What is the ‘Midlands Tech Challenge’?

The UK Midlands is a region with a growing tech base. With great transport links to the whole of the UK and beyond, access to markets across the country, cutting edge universities and centres of excellence providing a growing pool of talent, as well as lower operational costs than London, it is the ideal place to set up a business or grow an existing one.

The ‘Midlands Tech Challenge’ is a great opportunity to win your company a paid trip to the UK Midlands to view the market opportunities within the region and to see first-hand how your business could not just compete but thrive in our growing tech sector. A maximum of 2 individuals from each winning company/organisation will be able to receive this prize in each of the sub-sectors. Entrants can only apply to one sub-sector. The competition prize will consist of:

  • Flights (or other methods of travel) and accommodation for 3 nights;
  • Travel to meetings as arranged by the promoters or their agencies

What are the challenges?

Entries into the ‘Midlands Tech Challenge’ will be primarily judged against how well they answer one of the below challenges, set by some of the Midlands leading companies within the automotive, rail, cyber and gaming space:

Automotive (GKN): GKN are seeking new composite technology which can be used for the rapid and automated manufacturing process. We are keen to hear how your tech-based company can help us innovate and improve our automotive manufacturing process.
Gaming (Codemasters): Codemasters are seeking to collaborate with experienced mobile games developers and companies which have experience in racing games and are able to showcase innovation in this field.
Cyber (Cap-Gemini): CapGemini are interested in collaborating with companies on Cyber Security solutions which address the way computers talk with each other – for example connected cars, control systems, industrial control systems and internet of things applications.
Cyber (QinetiQ): QinetiQ are seeking innovative companies in the cyberspace able to furnish game-changing solutions to issues of cyber safety in relation to national infrastructure, as well as cyber solutions which can be adopted by the key vertical sectors in the Midlands including automotive (e.g. to protect the electric vehicles of the future) and in the case of IoT cyber solutions which operate across decentralised secure networks to prevent cyber-crime.
Rail (Amey VTOL): The UK has a vast network of utility and local authority infrastructure, with over 1.5 million km of assets buried beneath highways and footways. On a daily basis, buried assets are being damaged during everyday construction and maintenance works such as rail and highways work, causing costly damage and also posing high risks to construction workers. Amey VTOL are keen to work with partners to identify a technological solution that can be used to detect all buried assets to a depth of 2 meters or greater.

How can you enter?

For your chance to win this prize simply submit a video (1-2 mins in length) in English letting us know:

  • A brief description of your company
  • How you can help solve one of the challenges above
  • Please read carefully the competition terms & conditions below for full details on the competition prize, terms of entry and other relevant information
  • If you experience problems uploading your entry onto the site, please instead send your video as an attachment in an email to rasik.tailor@trade.gov.uk

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Sector Champions

The winning entries to this competition will be able to meet with a selection of the companies below. All of these companies have a major presence within the Midlands and are willing to discuss potential opportunities for collaboration with dynamic new tech start-ups.