Government launches competition to find the best new British innovations

Posted on 6 Feb 2012

Business Minister Mark Prisk has today launched a nationwide competition to find the most innovative pre-market products, processes and concepts the UK has to offer.

The Make it in Great Britain Challenge is open to inventors, manufacturers, engineers, designers, businesses, young people and the general public. It forms part of the Make it in Great Britain campaign, which aims to change the image of modern manufacturing.

Judges are seeking entries across five categories that represent the breadth and depth of the manufacturing industry, and highlight the innovation and talent in Britain today.

The winning entries from each category will showcase their creations on a weekly basis at the Make it in Great Britain exhibition at the Science Museum in London, which will coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

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.

Categories include:

  • Make it…Stronger
  • Make it…Smarter
  • Make it…Sustainable
  • Make it…Life changing
  • Make it…Breakthrough (for 16-21 year old entrants only)

Mark Prisk said: “This challenge creates the perfect platform to celebrate the most innovative and creative manufacturing minds out there today, while showcasing their skills to potential investors, employers and peers who could help kick-start their ideas into real commercial ventures.”

Will Butler-Adams, managing director at Brompton Bicycles, will form part of the judging panel. He commented: “I hope the competition will inspire Brits to put their thinking caps on and rise to the challenge and put forward their very own creative ideas.”

The deadline for entries is Thursday 5 April. To find out more about the Make it in Great Britain Challenge, visit