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Businesses in the North West urged to enter Innovation Showcase Competition

Monday, May 13, 2019

Entries for this year’s regional Innovation Showcase Competition are now open.

There are four categories for small and medium-sized businesses to enter: 

  • Product Innovation
  • Service Innovation
  • Digital Innovation
  • Innovative Established Business 

Innovative entries that address the challenge of the aging society, recognising older members of our population are creating new demands for technologies, products and services, are particularly welcome. 

Winners of each of the categories will receive a package of business support provided by partners of the Hub, while all applicants will be able to benefit from specialist business advice as part of the competition process. 

It’s free to enter and all a business needs to do is fill in a short online form. The deadline for entries is Monday 8 July 2019.

Those shortlisted will then go through to the quarter and semi-final stages, taking place between July and September, before the finalists pitch to an audience of potential customers and investors at Manchester Central on Wednesday 20 November. 

In addition, an Audience Award, voted for by Venturefest delegates, will be handed out and an Overall Winner will also be crowned.

Reach and Rescue won both the Product Innovation and Overall Winner categories last year for its range of specialist telescopic rescue equipment.

Jo Taylor, director, said: “Reach and Rescue benefitted tremendously from winning the Innovation Showcase Competition. 

“First, it has confirmed that we’re growing the business the right way. Then there’s the PR we received, which was fantastic and definitely raised awareness of our products. And it also had a huge impact on our team – it still gives us a proud feeling to say ‘we are an award-winning company’ and to know the hard work has paid off.” 

Venturefest North West 2019 is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.