Subcon, the UK subcontract manufacturing supply chain show, has announced that due to high levels of competitor and entrant interest, it has extended the deadline for entries into the inaugural Subcon Launchpad and Launchpad Awards to Friday 26th April.
The Launchpad and Awards will be held at Subcon throughout the 4-6 June 2019, at the NEC. The new initiatives will showcase cutting-edge innovations from across the industry to exhibition visitors.
The Launchpad aims to propel manufacturing and engineering-based start-ups by giving them a platform to share their innovations with thousands of professionals with the power to guide them to success.
Eight entrepreneurs will be given a free stand in the Launchpad area, as well as entered into the inaugural Subcon Launchpad Awards. Each exhibitor will be asked to present their innovation on stage to a panel of expert judges. The winner will receive a £10,000 package including a free stand on the main floor at Subcon 2020 as well as comprehensive PR and marketing support.
To qualify, businesses must be under three years old with a product or service that relates to engineering and/or manufacturing. The successful applicants will receive a free stand, expert advice and marketing support, valuable industry exposure, plus entry into the Awards.
“This deadline extension is all about ensuring we get the very best of UK businesses that exemplify not only cutting-edge engineering but also the entrepreneurial drive that will propel our manufacturing and engineering forward,” said Subcon event director Gordon Kirk. “With a judging panel headed by The Engineer editor Jon Excell, we remain on the hunt for the very best British engineering and manufacturing start-ups have to offer.”