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2018 Innovation Showcase Competition

At the centre of Venturefest North West 2018 was the annual Innovation Showcase Competition, which was open to start-up and scale-up businesses from across the region.

Twelve companies were shortlisted (hear from them all below) from more than 170 entries across four categories – Product Innovation, Service Innovation, Digital Innovation and Innovative Established Business – in the hope of securing a business support package worth thousands of pounds.

Following an impressive and informative set of pitches that demonstrated the outstanding level of innovation across a range of sectors, the Innovation Showcase Competition awards were as follows:

Product Innovation – Reach and Rescue Ltd

Service Innovation – Urban Chain Ltd

Digital Innovation – Corporation Pop

Innovative Established Business – Whitham Mills Engineering Ltd

Overall Winner – Reach and Rescue Ltd

Audience Award – Telcom


Venturefest North West 2018 winners

Product Innovation finalists:

Radic8 Ltd – Bolton-based Radic8’s indoor air quality solutions protect patients in hospital, children in schools, office work forces and families in their homes.

Reach and Rescue Ltd – This Wigan-based manufacturer produces long reach telescopic poles and other associated equipment for use in rescue missions.

Redman Racing Boats Ltd – This Chester-based organisation aims to bring game changing technologies to rowing boat design and manufacturing.

Service Innovation finalists:

Clyz Labs Ltd – This laboratory based in Macclesfield uses technological innovation to improve the quality of life and survival of cancer patients through personalised clinical and pre-clinical cancer therapies.

Million Stars Sustainable Ltd – This Liverpool-based company has a five-year plan to eradicate 23,000 tonnes of waste from UK festivals by recovering and reusing it.

Urban Chain Ltd – This Trafford organisation created a blockchain-based platform to link consumers directly to energy generators and facilitates, switching to the best deal in almost real-time.

Digital Innovation finalists

Brain in Hand – Working out of Hulme, this organisation has created a mobile application to provide personalised mental health strategies.

Call Me Help Ltd – This Stockport-based company has developed a well-being monitor for elderly people who live alone, that analyses their activity levels based on their electricity usage and alerts a designated guardian.

Corporation Pop – This Manchester company has created the Xploro mobile app, which uses augmented to prepare children for going into hospital, reducing their stress and anxiety.

Innovative Established Business finalists:

Fulfilment Crowd – This Chorley-based firm provides fulfilment technology to help with the picking and packing of orders across the UK.

Telcom – This Manchester firm has developed Node, a secure, supplier agnostic telecommunications point of presence for buildings, giving the best connectivity solution for both landlords and tenants.

Whitham Mills Engineering Ltd – Based in Middleton, this manufacturing company has come up with a food waste tipping solution that uses a state-of-the-art hydraulic system to reduce cost and downtime.

Prize Sponsors: Adam Recruitment, Alston Bar & Beef, Beever & Struthers, Biramis Management Partners, Dehns, EJS Marketing,, GC Business Growth Hub, Gunner Cooke Consulting, Hallidays, HRC Law, Innospace, Mathys & Squire, Pearson Solicitors, Pomegranate Consulting, Savanna Bison, Sci-Tech Daresbury, Truth Design, Ziferblat.

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