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21 June, 2019 - 12:47 By Kate Sweeney

Accelerate Cambridge duo in Santander startup elite

Sioned Davies

Two ventures on the Accelerate Cambridge programme at Cambridge Judge Business School – QBio and Legal Sphere – have made the semi-finals of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.

QBio is a platform designed to quickly deliver targeted, personalised antibiotics. Its diagnostic test and proprietary knowledge platform aims to personalise treatment to sepsis patients while fighting antimicrobial resistance.

Legal Sphere is an online legal platform that connects clients to freelance solicitors in England and Wales – allowing SMEs and startups to create legal projects, receive upfront quotes and conduct their work in one online space.

Will Bolton, co-founder of QBio, said: “Reaching the semi-finals of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards is a great feeling and helps validate we are on the correct track with our entrepreneurial venture. 

“As a team we feel privileged to be selected to represent the University of Cambridge and are excited about the doors this competition will open.”

Sioned Davies, founder of Legal Sphere, said: “Being put through as a Santander startup for Cambridge was an honour in itself, so we are delighted to make the national semi-final.”

The semi-final is on June 27 at Nottingham Trent University, with 20 businesses from universities pitching for a place on the Santander accelerator week and a space at the national final. Prizes include seed funding, mentoring and startup support.

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