“New ideas and products will get us out of the downturn and provide the foundations on which we can build Britain’s future,” commented Lord Drayson. “The next iPlayer, Spotify and Ecotricity [profiled in the July/August edition of Real Business magazine] are out there and the people that will create these successful companies need to be supported and celebrated. The iawards will do just that.” Dragon James Caan, who famously stirred up debate at our Entrepreneurs’ Summit last year by claiming that UK manufacturing is dead, claimed that Britain is home to some of the greatest minds in the world: “We are the nation that invented the jet engine, created the code for the internet and led research on the human genome project,” he said. “Science and technology will shape the future of our economy. This is why it is so important for the iawards to recognise and honour Britain’s innovators for the vital contribution they make to our economy.” The iawards will be run by BIS with current sponsors including Microsoft BizSpark (Best Technology Startup category) and Siemens (The Next Big Thing category). Entries for the 13 categories are open to all organisations with just one caveat: each must demonstrate that innovative thinking and development came from a British organisation or team. For more information – and to enter – click here. The closing date for entries is 16 September and the iawards gala dinner will take place at the Science Museum on 16 November.