Are you a fashion-tech start-up or SME with a business proposition that will transform the future of manufacturing?

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) reach their 150th anniversary this year, and as part of the celebrations the charity is working with some unlikely partners to share the possibilities of what STEM can offer with wider society. One of the key partnerships during the anniversary year is with the Fashion District and University of the Arts London (UAL). Together they have launched Manufacturing Futures 2021 Challenge Prize.

The challenge is designed to find innovative technological solutions to current industry issues across retail, manufacturing, and design. This could include solutions for waste reduction, digital sampling, sustainable materials, garment up-cycling, process automation, personalisation, and supply chain efficiencies. Interested in applying? Find out how via the IET’s website.

The challenge is open to start-ups and SMEs who believe that their business has the potential to revolutionise any part of the fashion supply chain. And as the IET are involved, all applications must feature the use of technology. The business proposition must also operate out of the UK or intend to be piloted or rolled out in the UK.

Manufacturing Futures gives the chance for SMEs to win cash prizes, business support, and the opportunity to pitch to some of the industry’s leading brands and innovators such as Make UK, IBM, H&M, Pangaia and the Fashion Innovation Agency. Applications close 29 March 2021. For more information and on how to enter, visit the IET’s website.