The Make it in Great Britain Challenge, a nationwide competition to find the most innovative pre-market products, processes and concepts that the UK has to offer, has been launched today.

The competition is open to inventors, manufacturers, engineers and designers, businesses of all sizes, young people and the general public.

Business minister Mark Prisk and business secretary Vince Cable are behind the launch of the competition, which forms part of the Make it in Great Britain Campaign, which they hope will challenge outdated perceptions and transform the image of modern manufacturing.

Mark Prisk commented: “This Challenge creates the perfect platform to celebrate the most innovative and creative manufacturing minds out there today, while showcasing their skills to potential investors, employers and peers who could help kick-start their ideas into real commercial ventures.”

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 5 April and judges are seeking entries across five categories that represent the breadth and depth of the manufacturing industry.

The winning entries from each category will showcase their creations on a weekly basis at the Make it in Great Britain exhibition at the Science Museum in London, which will coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. Visitors to the six-week exhibition will be invited to vote on their favourite entry and the winners from each weekly vote will feature together in the final week of the exhibit.