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MIA & IET: 'Horizontal Innovation' initiative

20 January 2016

Location: UK-wide

"Horizontal Innovation" Initiative






Championed by the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), Motorsport Valley UK® has emerged as a world-renowned example of how, through "Horizontal Innovation", race-bred technology, knowledge, practices and processes can be successfully exploited in parallel sectors, such as Automotive, Defence, Aerospace and Marine - achieving widespread benefits and significant commercial advantages. As such, Motorsport represents a ‘best practice’ example of what could, and should, be achieved more widely across the UK and internationally.

Against this background, this unique initiative is underpinned by a historic, ground-breaking partnership between the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), the world’s sole Motorsport and High Performance Engineering trade association, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the world's largest cross-sectoral, multi-disciplinary science, engineering and technology institution. The combined experience of our two organisations underpins a potent, long-term collaboration, which will take the lead in raising awareness and facilitating wider take-up of 'Horizontal Innovation' - representing an enormous opportunity for the UK, and innovation in general.

Taking place throughout 2016 and 2017, this significant, high-profile initiative will engage a wide range of key representatives from industry, government and national media in a collaborative programme of activity which will create a tangible impact in facilitating new long-term, multi-disciplinary collaborations across sectors. This consists of:

  1. Video Content: Informative case study-based video content, promoting 'Horizontal Innovation' from Motorsport to other sectors and highlighting the domestic and international opportunity for the UK. Please click HERE and HERE to view.
  2. Brokerage Events: A series of ‘Horizontal Innovation' brokerage events to facilitate engagement between parallel sectors, and unlock new opportunities for cross-pollination of race-bred skills, processes, practices and and technologies.
  3. IET Horizontal Innovation Award: A new 'Horizontal Innovation' category in the internationally-renowned IET Innovation Awards will reward significant achievements in cross-sector technology transfer. CLICK HERE to learn more.
  4. Funding Competition: An annual challenge-led 'Horizontal Innovation' funding competition (HVM Catapult / Innovate UK-backed development prize - to take the winning concept through to industrialisation). Full details TBC

The scale of this initiative, the associated activity and subject matter involved represent a significant opportunity for participating organisations to raise their profile and relevance at the highest level, both nationally and globally, in terms of ibndustry, government, the wider press and public.

Secure YOUR role in our cross-sector collaborative future!

For more information please contact Carrim Bundhun on +44(0) 2476 692 600
or email carrim.bundhun@the-mia.com