Challenge to find UK’s latest innovations

6 February 2012
By Rachael Fergusson
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Business Minister Mark Prisk

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A competition to find the most innovative pre-market products, processes and concepts was launched by the UK’s Business Minister today.

Mark Prisk said the Make it in Great Britain Challenge was all about transforming the image of modern UK manufacturing and raising awareness of its importance to Britain’s economy.

Inventors, manufacturers, engineers, designers, businesses of all sizes, young people and the general public were able to enter the competition. The challenge forms part of the Make it in Great Britain campaign, which aims to change the image of modern manufacturing.

An exhibition will be placed in London's Science Museum during the Olympics featuring winners from each of the categories, which include Make it... Stronger, Make it... Sustainable, Make it…Smarter, and Make it…Life changing.

A youth section called Make it... Breakthrough was open to entrants aged 16 to 21, and entries in this category can conform to any of the other four categories. Ahead of the exhibition opening in July, members of the public will have a chance to vote on which of the finalists in this category they believe is the most significant innovation, with the winner securing a place in the Science Museum for the entire duration of the exhibit.

"This challenge creates the perfect platform to celebrate the most innovative and creative manufacturing minds out there today, while showcasing their skills to potential investors, employers and peers who could help kick-start their ideas into real commercial ventures," Prisk said.

Brompton Bicycles managing director Will Butler-Adams, who is on the judging panel, said: "The Make it in Great Britain Challenge will remind us how many fantastic things we make across the UK."

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Find out more about the Make it in Great Britain Challenge.

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