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Engineers back "innovation levy" to support start-ups

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Support is emerging for an “innovation levy” to force civils firms to invest in technology start-ups to boost efficiency in the industry.

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This position is emerging from a current New Civil Engineer survey aimed at exploring the extent to which civil engineering companies support the adoption of new technology in the industry.

A key question in the survey is: ”Should government enforce investment in start-ups through an “innovation levy” in a similar way to the “Apprenticeship levy”?

Currently 75% of respondents have agreed with the sentiment.

The short survey also asks to what extent respondents believe government is investing correctly, helping them and threir companies work with start-ups and SMEs with a view to tackling national challenges, before delving into the extent to which respondents believe their own firms are being proactive in their support for tech firms. 

The short survey is free to enter and is live now. One lucky respondent will win an iPad and two tickets to New Civil Engineer’s Festival of Innovation and Technology in SeptemberClick here to take the survey.

The survey is being carried out in partnership with Costain and the early findings will be presented by Costain innovation director Tim Embley during the Festival.

The findings will be revealed ahead of TechFest’s start-up session which will see anything from four to eight start-up companies pitching their ideas to a panel of judges and the live audience. Both judges and the audience will score each pitch, with scores combined to determine the winner.

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 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.

Running alongside this will be a new mini-Hack competition in association with Bentley Systems, as well as live judging of four headline categories in the Festival’s spin-off TechFest Awards.


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