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Funding news - 08/03/2017

Future of Engineering Competition Launched to Support UK's Engineering Entrepreneurs

The Future of Engineering Competition has been established to identify and promote a new generation of engineering professionals in the UK.

The competition aims to celebrate engineering excellence and close the skills and mind-set gap required to turn high-potential engineers into future tech leaders.

Applicants will be invited to present their ideas at a pitching competition. The winner and runner-up of which will receive £10,000 and £5,000 respectively. Winners will also receive mentorship and a ‘stamp of approval’ endorsement. The grant can be used towards the development of the applicant’s entrepreneurial ideas.

The programme is designed for students and early career engineers in the UK who are thinking about practical applications for their work, but who do not have all the skills needed to bring their ideas into practice. With a focus on emerging talent the sponsor is primarily seeking concept-stage student engineers, PhD candidates, and junior engineers working in the engineering industry.

Applicants must:

  • be within the 18-26 age bracket as at 31 December 2016;
  • have either an engineering background, currently studying engineering or have a demonstrable interest in engineering;
  • be available to attend a training workshop in late April / May 2017;
  • be available to attend the competition final in late April / May 2017; and
  • be eligible to work in the UK.

Launching the programme, Zoe Jervier, global head of talent at Entrepreneur First, said:

"The UK is home to an exceptional pool of engineering talent with real leadership potential. Our aim through this programme is to stretch the aspirations of individuals already demonstrating engineering excellence and who want to make a much larger impact through technology”.

Suranga Chandratillake, fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said:

"The UK’s heritage as an engineering nation is well documented, and we believe that there are plenty of young, aspiring engineers throughout the country who have the ability to continue this long and proud tradition. Through the ‘Future of Engineering’ competition, we will discover inspirational and innovative young people, whose ideas have the potential to make the world a better place."

The submission deadline for the current round of applications is 4pm on Friday 31 March 2017.

More information can be accessed at the funder's website

Source: enterprisehub.raeng.org.uk, 08/03/2017

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