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8 May 2018

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Can your business create opportunities for others?

The Infinity Lab – better world innovation challenge 2018

What’s going on?

We’re looking for start-ups and small companies who have the passion – and the technology – to make life better for others.

Can your technology help us give opportunities to those who might not usually have the chance to take them?

You might have a way to help single parents juggle childcare with their education, or a service that helps disabled people get more involved in the activities they love. Maybe your technology means retirees can continue to flex their minds by working part-time. Perhaps your data-driven product allows someone with mental health issues to find some relief.

If your solution uses data and analytics, that would be great. But don’t worry if it doesn’t.

However you help, we want to hear from you.

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What’s in it for me?

Enter the Infinity Lab challenge and if you win:

  • You’ll get the opportunity to trial your product or service with our employees and customer base. And you’ll be backed by one of the country’s biggest brands.
  • We’ll offer you six months’ support with access to some of our best people and resources. And if everything goes well that could be just the start.
  • From our partners at TechHub you’ll also get a six-month flexible membership at their London office– so you’ll have access to workspaces in the heart of Tech City and you’ll be invited to loads of can’t-miss industry events.
  • Oh – and there’s the small matter of a £10,000 prize for your company too. 

Just look at previous competition winners like Seenit. The London-based company won our 2016 competition and is now a part of BT Sport's Premier League Tonight show. Seenit allows viewers to upload their reactions to live TV coverage of sport and become part of the action. You can find out more about the company and other past competition winners.

How do I get involved?

It’s simple. Just register your interest here and we’ll then send you a pack with more information about the challenge, including some FAQs. You’ll also receive a link to the next stage.

It's probably a good idea to read the competition's terms and conditions before you enter.

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What’s happening when?

Here’s what to expect if you enter:

8 May – 18 June
This is the entry period. Register your interest for the competition and then complete the application form. Then send it to us along with a short video outlining your product or service.

26 June
We’ll read your applications and watch your videos. And we’ll place the best ones in a shortlist.

2 – 6 July
If you’ve made the shortlist, we’ll chat to you and try to understand what makes you tick.

11 July
Finalists will be announced.

26 July
You’ll head to the BT Tower to pitch to our judging panel. You’ll need to prepare a short presentation and be ready to field questions about your technology. We’ll then announce the winner.

Who’s judging?

Check back as more judges are confirmed.

Simon Wingrove
Director of Strategy and Incubation, BT

Katherine Ainley
MD of Better World, BT

Candice Cross
Group Head of Diversity & Inclusive Culture, BT 

Any questions?

You can get in touch with our team at infinitylab@bt.com.