Launch: Great West awards
Bringing members of the research, business and entrepreneurial communities together for an evening of celebration, inspiration and building connections.
The inaugural Launch: Great West awards will be providing the opportunity to showcase the scientific commercialisation activity in Universities in the region. The event will champion science-driven spin-outs and start-ups, bringing together the innovation community for an evening of celebration, inspiration, and building connections.
As a centre of world leading academic expertise and innovation excellence, the Great West has been identified as a key region in the UK Industrial Strategy. This recognised the area’s considerable support, infrastructure and thriving activity across Life Sciences, Advanced Engineering, and Quantum Technology.
The award categories will recognise the recent successes and potential of scientific companies at all stages, as well as the members of the community and organisations supporting these businesses. The Launch: Great West awards will act to raise the public profile of the region as a vibrant and supportive hub for the commercialisation of science.
Submit your nomination by Monday 15 April 2019.
The Ones to Watch Award (Pre-seed)
This award highlights research at the early stages of the commercialisation process, either pre-incorporation or incorporated within the last 12 months.
The Rising Star Award (Seed)
Celebrating early stage companies working to develop proof of principle or early stage commercial products with seed funding secured.
The Rocket Fuel Award (Scale-up)
This award sponsored by Bath SETsquared recognises ambitious growth by expansion of capability or accessing new national or international markets.
The Biodesign Award
An award that recognises the fusion of engineering with biology to accelerate innovation and enable new impacts in life sciences and biotechnology.
The Global Good Award
Recognising innovations that are bringing about positive change and striving to tackle global challenges.
The Deal of the Year Award
Revelling in the success stories that all start-ups aspire towards; successful funding rounds, mergers, and exits.
The Innovation Champion Award
An individual that has played a key role in supporting the commercialisation pathway or start up journey.
The People’s Choice Award
This award invites attendees to nominate their choice for the best science start up in the region.
Applications will be assessed by a judging panel comprising representatives from Launch: GW sponsors and leading figures in business and innovation communities. The panel will produce an initial shortlist of the finalists for each award category to be announced on the Launch: Great West website. Award winners will be announced at the Launch: GW Awards ceremony on Thursday 6 June 2019.