Published: 17 March 2021

Guildford Innovation Awards 2020

In December 2020, the Guildford Innovation Awards, organised by Guildford Borough Council, Surrey Research Park and the University of Surrey took place.

The annual event brings the business and local community to celebrate the incredible and innovative achievements of a range of organisations and individuals across the borough of Guildford.

"These awards have shown yet again that Guildford is home to the very best of innovation and entrepreneurship. They have also highlighted determination of these organisations to develop and grow in the most difficult circumstances. Huge congratulations to them all."

Cllr Gordon Jackson


Securium – Most Outstanding Innovation Award and Emerging Technologies Award

The advanced cyber-intelligence company provides online safety technologies to protect vulnerable people online. It is a highly successful University of Surrey spin-out company, founded in 2017 by Dr Anna Vartapetiance who gained her PhD from the University of Surrey and worked as a researcher in the University’s Centre for Cyber Security.

NVH Global – Caring for the Environment Award 

Caring for the Environment Award winner, NVH Global, has a partnership with the University of Surrey’s Department of Chemical and Process Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which permits NVH to commercialise an innovative and sustainable process to produce Green Hydrogen from water, which could help enable the UK’s national decarbonisation pledge.

Smart Separations – Response to Covid-19 Award

Smart Separations developed ViraTeq®, a nanotech-based antimicrobial coating for a wide range of surfaces, proven to destroy 99.999% of microbes and viruses, including Covid-19.

Virtual Cath Lab – Innovation in Healthcare Award

In 2019 Virtual Cath Lab Surrey Ltd (VCL) launched a non-invasive imaging service from Surrey Research Park, providing an alternative for Surrey cardiologists assessing patients with potentially lethal disease. VCL uses a CT scanner to image patients referred from a radius of 40 miles.

Real Media Now – Innovation in the Creative Industries Sector Award

Real Media Now provides an engaging way for gamers to interact with advertising through the sponsorship of unique in-game help videos. These allow gamers who are struggling with levels in games to find out how to beat the level – after attempting it a few times. This also increases engagement with the advertising, helping brands and games companies to increase their revenues.

Cressive DX – Digital Marketing Award Experience

Digital marketing firm, Cressive DX was crowned winner of this category for its proprietary software, The Scorecard, which launched in 2020 to enable CMOs and heads of digital to track and analyse online paid marketing campaigns. T

Mandira’s Kitchen – Innovation in Retail Award

Handmade, frozen Indian food organisation, Mandira’s Kitchen won the Innovation in Retail Award for significant growth over the last year, whilst also pushing boundaries in terms of its recipes, packaging and continuing to support the local community.

Streeva – Innovation in the Voluntary & Charity Sector Award

Streeva was selected as winner of this award for its role as technical lead in an industry initiative to automate Gift Aid in all donation methods, leveraging its Swiftaid product to reduce the £700m that goes unclaimed by charities each year and the £180m annual tax gap caused by erroneous Gift Aid claims.

Jasmine and Rosie Arnold at Instant Swim – Shooting Star Award

Instant Swim was launched in summer 2019 by two sisters Jasmine and Rosie who struggled to find swimsuits that were durable, stylish and eco-friendly. Aimed at competitive swimmers and those who swim for fitness, they created swimwear using innovative fabric created from recycled yarn and ocean waste, including plastic bottles and fishnets. This fabric is also ultra-chlorine resistant and provides muscle control, making it perfect for swim sessions.

Eduspace – Young Business of the Year Award 

Eduspace is a UK registered business with the Kidpreneur Klub as its registered trademark. The Kidpreneur Klub is an initiative that aims to provide a basic introduction to entrepreneurship, life-skills development and money management to primary school children aged 7 to 11 years old. Run as an after-school club, Kidpreneur Klub teaches life-long transferable skills through workbooks, work sheets, videos, quizzes, games and class tasks. 

Innovate Guildford 2020 Awards Magazine (PDF)

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