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Following last year’s successful Biztech Bright Sparc Awards, the 2016 award are now open for entries. If you are in education or business and are working on an exciting technology project or business innovation you should enter the BrightSparc awards. Previous entrants are welcome to re-apply.

BrightSparc Award Judgesbook

Cllr Pete Marland, Leader of the Council
Jan Flawn CBE, PJ Care
Silvia Vitiello, Kingston Smith
Dr Nick Lancaster, University of Bedfordshire
Alan Fletcher, The Open University
Debra Leighton, University of Bedfordshire Business School
Cllr Edith Bald, Leader of the Opposition

Deadline for Entries: Extended to 3rd June

Award Presentations: 22nd June at the StadiumMK

Open to entries from the SEMLEP area SEE MAP

Not sure if you should enter or can’t decide which category? Pre-register below and we will contact you to discuss your entry.

Award Categories for 2016:

Most Innovative Student Technology Project click here to enter

The winner of this category will have displayed exceptional blue sky thinking to potentially create a technological solution to a real world problem. Current students will be expected to prove significant progress has been made on developing the idea in the last 12 months and have evidence of interest from industry. The winning project will more than likely be a team and will describe academic rigour as well as innovative and clear thinking about potential future commercial applications.

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Best Academic & Business Research Project click here to enter

Knowledge is power and this category seeks to shine a welcome spotlight on the very best examples of how exemplar pieces of research can help to resolve commercial sticking points. The winners of this category will be able to clearly describe the commercial imperative behind the research as well as how the conclusions have been translated into action. Entrants will need to describe the details of the research project and prove its commercial ramifications.

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Best Technology-Focused Collaboration Between Academics & Business click here to enter

This award seeks to celebrate unsung heroes who are combining the highly prized skills of both business and academia. Winners in this dynamic category will be able to clearly demonstrate how they have in the last 12 months transformed pure ideas into commercially viable real world solutions. They will be shining examples of the benefits of combining ideas with clearly defined entrepreneurial goals. The collaboration could be anywhere along the innovation spectrum, from conception to realisation.

Best Business to Business Technology Innovation click here to enter

This award will recognise and reward a business that has within the last 12 months taken an exceptional innovative technological-based idea into the B2B sector. The winner or winners will be able to clearly demonstrate the problem that needed solving as well as the logical steps taken so far to bring the idea to fruition, including the overcoming of any significant obstacles. This technological innovation can be in software, hardware or both.

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Best Business to Consumer Technology Innovation click here to enter

This award will recognise and reward a business that has within the last 12 months taken an exceptional innovative idea into the B2C universe. The winner or winners will inspire the judges with their story of exceptional business awareness and problem-solving skills as well as the steps taken to bring the idea to fruition, including the overcoming of any significant obstacles on the journey. This technological innovation can be in software, hardware or both.

Award Prizes

  • All entrants will be promoted on the LEO Showcase Innovation Program free for 3 months.
  • The runners up in each category will be promoted on the LEO Showcase Innovation Program free for 6 months.
  • The winners in each category will be promoted on the LEO Showcase Innovation Program free for 12 months.

Leading edge only (LEO) provide innovators with a marketplace to showcase their technologies and products to organisations globally. more information is available here www.leadingedgeonly.com

Not sure if you should enter or can’t decide which category?

Pre-register now with a brief summary of your technology idea, business or innovation and we will contact you to discuss your entry.

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