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5 December, 2016 - 10:55 By Tony Quested

Time to shine for women entrepreneurs

The search is intensifying to find the East of England region’s leading woman entrepreneur. The Business Weekly Awards introduced the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year accolade for the first time last year in association with Cambridge University’s pioneering Judge Business School.

The inaugural winner was Dr Jelena Aleksic (pictured above) of Cambridge-based GeneAdviser. She leads a team of scientists and developers specialised in genetics and bioinformatics, determined to increase access to genomic medicine in the clinic.

Genomic medicine is advancing at a rapid pace, transforming research and revolutionising the way we diagnose and treat complex diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

GeneAdviser develops innovative solutions to make genomic medicine more accessible, partnering with a portfolio of private and public laboratories in the UK and overseas.

Its powerful online ordering platform for genetic tests enables clinicians to find and order tests for all medical specialities. Its clinical grade tests are from accredited laboratories that consistently deliver high quality diagnostics, enabling healthcare professionals to provide their patients with better care.

Among the early candidates for honours this year is Faye Holland, one of Cambridge’s top business and technology communicators.

Since founding Cofinitive in 2015, Faye has become well respected on the Cambridge scene. At Cambridge Ahead she chairs the Connectivity Group and has project managed the Education & Skills Group. 

Faye has just delivered an award-winning employee engagement programme at globally-respected Napp Pharmaceuticals, runs the communications strategy at SmithsonHill, plus other projects locally and internationally. 

She has created a fresh consultancy niche at the intersection between people, technology and communications, working with new market entrants and established businesses. 

Turnover has trebled with an aggressive plan to continuously expand the business. And the entrepreneurship doesn’t stop there – she advises us to “watch this space.”

You can enter the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award online at – deadline for entries is December 12, 2016.

Through the form here or online you can also enter the Kate Gross Prize for social entrepreneurship of which the current holder is ARM. It won for its role in leveraging technology aids, with partners, to boost education prospects and the day-to-day lives of women and children in less developed territories.

We are also seeking the best in the business among East of England startups, disruptive technology killers, the best university spin-outs, companies showing engineering excellence, international trade champions and life science innovators.

From the final shortlist a distinguished judging panel will select a Business of the Year to join a star-studded Hall of Fame spanning 26 years of the competition. The winners will be announced at an invitation-only presentation dinner at Queens’ College, Cambridge on Wednesday March 22, 2017.

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