Business with Birmingham 2016 Innovation Competition

In November 2015 the University of Birmingham launched its first Business with Birmingham Innovation Competition. Now open to SMEs across the UK, the competition is designed to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation within some of the UK’s most exciting enterprises.  

Two categories are available: High Growth Innovative SME of the Year, sponsored by R&D Tax Claims Ltd, and Best Innovative Idea for Exploitation, sponsored by Forresters. Applications for both categories must be received by 5pm GMT on Monday 21 March 2016.

Application forms and further detail can be found on the University’s website here. In addition, if either of these competitions is of interest we would urge you to speak with us about your application;  we can put you in touch with a relevant University academic in order to work with you in the development of your application. Get in touch via

Applications are welcomed regardless of whether you have already worked with the University or are simply looking to test the water. I look forward to hearing from you all.

Best regards

Richard Simpson,

High Growth Innovative SME of the Year

Sponsored by R&D Tax Claims Ltd

Designed to highlight the most exciting new companies in the UK, this competition is open to privately-owned SMEs that can demonstrate significant growth through research anddevelopment over the past 3 years. £5,000 will be made available to the winning company in order to support collaborative R&D between the company and University of Birmingham.


Best Innovative Idea for Exploitation

Sponsored by Forresters

The UK is renowned for its Invention but has a poorer track record when it comes to Exploitation. This competition aims to support a company that has a great idea, possibly developed with the University of Birmingham, and is looking for the most effective and safest way to commercialise that idea. The winner will receive £5,000 of Intellectual Property advice, including patent and trademark attorney support.