DOES YOUR IDEA
MAKE AN IMPACT?
The Morgan Innovation and Technology Prize 2020
WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH £32,000 OF R&D SERVICES?
The Morgan Innovation & Technology Prize was established in 2017 to celebrate our 30th anniversary by giving away over £30,000 worth of R&D support to the innovation most likely to have a significant, positive impact on society. Our aim is to identify and support the next generation of world changing innovators, enabling us to bridge the gap between inventors having a great idea and being able to bring it to market.
We have been generously supported in this by some of the UK’s major banks, accountancy and law firms, as well as the IET, the EEF and Oxford Innovation.
The Prize is open to any entrants who are over 18 and have a product or idea for a product that they are seeking to bring to market. Products at all stages of development will be considered. Entries must be made via the online application form by the published closing date. Entries are free of charge.
SUBMISSIONS WILL BE JUDGED ON THREE MAIN CRITERIA
1. Positive potential impact – could be commercial, social, educational or welfare related.
2. Likelihood of making the best use of the Prize for development purposes.
3. Commercial viability.
Congratulations to our six outstanding finalists from 2019. The winner was Robert Paterson of ORB for his Smart Mouthguard, designed to prevent the misdiagnosis of sporting head injuries.
Prize opens for entries : Thursday 12 March 2020
Closing date for entries : Friday 17 July 2020*
Finalists announced : Thursday 27 August 2020*
Winner announced : September 2020 (Awards date tbc)*
* All dates subject to change depending on coronavirus situation
MEET THE JUDGES
Introducing our judges for the MIAT Prize 2020.
Dorothy is a partner at Moore Barlow and works in the firm’s commercial team, specialising in Information Technology, Telecommunications, Intellectual Property, Data Protection and Privacy. In particular, she advises on IT and non-IT outsourcing agreements, development and commercialisation of new technologies, eCommerce, and the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights.
Chairman and an original founder of Morgan IAT, Sue oversees the direction of the company and identifies key strategic projects and products. Recognising the difficulty in securing R&D funding for new ideas she set aside up to 20% of turnover to fund ideas to a point where they become commercially viable and is passionate about helping young innovators. She has spearheaded the introduction of a graduate trainee programme, championed apprenticeships also helped with the formation of Wessex Academic Health & Science Network. Sue continues to actively support the work of the ASHN.
SIMON DAY, HEAD OF FUNDING
As Head of Funding for Markel International, Simon has extensive experience of claiming tax credits for past R&D, winning R&D grants for technically high risk projects, to commercialise new products and for capital equipment. Projects he has supported have been technically very broad, ranging from the development of high performance electric vehicles to fully articulating myo-electric prosthetic hands.