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Award for IT and Bioscience

Posted 10th September 2010 by James Cotton

Cambridge: 07 September 2010: Four IT and four Bioscience companies have been shortlisted for the Cambridge Phenomenon Award 2010 – selected as the most exciting companies of the future - by a panel of judges. The companies are all located within the greater Cambridge area, have been in existence for at least two years and are privately owned. The winners, one IT and one Bioscience company, will be selected at the Cambridge Phenomenon 50th anniversary conference by the delegates. 

In partnership with sponsors Microsoft Research, ARM and Price Bailey, the judging panel evaluated more than 100 companies, a number demonstrating the strength of innovation in the greater Cambridge area, to choose the shortlist of eight below.

The Bioscience shortlist

The IT shortlist

Charles Cotton, Founder and Chairman of the Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd commented: “The fact that the judges were able to recommend more than 100 companies for consideration clearly demonstrates the impressive level of innovation and enterprise in the Cambridge region. Our experts shortlisted eight amazing companies and I look forward to discovering which IT and which Bioscience company the conference audience elects to receive the accolade - and a superb crystal obelisk."

"Cambridge continues its great tradition of building leading global firms and these 100 potential award winners promise to have a bright future. When start-ups succeed, it's due to a circle of people who keep the opportunity on track, strong leadership, the right capital and a great market opportunity. Cambridge demonstrates that its yield is strong due to a thriving ecosystem which just keeps on getting better. The Cambridge Phenomenon Awards celebrate the current crop, both the farm and the farmers," said Julie Meyer, CEO of Ariadne Capital, and Founder of Entrepreneur Country.

Judging Panel

  • John Aisien - Oracle 
  • Max Bautin -IQ Capital 
  • Catherine Beech - Formerly Cambridge Gateway Fund 
  • Graham Budd - ARM 
  • Charles Cotton (chair) - Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd 
  • Neil Davidson - Redgate 
  • Harriet Fear – One Nucleus
  • Laurence Garrett - Ethean Capital LLP 
  • Hermann Hauser - Amadeus Capital 
  • Davor Hebel - Fidelity Growth Partners Europe 
  • Derek Jones - Babraham Bioscience Technologies 
  • Peter Jones - Eden Ventures 
  • Bindi Karia - Microsoft 
  • John Lee - Cambridge Enterprise
  • Peter Magowan - Alta Berkeley 
  • Paul May - EEDA 
  • Nick Mayhew - Price Bailey 
  • Struan McDougall - Cambridge Capital Group 
  • Julie Meyer - Ariadne Capital 
  • Amy Mokady -i-Teams Programme (Institute for Manufacturing) 
  • Dan Roach - Avlar 
  • Robert Sansom - Cambridge Angels
  • Chris Smart - Acacia Capital 
  • Teri Willey - Cambridge Enterprise

The Cambridge Phenomenon 50th Anniversary Conference takes place on October 5th, 2010. The day will be structured around four themes: IT; Biosciences; Funding; the Future and will feature provocative presentations and challenging panel discussions.

Timed to coincide with the 50th Anniversary, the backdrop to the event will be the astonishing growth of Cambridge as a hub of innovation. But the focus will be squarely on the future. Delegates will have an inside track on the remarkable developments happening in IT and Bioscience and be in a privileged position to understand what the future holds.

Registration for the event and further information can be found at:  

The Future Starts Here: The Cambridge Phenomenon 50th Anniversary Conference.


Jeanette Walker
Conference Manager
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