Finalists for the Oxford Trust Enterprise Awards 2017 Announced

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The Oxford Trust has announced the finalists for its 2017 Enterprise Awards, which recognise and celebrate the breadth of innovative companies and individual entrepreneurs who are working in the science and technology industry in the Oxfordshire region today.

The awards, which are run in partnership with Venturefest Oxford and sponsored by big names such as Barclays, patent lawyers Marks&Clerk and product design company Triteq, recognise entrepreneurs and start-ups who are just starting out on their journey to success.  They also celebrate established tech businesses who are making an impact on the regional economy. The awards have been running since 2005 and showcased future high-growth companies such as Oxitech, Immunocore and Adaptix.

The 2017 awards will be presented at a gala dinner on Tuesday June 20th, the night before Venturefest Oxford 2017 – and will help launch the annual event by showcasing the region’s new innovation stars. All finalists also gain free access to Venturefest Oxford the next day.

Triteq is sponsoring The Young Entrepreneur Award – This award recognises and celebrates the best young founders (under 40) of science and technology companies in the region, as demonstrated in the Venturefest Oxford pitching programme, which includes Pitchfest and Pitching for Success. The finalists for this award are:

Travis Wentworth – Lingu
Online language tuition:

Sasha Afanasieva  –  BluBel Tech
Smart bicycle bell:

Pauline Issard – Trackener
Horse monitoring technology:

Sean Peters/Charlie Curtis  – DryGro
Agriculture technology start-up:

The Oxford Trust

The Oxford Trust, established by Oxford’s first true entrepreneurs Sir Martin and Audrey (Lady) Wood in 1985, has been a part of the local innovation ecosystem for the past thirty years and helped establish Venturefest Oxford 18 years ago. In 2016, over 100 entrepreneurs, investors and trust partners attended the Enterprise Awards and winners included Adaptix (Innovation award) and Dave Sherwood (Young Entrepreneur.)

This years’ awards will be hosted by Charles Leadbeater, a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world.

For more information on the Enterprise Awards please contact:

Jude Eades, Director of Communications, on 07884 584609 or by email to

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