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Calling science & technology SMEs: awards scheme returns

Published on: 10/08/2015

An award scheme for science and technology based SMEs with the opportunity to win awards of £2,500 and £5,000, is returning to celebrate its founding charity’s 30th anniversary.

Established in 1985 by Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood, co-founders of Oxford Instruments, the independent charity The Oxford Trust/Science Oxford was set up to initiate and encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise across Oxfordshire and the surrounding region.

The Enterprise Awards ran from 2005 to 2011 and are returning in 2015 for the Trust’s 30th anniversary.

The awards recognise the amazing tenacity and hard work of innovative entrepreneurs who are pushing the boundaries of science and technology. Previous winners include Oxford Immunotec (2007), Oxitec (2009), and Mirada Medical (2011).

There are three categories open to applications, all with cash prizes:

1. Martin and Audrey Wood Enterprise Award
An award of £5,000 for overall achievement in innovation aimed at science, technology and engineering-based companies who have spotted an opportunity in a niche market and created a new concept that not only meets this need but also benefits the wider community. This award is for companies which have been operating for less than 10 years.

2. Young entrepreneur of the year
An award of £2,500 which recognises the exceptional young entrepreneurs in the region (operating in companies that are less than five years old) and the impact that they have had on the science and innovation landscape.

3. Innovative company of the year
An award of £2,500 and free IP strategy audit to celebrate new up and coming companies less than five years old across the region and the impact they’ve had on the science and innovation landscape. This award is kindly sponsored by Marks & Clerk LLP.

The deadline for applications is Friday 11 September 2015 with the winners announced at the award ceremony on Thursday 19 November 2015.

For more information on the criteria and the application forms, please visit: http://www.theoxfordtrust.co.uk/innovation-enterpriseawards/enterprise-applications

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