City Innovation Challenge: First sponsors revealed

Martin Harris, managing director of Brighton and Hove Buses
Martin Harris, managing director of Brighton and Hove Buses

There are five £1,000 prizes for innovative ideas on keeping council services going.

The first sponsors for the City Innovation Challenge were announced on Thursday, by city council leader Warren Morgan.

Sascha Koehler, general manager of the Brighton Hilton Metropole

Sascha Koehler, general manager of the Brighton Hilton Metropole

The challenge, will give five £1,000 prizes to residents who come up with innovative ideas on how to keep council services going in the face of cuts to council funding.

Cllr Morgan revealed the first sponsors at Thursday’s Full Council meeting.

He said: “I’m delighted to announce the first raft of sponsors for our City Innovation Challenge which launches in the New Year, including major international and local companies like Microsoft, Hilton Brighton Metropole, Entrepreneurial Spark, Brighton and Hove Buses and the University of Sussex.

“I’m really pleased there has already been a positive response from the public and I’m looking forward to seeing the city’s ideas.”

The sponsors will fund the five prizes. The prizes are in five categories, depending on who is submitting the idea: young people; individuals; the community and voluntary sector; council staff; and businesses.

The competition opens on January 4 for one month, and prizes will be awarded at a ceremony later in the Spring.

The full details of the competition will soon be avaliable at: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk