About The Awards

Established in 2005, The Oxford Trust Enterprise Awards recognise and celebrate the breadth of innovative companies and individual science entrepreneurs working in the region. Over the past 12 years, around 40 individuals and businesses have won an Enterprise Award.

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 awards will take place on 20th June at The King’s Centre on Osney Mead in Oxford. The awards are run in partnership with Venturefest Oxford that runs an annual event to bring together innovators,entrepreneurs and investors.

The awards support entrepreneurs who are just starting out on their journey to success, ranging from those involved in ground-breaking life sciences and cutting-edge engineering to boundary-pushing digital technologies. They also reward established businesses who have made an impact on the regional economy.

The awards are generously supported by Barclays, Triteq and Marks & Clerk. The award categories are:

Barclays Award for Innovation
Barclays is delighted to sponsor this highly prestigious award. As banking partner to some of the most disruptive and innovative businesses in the UK and beyond, we understand entrepreneurs and what it takes to help make a venture successful. For more information on how Barclays is supporting innovative entrepreneurs visit: https://entrepreneurs.barclays

Triteq Young Entrepreneur Award
Recognising and celebrating the young founders (under 40) of science and technology companies who feature in the Venturefest pitching programme.

Marks & Clerk Best Pitch for Technology
This award recognises the best pitch for a new technology development in the Venturefest pitching programme.

The Oxford Trust Lifetime Achievement Award

This award celebrates an entrepreneur who has made an outstanding contribution to society during their lifetime and has had a major impact on enterprise and our economy.

The Best Pitch and Young Entrepreneur awards are now available exclusively to participants in Venturefest Oxford’s growing annual programme of ‘pitching’ events; activities that include Pitchfest and Pitching for Success, which is run at the main Venturefest Oxford event each summer.

The next Pitchfest event is on Wednesday 22nd February.
For more information go to: www.venturefestoxford.com/pitchfest

Success in 2016

  • 73 companies were eligible for the Enterprise Awards across all categories and 25 were shortlisted.
  • 92 people attended the awards evening from 30 different organisations.
  • Guests included 60 science innovation entrepreneurs and investors.
  • Over one hundred science-themed cocktails were shaken and 80 Pimms jelly puddings devoured.
  • 12 marshmallow and spaghetti towers were built during dinner.
  • 5 awards were presented and £8000 handed over in prize money to the category winners.

“I’m delighted to have won the Barclays Young Entrepreneur of the Year award because it will assist in taking Bibliotech to the next level. Endorsement from an organisation like the Oxford Trust makes customer acquisition, recruiting, getting press and investment much easier. “

Dave Sherwood, Bibliotech

“The awards were excellent and felt more like a group of entrepreneurs coming together to eat and chat rather than a formal event.  At lot of excellent contacts were made and we were able to reward and recognize the people that will drive technology and enterprise in Oxfordshire over the coming years.”

 John Boyle, Chairman, The Oxford Trust

Find out more about the 2016 award winners here.





Marks & Clerk


In partnership with Venturefest Oxford

Finalists 2016

Life Science Companies

BioMe Oxford Ltd
Combat Medical Ltd
Ducentis BioTherapeutics
Lighthouse Cancer Diagnostics
MitoDys Therapeutics
Oncascan Ltd
Oxford Impedance Diagnostics

Digital Companies

Databiology Ltd
Informatics Matters
Singular Intelligence
T-Impact Ltd
Trust on Tap

Hard Tech Companies

Elfblocks Limited
FUZE Technologies Ltd
Kemuri Ltd
Meteor Power
Oxford Flow
Oxford nanoSystems Ltd
Oxford Space Structures
Oxford Space Systems
Zap-Go Charger Ltd

If you would like more information about the awards, or interested in getting involved in 2017, please contact us on 01865 810000

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