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Show Notes 78: #21toWatch winners announced for 2024

A highlight of the annual calendar is the announcement of the #21toWatch Top21 – the seven people, companies and ‘things’ that are leading the way in innovation across the East of England, including from the centre for Science and Innovation, Cambridge.


Running since 2019, now in its 6th year, the programme has seen 1,736 applications and 126 winners. It is recognised as the most independent listing of the who’s who of startups in the region covering every conceivable type of science and technology.


Some of the programmes alumni includes Unitary, VividQ, Paragraf, Riverlane, Broken Strong BioSciences, Xampla, Sano Genetics, SATAVIA, Colorifix, Flusso, Porotech, Cambridge Gan Devices.

Today’s episode features:


  • Previous winners (2019-2023) having raised a staggering £415m (not including undisclosed amounts, private acquisitions, and the behemoth of CMR Surgical)

  • The winners across all three categories (all Top21.2024 winners and respective companies are listed in the comments)

  • Podcast interviews with Dr Alicia Showering CEO of BugBiome (People); Mohammad Saghafifar, Co-founder and CEO, Remedium Energy (Company) and Dmitry Khazhdan, CTO, Tenyks (‘Thing’)

  • Recognition of the independent judges: Jon Bradford (Dynamo Ventures), Fiona Nielsen and Nitin Patel, (pre-judging Rachel Bradley Penningtons Manches Cooper and Jamie Bignal HSBC).

  • Up to £20,000 prize for each winner from the event sponsors and partners

  • And much more

In this week's Tech News we have Angels@Essex, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, #SpringBudget, Dan Thorp, Cambridge Ahead, Marshall Group, GKN Aerospace, Parker Meggitt, University of Manchester, University of Bath, University of Cardiff, Piyush Ahuja, Innovate UK, Cambridge Innovation Labs, University of Cambridge, Quantinuum, Dr Nash Palaniswamy, RSM UK, Cambridge Science Centre, Andrew Farrer , Mishcon de Reya, Louise Border, Chris Keen, Charlie Fletcher.

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