Rushlight Awards


The Rushlight Awards 2020-21 are now open to entries, with a closing date of 30 November 2020

They are the only set of awards designed specifically to support and promote all the latest clean technologies, innovations, initiatives and deployment projects for businesses and other organisations throughout UK, Ireland and internationally.

The Rushlight Awards are open to all types of organisation at any stage of corporate development, including individual inventors, early stage companies, charities, universities, SMEs, quoted companies and multi-nationals.

There are all the categories from prior years (see Categories), including the following:

  1. each of the renewable energy types
  2. improvements to older energy forms
  3. environmental clean-up solutions
  4. resource efficiency in all its guises
  5. transport of all types
  6. sustainable manufacturing, sustainable products, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, environmental metrology
  7. sustainable initiatives, programmes and deployment

At the Rushlight Show, all entrants can have a poster in the Exhibition and a presentation pitch in the Rushlight Cleantech Showcase and/ or the Sustainable Solutions Market Panel to investors, financiers and major corporate customers.  

Entries close 30 November 2020.

This year, we are continuing with the close integration of the Awards with the Rushlight Show.  There are so many reasons to enter, including:

  1. There are on offer to entrants who qualify a range of benefits, with many of the benefits available to all entrants.
  2. All entries will be made into posters and exhibited at the Rushlight Show, unless you choose not to.
  3. The prestigious and internationally recognised Rushlight Awards carry substantial kudos, specifically due to the totally independent, high quality judging  and breadth of support from the key leading participants in the sector.
  4. Winners and commended entries can display their respective logos on all their marketing material and communications free-of-charge after the event.
  5. Priority will be given to entrants for the presentation slots at the Rushlight Show to investors/ financiers and key corporate customers.
  6. All entrants can have a stand in the Exhibition at the Rushlight Show at a substantial discount.
  7. All entrants can attend the Awards Party at discounted prices, including group packages.
  8. Celebrate an innovation breakthrough or an initiative by entering the awards and bringing the team to the Party.
  9. Put your product, service, technology or project in front of potential customers, investors, partners, intermediaries and service providers.

To enter, please go to How To Enter page and follow the instructions, download the entry form and good luck!

The entry fee remains at the same rate as it has done from the start, namely £125 plus VAT, with a discount for registered charities and members of certain supporting trade associations.

We are bringing together the benefits and prizes at this stage.  To give you an idea though, they comprised the following last time:

In 2019-20 the Benefits and Prizes were:

As a benefit for all Rushlight Awards entrants who are commercial businesses, Granted would like to offer you a 1 to 1 Project Exploration.  This is a chance to discover non-dilutive funding opportunities specific to your innovative project, Including:

  • An assessment of your Project Executive Summary in relation to securing Grant Funding
  • A meeting/conf call with one of Granted’s senior funding consultants to explore suitable funding opportunities to enhance the commercial scalability of your business through securing grant funding.

As a benefit exclusively for Rushlight Awards entrants, Venner Shipley would like to offer a complimentary one-to-one with our IP specialists. We are experienced in advising on how your IP rights may be used to deter competitors, to attract investment, generate income or even to reduce tax bills. Our patent, design and trademark attorneys take the time to ensure that clients understand all of their options for gaining protection, as well as the costs and timescales involved, whether they are a start-up, SME or multinational. We also have a specialist team of intellectual property lawyers who are able to advise on specialist legal issues.

Once again, Barking Dog Communications are providing free PR consultation, to the overall and group category winners, which will provide some guidance on how to maximise your achievements in the press and social media channels, as an extra benefit for your success.


All applicants to the Rushlight Awards will have access to the Simply Do Ideas platform. There, users will be able to explore and innovate against relevant, industry challenges from large public and private organisations, sense opportunities for product or service development and raise their profile in a curated community of innovation.


All Rushlight Awards entrants will receive a complimentary assessment by one of our Technical Team members at MCS on a one-to-one basis. This will be to gather information about your business and projects that you are working on and see if you are eligible for Research and Development Tax Credits and Patent Box. This could be a valuable resource to support innovation and improve cash flow. To book this just email your details to



About Granted Consultancy Ltd

We are Granted Consultancy, an experienced team of UK and EU grant funding specialists. Granted has the expertise to secure and manage the full range of non-dilutive funding options – our Grant Writing, Project Management, Training and Tax Credit services allow you to focus on your business whilst relying on your very own in-house grant experts.  Our sectoral experience spans CleanTech, Advance Manufacturing, Digital, Future Transport, Health & Life Sciences, Robotics & AI and Tech.  We have a demonstrable track record of successfully securing funding and since 2010 have secured over £75m of UK and EU grant funding.  At Granted we thrive on learning about new technologies and innovative business models, so if you have an ambitious project get in contact with our team to give your business the best chance of securing funding.

About Venner Shipley

Venner Shipley is a leading firm of European intellectual property attorneys and lawyers. We are a modern forward-thinking firm with a long history and a vast amount of experience in relation to all aspects of patents, trademarks and IP law.  We are experienced in advising on how your IP rights may be used to deter competitors, to attract investment, generate income or even to reduce tax bills. Our attorneys take the time to ensure that clients understand all of their options for gaining protection, as well as the costs and timescales involved, whether they are a start-up, SME or multinational. We also have a specialist team of intellectual property lawyers and a barrister who are able to advise on legal issues.

About Barking Dog Communications

For more than a decade, Barking Dog has been one of leading full-service PR & Marketing agencies in the sustainability sector. Our clients span the breadth of the new green economy; including environmentally friendly products, waste management, specialist recyclers, renewables, waste-to-energy and environmental planning & protection.  We’re committed to investing the time to understand your challenges and objectives before using our experience and creativity to help you achieve your goals. This could mean providing you with a greater presence online, getting more exposure in the media, connecting with new and existing customers or developing innovative collateral to help you sell more effectively. As such, we’re experienced designers, web developers, film makers, communications and PR consultants, copywriters, SEO experts and brand developers as well as helping clients think strategically and tactically.

About Simply Do Ideas

Simply Do Ideas is the award-winning, cloud-based digital platform enabling organisations to capture, evaluate and support challenge-led business improvement, as featured by Forbes and the Huffington Post. We unlock innovation by digitally connecting strategic organisational challenges with crowdsourced early-stage ideas, including product-only employee idea capture (closed innovation) through to fully-managed, global innovation marketplaces. Experts in digital change management from startups to large corporate and public sector organisations, we have worked with over 80 organisations across the UK in sectors such as academia, engineering, healthcare, financial services and government.

About MCS

MCS Corporate Strategies is a very specialist company working in Research and Development Tax Credits/ Allowance, Patents, Creative Industries and Grants. Support for research is growing rapidly as Government policy actively encourages companies to take up claims. MCS Corporate has well established claims experience. The claims process is undertaken in-house, is confidential, involves liaison with clients, their accountants and, importantly, HMRC. Clients are supported throughout as they expand and enhance their activities, we’ve helped hundreds of SMEs and large corporates to get the funds they need to support innovation and improve cash flow.