Business with Birmingham 2016 Innovation Competition

The University of Birmingham is pleased to announce the launch of its first Business with Birmingham Innovation Competition in order to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation. The competition is being launched at the Business with Birmingham annual conference on 20 November, with winners to be announced in 2016.

Business are invited to apply in the following categories. Applications must be submitted to Luke Jones no later than 17:00 on Monday 4 April 2016

High Growth Innovative SME of the Year

rd-tax-claimsSponsored by R&D Tax Claims Ltd

Designed to highlight the most exciting new companies in the UK, this competition is open to privately-owned SMEs that can demonstrate significant growth through research and development over the past 3 years. £5,000 will be made available to the winning company in order to support collaborative R&D between the company and University of Birmingham.

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) based in the UK only. Note that SMEs are defined as having fewer than 250 employees, with an annual turnover of less than €50m)
  • Companies should ensure that they are able to demonstrate high-growth; this is classified as a quantifiable increase in turnover over a period of 3 years. The successful applicant will ensure thisis demonstrated in their application
  • Entry forms must be signed by a permanent member of staff at the applicant company. Applicants must ensure that they have the authority to represent their company in applying to this competition

Criteria

  • The application calls for you to explain how the prize money will be used to collaborate with the University. Applications will be judged according to potential for commercial viability, likelihood of success and benefits to the partners involved
  • Please ensure that you have researched your idea as far as you can before submission. If you would like advice on developing your proposal, please contact Luke Jones
  • Please note that projects must last for no longer than 12 months in duration
  • The judges will not necessarily have specialist knowledge in your area; keep technical detail to a minimum

Apply

If you are interested in applying please contact Luke Jones for an application form. Note that application forms must be submitted no later than 17:00 on Monday 4 April 2016

Best Innovative Idea for Exploitation

forrestersSponsored by Forresters

The UK is renowned for its Invention but has a poorer track record when it comes to Exploitation. This competition aims to support a company that has a great idea, possibly developed with the University of Birmingham, and is looking for the most effective and safest way to commercialise that idea. The winner will receive £5,000 of Intellectual Property advice, including patent and trademark attorney support.

Eligibility

  • This competition is open to companies of any size, based in the UK only
  • Innovation is defined as changing or creating more effective processes, products and / or ideas, increasing the likelihood of a business succeeding
  • Entry forms must be signed by a permanent member of staff at the applicant company. Applicants must ensure that they have the authority to represent their company in applying to this competition

Criteria

  • The application calls for you to explain your invention and how the competition prize will be used to protect and exploit the IP. Applications will be judged according to potential for commercial viability, likelihood of successand benefits to the partners involved
  • Please ensure that you have researched your idea as far as you can before submission. If you would like advice on developing your proposal, please contact Luke Jones
  • Please note that projects must be spent within 12 months of the date of award
  • The judges will not necessarily have specialist knowledge in your area; keep technical detail to a minimum

Apply

If you are interested in applying please contact Luke Jones for an application form. Note that application forms must be submitted no later than 17:00 on Monday 4 April 2016