The Innovation Showcase Competition not only celebrates the businesses and innovations that come out of the North West, but also has very real and potentially game-changing benefits for those involved.
The prestige and increased profile that comes from pitching in front of leading players from across the North West – not to mention the high-level media coverage – has enabled previous finalists to significantly widen their client base, launch products and services and secure new funding.
Register for #VFNW19 now to see the 12 pitches and vote for the Audience Winner.
The full list of Innovation Showcase Competition finalists is as follows:
Digital Innovation finalists:
Rhythm Digital – Based in Manchester, Rhythm Digital make Piing, a web product which gets crowds playing, shouting and interacting by joining big screen arcade games, using their phones as controllers. rhythm.digital • @rhythmHQ
Most Innovative Established Business finalists:
Alison Handling – The UK’s largest independent stockist of new and used recyclable plastic storage boxes, trays, totes, pallets, pallet boxes and more, based in Kirkham, near Preston. alisonhandling.com • @AlisonHandling
Eco-Mist Biotechnics – A Cumbrian business that has developed a range of exclusive, highly effective healthcare and hygiene products that eradicate 99.9999% of pathogens in rooms and vehicles, yet are harmless to humans, animals and the environment. eco-mist-biotechnics.com • @EBiotechnics
Product Innovation finalists:
NGPod Global – From its base in Manchester Science Park, the business provides innovative solutions to the patient safety issues surrounding nasogastric (NG) tube placement. ngpodglobal.com • @NGPODGLOBAL
Neptune Solutions – A Failsworth organisation that designs innovative, modular, adjustable and environmentally friendly fluid management systems for flood management and water retention. neptunesolutions.co.uk • @Neptunesolutions.co.uk
AI Rehab – Based in Lytham St. Annes, they produce patented apps and devices for patients having hip and knee surgery; encouraging effective rehabilitation behavioural change through gamification and the implementation of Artificial Intelligence algorithms. airehab.com • @AIRehab1
Service Innovation finalists:
Clever Cogs – Based in Salford, Clever Cogs develop unique immersive mobile Learning Experiences for teachers and pupils that are fun, productive alternatives to school trips. clevercogslearning.com • @Clevercogslearning
Dicey Tech – A Manchester edtech company that enables young generations to become technology creators by using 3D-printing to teach secondary-school students tech, enterprise skills, and careers insight. diceytech.co.uk • @DiceyTech
Artemis Analytical Ltd. – A start-up company based in Manchester that is developing a quantum-based technology for enhancing the sensitivity of mass spectrometry by more than a factor of 1,000. This is currently being used to develop a table top device for carbon dating. artemis-analytical.com