Winners of the Devon & Cornwall 2019 Venus Awards were announced at a Grand Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the St Mellion International Resort, Plymouth on 29th March 2019.

The Venus Awards – dubbed by Channel 4 as “The Working Women’s Oscars” – celebrate the vital contribution that women in business make to the local, regional, and national economy, and are unique in that anyone can nominate a friend, client or family member.

Biovault's CEO, microbiologist Kate Sneddon was one of three finalists in the Inspirational Woman in STEMM category, joining Tech Support Manager at Vualto, Carly Britton and Lecturer in molecular biology, Dr Tina Joshi.

The award, sponsored by TRUCKSMITH, is a new and welcome addition to the Venus Awards. The gender imbalance in STEMM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics) is an ongoing challenge, and something about which Kate is keen to raise awareness in the hope of attracting more young women to these important sectors.

Every sponsor emphasised the outstanding calibre of their category Finalists when presenting the winner with their “Venus” trophy.    

This year’s Charity Sponsors are the Devon Air Ambulance and Cornwall Air Ambulance  The aim of Devon Air Ambulance is to help save ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances: parents, partners, children. Nobody chooses to have an emergency, but thanks to the crucial support of the Devon community, they can be there when it matters most. Cornwall Air Ambulance flies more than 700 missions every year bringing vital emergency medical treatment in minutes to patients across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It does not receive any government support for these missions and relies on the generosity of its supporters.

The Venus Awards were founded in Dorset in 2009 by Tara Howard, who was frustrated by the lack of recognition for the achievements of working women. The event has since expanded to eight regions around the UK, with the 35th ceremony held at the inaugural London Awards at the Waldorf in December 2018.

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