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Cellexcel Win Tech Innovator 2024 East of England Event

14 June 2024

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KPMG’s 11th annual Tech Innovator in the UK competition saw over 400 entries into eight regional heats across the country. In the East of England heat, held in Cambridge our five expert judges really enjoyed 10 brilliant pitches from inspiring, cutting-edge businesses across the region. Competitors were given three minutes to pitch their business, followed by three minutes of Q&A.


The judging panel was Roz Bird (CEO Anglia Innovation Partnership), Chris Bruce (Chair of Cambridge Tech Week), Gerard Grech (Managing Director of Cambridge Founders), Emmi Nicholl (Managing Director of Cambridge Angels), Paul Boon (Investment Director at Growth Deck).


The competition was very close and judging was a difficult process but ultimately the winning company was Norwich Research Park-based Cellexcel, with Cambridge-based Voltquant as a runner up.


All the regional winners will go on to pitch at the final in London on 23rd July to determine the overall UK winner, who will then take part in the global final against 22 other countries, in Portugal in November.


  •, who are rewriting the story of human health — one cell at a time
  • Cellexcel, whose platform technology enhances the performance of highly sustainable biomaterials through chemical modification using ‘green’ chemistry
  • Deepmirror, modern drug design software powered by generative AI for use by medicinal chemists.
  • Developing Experts, a leading provider of online STEM lessons and learning technologies to support a diverse and inclusive talent pipeline.
  • ED Hub, who are creating innovative solutions to ease the challenges across the hiring ecosystem, whilst keeping human connection at its core
  • Ediform, providing nutritionally bespoke 3D printed food for dementia sufferers and others in need.
  • Graphene Trace, with a flexible textile pressure sensor that continuously monitors and prevents the onset of pressure ulcers: for wheelchairs and care home/hospital seating and beds
  • Paragraf, producer of graphene sensors, transistors and custom foundry services, delivering superior sensitivity, robustness and energy efficiency
  • Virilitas Labs, addressing male infertility with innovative at-home fertility tests and interventional tools
  • Voltquant who are pioneering with its innovative search engine specifically designed for grid connections, fundamentally changing how electricity-dependent projects integrate with the power grid.

Image: L-R: Chris Bruce, Emmi Nicholl, Roz Bird, George Kolokotronis of Voltquant (runner up), Tim Pryce of Cellexcel (winner), Gerard Grech, Paul Boon, Joe Faulkner (KPMG), Tim Cross (KPMG). Credit: KPMG

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