Things

We’re hunting out the people and companies that deserve a place on their respective #21toWatch lists. But for many it’s their invention, product or development – their ‘thing’ – in their field of expertise that has made them secure a place on the #21toWatch list.

A leader of innovation, the Cambridge Phenomenon has earned its impressive name. From pacemakers to potatoes, as science and technology has evolved we’ve marvelled at the products that people and companies create.

What ‘things’ do you think are setting the standards in innovation? Here is the #21toWatch 2020 list (in alphabetical order):

Longlist Shortlist Top.21 Name Synopsis

3D Water Purification Technology

A social enterprise that aims to change the way the world consumes water. Blue Tap uses 3D printing to build low-cost water purification technology for users in the developing world

8power

Powering the sensor revolution. Self-powered sensors for remote condition monitoring of industrial assets

9Barista

The first jet-engineered stovetop espresso machine

Academy of Magic and Science

Designing and delivering creative learning experiences through lecture shows, corporate workshops, conference public engagements, media formats and interactive exhibitions

Actiphage

The world’s first rapid, sensitive blood test for tuberculosis developed by PBD Biotech. By detecting live mycobacteria, at an early stage of infection, it enables effective disease control of human and bovine TB

Arcus Answer

Arcus Answer by Arcus Global sits at your frontline contact centre, handling customer calls and chat and reducing the load on your staff whilst saving money

Audacious SIM Technology

Audacious is a brand new SIM-only network designed to improve the quality of phone calls for people with hearing loss

Azuri TV

Solar Satellite television and home lighting systems for off-grid households in Zambia by Azuri Technologies

Blutick

Innovative maths learning system powered by AI to free up teachers from routine teaching and marking tasks so they can spend more time on tailored, individual tuition

Camb.ai

A network to connect the AI community in Cambridge and drive communication, collaboration and innovation between the people and businesses working here

Cambridge LaunchPad

Cambridge LaunchPad is a movement led by science and technology companies that invests their talent and resources to inspire young people, especially girls and young women, into STEM careers

Cambridge Mask Company

Respirators that use military grade filtration technology

Cambridge Energy Partners

Cambridge Energy Partners sells renewable energy to large scale industrial operators in underdeveloped areas

Cambridge Spark

Cambridge Spark provides Data Science training for professionals

CircuitBuilder

A brand new way to create professionally designed circuit boards. Upload your requirements, see a detailed breakdown of costs and watch in real-time as your project progresses to completion

Coral Eyewear

Coral Eyewear is on a mission to bring the eyewear market into a realm of sustainability. Industry-leading spectacles and sunglasses are produced using ghost fishing nets and recycled plastic

Curvy Balance Board

Young & Learning makes sustainable, open ended toys that ignite imaginations, improve child development and create opportunities to learn and grow through play

Doc2

Doc2 speeds up the creation, sending and signing of contracts for SME businesses

Fafaza Precision Crop Spraying

By Cambridge Consultants. Brings ‘AI to the edge’ to perform plant recognition and precise, individualized treatment in the field in real time

Flit Bike

Flit is developing a new electric bike that is designed from the ground up to make it convenient for more people to cycle in our increasingly congested and polluted cities

FutureYou

Health supplements and vitamins scientifically proven to deliver more of the good stuff to your body

Heartfelt Technologies

Exists to help patients, their families, carers and doctors, to reduce hospital re-admission rates from congestive heart failure de-compensation

Healthera

Using the Healthera app, which is listed on the NHS Digital apps library, patients can order and track their prescriptions, access clinical services, and monitor their medication intake in one digital end-to-end solution

Herdsy

Herdsy is an award-winning international technology company, that has developed a technology that helps to solve the biggest issue in the Beef Industry, namely sustainability

Karmacoin Referral Platform

Karmacoin is an online recruitment referral platform with a difference. Users can refer their friends for technical jobs and earn coins to spend on rewards and experiences while supporting local charities

Kubos

Developing low energy consuming LEDs using proprietary cubic-GaN technology

KuduSmart

Crossbridge Scientific offers a simple, minimal effort fitness test delivered via a wearable device (KuduSmart) to measure human thermoregulation

Legal Sphere

Legal Sphere is an online legal platform which allows lawyers and their clients to connect and collaborate online

Light Blue Fibre

A joint venture between the University of Cambridge and Cambridgeshire County Council offering commercial access to ducting and dark fibre networks - delivering digital connectivity across the city and beyond

Obrizum

An enterprise cloud platform by OBRIZUM group Ltd which allows companies to automatically create, deliver and monitor adaptive digital learning programmes on a global scale

Photovoltaic Glazing

By Polysolar- a developer, manufacturer and installer of transparent photovoltaic glazing – windows that produce renewable electricity thereby turning buildings into power stations

Pickr

We enable businesses to deliver major infrastructure projects, by changing the way they build their delivery teams

PragmatIC

Flexible Integrated Circuits (FlexICs) thinner than a human hair

Rainbird AI

Rainbird is an AI-powered automated decision-making platform that allows businesses to replicate and scale their best workers

Repeat XP

Repeat XP is a startup fighting food insecurity. The team is developing a platform that guarantees the user to gain and maintain a healthy diet while experiencing constraints to achieve it

Safepoint

Safepoint is a modern, easy-to-use platform that instantly increases the safety of lone workers whilst also allowing businesses to ensure they are compliant with today's health and safety regulations

Start Codon

Start Codon is a life science and healthcare business accelerator that provides companies with seed funding, facilities, mentoring and access to a dedicated team and network of industry leading contacts

SupaPass

We make branded content apps for businesses and influencers

Tactful AI

Tactful uses AI and real-time analytics to provide 360-view of the customer and empower customer care agents to deliver personalized and rewarding experience across digital platforms

Techspert.io

Developers of the world’s first AI-driven solution to knowledge exchange, uses AI technology powered by machine learning to connect businesses with experts to help them make more informed decisions

TechVelocity

TechVelocity is an accelerator helping founders scale tech business quickly through highly skilled support. Through Founding 50 we are also the voice of the ambitious & successful founders in the East

The CashCuff®

Designers of the World's First Payment Shirt. DressCode is taking contactless payment to new levels - no wallet or phone required. Secure payments and more direct from your shirt

Thyngs

We connect any physical object to a digital experience using a smartphone, without the need for an app

VeriTherm

A fast and simple tool to verify the thermal performance of new buildings by Cambridge Consultants and Redbarn Group

WAi2Go

The WAi2Go platform by Smart Networked Environments is the defining framework for all SmartNE projects: a sophisticated, powerful platform for a wide variety of smart city, campus and building solutions

Should your ‘thing’ be on this list too? Or what ‘thing’ have you seen recently that really stood out? Submit your nomination by completing the form, emailing 21toWatch@cofinitive.com or following @cofinitive on Twitter and using #21toWatch.

Remember, we’re also looking to create the lists for the companies and people who could be a #21toWatch Top21.