The Royal Academy of Engineering and seed investment programme Entrepreneur First have launched a competition to find the next generation of engineering stars in the UK.
The Future of Engineering competition is open to junior engineers working in the industry, student engineers and PhD candidates, in the hopes of discovering and promoting the country’s best up-and-coming leaders in engineering.
The competition is also open to applicants who are not studying engineering-related subject. Candidates are required to submit their entries on the Future of Engineering microsite.
Contenders will also provide information about their background, what they hope to achieve in the engineering field and how they plan on using their knowledge and skills to create a product or business that will have a profound and positive global impact.
The winner will receive a cash prize of £10,000 to put towards the development of their business or idea, while the runner-up will receive £5,000.
Both finalists will also receive mentoring and advice from senior and well-respected members of the UK’s engineering community to fast track their ideas from concept to reality.
The closing date for the competition is 31 March 2017. A panel led by Suranga Chandratillake FREng, general partner, Balderton Capital, and Wendy Tan White, general partner, Entrepreneur First, will whittle the applications down to a shortlist of 10 candidates who will be invited to take part in a tailored workshop on how to develop their ideas.
The overall competition winner and the runner-up will be announced at a closing ceremony in early spring 2017.
Chandratillake said: “The UK’s heritage as an engineering nation is well documented, and we believe that there are plenty of young, aspiring engineers throughout the country who have the ability to continue this long and proud tradition.
“Through the ‘Future of Engineering’ competition, we will discover inspirational and innovative young people, whose ideas have the potential to make the world a better place.”
Zoe Jervier, global head of Talent, Entrepreneur First added: “The UK is home to an exceptional pool of engineering talent with real leadership potential.
“Our aim through this programme is to stretch the aspirations of individuals already demonstrating engineering excellence and who want to make a much larger impact through technology”.