Innovation Challenge

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ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

ARE YOU AN ETHNIC MINORITY BUSINESS OR A FOUNDER WITH A NEW IDEA THAT CAN MAKE OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
Get your ideas in front of global brands and investors. Apply for the MSDUK Innovation Challenge today to bring your ideas to the front, get noticed by industry and the business world and win exciting prizes that will help you bring your ideas to life. Previous prize winners have been offered scholarships to attend Ivy League Business School, corporate mentoring and product introductions.
APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE EXTENDED: 14TH JUNE 2019

PRIZES

£5,000

CASH PRIZE for the challenge winner

Introductions to our investor network and workshops

£40,000

worth of business school SCHOLARSHIPS

At Ivy League Tuck School of Business for the top four finalists

£100,000

worth of corporate mentoring

12-18 months corporate mentoring programme with Accenture and Digital Catapult

2-YEAR

MSDUK Premium membership

Unlimited access to MSDUK Hub Programmes and events for all 12 finalists

Showreel

TESTIMONIALS

challenge themes

INDUSTRY 4.0

Sponsored by Cummins
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Autonomous Robots
  • Immersive Virtual/Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Haptic
  • Future Focus/Tech Blockchain, 3D-Printing, 5G, Cybersecurity, IoT
  • Big Data & Analytics, Systems Integration, Process optimization
  • Business Disruption, emerging technologies e.g. nanotech, biotech

Healthcare & wellbeing

Sponsored by J&J
  • Consumer Health, Wellness & Prevention Management
  • Med Tech & Smart Devices for therapy
  • Patient Services
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Global Public Health & Hygiene, Disease interception & perception
  • Systems Change, R&D, Supply chain

SOCIAL INNOVATION

  • Future Workforce, Employment & Inclusion
  • Financial Services
  • Collaborative Economy, Transportation & infrastructure
  • Citizens Identity, Governance, Safety & Security

Sustainable futures

  • Environment, Energy & Waste
  • Low Carbon Economy, Climate Change
  • Sustainable cities & communities
  • Responsible consumption & production
  • Life Sciences

Timeline

1 APR
APPLICATIONS OPEN
14 JUN
Application Deadline Extended
12 JUL
top 12 finalists announced
17 SEP
Innovation challenge finale & winners Announced
30 APR
EARLY APPLICANTS ENTER a draw to win £250 Eurostar Voucher
8 JUL
Semi-Final Round – Top 20 Applicants invited to pitch to judges
12 AUG
Full day pitching workshop (finalists only)
1 APR
APPLICATIONS OPEN
30 APR
EARLY APPLICANTS ENTER a draw to win £250 Eurostar Voucher
14 JUN
Application Deadline Extended
8 JUL
Semi Finalists – top 20 applicants invited to pitch to judges
12 JUL
Top 12 Finalists Announced
12 AUG
Full day pitching workshop (finalists only)
17 SEP
Innovation challenge finale & winners Announced

Entry REQUIREMENTS

Ethnic Minority

MSDUK champions inclusion of ethnic minority businesses and founders into the mainstream. All applicants should have at least one founder of an ethnic minority origin, with a majority (51% or more) stake and/or ownership within the business.

PERMANENT Uk resident or citizen

You must be a UK citizen or resident with a Tier 1-Visa.

INDIVIDUAL OR IN TEAMS

You can enter as an individual innovator or as part of a team.

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