Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards 2022

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We’re celebrating the UK’s most innovative and enterprising efforts in oncology with our annual awards, at The Royal Society, London on 6 December.

Nominations close: 28 October.

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Celebrating cancer innovators and entrepreneurs

We are recognising the UK's most innovative and enterprising efforts to translate discoveries into benefit for cancer patients.

Award categories open for nomination include:
  • Early-career Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Woman Entrepreneur of the Year
  • New Startup of the Year
  • Startup Achievement of the Year
  • Further, Faster, Together (Industry-Academia Collaboration)

Nominees can be submitted for multiple categories via self-nomination or nomination by others (peers, tech transfer offices, investors, etc)  through our short (500-word) form. They don't need to be funded by Cancer Research UK but must be UK-based.

Nominations close on 28 October.

The ceremony

All our shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend the awards ceremony, sponsored by Cancer Research Horizons, where the winner will be announced. It will provide a unique opportunity to network with a range of rising stars, seasoned entrepreneurs, industry experts, and inspiring keynotes. Taking place at The Royal Society in London on 6 December, this black-tie event will feature a drinks reception and gala dinner.

Award timeline

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15

September

Nominations open

28

October

Nominations close

8

November

Shortlisting and scoring of applications

13

November

Finalists informed

6

December

Award ceremony

Award Categories

Early-career Entrepreneur of the Year

This award celebrates early-career cancer researchers who have shown entrepreneurial initiative and attitude.

The judges will look for evidence that nominees have developed their entrepreneurial competencies through participation in bespoke training, such as, but not limited to, the initiatives within the Cancer Research Horizons Entrepreneurial Programme.

The winning entry will receive £5,000 to be spent on learning and development, including mentorship, coaching, or professional courses.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Be early-career researcher (PhD, postdoc or Group Leaders within 2-3 years of starting their independent research group)
  • Have worked at a spin-out concept, but must not have received more than one round of funding (excluding previous accelerator prizes)
  • Have shown their entrepreneurial mindset and have engaged with programmes encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Be based in the UK

Submit your nomination

 

 

Woman Entrepreneur of the Year

This award celebrates the outstanding achievements of women entrepreneurs, at any stage of their career. Nominees will have established or are working to establish a business, or have set up a transformative partnership to accelerate scientific discoveries into novel treatments, diagnostics and/or medical devices that benefit cancer patients.

The judges will be looking for evidence of the nominee's personal successes and achievements, and how they have inspired others.

The winning entry will receive £5,000 to be spent on learning and development, including mentorship, coaching, or professional courses.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to any women entrepreneur operating in the field of oncology
  • Be based or have their chief operations in the UK

Submit your nomination

 

 

New Startup of the Year

This award celebrates new UK-based companies. Nominees will be fast-tracking their scientific breakthroughs into new treatments, diagnostics and/or medical devices that benefit cancer patients.

The judges will look for evidence demonstrating a company's potential, including its ground-breaking technology and its potential to deliver growth and impact in the cancer sector.

The winning entry will receive £15,000 to support the development of their startup.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have raised its first funding round in the last two years
  • Be based in the UK

Submit your nomination

 

 

Startup Achievement of the Year

This award celebrates startup companies that have achieved substantial milestones during the previous two years. Milestones could include pipeline developments, closure of financing rounds, and/or entering strategic partnerships or a significant exit.

The judges will look for evidence of a company making its mark in the cancer sector and fast-tracking scientific breakthroughs into developing new treatments, diagnostics and/or medical devices that benefit cancer patients.

The winning entry will receive £15,000 to be spent on staff development and training, studentships and/or internship programmes.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have achieved a substantial milestone during the last two years
  • Be based and/or have substantial operations in the UK

Submit your nomination

 

 

Further, Faster, Together (Industry-Academia Collaboration)

This award celebrates innovation in oncology achieved through industry-academia collaborations, including through partnerships, licenses, and knowledge exchange.

The judges will look for evidence that the collaboration has increased project value to maximise the impact of the technology or research. 

The winning entry will receive £5,000 to be spent on team activities, learning and development, mentorship, coaching, or professional courses.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Teams must be UK-based
  • Open to teams of any size working on a collaborative project between industry and academia
  • The project may be a discrete part of a larger, ongoing industrial programme, or stand-alone

Submit your nomination 

 

Special recognition categories (not open to nominations)

We will recognise outstanding contributions to the academic cancer entrepreneurial field via two special awards. The judging panel will select winners from nominees identified by Cancer Research Horizons.

Judging panel

All award entries will be reviewed by a Judging Panel comprised of independent experts.

Further details on the judging panel will be announced soon.