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14 December, 2015 - 14:38 By Tony Quested

Women that mean business in the running for award

Nicole Eagan and Miranda Weston-Smith

Fresh contenders for the inaugural Cambridge Judge Business School Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award include Darktrace CEO Nicole Eagan and long-term entrepreneur Miranda Weston-Smith.

Nicole Eagan (above left) has been CEO of fast growing cyber defence company Darktrace since September 2014. She has led the global expansion of Darktrace from its UK roots to the United States and Asia Pacific. With over 200 customers across all industries, Darktrace’s innovative Enterprise Immune System approach is changing the way companies and governments approach cyber security. 

With over 25 years’ experience in the technology industry, Nicole has expertise in fund raising, initial public offerings and mergers & acquisitions. She has previously worked for Oracle, HP (Autonomy, Peregrine), and Dell (Quest).

Miranda Weston Smith (above right) is a founder of BioBeat, a globally influential enterprise designed to bring fresh energy and growth to the bio sector. Her rationale is that, as the global biobusiness sector undergoes rapid transformation, it needs new inspiration and that one way to bring this about is through successful women entrepreneurs and leaders. 

BioBeat’s partners are Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and the Innovation Forum. 

Miranda is a highly respected entrepreneur and business mentor, having worked as growth coach in the Access to Finance GrowthAccelerator programme; she has helped a great many healthcare and biotech businesses prepare for funding. She has also been a mentor at the world-renowned Ignite programme for the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Miranda helped found Cambridge Network with Dr Hermann Hauser, the University of Cambridge and other key influencers and in the late ’80s-early ’90s was director at the much-lauded Cambridge Research and Innovation Limited (CRIL) where she was responsible for identifying and developing technologies in laboratories in Cambridge for commercialisation.

The Business Weekly Awards are sponsored by Mills & Reeve, AstraZeneca, MedImmune, Barclays, PwC, TTP Group, UK Trade & Investment, University of Cambridge Judge Business School, St John’s Innovation Centre and Bailey Fisher Executive Search.

• Business Weekly’s Awards dinner will be held at Queens’ College, Cambridge on the evening of Wednesday, March 16, 2016. To enter the competition visit

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