The Innovation Challenge

This programme is designed to stimulate and support innovation in SMEs by leveraging expertise of a unique partner network.

The Innovation Challenge is brought to you by TBAT Innovation, with headline sponsor Shakespeare Martineau. It leverages the expertise of our unique partner network while seeing our partners come together to deliver four free to attend, vibrant and informative workshops.

For a chance to win the 2024 Innovation Challenge, businesses are encouraged to apply by filling out a straightforward application form and submitting relevant documents.

The application window is now open, and will close at 11.59pm on the 18th August 2024.

The Top 10 shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch at our Finalist Showcase Event, being held on the evening of 9th October 2024, where a winner will be announced.


Browse our workshops

Workshop 1 - Finance

All you need to know to fund your business growth and innovation

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Workshop 2 - People & Recruitment

Recruiting and retaining the best people you can

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Workshop 3 - Product Development & Protection

How to design and protect your innovation

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Workshop 4 - Commercialisation

Successfully going to market and securing funding

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Further Information

Take a look at the full details of our esteemed sponsors for this years programme

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Thinking of applying for the Innovation Challenge? Find out full application details here

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Discover the 2024 prize package available for this years winners and runners up

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Take a look at our previous Innovation Challenge winners and a gallery of our showcase

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Who can apply?

  • Startups: UK Businesses that are three years old or younger are eligible to apply.
  • UK Businesses over three years old that are still heavily involved in R&D or looking to introduce new technology.
  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Those who are seeking to launch a business in the UK.
  • Technology-based Businesses: To be eligible, your business must offer a product or service that is technology-based, showcasing innovative solutions in various sectors.


"As previous winners, Septest can attest to the immense value this program brings. The benefits have been truly transformative for us, and we personally can’t wait to see what innovations come through the new medical category. This program is an invaluable resource for innovators in any field. The TBAT network is vast and supportive, with experts leading each workshop who are outstanding and engaging. And, best of all, it's free"

Alistair Wilson, Founder - Septest

Our 2023 Winner

Innovators of a life-saving sepsis test, Septest Limited, has claimed the top prize at the Finalist Showcase of the 2023 TBAT Innovation Challenge.

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