Innovate UK’s IC tomorrow programme is seeking innovative digital ideas that meet 5 challenges faced by retail businesses.
Up to 5 businesses could each win £35,000 to develop solutions in the fields of food waste reduction, virtual fitting, seamless shopping, and enhancing shopping experiences in physical stores and in street and covered markets.
Businesses will have the opportunity to work alongside partners including
Tesco, WRAP, London College of Fashion, Unilever, Barclays and the Greater London Authority. The contest is also supported by the Economic and Social Research Council. Challenges
We are looking for innovative solutions in:
pioneering new ways to tackle the 7 million tonnes of food and drink waste thrown away each year in the UK, in partnership with Tesco and WRAP
improving virtual fitting to reduce the high returns rate experienced by retailers from online sales, in partnership with the London College of Fashion
seamless shopping for consumer products that are regularly replaced, in partnership with Unilever
enhancing in-store experiences by bringing the best of the online world into physical banks and stores, in partnership with Barclays
digital enhancement of street and covered markets to help them to adapt and grow, in partnership with Greater London Authority
this competition opens on 11 January 2016 and applications must be submitted by noon on 23 February 2016
the competition is open to businesses in the UK or EU
up to £35,000 is available to develop the successful project under each challenge
businesses can trial their ideas with industry partners while keeping their intellectual property
a briefing event will be held in London on 21 January 2016. It will be available as a webinar both live and after the event
Published 17 December 2015