Hunt begins for Merseyside Innovation Stars

Wed, January 25th, 2017

The 2017 Merseyside Innovation Awards is now open!

The search is on to find the Merseyside businesses that have developed a product, service or solution that could transform a sector, with a £10,000 prize up for grabs to help take it to the next level.

For 22 years the Merseyside Innovation Awards has been working to uncover innovators in manufacturing, technology, services, healthcare and consumer products across the region.

Each year the awards select monthly winners between January and May before choosing the three best to go through to the final, where they go head-to-head in front of a panel of expert judges to compete for a first prize of £10,000 to spend on their business.

The runners-up get £2,000 of professional support from the MIA sponsor group, which includes Mitchell Charlesworth, MC Vanguard Corporate Finance, Unilever, Trustech, Dewinter, Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce, Liverpool City Region LEP, Natwest, Insider Media, The University of Liverpool, Village Software, WP Thompson, O’Connors LLP and BBC Radio Merseyside.

The Awards committee are holding two Meet the Sponsors lunches to tell you all about the awards, the application process and share with you how previous applicants and winners have benefited from their involvement in the Awards. Please visit www.mitchellcharlesworth.co.uk/events to register your attendance.

Meet the Sponsors Lunch - Tuesday 7 February 2017, 1pm - 2pm at Liverpool Science Park

Meet the Sponsors Lunch - Tuesday 7 March 2017, 1pm - 2pm at Daresbury Science Park

Last year’s winner was Reach and Rescue, the Knowsley-based manufacturer of a unique carbon-fibre telescopic rescue pole which can be used by emergency services, including coastguards, to access casualties in hard-to-reach places.

The runners-up, who narrowly missed out on the main prize was Immersive Interactive, a Southport-based firm which has created an immersive room which can be used to create lifelike simulated conditions for training emergency services staff or to create interactive learning spaces for children, including those with special educational needs, up to university students.

2017 will also be the second year that the MIA presents its Prestige Award. This is open to businesses with a turnover of £1m to £25m which are continuing to innovate on Merseyside, creating jobs and investment on a larger scale.

Last year the first ever Prestige Award was won by Perceptive Engineering, the Daresbury-based Advanced Process Control firm.

Awards founder Brian McCann, partner and director of MC Vanguard Corporate Finance, said: "Merseyside Innovation Awards is a great place for innovative companies and individuals to showcase their ideas and along the way it offers them the opportunity to be guided by one of the wide range of the sponsors involved with the awards."

To enter the 2017 Merseyside Innovation Awards visit www.merseysideinnovationawards.co.uk.

This story originally appeared in Insider North West.

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