Bird & Bird sponsor British Innovation Gateway (BIG) Awards


We are proud to act as the sole legal sponsor for the 2012 BIG (British Innovation Gateway) Awards, a five year annual awards programme run by Cisco that recognises great ideas behind new technologies.

Aimed at up-and-coming innovators, entrepreneurs and early-stage startup businesses, winners will receive access to 12 months of support including mentoring from Cisco and legal guidance from Bird & Bird as well as other vital business services from our co-sponsors. 

Applicants can enter either a technology concept or prototype idea to fit one of five categories: big data, collaboration, future cities, internet of things and mobility. All entries must benefit either the public or private sector, using the network as a platform to deliver economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Co-head of our International IT Group, Roger Bickerstaff said “our in-depth understanding of the lifecycle of IT companies makes us the ideal choice for legal mentor for IT company start-ups, such as the winner of the BIG Awards. We are proud to be sponsoring this award, and look forward to being able to help the next generation of innovators.”

Bird & Bird will provide the winners with legal advice, a legal workshop and ongoing mentoring for 12 months.

We are co-sponsors with JP Morgan, DNX and Octopus Communications.

For further information, visit the official BIG Awards website