Dragons’ Den star to back UK business scheme
James Caan, successful entrepreneur and star of TV show ‘Dragon’s Den’, is supporting a government-run scheme led by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills.
The iawards have been set up by the government to recognise and support the best of British science, innovation and technology. Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson is also backing the scheme alongside Caan.
According to the official iawards website, the awards aim to “shine a light on new technologies and innovations, showing how they can translate into the innovative products and services that improve our daily lives. They will stimulate commercial interest, as well as helping to bridge the gap between business and the general public.”
The iawards feature 13 categories, and each entry must demonstrate that it addresses at least one of several ‘challenges’, including ‘healthcare and our ageing population’, ‘improving public services through technology’, and ‘conserving finite natural resources in the face of a growing population’.
James Caan shares the view that businesses investing in research and development are best placed to survive the current recession – a view that encourages participation in schemes such as the iawards, and greater development within UK businesses.
The closing date for the award entries is 16 September 2009. The ceremony will take place at The Science Museum on 16 November 2009. Visit the iawards website for further details.
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