Murgitroyd is delighted to launch its third Innovator Launchpad competition today.
The innovation competition, which is open to all UK-based pre-profit and non-profit organisations, offers a cash investment to the winning entrepreneur of £6,500 plus a PR and advice package.
Previous winners have been Brian Miller and Monika Tomecka (pictured above) of UFraction8,who invented a unique water treatment solution, and Michael Harkins (pictured below) of Turtle Pack, who created an innovative swim aid for children.
Both winners have gone on to further success following their Innovator Launchpad wins, with Miller and Tomecka of UFraction8 recently being awarded a €50,000 grant from the EU Horizon2020 fund and Harkins of Turtle Pack winning endorsement for his product from Richard Branson.
Two new sponsors join the team this year – Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group and Dog Digital join existing supporters Leyton UK and Betabrand , with each donating its own expertise and support to the competition.
As Keith Jones, Director – Patents with Murgitroyd, highlights: ”The competition is designed to be as simple and hassle-free as possible, and it should take under 30 mins to fill in the application form”.
“We’d like to hear from up-and-coming businesses who excel in four areas: innovation, impact, sustainability and presentation of their idea”.
Following the first-stage entry process, the 10 top entries will be selected to produce a 90-second video on their business, which will then be voted on by the public to decide a final three.
The final three entrants will then be interviewed by a cross-industry panel to decide on 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
The Innovator Launchpad team are looking forward to reviewing this year’s entries, says Jones: “We’re excited at the prospect of once again working with some of the UK’s top entrepreneurial talent, and hopefully giving them a boost on their business journeys”.
Businesses have until Wed. 7th Nov. at 1200 GMT to submit their entries and can apply here.
See a video here featuring Keith Jones of Murgitroyd, which explains the background to the competition.
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Good luck to all of this year’s entrants!
The Innovator Launchpad team