The ‘Make It Happen’ challenge is targeting Worcestershire’s growing innovation
community. It offers participants an opportunity to showcase their vision for new and
exciting products and services while giving them the chance to work with some of the county’s top businesses. Organised by WINN, a Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire LEP programme and designed to promote innovative thinking across the county while supporting local businesses.
This year not just one but two prizes are to be won in either the Health & Care or Science &
Technology sector. Each of the two winning applications will receive business support
funding of £5,000 and access to a bespoke support package worth £11,000, providing the
perfect platform to develop their ideas and bring them to the market with the help of
professional advice and assistance.
Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Skills said:
“It’s really exciting to see the return of the WINN Make It Happen Challenge after it being
postponed during 2020. Following an incredibly difficult 14 months, this is a great opportunity for local innovators and entrepreneurs to get their game changing ideas off the ground, as well as access some truly brilliant business support. It’s also excellent to see the opportunity open to two key sectors (Science & Technology and Health & Care) that have been so crucial during the pandemic. I wish all the entrants the best of luck and look forward to seeing the winners.”
Former winner of the Make it Happen challenge, Imogen Mornement, will be sharing her journey. Imogen’s innovative ‘Penny & a Pearl’ project was the challenges winner back in 2019, a DIY lingerie sewing kit, that provides individuals the ability to create their own handmade
Imogen Mornement, the youngest ‘Make it Happen’ winner said:
“As a single business owner, I was doing everything by myself. After winning the Make it Happen challenge, it allowed me to have the ability to grow each individual aspect of the business rather than on my own, which has been fantastic. I thought it was an amazing opportunity and one of the main reasons I entered was that I felt the Make it Happen challenge would be able to take my idea to the next level, which it did.”
Applicants are invited to submit their proposals from 9th June, with the deadline for
submissions being 4th August 2021.