Quest to find innovation stars starts with launch of MIA 2015
The 20th annual Merseyside Innovation Awards launched this week to find the most ground-breaking products and businesses across Merseyside.
For two decades the awards have recognised and rewarded pioneering companies which could help to revolutionise industry and commerce.
The overall winner of the awards will receive a prize of £10,000 in cash while the runners-up can win specialist business support worth up to £2.000
Last year’s victor was Briggs Automotive Company, the Speke-based manufacturer which is the creator of the BAC Mono single-seat sports car. The business is run by brothers Neill and Ian Briggs, who first unveiled the car in 2011.
The other finalists to narrowly miss out on the main prize were Pulmorphix, a Liverpool John Moores University-spin out which has developed a device that replicates the conditions deep in the human lung, and Ultromex in Bromborough, the designer of a chemical process to help with the recycling of cathode ray tubes from old TVs.
Businesses can now place their entries for the awards, with the judging panel selecting a monthly winner from the entries received that month.
At the end of the entry period the applicants will be whittled down to three finalists who will be invited to give a presentation to the judges at the final, taking place at the Crowne Plaza in July.
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.”
MIA is sponsored by BBC Radio Merseyside, Brabners, Kenyon Fraser, Insider Media, Unilever, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Liverpool LEP, NatWest, University of Liverpool Management School, MC Vanguard Corporate Finance, Mitchell Charlesworth, Village Software, WP Thompson, C-Tech Innovation, the North West Fund and Trustech Smart Ventures.