Applications for Subcon’s Launchpad start-up zone extended to 8th August

Applications to enter Subcon’s Launchpad and Launchpad Awards, introduced in 2019 to provide engineering and manufacturing entrepreneurs with a valuable platform to share their innovations, close on Sunday 8th August.

Subcon is the UK’s premier subcontract manufacturing supply chain show, taking place in person from 14th-16th September at Birmingham’s NEC. Successful applicants will be given a free stand in the Launchpad area at the show, offered expert advice and marketing support and automatically entered into the 2021 Launchpad Awards.

Launchpad Award participants will be given five minutes to present their innovation to a panel of expert judges including Subcon event director Gordon Kirk and chair Jon Excell, with the winner receiving a £10,000 stand at Subcon 2022 worth £10,000.

To qualify, businesses must be under three years old with a product or service that relates to engineering and/or manufacturing. Up to eight businesses Applications are open now at and close 8th August 2021.

Judging panel chair Jon Excell said: “Launchpad’s debut in 2019 uncovered some truly inspirational and potentially game-changing UK engineering innovators and disruptors spanning a range of sectors, so we’re really looking forward to welcoming it back and seeing this year’s crop of entries.”

For visitors attending September’s Subcon, the Launchpad is an opportunity to view leading-edge innovation, which can drive up productivity and boost competitiveness. Subcon event director Gordon Kirk, added: “Young businesses have faced extraordinary challenges as they have sought to bring ingenuity to market over the past year. It’s important that Subcon continues to provide a platform that focuses on the next generation of innovators and showcases their contribution to the future of industry and the UK’s global competitiveness.”