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: May 29th 2020

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 programmes

£200,000

20+ PLACES ON GRANT FUNDED PROGRAMMES

From our partners

Why should you apply?

TESTIMONIALS

CHALLENGE THEMES

ADVANCED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

Sponsored by Digital Catapult
  • Future Networks (5G, LPWAN & IoT)
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Immersive (VR, AR, XR & Haptics)
  • Big Data & Analytics, Systems Integration, Process optimization
  • Distributed Ledger Technologies

Healthcare & wellbeing

Sponsored by GSK
  • 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

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

Sustainable futures

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

KEY DATES

  • 29 MAY

    Application Submission Deadline
  • 26 JUNE

    Top 20 Applicants Announced

    Based on your online application

  • 8 JULY

    Semi Final

    Top 20 will be invited to pitch to judges

  • 10 JULY

    Top Finalists Announced on Social Media
  • 24 AUGUST

    Full Day Pitch Coaching

    For all finalists

  • 24 SEPTEMBER

    Innovation Challenge Grand Finale and Winners Announced

    QEII Conference Centre London

MEET OUR 2019 FINALISTS

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 an Start-up visa

INDIVIDUAL OR IN TEAMS

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

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