Cancer Central’s Founder Wins Prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award

A pioneering approach recognised at the Women in IT Awards 2019 where Cancer Central’s Founder & CEO Avril Chester was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year for her incredible efforts. “Words cannot express how grateful I am. Thank you to everyone who believed in me, who listened, who cominovated, who made Cancer Central’s first iteration site a reality. This award is for all of us!”

Cancer Central is a brand-new digital platform created to provide those affected by cancer with the help and support they need during their cancer journey. Though still in its infancy, Cancer Central is built on an intelligent AI chat platform (nicknamed ‘Ave’) powered by IBM Watson. The platform combines a database with an innovative conversational search engine to connect people to the products, services and products, when and where they need them.

“There was no one centralised place that signposted to everything we or those close to us would likely need,” Chester explained. “Even if we knew what we were looking for, there were products and support we didn’t know existed and therefore never found. I couldn’t help thinking that going through cancer was difficult enough without having to do hours and hours of research”.

“Delivering relevant, targeted, personalised support has always been central to our vision. But for that, we need data!” she continues "the challenge now is finding all the incredible businesses and charities who support individuals affected by cancer, and asking them to register on Cancer Central so that we can signpost to them in time need”.

Cancer Central has partnered with leading corporates and some of the sharpest minds in the tech start up community to help bring Avril’s vision to life. All in all, this pioneering ‘Human Open Source Model’, called cominovation has seen companies donate over 10,000 hours to the project, from 100+ individuals and 20+ organisations with major contributions from TechFINUM and ROQ.

About Women in IT Awards

Women in IT Awards is the world’s largest technology diversity event, attended by over 1,000 business and technology leaders. A globally influential awards programme, the event leads the charge in tackling technology’s damaging gender imbalance by showcasing the achievements and innovation of women in technology, identifying new role models and promoting further dialogue around diversity among key industry influencers.

About Cancer Central

Avril, founded the company in 2018 after surviving breast cancer. The company’s goal is to be a leader in the social impact business space with thanks to their pioneering approach, cominovation. Established as a community interest company, Cancer Central is committed to reinvesting at least 65% of its profits, and places collaboration and partnerships at the heart of its growth strategy. Their vision is to create a comprehensive and personalised digital directory by connecting best of breed technology that services everyone affected by cancer in the UK by location and cancer type. You can follow on @CancerCentralUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. #HelpisHere

Cancer Central is looking for social impact investment to help fund the next phase.

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About Cancer Central

A young social enterprise with a big mission & vision. We are the first award winning HealthTech cancer platform using AI to guide people affected by cancer to find the support and information they need. Our organisation has been created from over 55,000 donated hours from 250+ individuals, 50+ organisations in an approach we call cominovation (community + innovation). Cancer Central is powered by a HealthTech chat bot, Ask Ave®, a virtual assistant that learns as it interacts.

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