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The Innovation Showcase Competition not only celebrates the businesses and innovations that come out of the North West, but also has very real and potentially game-changing benefits for those involved.

The prestige and increased profile that comes from pitching in front of leading players from across the North West – not to mention the high-level media coverage – has enabled previous finalists to significantly widen their client base, launch products and services and secure new funding.

Register for #VFNW19 now to see the 12 pitches and vote for the Audience Winner.

Winners will receive prize packages of business support.

The full list of Innovation Showcase Competition finalists is as follows: 

Digital Innovation finalists:

Dream Agility – A Ramsbottom-based tech company developing the latest in Visual AI and Machine Learning, retailers such as Samsung to grow sales. • @DreamAgility

Rhythm Digital – Based in Manchester, Rhythm Digital make Piing, a web product which gets crowds playing, shouting and interacting by joining big screen arcade games, using their phones as controllers.

Wattl – A new video platform established in Manchester which blends user-generated videos with professional content from broadcasters and brands.

Most Innovative Established Business finalists:

Alison Handling – The UK’s largest independent stockist of new and used recyclable plastic storage boxes, trays, totes, pallets, pallet boxes and more, based in Kirkham, near Preston.

Eco-Mist Biotechnics – A Cumbrian business that has developed a range of exclusive, highly effective healthcare and hygiene products that eradicate 99.9999% of pathogens in rooms and vehicles, yet are harmless to humans, animals and the environment.

Seven Bro7hers – A brewery in Salford which has gone on to become one of the most popular craft beer breweries in the UK.

Product Innovation finalists:

NGPod Global – From its base in Manchester Science Park, the business provides innovative solutions to the patient safety issues surrounding nasogastric (NG) tube placement.

Neptune Solutions – A Failsworth organisation that designs innovative, modular, adjustable and environmentally friendly fluid management systems for flood management and water retention.

AI Rehab – Based in Lytham St. Annes, they produce patented apps and devices for patients having hip and knee surgery; encouraging effective rehabilitation behavioural change through gamification and the implementation of Artificial Intelligence algorithms.

Service Innovation finalists:

Clever Cogs – Based in Salford, Clever Cogs develop unique immersive mobile Learning Experiences for teachers and pupils that are fun, productive alternatives to school trips.

Dicey Tech – A Manchester edtech company that enables young generations to become technology creators by using 3D-printing to teach secondary-school students tech, enterprise skills, and careers insight.

Artemis Analytical Ltd. – A start-up company based in Manchester that is developing a quantum-based technology for enhancing the sensitivity of mass spectrometry by more than a factor of 1,000. This is currently being used to develop a table top device for carbon dating. 


Thanks to the following organisations, which have kindly donated prizes: Beever and Struthers, Catax, gunnercooke, Hallidays, KCommunications Group, Know+Do, Innospace, Mathys & Squire LLP, 923Jobs, Peninsula, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Stephensons, The Greenfield Organisation.