Sanchez, Investor, Playfair Capital, London/Cambridge
  • Dr Ghina Halabi, Lead, EnterpriseWOMEN at the Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Dr Hitesh Sanganee, Head of Emerging Innovations, AstraZeneca
  • Dr Jason Mellad, CEO and Co-founder, Start Codon, Cambridge
  • Joseph Simon-Brown, Associate, Patent Attorney, J.A. Kemp, Cambridge
  • Dr Michale Bouskila-Chubb, Head of Business Development, Healx, Cambridge
  • Mari Williams, The Mind Architect, Cambridge
  • Dr Nicholas Ibery, Health and Life-sciences VC
  • Dr Paolo Vicini, Vice President, Development Sciences at Kymab
  • Prashant Shah, General Partner, o2h EIS Therapeutics and AI Fund, o2h Ventures, Cambridge
  • Professor Chris Lowe OBE, FREng, FInstP, FRSC, Professor of Biotechnology, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Marketing and Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Dr Vibhuti Patel, Biosciences Impact Team, School of Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • Vincenzo Garzya, Head of Operations , Portfolio & Alliances, Data Science and AI, AstraZeneca


Applications portals for students, inventors and supervisors are closed and will reopen on 24 April 2023.

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