The Engineering Design Show, taking place at the Coventry Building Society Arena in England, 19-20 October, is launching The Springboard, a platform designed to encourage engineering start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Supported by British luxury automotive supercar maker McLaren Automotive, The Springboard will give early-stage companies a platform to share their innovations with thousands of engineering professionals.
Under the initiative, up to eight businesses will be given a free stand in the Springboard area and entered into the inaugural Springboard Awards. To qualify, businesses must be under three years old with a product or service that relates to engineering.
The awards will be conducted at the show and will see each exhibitor asked to present their innovation on stage to a panel of judges, including McLaren Automotive chief executive officer Mike Flewitt. The winner will receive a free stand on the main floor at The Engineering Design Show the following year, as well as PR and marketing support, together worth £10,000 (USD$13,829).
Chair of the judging panel and editor of The Engineer magazine, Jon Excell, said: “We are sure [the Springboard event] will unveil some inspiring and innovative UK engineers whose inventions across a range of sectors could profoundly change the way we live and work."
McLaren Autootive's Flewitt said: “As a company that likes to push the boundaries of innovation ourselves, we are proud to be supporting this initiative which will provide start-ups across the sector with a valuable platform for sharing their ideas and earning much-needed recognition and brand awareness among thousands of engineering professionals.”
Engineering Design Show event director Gordon Kirk said: “Start-ups and early-stage businesses have faced a number of very difficult hurdles over the past eighteen months. We hope that providing them with a means to showcase their innovations to a wide audience will allow engineering professionals and others to see for themselves how they will contribute to the future of the industry and the UK economy.“