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Innovation Competition

Innovation is vital to the survival and success of UK plc and the planet. Radical and disruptive change is needed in the way materials and resources are used and how organisations do business. Innovation and emerging technologies are an essential building block for that sustainable future.


edie Live has designed a competition specifically designed to promote and support innovation in the sustainability space, which is being supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network.


Building on the launch of the Innovation Zone last year, we are looking for the best ideas that we can help turn into market-ready propositions.

The competition is open to SMEs (up to 250 employees and a turnover not exceeding €50m) that have developed a new or emerging technology, system, process or business model.

They must:

•   Have reached prototype and/or testing/trialling stages

•   Not yet be commercially available

•   Be focused on improving sustainability performance or credentials

The competition scope includes, but is not limited to, energy efficiency, process/resource efficiency, circular economy and other new business models, onsite low-carbon or renewable energy solutions, building efficiency, low-carbon transport, energy storage and smart management.

Finalists will be selected by an expert judging panel and given a dedicated poster site on the Innovation Zone at edie Live on May 17-18 2016 at the NEC Birmingham, and the opportunity to showcase their innovation to an invited audience of investors and venture capitalists along with the show’s visitors from business and the public sector.

They will also be invited to present their innovations for the judging panel and show visitors in the brand new presentation area. The winner of the competition, and the recipient of a £6,000 support package, will be selected and announced at the show.


Deadline - March 18


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