Last Call for Innovative Tech Firms to Win Trading Support
Innovative science and technology firms only have until 16 September to enter the Government-backed iawards, to be in with a chance of winning publicity and international trading support.
Applicants can choose from 13 categories to enter, including energy and environment, digital communications, best collaboration, the next big thing and best technology start-up. Category winners will then go head-to-head for the iaward of the year.
The awards are open to UK-registered firms of any size that have launched ground-breaking projects since 1 July 2007.
BBC Dragons’ Den judge James Caan, urged businesses to put themselves forward.
“I firmly believe that businesses who focus their energy on nurturing the talent available to them can lead the UK out of the recession,” said Caan. “This is why I support the iawards, a long awaited opportunity to fully celebrate and recognise the strength of science, technology and innovation in the UK.”
Each entrant must write a 50-word explanation of why they should win the award category. They must also detail in less than 1,000 words how their innovation will help overcome one of four challenges the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has highlighted as important for scientists and entrepreneurs to resolve:
- Addressing the healthcare needs of an ageing society
- Increasing international security
- Preserving finite natural resources
- Delivering public services which make best use of new technologies.
All finalists and winners will be able to use the iawards logo to use on their marketing materials. They will also win a month’s PR support from the iawards team, resulting in national and regional press coverage. In addition, the winners will receive tailored support from UK Trade & Investment to help them make contacts and export overseas.
Winners will be presented with their iawards at a gala dinner in London on 16 November.
For more information and to enter the awards online, visit the iawards website www.iawards.org.uk