17 March 2017 — Last night at a colourful awards ceremony in central London, Oxbotica won the FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Award in the Smaller Company category, celebrating small companies having the biggest impact. Thirty-six shortlisted companies gathered from around the world to celebrate what it takes to be bold in business at the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Launched in the midst of the financial crisis in 2008, the 9th Annual Boldness in Business Awards saw the list of shortlisted companies dominated by Artificial Intelligence and Renewable Energy.
Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times, said “In this newly chaotic world, there are a few constants for business. One stand-out is the relentless advance of technology, whether in artificial intelligence, robotics or genetic engineering. Technology has the capacity to make a positive difference to the lives of ordinary citizens, and this is the theme of 2017’s Boldness in Business awards.”
Oxbotica was recognised alongside other world-class winners, including Google’s Deepmind, Dollar Shave Club, Dong Energy and Preferred Networks. Dr Graeme Smith, CEO, Oxbotica, emphasised the importance of being bold and taking risks:
“Wow what an honour… We’ve been ‘bold’ since day one, when we started operations with just four employees – we’ve now grown to over thirty strong and are doubling that this year. We’ve opened up a third office in Oxford, a fleet of autonomous vehicles, and a dedicated test track and workshop. Our customer base is expanding rapidly and we’re growing fast to meet this demand. This award is a major deal to a small company like us – thank you very much!”
Read more about Oxbotica and Founders Prof Paul Newman and Prof Ingmar Posner in the Financial Times article published today here.