The Oxford Trust is proud to announce the winners of 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, Marks & Clerk and product design company Triteq, took place at a gala dinner in Oxford on Tuesday June 20th 2017.
Oxbotica won the Barclays Award for Innovation, as an Oxfordshire company whose innovation is having a major impact on the industry in which it operates; that could be considered a game-changer. Companies nominated in this category need to have created a new technology that is not only starting to fulfil its market potential but also benefits society and the regional economy.
“It’s fantastic to be receiving this award for innovation in our home city of Oxford – this is where it all began a few years back, as a company of just 4 people. We now have 3 offices across Oxfordshire, a fleet of 6 autonomous vehicles, and have just been awarded funding to lead a £13 million project, DRIVEN, that will see a fleet of autonomous vehicles driving between Oxford and London. Thank you Barclays and The Oxford Trust for recognising us – with this sort of celebration of innovation, Oxford will continue to be a growing hub not just for autonomous vehicles, but for science and technology at large” – Dr Graeme Smith, CEO, Oxbotica
The awards are a real showcase for Oxfordshire’s high-tech industry and celebrate entrepreneurs and start-ups who are just setting out on their journey to success as well as established tech businesses and individuals who have made an impact on the economy through innovation. The awards have been running since 2005 and have previously highlighted future high-growth companies such as Oxitech, Immunocore and Adaptix.
The 2017 awards were hosted by Charles Leadbeater, a well-known independent adviser on innovation to governments, cities and organisations. He is also the author of several internationally-renowned books on innovation, including Living on Thin Air and We-Think, which examines how the web enables creative collaboration across a wide range of fields.