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19 January, 2016 - 18:40 By Kate Sweeney

Forbes honours Cambridge entrepreneurs

GeoSpock founder and CEO Steve Marsh

Thrusting young entrepreneurs from the Cambridge UK science & technology cluster have been named in the Forbes 30Under30 rankings for Europe.

GeoSpock founder and CEO Steve Marsh (aged 27) and SimPrints trio Toby Norman (28), Tristram Norman (27) and Dan Storisteanu (29) make the European elite, according to the US media influencer.

Marsh (pictured above) figures in the Science and Healthcare ratings and the SimPrints threesome in the Social Entrepreneurship category. Marsh launched the embryonic GeoSpock from his dormitory at Cambridge University. He was the first person from his high school to earn a PhD.

He conceived the idea while reading for his PhD at Cambridge University’s world-famous Computer Lab. There he was developing a real-time, extreme-scale super computer for simulating human brain function.

In 2013 he teamed up with Dr Darrin M Disley, a parallel entrepreneur, to found GeoSpock with the aim of creating a big data search engine for the rapidly-changing, multi-dimensional, physical world.

In February 2015, GeoSpock welcomed internet life science pioneer Dr Jonathan Milner to its board of directors and last October it closed a Series A investment round of £3.5 million.

GeoSpock’s first product is a high performance, cloud-based database service with a simple-to-use API, suitable for all location-tagged information and able to deal with enormous data sets, and massive concurrent load, straight out of the box. The current and applications for the technology span a huge range – from autonomous vehicles to genomics and a lot more in between.

Marsh said: “The announcement came as a bit of a shock. Being named in the Forbes 30 under 30 list is obviously a huge honour and it is truly great that the work we are carrying out at GeoSpock is being recognised on a global stage alongside some serious titans of the tech industry.

“Ultimately this has been a team effort and everybody from employees to investors has pulled together to get GeoSpock to where it is now. We decided to get involved with the business because we wanted to solve some big problems and the team and advisers we have assembled is world-class and they have been amazingly supportive throughout. 
“There are several others entrepreneurs from the Cambridge sector also named winners in the awards list and we hope this helps to further raise the profile of the incredible innovations that are emerging from the Cambridge cluster.’

SimPrints is seed-funded by ARM and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Leveraging our research at the University of Cambridge, the startup has developed a unique biometric system customised for the developing world. High accuracy is ensured through two-finger identification and optimised matching algorithms.

Its scanners can connect wirelessly to any Bluetooth 2.0 compatible phone. Community health workers are often unable to carry out the four antenatal visits recommended by the World Health Organisation due to challenges in patient identification, access to health records and visit verification.

SimPrints’ device accurately connects people to their digital records via the fingerprint scan. The lightweight, durable and cost-effective portable biometric scanner and software integrates with any mobile health application to allow for real-time identification and access to patient records via fingerprint identification.

The scanner will tackle current problems like misidentification caused by common community names or unknown dates-of-birth and the limitations of paper-based health records - prone to loss or damage and often difficult to access.

Both GeoSpock and SimPrints were winners at the Business Weekly Awards in March 2015. GeoSpock won the Cambridge Graduate Business of the Year Award and SimPrints the Startup Company accolade.

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