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The RAPID Challenge wouldn't be possible without the support of the following partners. 

Founding Partner


Prodrive is one of the largest independent, full capability motorsport & advanced engineering organisations in the world. Prodrive Ventures is the investment arm of Prodrive, injecting business and technical input to support early stage businesses in delivering innovative and commercially sustainable propositions.

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Lead Partner

RPD International

RPD International helps to bring world-changing innovation to market faster, reducing complexity and risk for businesses around the world.  Our unique end-to-end process can take a conceptual idea, develop it into a product and manufacture it for the masses; greatly reducing costly realization constraints.

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Lead Partner

TBAT Innovation

TBAT Innovation offer a range of funding services that are crucial to helping companies succeed with their R&D projects. They have expert knowledge of accessing UK and EU grant funding and R&D tax credit submissions. TBAT have over 17 years experience assisting businesses to obtain the funding they need to develop cutting-edge innovative products, processes and services.

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HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. We serve more than 40 million customers through our global businesses: Wealth and Personal Banking, Commercial Banking, and Global Banking & Markets. Our network covers 64 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America.



Crowdcube is the world's first and largest equity crowdfunding platform. We enable entrepreneurs to raise finance with the added benefit of being backed by everyday investors. For investors, Crowdcube provides a way to hand-pick a stake in an innovative business that traditionally would have been restricted to corporate investors.


Bridgehead International Agency

Bridgehead: business growth… guaranteed.
Scaling startups & scaleups internationally & at home, through insights, go-to-market strategy creation & implementation.

Our experts across Europe & North America use proven blueprints and methods to accelerate your market entry, achieving quantifiable results within 90 days. Guaranteed. 

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OnePLM is one of the largest Siemens Digital Industries Software Resellers worldwide and the only Platinum Reseller in the UK and Ireland, with offices in Oxford and Liverpool. Here at OnePLM, we have built a reputation in successfully delivering Siemens software solutions, technical consultancy and support services to a wide variety of businesses across different industry sectors.

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The IP Asset Partnership

The IP Asset Partnership Limited is a specialist practice of Patent Attorneys and Legal Practitioners with extensive commercial experience. We are passionate about helping our clients create, manage, enforce and deploy their IP, applying our collective skills, expertise and industrial experience to bring a sharp commercial focus. 

Media Partner



DEVELOP3D Magazine gets hands on with the very latest in product development technology and shows how it can help leading design and engineering firms take products from concept all the way to manufacture and operation.


Key topics range from 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software and workstation technology to 3D printing, reverse engineering and design visualization.

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