bt-infinity-lab-sme-awardBT has teamed up with TechHub to find the UK’s most innovative digital small businesses. They are looking for small companies that will make a big difference to public services, through imaginative digital products and services.

The BT Infinity Labs SME Award: Digital Innovation for the Public Sector is the latest in a series of competitions created to showcase SME digital innovation.

Ideas that change lives

For the competition BT and TechHub are looking for small business developing digital products or services that could benefit health, education or any other part of the public sector.

The winner gets a £15,000 cash prize, six months of BT Support and six months of TechHub membership. Two runners-up will get a £7,500 cash prize.

“We want to help support SMEs in the digital sector, helping them turn their great products into successful businesses”


To enter the BT Infinity Labs SME Award you need to fill in an entry form and send them a short video which tells them about your product or service and its potential to change lives. You have until Sunday, 22 February to enter.


Supporting SMEs

BT states: “We believe that SMEs are the lifeblood of the digital economy. The most successful digital companies that have changed our lives over the past twenty years all started small and that’s why we want to help support SMEs in the digital sector, helping them turn their great products into successful businesses.”

“We recognise that the internet has created new possibilities – businesses have been started from a kitchen table with a great idea, a laptop and a broadband connection. We want to help these businesses to grow, and to encourage new innovators to come forward.

“If you’ve got an idea that could change lives then we’d really like to hear from you.”

“This programme recognises how technology innovation can transform people’s everyday lives”


techhub_3d_logoElizabeth Varley, CEO and co-founder of TechHub, said: “This programme recognises how technology innovation can transform people’s everyday lives.

“TechHub is delighted to support this through working with BT to celebrate products and reward startups that really make an impact.”

The judges

The judging panel will be made up of:

  • Stephen Allott, Crown Representative for SMEs, Cabinet Office
  • Ian Dalton, President, Global Government & Health, BT
  • James Hall, Crown Representative, Cabinet Office
  • Robin Ilbert, Director, Digital Services & Partnerships, BT
  • Dan Kirk, Strategy Director, BT Business
  • Marco Salzedo, Group Procurement, BT
  • Elizabeth Varley, Co-founder & CEO, TechHub

Judging criteria

  • How does this innovation help change the lives of UK citizens?
  • Does it support the Digital by Default agenda?
  • The problem and the solution: originality, creativity, innovation.
  • Is it fit for collaboration with BT? Technical and operational feasibility.
  • Competitive position: do you understand the customer, market, competition?
  • The team: experience, knowledge, skills, enthusiasm & long term viability.

You can find out more at BT Infinity Labs SME Award page or you can enter the competition using their online entry form.