Young Innovators 21/22 Success Stories

Posted on: 24/11/2022

There are many different routes into innovation, and this is clearly illustrated in the stories of our award winners. Read the stories of our 2021/22 Young Innovators to find out how the Young Innovators programme helped them to navigate and accelerate their entrepreneurial journey.

In March 2020, Innovate UK published findings showing that half of the young people in the UK think their age is a barrier to success, with nearly a third lacking the confidence needed to turn their ideas into a reality.

To help young people transform their innovative ideas into businesses, Innovate UK launched the Young Innovators programme, encouraging and empowering 18-30-year-olds to innovate and succeed by providing access to funding and support.

The programme recognises young people from diverse backgrounds located all over Britain who have great business ideas and the potential to become future leaders in innovation. Each award winner receives a £5,000 grant, one-on-one business coaching from Innovate UK EDGE, and an allowance to cover their living costs, enabling them to accelerate their business and innovation.

So far, over 250 inspiring young people have received Young Innovators awards, and 12,000 young people have engaged with the #IdeasMeanBusiness campaign.

The 21/22 competition opened in Summer 2021. 63 entrepreneurs won Innovate UK’s Young Innovators Awards, all ranging from diverse cultures and backgrounds. The winners benefited from a £5,000 grant, one-on-one business coaching, and an allowance to cover their living costs.

 

From Ideas to Businesses

There are many different routes into innovation, and this is clearly illustrated in the stories of our award winners. What really stands out is the abundance of ideas that are driven by a willingness to bring benefits to our economy, society, and environment, thereby changing the world for the better.

Read the stories of our 2021/22 Young Innovators to find out how the Young Innovators programme helped them to navigate and accelerate their entrepreneurial journey.

London

Seyed Nasrollahi | Unifiq Games

Natalie Kerres | SCALED

Ella Merriman | MERRI Intimates

Rebecca Thompson | Ecosy Travel

Cornelius Palm | Happyr Health

Cian Duggan | Resurrect Bio Ltd

Jonny Cottom | Breakbottle

Amelia Seifalian | NanoRegMed

Matthew Isaacs | My Emissions

Graysha Audren | Weffan Ltd

Liam Murphy | Stix Mindfulness Ltd

Scotland

Matthew Walkers| Savora Drinks

Rachel Parker | The Frangipane Bakery

Chloe Foster | Applied Negative Emissions Centre (ANEC)

South East

Ashley Ling | Piece & Quiet 

Ryan Bell | Tech Balance

South West

Benjamin Gibbons | Circular11

Jess Strain | Ovrbloom

Kieran Witt | Kotini

West Midlands

Tendai Taruvinga | Veafy Ltd

Wales

Beren Kayali | Deploy Tech Ltd

Matthew Richmond | Prompt

East of England

Jack Peden Company | Druid Innovation Ltd

Yorkshire and the Humber

Ben White | Sheffield Tribology Services

Adam Derradji | Studio Nefce

 

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