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The search is on for the newest and brightest solutions to an array of built environment challenges. The Big Innovation Pitch will be back in action at Futurebuild 2023 and is where the industry’s most exciting innovators will battle it out to showcase their latest game-changing innovations and revolutionary ideas in front of a live audience.

Futurebuild’s annual innovation competition will provide the stage for the very best industry innovations. An exclusive platform for exhibitors, The Big Innovation Pitch will give them the opportunity to submit their innovation for consideration, with all entries then being shortlisted by a panel of expert judges, led by Dr Oliver Jones, Research and Innovation Director at Ryder Architecture.

A shortlist of six innovations will then be pitched live in front of the industry’s top architects, housebuilders and investors at Futurebuild 2023, before one is crowned champion.

This year’s event has a new and added live session with The Big Ideas Pitch being a motivator for any start-ups and SMEs out there who would like to pitch their new innovation to a wider audience.  Run in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Big Ideas Pitch is a fantastic chance for new businesses to show how their game-changing innovation can potentially disrupt the built environment. 

To enter, the innovations across the Big Innovation Pitch and Big Ideas Pitch are about solving real problems and addressing the net zero challenge. Entrants can submit a product or service that can potentially shift behaviours and help solve net zero, either by supporting the circular economy, reducing emissions or providing new ways to improve how we design and build. These solutions will not only have an impact on our built environment but also on our planet.

Commenting on the Big Innovation Pitch, Martin Hurn, Event Director at Futurebuild said: “Our industry relies on innovation and faced with the challenges of net zero, companies that innovate will always stay ahead of the curve. At Futurebuild, this innovation is part of our ethos which is why the Big Innovation Pitch is such a great platform to highlight these innovations.  We are also delighted this year to be able to open up the field even further with start-ups and SMEs being able to bring their breakthrough ideas to a wider audience through the Big Ideas Pitch. There is wealth of talent across the UK and finding solutions that have the potential to meet wider industry issues is truly amazing, and we are excited to see the companies present their ideas in front of a live audience and get the attention they deserve.”

Last year’s hotly contested live final saw Sunamp win the Big Innovation Pitch with their product Thermino Thermal Storage Battery for Domestic Hot Water. It uses food-grade phase change materials for more efficient heat storage, delivering instant hot water while reducing carbon emissions. While the battery is up to four times smaller than an equivalent hot water cylinder, the battery has an energy density around five times greater than water.

As a result of the win, Toby Morris, specification sales manager at Sunamp said: “Winning helped increase our profile at the event and beyond, raised brand awareness and started conversations. Sales of Thermino units are strong and are moving into the mainstream.  They are now being installed in large scale housing projects across the country and international sales are rising. Our recommendation to other innovators is to go for it and enter, why shouldn’t you?”

All entrants to the Big Innovation Pitch will be featured in the Futurebuild Innovation Gallery and showcased to the top judging panel, as well as over 2.8 million industry professionals via Futurebuild’s extensive marketing and PR campaign. 

The closing date for entries is 19th December 2022, with twelve entries selected to supply additional information prior to six finalists that will be announced on 23rd January 2023.  The finalists will then pitch live at Futurebuild 2023 on Wednesday 8th March, with one being crowned champion.

Futurebuild 2023 will take place from March 7th to March 9th at London’s ExCeL. For more details and exhibitor enquires, visit

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For further information, please contact Lynsey Bienati at Fabrick on:

Telephone: 01622 943147


About Futurebuild: Futurebuild is an event that brings together more than 15,000 building industry influencers and decision-makers with the power to make a difference and form part of a major transformation of the sustainable built environment. By cultivating this type of cross-sector collaboration, Futurebuild is helping to inspire the innovation that is needed to propel the construction industry towards the UK government’s ambitious net-zero target. Such an outcome is essential to creating a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations to enjoy. 

About Easyfairs, organisers of Futurebuild: Easyfairs organises and hosts events, bringing communities together to visit the future. We currently organise 200 face-to-face events in 14 countries (Algeria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,

Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the
United Kingdom) and manage eight event venues in Belgium, the Netherlands and
Sweden (Antwerp, Ghent, Mechelen-Brussels North, Namur, Gorinchem, Hardenberg,
Malmö and Stockholm).

We are passionate about “easifying” the life of our customers and increasing the return on investment and return on time for professional communities through our all-in formulas, advanced technology and customer-centric approach. Our digital features and initiatives provide these communities with excellent opportunities to network effectively and do business throughout the year.

The Easyfairs Group employs 700 highly committed talents, deploys the best marketing and technology tools, and develops brands with a strong appeal to our stakeholder communities. 

For the fourth year running, Deloitte conferred “Best Managed Company” status on Easyfairs in 2022. In 2018 Easyfairs was named Belgium’s “Entrepreneur of the Year®” and a “Great Place to Work”.


Easyfairs is proud to be one of the top 20 world exhibition organisers, according to the AMR annual ranking

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Eric Everard, Group CEO   

 Anne Lafère, Group CEO                                            

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