UK, Iawards will promote Business Innovation

Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson today launched the iawards, the first Government backed-awards to celebrate achievements of the UK’s best innovators.
The announcement come as a new survey commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills shows that businesses believe British innovators are “unsung heroes” whose contribution to making Britain a better place to live and work often goes unnoticed.

The iawards includes 13 categories reflecting the greatest challenges the UK faces where science and innovation offer the best chance of developing viable solutions.

The awards are open to all British organisations or teams that demonstrate how their innovative qualities relate to at least one of the following challenges:
– Addressing the healthcare needs of an ageing society;
– Increasing international security from tackling global poverty to minimising the threat of terrorism;
– Preserving finite natural resources in the face of population growth and climate change;
– Delivering public services which make best use of new technologies.

UK Trade & Investment, the Government organisation which helps British companies win business in new markets, will work with the winning companies to help them find new potential business opportunities and partnerships. In addition, the winners will be invited to attend key industry events.

The deadline to get part in the iawards is fixed on September 17th 2009.



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