Young Innovators Awards Winners 2022/23
The Young Innovators Awards empowers young people, aged 18 to 30, to turn their innovative idea into a reality.
The annual competition from Innovate UK supports and celebrates young entrepreneurs with groundbreaking business ideas. It’s open to innovators from any background and any UK nation or region, with the aim to encourage greater diversity in innovation and build a more inclusive system for the future.
This year, 94 Young Innovators Awards winners were selected from hundreds of applicants. The winners are tackling some of our most pressing environmental, economic and societal challenges. The range and scope of their ideas is truly impressive, including:
- Team Repair is boosting diversity in STEM with a subscription service that teaches kids how to repair electronic gadgets
- Concrete4Change is using revolutionary Net Zero technology to lock CO2 within concrete
- Paige Braille is creating an affordable multi-line display to improve braille literacy worldwide
Learn more about our 22/23 Young Innovators Awards winners here.
The skincare brand that celebrates traditional Chinese medicine
The disability and diversity-focused app creating a new social space
The coding tool giving kids a practical application of STEM skills
Embracing augmented reality to rethink stroke rehabilitation
"Innovation is about developing new and better ways of doing things - something young minds naturally do. Our Innovation Nation mission - and 50% increase in Innovate UK budget - is about investing in R&D in all parts of the UK to help drive economic investment and create exciting new career opportunities. These 94 young innovators will each receive a £5,000 grant, 1:1 mentoring and living cost support to develop their innovations. The next James Dyson, Martha Lane Fox, Hayaatun Sillem or Richard Branson are out there. Helping, inspiring and supporting our top young Innovators is the best investment there is."
— George Freeman, Science, Research and Innovation Minister
“The Innovate UK Young Innovators programme is an important part of our many activities to strongly develop the talent pipeline needed to further drive our innovation nation. I warmly congratulate all the Young Innovators Award winners and look forward to keeping in touch as they progress.”
— Indro Mukerjee, CEO of Innovate UK
“The level of creativity, passion, and commitment to positive change within our society and environment in this year’s Young Innovators Award winners is beyond inspiring. Knowing that Innovate UK is creating opportunities and providing support to enable these young people from a wide range of different backgrounds across all parts of the UK to grow and develop their businesses makes me very proud. With the financial uncertainty this year brings, it’s fantastic to see these entrepreneurs starting businesses that will improve the world and boost innovation in the UK. We can’t wait to see what they will achieve next.”
— Emily Nott, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Programmes at Innovate UK
We look forward to engaging with the new cohort, the growing alumni network and the wider community to inspire new generations of diverse innovators. Together, we will shape a future with no limits.
Since starting the Young Innovators Awards, we’ve helped over 250 aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas.
After taking part in the programme, members of our previous cohorts have gone on to scale their businesses, launch new products, attract further investment, expand their teams and land important deals with John Lewis, Innocent Drinks, Microsoft and more.
Read about previous Young Innovators Winners in our award brochures
Do you need support to turn your innovative idea into a commercially successful business? Innovate UK offers a number of funding and mentoring programmes to help innovative businesses take the next step.
Young Innovators 20/21 Success Stories
There are many different routes into innovation, and this is clearly illustrated in the stories of our award winners. Read the stories of our 2020/21 Young Innovators to find out how the Young Innovators programme helped them to navigate and accelerate their entrepreneurial journey.
Young Innovators 21/22 Success Stories
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.
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