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Enter the 2020 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards

The Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards are now open for entry until August 14, 2020.

Science and Technology Awards logo 2020 (42534968)
Science and Technology Awards logo 2020 (42534968)

With 15 categories for companies and individuals, this year’s awards promise another celebration of the Cambridge region’s extraordinary talent.

The awards are now in their fourth year and have grown dramatically since their inception.

A description of each category can be found below.

The Cambridge Independent is grateful for the support of our stellar cast of sponsors for these awards - and is looking forward to receiving entries that showcase the amazing work going on every day in this region.

The shortlist will be revealed in November 2020, and the winners are due to be announced in early 2021.

If you have questions about the awards, or want to get involved, contact paul.brackley@iliffemedia.co.uk.


  • Entrants must have a base within the Cambridge Independent circulation area.
  • Nominees can enter more than one category.
  • Nominations are open now and close at midnight on August 14.
  • Individuals can nominate themselves, or be nominated, for the Researcher of the Year and CEO of the Year categories.
  • The Covid-19 Response Award is open to companies, organisations and individuals.


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Sponsors of the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2020
Sponsors of the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2020

Start-up of the Year

Sponsored by Kao Data

Always an exciting category, this celebration of early-stage companies will reward those who show entrepreneurial drive to solve a problem, or improve on what is already out there.

Covid-19 Response Award

Sponsored by Sagentia

The Cambridge’s science and technology sectors have made incredible efforts in support of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, from conducting invaluable research, to producing technology and equipment, to investigating new drugs and treatments. This award is open to organisations, companies or individuals who have made a difference.

STEM Initiative of the Year

Sponsored by MathWorks

This award will recognise work to encourage greater engagement in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. From inspiring young people to consider courses and careers in STEM, and creating the next generation of entrepreneurs, to broadening access to, and understanding of STEM fields in the wider population, we are looking for projects that have made a difference. Tell us about the impact you have made and the innovation in your approach.

The Award for Innovation

Sponsored by Cambridge Precision Ltd

This will highlight innovative products, ideas and companies across all fields of science and technology. How is what you offer different to what’s out there? How has your company changed the landscape? Share your stories of ingenuity with us.

Researcher of the Year

Sponsored by AstraZeneca

Open to academic and commercial researchers, this award will recognise a researcher who is outstanding in his or her field, and has carried out exemplary work in the last year. Share details of the purpose, method and findings of the research, any publications, its impact and potential applications. Researchers can nominate themselves, or be nominated by others.

The Tech for Good Award

Sponsored by Allia Future Business Centre

What is the purpose of your technology? This award seeks to reward those using technology for positive social, environmental or economic ends. Open to companies, social enterprises and other organisations, the judges will reward impact.

The One to Watch

Sponsored by Cofinitive

With a track record in highlighting the next big thing, this award seeks to identify individuals, companies or technologies that are setting the standards in innovation and entrepreneurship. We’re looking for the trailblazers who are pushing the boundaries of possibility and shaping the future.

Cleantech Company of the Year

Sponsored by Woodfines Solicitors

We want to reward the pioneers of cleantech, who are thinking about the planet as well as their bottom line. The winner will be a company with technology that solves a problem, or improves lives, in a sustainable way – a true example to all.

Software / Games Company of the Year

An expanded category this year, enabling all software companies to enter. We want to hear your product has been received, the innovation you have shown and why your company is the one to work for in these hotly-competitive fields.

Biotech Company of the Year

Sponsored by Appleyard Lees

This is always a fascinating contest, with the Cambridge region at the centre of one of the most exciting biotechnology clusters in the world. Tell us about the progress your company has made in the last year, and explain how your work can change lives.

Medtech Company of the Year

Sponsored by Chesterford Research Park

The judges want to hear evidence of how your company’s medtech is capable of improving healthcare for patients. From groundbreaking tools that can diagnose disease to methods of monitoring a condition, we’re looking for technology that improves quality of life.

AI Company of the Year

Sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School

Barely a week goes by when we’re not reporting on exciting uses of artificial intelligence and machine learning in solving all sorts of problems. Cambridge is leading the way - tell us how your company is doing it.

CEO of the Year

Sponsored by Tilney

We are looking for an inspirational CEO who led a company or organisation to new heights in the past 12 months. Evidence of progress, change or entrepreneurship – and genuine leadership qualities – will be looked on favourably by the judging panel. Chief executives can nominate themselves, or be nominated.

Technology Company of the Year

Sponsored by the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Anglia Ruskin University

A broad category that encapsulates any company with technology at its heart – from wireless tech to agritech, engineering expertise to electronics. How is your company’s technology making a different? What has your team achieved in the last 12 months?

Life Science Company of the Year

Sponsored by BioStrata

We are looking for a pioneer – a company worthy of special recognition in one of the world’s most exciting life science clusters. The winner of this coveted title will need to demonstrate how their work in the last year has made a difference.

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