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Enter the 2023 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards

The Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2023 are now open for entry.

A celebration of the extraordinary talent in the region across a host of science and technology sectors, the awards are now in their sixth year and have become a real highlight of the calendar.

The Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2023 are open for entry
The Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2023 are open for entry

Renowned for bringing together an array of innovative businesses, organisations, researchers and entrepreneurs, the awards will be held in spring.

You can enter using the form below. There are 15 categories available to enter and you can find a description of them below the form.

We are delighted to be supported by a brilliant cast of sponsors.

If you have questions about the awards, or want to get involved, contact paul.brackley@iliffemedia.co.uk. You can see the 2022 winners here.


Entrants must have a base within the Cambridge Independent circulation area.

Nominees can enter more than one category. You can enter multiple categories with one form, or choose to submit different entries for different categories to enable you to tailor your entry.

Nominations are open now and close at 11pm on January 27, 2023.

Individuals can nominate themselves, or be nominated, for the Researcher of the Year and CEO of the Year categories.

Previous nominees and winners are welcome to enter.


If you wish to include sensitive information in your entry, but do not wish it made public at this stage, please indicate this on your entry.

Remember that we are particularly interested to hear about progress over the last year.

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The sponsors of the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2023
The sponsors of the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2023

Start-up of the Year

Sponsored by Kao Data

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. Previous winners have gone on to great things – we are sure this year’s winner will do too.

STEM Initiative of the Year

Sponsored by Cambridge Science Park

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.

Researcher of the Year

Sponsored by AstraZeneca

Open to academic and commercial researchers alike, 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 Enterprise Skills Award

Sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School

Awarded to an organisation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to leadership or management training for its scientific and technical staff.

The business skills agenda is an important one for both deep tech science companies in the city and region, but also others who employ technical staff in other equally critical sectors.

The Award for Innovation

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.

The Tech for Good Award

Sponsored by Allia Future Business Centre Cambridge

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.

CEO of the Year

We are looking for a CEO that has provided inspirational leadership that has led to real progress – and not just to the bottom line, but also in workplace culture, sustainability or approach. Chief executives can nominate themselves, or be nominated.

Biotech Company of the Year

Sponsored by Appleyard Lees

This is always very keenly contested as the Cambridge region is 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 improve lives.

Medtech Company of the Year

Sponsored by Sagentia Innovation

We 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 Chesterford Research Park

With Cambridge leading the way in showing how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used in a positive way to solve all sorts of problems, we are looking for entries that demonstrate novel and innovative uses of these emerging technologies.

Employer of the Year

Sponsored by COEL

What makes your organisation an attractive place to work? Demonstrate your commitment to your team, to corporate social responsibility and to the green agenda with this new award, which will highlight an organisation or business within any field of science and technology that truly supports its employees and the wider community.

Technology Company of the Year

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

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

Life Science Company of the Year

Sponsored by Zyme Communications

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.

In Search of Wonder Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by JDJ Creative

This special award will honour an individual whose work has made a very significant and lasting impact on a sector or field. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges. Unlike the other categories, it is not open for entry, but if you would like to propose individuals for consideration, email paul.brackley@iliffemedia.co.uk.

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