Short list published for #OnetoWatch campaign in advance of March unveiling event

Monday 25 February 2019

From over 500 entrants, and after publishing 219 of them on the Cofinitive long lists, the team is now pleased to announce the short list in advance of the March unveiling event of the Top 21.

For the past 12 months, Cofinitive has been running the #OnetoWatch campaign showcasing the people, companies and 'things' on the cutting-edge of innovation and entrepreneurship in Cambridgeshire and across the East of England.

The firm set planned to highlight the lesser-known of these through its #OneToWatch campaign; through desk research, recommendations and online submissions.

Out of just over 500 entrants on the full list, it was important to triage who really constituted #OnetoWatch. It would be easy to assume that these would all be 'new' companies but the category of 'things' meant that companies like Cambridge Consultants, with their Pebal, also made the long list.

Entries came from as far out as Boston, San Francisco, Canada, China and Barcelona. But with entries limited to the East of England (not just Cambridge), Cofinitive had to omit those, as well as some really strong entries from the UK including London based Sean O'Keefe with COGZ, and Nova Extraction from Nottingham.

Cofinitive says: "With such diversity and ingenuity amongst our #OnetoWatch cohort, the attributes we were looking for were Innovation, Challenge, Influence, Viability and Memorability and you can read more about this criteria on our blog."

Based on the above, the three published long lists accounted to only 42 per cent of the total entries. And from that only 42 made the short list across a range of sectors including ITS, biotech and life sciences, textiles, aviation, AgriTech and social enterprise to name a few.

To see the short list, and find out more about our judges and the unveiling event, please go to

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