Innovator Launchpad

Read more about the 2018-19 winners.

 

Innovator Launchpad is an online community and competition developed by Murgitroyd to support the innovation community in the U.K.  Please be sure to visit our Innovator Launchpad Facebook page to join the community!

View a short video about the competition and application process here.

Why Did We Start Innovator Launchpad?

The Murgitroyd team wanted to support the innovative community at the grassroots level, and we know through supporting innovative companies in their intellectual property journeys over many years that what entrepreneurs need at the earliest stage of their development are cash and sound professional advice, so that is what our prize provides (see below for full details of prizes).

Competition Sponsors

Murgitroyd are delighted to be joined this year by sponsors Leyton UK, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group, Dog Digital and Betabrand, who will each be providing their time and expertise to the competition. They are a brilliant bunch and we thank each of them for their support.

Winter Competition

The top 10 entrants based on the criteria of innovation, impact, sustainability and presentation/definition were asked to produce a 90-second video, which was voted on by the public to decide the top 3.  Voting took place via the Innovator Launchpad Facebook page.

The top 3 were voted for by the public and then interviewed by a cross-industry panel.  The winner Windstorm Renewables, was announced on 23 Jan 2019 @ 1200 GMT.

Competition Timetable

  • Wed 10 Oct @ 1200 GMT – Entries open
  • Wed 7 Nov @ 1200 GMT – Entries close
  • Mon 12 Nov @1200 GMT – Top 10 announced
  • Tue 27 Nov @1200 GMT – Public video vote opens
  • Fri 14 Dec @1200 GMT – Public video vote closes
  • Tue 18 Dec @ 1200 GMT – Top 3 announced
  • Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jan – Judging week
  • Wed 23 Jan @1200 GMT – Winner announced
  • Wed 27 Feb – Award ceremony

1st Prize

  • £6,500 cash
  • £2,500 intellectual property services from Murgitroyd
  • £1,500 innovation funding advisory services from Leyton UK
  • Direct line to an experienced small business manager from Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banking Group
  • 25 months fee-free business banking with Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banking Group
  • Limited edition Betabrand space jacket
  • Professional photoshoot
  • Free publicity, including UK press release and 1-page full-colour regional advertisement

2nd Prize

  • £750 cash
  • £1,000 intellectual property services from Murgitroyd
  • Free consultation with Leyton UK

3rd Prize

  • £500 cash
  • £750 intellectual property services from Murgitroyd
  • Free consultation with Leyton UK

Previous Entrants and Winners

We’ve had some brilliant entrants to our competition from all industry sectors – these include engineering, software, fashion, chemistry, biotech, pharmaceuticals, food and drink and many more. Basically, if you’re a UK-based enterprise and are a pre-profit or non-profit concern (and meet all of our terms and conditions of course), you’re in!

The winners of our previous competitions have been Brian Miller and Monika Tomecka of UFraction8 (Spring 2017) and Michael Harkins of Turtle Pack (Autumn 2017). They have both gone on to do fantastic things, with Brian and Monika recently being awarded a €50,000 grant from the EU Horizon2020 fund and Michael having his product endorsed by none other than Sir Richard Branson!

Contact

Should you have any questions about the Innovator Launchpad competition, please contact a member of the Innovator Launchpad team:

Click here to register to be kept informed about Innovator Launchpad developments.