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28 January 2015

Wanted: small businesses with big ideas for government

Think BIG!

BT is on the look out for SMEs (small and medium enterprises) with innovative ideas to help the government meet the changing needs of people across the UK.

The winner of the BT Infinity Lab SME Award: Digital Innovation for the Public Sector will claim a £15,000 prize.

SMEs are being invited to share ideas about how to do things differently. This could be making education, defence, health or other government functions more efficient by moving services online, or improving how the government interacts with citizens.

It could even be the creation of new ways of working which change people’s lives for the better.

Shortlisted finalists will be invited to the BT Tower in London where they will present their proposals to a panel of industry experts.

Develop and flourish

The winner will also receive six months of support from BT to develop their product or service and six months’ membership of TechHub’s sold-out innovation space.

Two runners-up will each receive £7,500.

TechHub is BT’s partner in the Infinity Lab competition and this launch is round five in the series aimed at start-ups and SMEs.

Ian Dalton, president, Global Government and Health, BT Global Services, said: “This initiative will showcase the breadth of capabilities of SMEs to the UK public sector. BT has around 900,000 SMEs as customers, 63 per cent of our suppliers in the UK are SMEs and they are at the heart of our open innovation model. We have a stake in ensuring that they are given the support and mentoring they need to grow and to be successful.”

Brilliant ideas

“We are committed to nurturing small businesses, and helping them to turn great ideas into successful businesses. We recognise that the internet has created new possibilities – businesses have been started from a kitchen table with a great idea, a laptop and a broadband connection. Together we want to help these businesses to grow, and to encourage new innovators to come forward.”

Full terms and conditions can be found at www.btplc.com/ideasthatchangelives.