The founder and CEO of Greater Manchester-based, Equitus Engineering, has been selected as a national judge for the MSDUK Innovation Challenge, with the initial pitches taking place in July.
Raam Shanker will review entries made for the Industry 4.0 segment of the 2019 MSDUK Innovation Challenge, which invites ethnic minority businesses (EMB) or business leaders to submit innovative ideas, with the winner receiving the support they need to make the idea a reality.
Founded in 2006, MSDUK has worked with over 125 global brands and more than 1500 EMBs, introducing hundreds of new ideas, products and supply chain solutions.
The organisation inspires the next generation of ethnic minority founders, offering them a platform to showcase their innovative ideas, and provide them access to knowledge, investment and markets to help them grow and achieve their dreams.
Raam was chosen to be a judge following the success of his mechanical engineering solution business, Equitus Engineering, which utilises a people-centric approach when designing, developing and investigating engineering solutions for a range of businesses including The European Space Agency, Autodesk and playground equipment manufacturer, Wicksteed.
Raam said: “Innovation isn’t just for global giants like Apple, Samsung and Google. SMEs also play an instrumental role in creating ground-breaking and life-changing solutions. These awards highlight and celebrate these aspects within the ethnic minority community.
“I’m proud to have been selected to be a judge for the 2019 MSDUK Innovation Challenge. At Equitus Engineering, we are continuously looking for ways to better design and develop our solutions, speaking with end users as well as manufacturers, to ensure we are always creating solutions that are effective, consistent and efficient.
“I’m excited to review the entries and watch the shortlisted semi-finalists pitch to myself and the other judges in London in July.”