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Judging the Barclays Eagle Labs Innovation Award

Back in September, our Innovation Director, Wendy Tindsley was asked to join the panel to judge Barclays Eagle Labs Innovation Award, as part of the bigger Barclays Entrepreneur Awards 2020.

These awards highlight and recognise the unique, original and positive ways that entrepreneurs from the UK are changing their industries. The awards are now in their 5th year and are open to high-potential entrepreneurs from across the UK.

Prior to reaching the national judging, each entrepreneur was successfully shortlisted by a judging panel of Eagle Labs colleagues down to a group of just 10.

Having assessed all the candidates individually, all the judges convened virtually to make the final selection.  While enjoyable itself, this was made even more enjoyable by the fact that Barclays had sent all the judges a very generous hampers to oil the judging wheels!

The job was not an easy one because the calibre of the shortlisted companies was very high and the business ideas and sectors were really varied.  Some companies had shown incredible creativity to be able to pivot their ideas due to COVID restrictions, or to react to changing demands.

Sadly, the awards ceremony will have to be held virtually this year but to add to the celebrations Barclays gave all the judging companies the opportunity to invite their very own Rising Star. Barclays are proud to recognise and support Diversity and Inclusion within their entrepreneurial ecosystem and so this Rising Star could be a champion of our business, a stand-out success, or a future leader.

In our case, having over 1,000 companies in our family we had a lot to choose from and after some considerable debate we chose TriMedika from the Innovation Factory in Belfast.

TriMedika has developed an easy to use, innovative non-contact thermometer offering connectivity and rapid transfer of patient results to the Electronic Medical Record in a range of environments to deliver on the Triple Aim of Health:

  • Improved population health
  • Quality of care
  • Cost savings

TriMedlka staved off some stiff competition and it was decided that Innovation Centre Knowledge Gateway’s ArmaKarma, an ethical insuretech company and Stockport Business Innovation Centre’s Culture Shift, a real-time reporting platform that empowers you to identify and prevent harassment and bullying, were our worthy runners up.

We are celebrating at the awards night this Thursday (virtually) so keep your eyes pealed on social media for any exciting announcements.

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Final transformation complete at Ashton Old Baths

Further workspaces, meeting rooms and other facilities have been added to the historic Grade II* listed building, which was first redeveloped by Tameside Council into a digital, creative and media hub in 2016.

High Sheriff of Oxfordshire opens up our new R&D Laboratories

Imam Monawar Hussain, the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire and one of our trustees, officially opened the newly-converted class II R&D laboratories at Wood Centre for Innovation alongside Jeremy Long, chair of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP).

Oxford-based COVID start-up CardMedic signs first UK healthcare agreement with Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS)

COVID start-up CardMedic, the free web and mobile app for healthcare staff to help breakdown communication barriers with patients at point of care which went from concept to launch in just 72 hours, has signed its first UK healthcare agreement Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS).