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Calling innovative start-ups changing the industry

Future tech 3x2

There is just one week left to enter New Civil Engineer’s all new competition to find Britain’s best start-ups.

New Civil Engineer has teamed up with Costain to seek out leading start-up companies that are working to change the future of the construction industry for the better. Could you be one of them?

These start-up companies will be invited to showcase their ideas at New Civil Engineer’s new Festival of Innovation and Technology in London on 14 September.

The Festival is an exciting new gathering for the thought-leaders, decision-makers and emerging minds from the entire built environment to share the latest technology-led innovations making a mark on the industry. It incorporates New Civil Engineer’s hugely popular Future Tech Forum, which last year brought together 150 attendees with 50+ thought-provoking speakers and facilitators. This year’s interactive plenary programme will feature inspirational keynotes, TED-style talks, client panels, World Cafés and a new PechaKucha style start-up session.

The start-up session will see five start-ups companies pitching their ideas in Pecha Kucha style to the live audience. Both judges and the audience will score each pitch, with scores combined to determine the winner.

The winner will be announced at the TechFest Awards that evening.

This award is open to any start-up company involved in the development of apps, technologies or technology-led products related to civil infrastructure.

Start-ups by their nature take many shapes and sizes, but for this competition the judges are keen to offer a platform for young, fast-growing enterprises that have been operating for less than five years and employ up to 20 people.

The judges will be looking for companies that have a clear business strategy, and the success of this strategy should be demonstrated with reference to recent involvement in a civil engineering project or projects. The project need not be complete, and the product need not have been fully tested or verified. But it should be possible to demonstrate how, through working in a real, live project environment, the product has moved closer to commercial success.

The competition

This award is open to any start-up company involved in the development of apps, technologies or technology-led products related to civil infrastructure.

The success of the start-up company should be demonstrated with reference to recent involvement in a civil engineering project or projects. The project need not be complete, and the product need not have been fully tested or verified. But it should be possible to demonstrate how, through working in a real, live project environment, the product has moved closer to commercial success.

You should also offer evidence of how the company’s teams engage with its clients to have a clear focus on a specific, mutual goal.

Submission details (max 900 words)

  • The entry should begin with an introductory paragraph (300 words max) which summarises why the Startup company should be considered for the award.
  • This should then be followed by a fuller description of the Startup company (600 words max) covering its purpose, its approach to R&D, and specifically answer the following questions about the project cited:
  • What specific innovations have been brought to the fore by the firm in the last 18 months?
  • How does this firm’s work have the potential to change the design or construction process for the better?
  • How is this firm working collaboratively with the industry supply chain, and how is it sharing its learnings with other peers?
  • What sets your firm apart from your competitors?

To find out more and the enter for free go to https://techfest.newcivilengineer.com/

The deadline for entries is Friday 25 August. 

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