(SCOTLAND)

The deadline to apply for September’s Global Game Changers Awards in Glasgow is next week. Innovators Magazine has teamed up with the Herald Scotland newspaper to launch this celebration of the innovation economy.

The inaugural awards, being held in Glasgow, one of Europe’s innovation hotspots, will celebrate game changers making a global impact and those contributing to a sustainable future. It will recognise the agile companies, organisations and individuals embracing the opportunities thrown up by a culture of change. Judges will give some consideration to how applicants fare in relation to the UN’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Delivering a sustainable society at all levels will require each part of the innovation economy to excel – so these awards are very much a cross-sectoral affair. The circular economy, women in innovation and facilitating intrepreneurship are just some of the categories that can be entered. And with startups the lifeblood of innovation, there is an award for a young company or disruptor making a splash in the sharing economy. So if you’re based, or have a base in Scotland, now is the time to apply.

Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council and City Convener for Inclusive Economic Growth, said: “Glasgow is a perfect choice for this event given our centuries-long tradition in innovation. From the steam engine to the fridge to thermodynamics and the ultrasound, the city has long been synonymous with new discovery and invention.

“We continue that work today, with two innovation districts in the city tied to the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde conducting world leading research in the life sciences, stratified medicine, and quantum technology. These districts are committed to looking for the next breakthroughs and their work has the support of the City Government that I lead.

“We are delighted that Glasgow is to host these awards as the city continues to be a global game changer itself.”

Law firm Bond Dickinson and City of Glasgow College are supporting the awards.

Enter by 26 July.