Innovation award scheme features low-carbon solutions

by Published Mon 13 Jul 2009 16:42
The iawards are celebrating innovation in Britain

A focus on low-carbon solutions is a key part of the first Government-backed innovation award scheme.

The best in cutting edge UK science and technology will be celebrated through the iaward campaign, launched today by Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson and Dragon’s Den business mentor James Caan.

Prime minister Gordon Brown backed the scheme, the first time government has supported an innovation awards scheme, saying that the iawards will “celebrate and recognise Britain’s most innovative entrepreneurs”.

The prime minister added: “New innovations will help us build for the future and take advantage of new opportunities in low carbon, digital technology, bioscience and advanced manufacturing.

At the official launch at Loindon's Science Museum, Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson said: “Now more than ever we need to support and celebrate British innovation. New ideas and products will get us out of the downturn and provide the foundations on which we can build Britain's future.

“The next iPlayer, Spotify and Ecotricity are out there and the people that will create these successful companies need to be supported and celebrated. The iawards will do just that.”
And Dragon's Den business guru James Caan, added: “Britain is home to some of the greatest minds in the world. We are the nation that invented the jet engine, created the code for the Internet and led research on the human genome project.

“Science and technology will shape the future of our economy. This is why it is so important for the iawards to recognise and honour Britain’s innovators for the vital contribution they make to our economy.”

Entries for the 13 categories are open to all organisations, but must specify the British involvement in any innovation - demonstrating that innovative thinking and development came from a British organisation or team.

The awards categories reflect the greatest challenges we face as country where science and innovation offer the best chance of developing viable solutions. Each entry must demonstrate how its innovative qualities relate to at least one of the following challenges:
One of the goals each entry must demonstrate is to preserve finite natural resources in the face of population growth and climate change and must also show that the innovation has an impact on one of the Governments grand challenges for science.

Winners of the awards will be helped by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to meet potential business partners at key industry events such as the giant Medica trade fair in Germany and TechnologyWorld in Coventry this autumn.

They will also receive public relations support from the iawards team. All of shortlisted entries and the winners will also have exclusive access to the iawards logo.

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