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Startup award for fingerprint venture

Simprints, a venture that was supported by Cambridge Judge Business School, wins the Grand Prize at the Women Startup Challenge Europe 2017.

Simprints Technology, a startup supported by Cambridge Judge Business School that developed an inexpensive biometric fingerprint scanner, won the Grand Prize at the Women Startup Challenge Europe 2017 competition held this month in London.

Simprints is building software and hardware tools to provide formal identities to people in the developing world who lack identification papers, in order to help them receive essential services such as proper medical care.

The £50,000 top prize was awarded to Alexandra Grigore, co-founder and Lead Product Developer at Simprints, who pitched at the awards. The event was produced by Women Who Tech and Craig Newmark of craigslist and the Craig Newmark Philantropic Fund, with the Fund providing the award money.

Simprints was supported by the Accelerate Cambridge programme run by the School’s Entrepreneurship Centre. Another Simprints co-founder, Toby Norman, was a PhD student at Cambridge Judge.