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Business Minister Mark Prisk has announced the finalists of a nationwide competition to find the UK’s next big pre-market products, processes and concepts.
4 Jul 2012
Successful entries of the Make it in Great Britain Challenge include new technology which could offer relief to tinnitus sufferers and a pram that folds into a rucksack.
They are two of the 17 finalists announced today in the challenge, backed by Dragon’s Den tycoon Deborah Meaden and Business Minister Mark Prisk.
Other top brainwaves include an eco-friendly alternative to concrete and an engine that cuts fuel consumption by two thirds.
The inventions are all still in development and winning could get them into production.
Mark Prisk said:
“The UK is full of creative manufacturing expertise, and I’m delighted that we are able to celebrate some of the best pre-market ideas through the Challenge.
“We’ve had a great response, and I’m particularly excited by some of the entries received in the Breakthrough category. I’d urge the public to get voting and tell us who they would like to receive the honour of being named the People’s Choice.”
A team of six expert judges came up with the 17 shortlisted entries, which will all go on display at London’s Science Museum this summer.
But they will benefit from the exposure of their idea to multi-national companies and the public.
The winning entries will showcase alongside names such as Mars and McLaren, and leading small and medium businesses like Ultra Global in celebration of manufacturing.
Visitors to the six-week exhibition will be invited to vote on their favourite entry. The winners from each weekly vote will feature together in the final week of the exhibit.