The top 10 finalists were announced today (18th August 2017) for the MSDUK Innovation Challenge 2017 which takes place on 21st September 2017 at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The finalists will pitch their innovative solutions to an expert panel during the Business Show, organised by MSDUK – the leading national supplier diversity non-profit organisation – to win one of two $10,000 scholarships to the week long residential Executive Business Programme at the Ivy League ‘Tuck Business School’ in Dartmouth, USA.

The MSDUK Innovation Challenge 2017 Finalists

(presented in alphabetical order by company or organisation name)

  • Mohamed Hanslod – Bri-Tek
  • Mahiben Maruthappu – Cera Care
  • Assim Ishaque – Envirup
  • Joyeeta Das – Gyana
  • Reshma Sheikh – Octavian IT
  • Maroof Ahmed – Quit Genius
  • Syed Ahmed – Savortex
  • Amit Pate – Snaptivity
  • Dr Jim Shaik – Yoomi
  • Karan Shanmugarajah – Wealth Kernel

Read more about the finalists, click on their name below >> 

Mohamed Hanslod

Mohamed Hanslod

CEO - Bri-Tek Technologies

Mohamed Hanslod CEO of Bri-Tek Technologies joined the company 6 years ago and has led the company to a brand that has a reputation for quality,

Mahiben Maruthappu

Mahiben Maruthappu

Co-Founder - Cera

Dr Ben Maruthappu is a London-based doctor and Co-founder of Cera, a multi-award winning technology company transforming social care. He advised

Assim Ishaque

Assim Ishaque

Founder - Envirup

Assim Ishaque Graduated with BA(Hons) in Accounting & Finance (Bangor University) and was selected to join HSBC’s graduate training program

Joyeeta Das

Joyeeta Das

Founder & CEO - Gyana

Joyeeta Das is the CEO and Founder of London based AI company GYANA. She is a tedx speaker, an ambassador for Innovate UK women in innovation, a

Reshma Sheikh

Reshma Sheikh

Managing Director - Octavian UK

Reshma Sheikh is Managing Director of Octavian UK. She joined Octavian in 2014 having left a promising legal career, so that she could have the f

Maroof Ahmed

Maroof Ahmed

COO - Quit Genius

Dr Maroof Ahmed is Chief Operating Officer at Quit Genius, the world’s first app to deliver personalised and gamified cognitive behavioural the

Syed Ahmed

Syed Ahmed

CEO - Savortex

Syed is the Founder and CEO at Savortex Ltd, and a partner to the RBS Innovation Gateway. Syed was awarded Lloyds Banking Group, English Asian En

Amit Pate

Amit Pate

Founder & CEO - Snaptivity

Snaptivity is a Smart Stadium Technology that drives Fan Engagement and increases Sponsorship revenue at live sporting events by capturing candid

Jim Shaikh

Jim Shaikh

CEO - Yoomi

Jim Shaikh is the CEO of Feed Me Bottles Ltd who manufacture the unique “yoomi” baby feeding range. At the core of the yoomi brand are the r

Karan Shanmugarajah

Karan Shanmugarajah

CEO - Wealth Kernel

Karan Shanmugarajah is the CEO of WealthKernel, a provider automated wealth and asset management solutions to institutional clients and financial

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About the Innovation Challenge

This business competition is sponsored by Cummins and the winners will be rewarded with two scholarships sponsored by EY including one for a Young Entrepreneur to attend a one week residential Executive Business Programme at the Ivy League ‘Tuck Business School’ in Dartmouth, USA. Each individual scholarship is worth USD $10k* and provides the winning entrepreneur an opportunity to attend one of the leading business schools in the world and master the skills to develop a high-performing business or opportunity to scale-up their business.

About the MSDUK Business Show

The MSDUK Business Show will take place on 21ST September 2017 (8.30am – 6.00pm) at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. It is the UK’s only business expo connecting ethnic minority businesses with corporate supply chains. The business show will featured 40 exhibitors and over 250 delegates who can receive expert insight at the roundtable sessions; engage with the Interactive workshops covering current trends and emerging issues including ‘Buildings of the Future’ and ‘Unconscious Bias’ and network with business professionals. The show culminates in an Ethnic Food Festival celebrating Indian and Lebanese street food. The MSDUK Business Show is supported by Gibbs Hybrid Workforce Solutions, Accenture, EY, Bristol Myers Squibb and Cummins.

Click here for further information about the MSDUK Business Show 2017.

About MSDUK

MSDUK IS UK’s leading non-profit membership organisation driving inclusive procurement. Established in 2006, MSDUK works with over 45 purchasing organisations and in excess of 3,000 ethnic minority businesses to drive diversity and inclusion in corporate supply chains. MSDUK has played a leadership role in supplier diversity/inclusive procurement in the UK since its inception in 2006, working to encourage global and British companies to provide access to supply chain opportunities and engage with ethnic minority-‐owned businesses. MSDUK is part of a global network of similar organisations in Australia, Canada, China and South Africa -‐ all affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council, USA.

MSDUK promotes the ethos of diversity and inclusion in public and private sector supply chains by identifying and introducing certified ethnic minority owned businesses ﴾EMBs﴿ to the procurement teams of large corporations with a drive to increase the diversity of their suppliers.

For further information visit www.msduk.org.uk

About Cummins

Cummins is a diverse, community-minded technical leader in the design, manufacture, sale and service of diesel engines, power generation equipment and related components. Operating as four distinct, yet complementary, business units which are engine, power systems, components and distribution businesses. Headquartered in us with a presence in over 190 countries and territories worldwide. More than 60% of sales are outside of us and Cummins have various manufacturing, distribution and service locations around UK.

Cummins corporate indirect purchasing team is based mainly in Stockton-On-Tees, UK, and procures goods and services to support Cummins businesses across Europe and middle east regions. Direct component purchasing teams are based in various sites across UK and Europe supporting the businesses.

For further information visit www.cumminseurope.com