A shortlist of
12 businesses will go on to pitch their innovations to a panel of investors and
an audience of potential customers during next month’s Innovation Showcase
Competition, taking place at the Venturefest North West 2019 expo and
will have a chance to win two top prizes of up to £10,000 worth of business
support packages, with one winner selected by the Innovation Showcase panel,
and another chosen by the Venturefest event audience.
There will also
be winners under the following categories: Product Innovation, Service
Innovation, Digital Innovation and Most Innovative Established Business.
annual competition received entries from more than 120 businesses this year and
is staged by GC Business Growth Hub, in partnership with Cheshire and
Warrington Growth Hub, Cumbria Growth Hub, Liverpool City Region’s Local Growth
Hub and Boost - Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. It was open to all start-ups,
and small and medium-sized businesses based across the North West.
In addition to
the award incentives, those shortlisted will also have a strong opportunity to
pitch their innovative business ideas to an audience of angel investors and
venture capitalists, to secure funding offers which might otherwise have been
out of their reach.
In the last
three years alone, Innovation Showcase entrants have generated £5.2million of
investment offers after taking part in the competition.
Mears, Head of Business Growth at Liverpool City Region Growth Platform, said:
“The Innovation Showcase is a great way for the North West to celebrate its
most innovative businesses and provide them with the opportunity to put
themselves on the map both regionally and nationally. The prestige and
increased profile that comes from pitching in front of leading players from
across the North West – not to mention the high-level media coverage – has
enabled previous finalists to significantly widen their client base, launch
products and services and secure new funding.
encouraging as many Liverpool City Region entrepreneurs to come along to the
event as possible, in order to get behind the shortlisted businesses and cast
their vote for the Innovation Showcase winner. It’s also a great opportunity
for them to make the most of the insight, knowledge and business expertise that
will be on offer all under one roof. It’s an event to attend if you’re
interested in growing your business and supporting the regional business
the European Regional Development Fund, Venturefest North West is the region’s
biggest annual innovation expo and conference that brings together businesses,
investors and innovation specialists under one roof.
hear from an exceptional mix of inspirational speakers including: former
'Dragon', founder & CEO of YourCash Europe, Jenny Campbell; Vikas Shah, CEO
of Swiscot Group and co-founder of 53 Degrees North; Cat Lewis, CEO, Joint
Creative Director & Executive Producer for Nine Lives Media; and Nitin Rai,
Founder & Managing Director of Elevate Capital.
will also be interactive workshops and networking opportunities throughout the
event which takes place at Manchester Central on Wednesday 20th November. To
register for your free place at Venturefest North West 2019 go to www.venturefestnorthwest.com.
Innovation Showcase Competition finalists are as follows:
- A Ramsbottom-based tech company developing the latest in Visual AI and
Machine Learning, retailers such as Samsung to grow sales.
- Based in Manchester, Rhythm Digital make Piing, a web product which gets
crowds playing, shouting and interacting by joining big screen arcade games,
using their phones as controllers.
- A new video platform established in Manchester which blends user-generated
videos with professional content from broadcasters and brands.
Most Innovative Established Business
Alison Handling -
The UK’s largest independent stockist of new and used recyclable plastic
storage boxes, trays, totes, pallets, pallet boxes and more, based in Kirkham,
- A Cumbrian business that has developed a range of exclusive, highly effective
healthcare and hygiene products that eradicate 99.9999% of pathogens in rooms
and vehicles, yet are harmless to humans, animals and the environment.
– A brewery in Salford which has gone on to become one of the most popular craft
beer breweries in the UK.
- From its base in Manchester Science Park, the business provides innovative
solutions to the patient safety issues surrounding nasogastric (NG) tube
Solutions - A Failsworth organisation that designs innovative, modular,
adjustable and environmentally friendly fluid management systems for flood
management and water retention.
– Based in Lytham St. Annes, they produce patented apps and devices for patients
having hip and knee surgery; encouraging effective rehabilitation behavioural
change through gamification and the implementation of Artificial Intelligence
Service Innovation finalists:
- Based in Salford, Clever Cogs develop unique immersive mobile Learning
Experiences for teachers and pupils that are fun, productive alternatives to
Dicey Tech – A Manchester edtech company that enables young generations to
become technology creators by using 3D-printing to teach secondary-school
students tech, enterprise skills, and careers insight.
Artemis Analytical Ltd. - A start-up company based in Manchester that is developing a
quantum-based technology for enhancing the sensitivity of mass spectrometry by
more than a factor of 1000. This is currently being used to develop a table top
device for carbon dating.
looking to access specialist support can visit www.businessgrowthhub.com for more information about the
organisation’s extensive range of services. This and other GC Business Growth
Hub projects are part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
as part of the GM Business Growth Hub project designed to help ambitious SME
businesses achieve growth and increase employment in Greater Manchester. The
Hub is also supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater
Manchester local authorities.