Entries are now open for the 2024 Business Weekly Awards competition.
The Awards are designed to cover companies of all sizes and at different stages of evolution from raw startups to established world leaders. Closing date for entries is June 30, 2024.
The sponsors in alphabetical order are Arm, AstraZeneca, Barclays, Bruntwood SciTech, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge Network, Cambridge Science Park, Marshall of Cambridge, Mills & Reeve, Murray Edwards College, PwC, St John's Innovation Centre, TTP plc and Unity Campus.
The award categories are:
Young Company of the Year: For the most exciting startup enterprise in any sector that has made the most significant progress in the last 12 months.
Cambridge Judge Graduate Business of the Year: For a Cambridge-based company that has shown outstanding commercial potential or success over the last 12 months, either founded by a Cambridge University alumnus or which has significantly contributed to the employment and retention locally of Cambridge graduate talent.
The Sir Michael Marshall Engineering Excellence Award: For a company or individual who in the last 12 months has added game-changing engineering to any product in any business & industry.
Disruptive Technology: For the company in any sector whose science or technology is deemed to be genuinely game-changing.
The Pathfinder Award: For a company whose science or technology is influencing nextgen life sciences innovation.
Technology Scale-up: For the hi-tech company that in the previous 12 months has broadened its market reach globally, scaled headcount in a major way, secured significantly increased investment or added noticeable power to its core technology proposition.
Life Science Scale-up: For the Life Science business that has shown most progress in the preceding 12 months in terms of scaling headcount, broadening vertical markets or increasing the potency of its pipeline.
Life Science Innovation: For the organisation or individual who has done the most to further the cause of life science discovery for the benefit of human healthcare.
International Trade Champion: For a company in any industry that has significantly broadened its export sales or access to global markets.
Quoted Company of the Year: For a company in the region based on any public exchange which in the last 12 months has fleshed out its proposition and maintained or enhanced value for its shareholders.
Murray Edwards College Woman Entrepreneur of the Year: For a woman entrepreneur who can demonstrate outstanding achievements in the last 12 months and who inspires and nurtures other women to excel.
Sustainability Champion: For the company whose science or technology is deemed to hold most potential to dramatically reduce or eliminate the carbon footprint of businesses and industries and make them more sustainable in terms of operation. This category includes CleanTech and Agri-Tech innovation.
DeepTech Innovation: For a startup operating in research, Science & Technology providing solutions based on substantial scientific or engineering challenges. Raw research and AI making a difference will feature.
Investment of the Year: For a fundraising in the preceding 12 months judged to be exceptional either in terms of size & value, the calibre and reach of backers, or its impact on raising the profile of a certain area of innovation or industry.
From all of the entrants a Business of the Year will be selected to join a Hall of Fame that includes Abcam, Acambis, Arm, Autonomy, AVEVA, Bicycle Therapeutics, British Sugar, Cambridge Antibody Technology, Cambridge Quantum Computing (Quantinuum), CSR, Darktrace, Domino, Frontier Developments, Horizon Discovery, Ieso Digital Health, Paragraf, Perkins Engines, Pi Group, Ryanair, Sepura, TTP, Treatt plc, Virata and Xaar plc, among others.
Enter by completing the form below or by emailing Business Weekly CEO and chair of Awards judges tquested [at] businessweekly.co.uk (Tony Quested).