Celebrating scientific innovation emerging from the Universities of the Great West

Award Categories

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The Ones to Watch Award

(Sponsored by Research and Enterprise Development University of Bristol)

This award highlights research at the early stages of the commercialisation journey, either pre-incorporation or incorporated within the last 12 months.

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The Rising Star Award

(Sponsored by University of Bristol and SETSquared Bristol)

Celebrating early stage companies, 3 years old or less, working to develop proof of principle or early commercial products with seed funding secured.

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The Rocket Fuel Award

(Sponsored by University of Bath and SETSquared Bath)

An award that recognises ambitious growth by expansion of capability or accessing new national or international markets.


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The BioDesign Award

(Sponsored by Bristol BioDesign Institute)

An award that recognises the fusion of engineering with biology to accelerate innovation and enable new impacts in life sciences and biotechnology.

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The Global Good Award

(Sponsored by RSM)

Recognising innovations that are bringing about positive change and striving to tackle global challenges.


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The Deal of the Year Award

(Sponsored by TLT)

Revelling in the success stories that all start-ups aspire towards; successful funding rounds, mergers, and exits.


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The Innovation Champion Award

(Sponsored by IP Group)

An individual that has played a key role in supporting the commercialisation pathway or start up journey.

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The People's Choice Award

(Sponsored by Future Space)

This award invites attendees to nominate their choice for the best science start up in the region.