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Finalists of Cambridge Judge Business School Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award

In advance of International Women’s Day, finalists announced for the Cambridge Judge Business School/Business Weekly Woman Entrepreneur Award 2017.

Finalists have been selected for the Cambridge Judge Business School/Business Weekly Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017, to be presented at the annual Business Weekly awards dinner at Queen’s College, Cambridge, on Wednesday 22 March.

The award honours a woman “who has founded and built either a commercially successful business or an enterprise with broad societal benefits and in the process inspired peers to become engaged in entrepreneurship.” This is the second year for the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by Cambridge Judge.

This year’s finalists were announced in advance of International Women’s Day on Wednesday – for which the theme this year is Be Bold for Change.

Finalists for the Cambridge Judge Business School/Business Weekly Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017 are:

Anne Bailey & Michaela Eschbach, who together developed the organisation Form the Future, which brings schools and businesses together in order to help develop skills in young people. Anne has long been involved in education and social entrepreneurship, and in 2013 she launched the employer engagement programme for the Cambridge Area Partnership that later developed into Form the Future. Michaela has a background in financial services and project management, and is a governor of Chesterton Community College.

Oriane Chausiaux, a serial entrepreneur who set up fertility company Cambridge Temperature Concepts in 2006 while she was a 24-year-old PhD student at the University of Cambridge. The firm raised over £6 million in investment from angel, VC and corporate investors over seven funding rounds, and it has helped 1,000 couples start a family. She co-founded Heartfelt Technologies in 2015, winning rapid regulatory approval for the firm’s new medical technology.

Faye Holland, who founded Cambridge-based business consultancy Cofinitive in 2015, has more than two decades of experience in corporate initiatives and transformational change. She chairs the Connectivity Group at Cambridge Ahead, and has project managed the Education & Skills Group. She works at the intersection between people, technology and communications, focusing on project execution, strategy and transformation, and marketing and communications.

Su Metcalfe, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cambridge-based LIFNano Therapeutics, is developing a new treatment for multiple sclerosis. The venture, which was recently awarded £1 million funding through Innovate UK, uses the body’s own repair pathways through precise targeting of a small protein called Leukaemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF) to treat Multiple Sclerosis. The new funding will help support a move into clinical development, with the first trial in humans planned to start in a few years.

Fiona Nielsen, Founder and CEO of Repositive, which provides researchers with access to genomic data in order to speed up genetic diagnostics and research. The company champions best practice for data custodianship in order to increase human genomic collaboration and data sharing. The venture has also launched a specialised set of Chinese data in order to boost research in the world’s most populous country.

Heather Richards, Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge-based knowledge solutions vendor Transversal, is spearheading the firm’s continuing expansion into the US. Heather joined Transversal in 2001 as one of its original employees, and was previously VP of Professional Services. Her previous roles include an eight-year spell in the United States as manager at Public Interest Communications, where she oversaw fundraising campaigns for clients such as Amnesty International and World Wildlife Fund.

Mona Shah, Co-Founder of Harry Specters, a luxury chocolatier that employs young people with autism. The company recently launched a new 1,500-square-foot production facility in Ely to keep up with demand, financed by a “chocolate bond” that gives investors returns in chocolate, as well as cash. Mona and her husband Shaz were inspired by their son, who has autism, and young people with autism are involved in every aspect of the business – from production to packaging to design.

Trina Watt, Founder of technical marketing consultancy Watt Knowledge, has been involved in technology for more than two decades, focusing on translating technical concepts into understandable business and marketing messages. In August 2015 Trina left ARM to set up a company focused on helping technology companies maximise their business impact. She has been actively involved with such companies as Trustonic, Adder and Ilika, as well as start-ups such as SwitchThat.