15 finalists have been selected by a top panel of judges to showcase their innovations at Hinxton Hall during Cambridge Tech Week, which will also host a range of fringe events throughout Cambridge.

Next week, Cambridge will host the inaugural Cambridge Tech Week (CTW23) from 8-12 May 2023, celebrating the ideas of the future in artificial intelligence (AI), quantum technologies, semiconductors and wireless connectivity. CTW23
positions the city and the UK in the world spotlight by uniting companies, organisations and academic institutions and showcasing the best of the region and its cutting-edge technology.

With Innovation and entrepreneurship key themes of the event early-stage founders have entered the CTW23 Innovation Alley Awards for an opportunity to showcase their innovative startups at Hinxton Hall from 9-10 May. Out of a large number of applications,15 finalists have been selected by judges to demonstrate their solutions to the visitors of the CTW event. The judges included:
– Paul Crane, CEO of Cambridge Wireless
– Faye Holland, Founder and Director, cofinitive
– Cian Hughes, Partner and Head of Platform, Sure Valley Ventures
– Rachel Kerr, Head of Events, Cambridge Wireless
– Emmi Nicholl, Managing Director, Cambridge Angels

The finalists were selected based on the originality of their innovation, the potential commercial, economic or societal impact of the business, and the maturity of the go-to-market plans. Exhibitors include Sanome, a company developing novel AI technology to combine biomarkers into diagnostics, to detect early health changes and can be deployable in all settings, HutanBio, a low carbon biofuel in development that converts sunlight and carbon dioxide into into flammable hydrocarbons, Canairy, that is developing a platform allowing sectors to harness the power of Machine Learning, and InferSens, provider of deep learning sensor technology which enables machine learning on-device. A full list of exhibitors can be found on the exhibitors page on CTW’s website.

The winner and two runner-ups will be announced during the Core Conference and exhibition. The winner will receive a promotional package with Business Weekly, which includes an editorial feature and 12 months of advertising in the publication.

During CTW23, a variety of fringe events are taking place throughout Cambridge. Mills & Reeve, legal advisers behind some of the UK’s most successful technology businesses, are hosting networking drinks on 10th May for tech entrepreneurs looking for investment. Other events include Coding Bootcamp Taster Session on 9th May where attendees can identify whether a career in coding and the Tech Educators program is right for the, as well as the Influencer Tech Bootcamp on 12th May which is organised into a day full of high intensity expert subject tours, masterclasses, personal stories, workshops and debates. To see a full list of fringe events, please go to the events page on the CTW website.

Chris Bruce, Chair, Cambridge Tech Week, said: “The Innovation Alley Awards are set to be one of the highlights of the week, as delegates can see first-hand the game-changing early-stage companies that are developing technology to solve real-world problems. We are very excited to give finalists the opportunity to demonstrate the power of their innovations. We’re also honoured to offer a range of fringe events taking place throughout the week across the city of Cambridge, so attendees can get a full flavour for not only Cambridge but also the breadth of innovative technologies on offer.”