Merseyside Innovation Awards Launch Today

The hunt for the most ground-breaking products and business in the region has begun with the launch of the 2014 Merseyside Innovation Awards. The awards are now in their 19th year and celebrate inventive companies who will revolutionise industry and commerce.

MIA Logo 2014

The final winner of the awards will receive a prize of £10,000 in cash while the runners-up can win specialist business support worth up to £2,000.

Last year's overall winner was Nanoflex, based in Daresbury, which secured the award for its high-performance electrodes used in the electrochemical industry.

The entrants for January are already being analysed by the judging panel, made up of sponsors including MC Vanguard, after online entries opened a few weeks ago.

However, there are still many opportunities to enter and the judging panel will select a monthly winner from the entries received that month.

At the end of the entry period the applicants will be whittled down to three finalists who will be invited to give a presentation to the judges at the final talking place at the Crowne Plaza, Liverpool in July.

Awards founder Brian McCann, partner and director of MC Vanguard Corporate Finance, said: "With this being the Merseyside Innovation Awards it seemed only fitting that we launch in cyberspace first. Those who were sharp to it got their entries in early and already we have seen some astonishing submissions.

"We are looking forward to seeing some very exciting applications this year. With competition expected to be fierce I would encourage entrepreneurs to enter early. We want to leave no stone unturned in our quest to spotlight the greatest innovations in the region."

MC Vanguard are once again proud to support the ceremony. The other sponsors are BBC Radio Merseyside, Brabners, Kenyon Fraser, Unilever, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Liverpool LEP, NatWest, University of Liverpool Management School, Insider, Village Software, Butters Innovation, WP Thompson, C-Tech Innovation and the North West Fund.

This story first appeared in Insider North West on Monday 20th January 2014 and can be found here.

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