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17 December, 2020 - 09:24 By Tony Quested

Tech twosome revel in verdict from Judge

Leading Cambridge entrepreneur Martina King, CEO of Featurespace, believes women executives are gaining increasing power as they bid to shatter the glass ceiling.

King said investors and male-dominated companies in the UK are starting to realise the talent they have been overlooking due to a myopic bias she does not begin to understand.

She has led Featurespace to world dominance with its technology designed to detect and kill attempts at fraud in real time. Financial institutions across the globe are using the Cambridge company’s technology.

King was presented with the 2020 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by Cambridge Judge Business School at a special ceremony at the company’s new Cambridge Science Park headquarters. The accolade forms part of the annual Business Weekly Awards.

King said: “Recognition for effort and results is always motivational. Selection from the Cambridge community is humbling.

“I've worked in many sectors through my career and cheered on the females leading the normalisation of women in senior roles. It's encouraging to witness the shift taking place in the last bastions and I hope my own progress provides impetus to others.

“And of course my success means little without the stellar efforts of the Featurespace team as we approach our daily quest to combat fraud and financial crime on behalf of society.”

Bruno Cotta, executive director for CJBS Entrepreneurship Centre also presided over presentation of the Judge-sponsored Cambridge Graduate Business of the Year Award to Vishal Chatrath of Secondmind.ai – formerly PROWLER.io.

Cotta said: “We are delighted to support the Business Weekly Awards that have again recognised two exceptional entrepreneurial leaders and their companies. 

“Together our winners exemplify our own mission at the Entrepreneurship Centre, to support the development of a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs, that is both diverse and driven by a passion to create economic and social impact through the application of world-class technology from Cambridge.”

Vishal Chatrath said Secondmind.ai was making great strides in commercialising its unique ecosystem that can tailor probabilistic models and decision-making algorithms to business challenges.

He commented: “We so appreciate everything Business Weekly does for us in terms of promoting our capabilities as well as those of the Cambridge business community on a global stage.

“We also thank Bruno for the support CJBS Entrepreneurship Centre continues to display for future generations of entrepreneurs.”

• Photograph by Alan Bennett of Media Imaging Solutions 

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