Water Plus has launched a new fund and awards to find the next generation of Einstein’s to drive innovation.
Shortlisted entries for the funding opportunities will be invited to an Innovators’ Insight Day, expected to be held in May this year (2019).
There’s three innovator awards, a top prize of up to £5,000 and a runners-up prize pot of up to £2,500. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 29 March, 2019.
Andy Hughes, Chief Executive of Water Plus, said: “We’ve made significant progress on water efficiency in the last year, including showing one customer how they could cut their costs and reduce water use by 40% across their 200-site portfolio, but we want to do much more.
“That’s why we want to hear from inventors – from the individual bright spark, to universities, technology colleges and more established businesses who have a great idea that will help businesses or the public sector save money by using less natural resources in the future.
“It’s part of our drive for innovation and to help businesses of all sizes seize the benefits and savings from using water more efficiently, contributing to lower costs and Corporate Social Responsibility goals (CSR).”
“Check out the information we have on our website and submit your entry by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading ‘Efficiency Innovation’,” he added.
There is also a Water Plus innovator Award for each of the three categories in the water innovation inventor’s search.
The appeal for inventors and the awards is backed by Waterwise, the independent campaigning organisation on water efficiency in the UK. They will meet the shortlisted inventors and also be on the panel at the Water Plus Innovators’ Insight Day.
Nicci Russell, Managing Director of Waterwise, said: “It’s great to see Water Plus leading the way to drive water innovation and reduce the impact on the environment from our buildings, as well as reducing the water and energy bills of individual customers.
“Water efficiency and the reduction of waste plays a vital role in ensuring UK businesses have a resilient and sustainable supply network - it means we can make the water we have go further, for the sake of the economy, society and the environment, as climate change and population growth bite. The increasing demand on the water network, combined with the need to reduce costs and the impact of climate change means that the challenges facing the market are only going to get tougher. Innovating to drive water efficiency in business and the public sector is a great way to deliver all round.”
For more information on the categories, awards and information that is needed from inventors, go to: www.water-plus.co.uk/innovation