Aged between 18 and 30 years old and looking for business support? You've come to the right place.

Business in Britain is changing. Over the next 3 years, Innovate UK has £2.2 million to support young people to develop their innovative ideas to change the face of business in Britain.

The Young Innovators programme, which includes annual awards for young people with creative and ground-breaking business ideas and a high-profile #IdeasMeanBusiness campaign, is a partnership between Innovate UK and the Prince’s Trust.

By 2023, the Young Innovators programme will award people from diverse backgrounds with a £5,000 grant, one-on-one business coaching and an allowance to cover living costs.

So far, 88 inspiring young people have received Young Innovators awards and 12,000 young people have engaged with the #IdeasMeanBusiness campaign.

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Young Innovators Awards 2020/21 Winners: Young inventors working for a better world

We’re proud to announce the winners of this year’s Young Innovators’ Award! From plastic alternatives derived from seaweed to socially-aware robotic companions for people living in care homes, they look set to tackle some of our biggest societal challenges.

The Young Innovators Awards recognise young people from across the UK with great business ideas who have the potential to become successful entrepreneurs and future leaders in innovation.

Following an unprecedented level of entries, with an 87% increase in applications year-on-year, 64 young people have started the New Year with a boost after getting the coveted award, double the number of award winners/recipients of previous years.


Amongst the innovators looking to make the world a better place are:

  • 28 year old Michael Omotosho who’s invented Plu-gull, an electrical plug pull that makes it easier to remove stiff or fiddly plugs from sockets, which is designed to help those suffering from loss of dexterity and arthritis.
  • 28 year old Michelle Best, founder of Blossom & Best, whose own daughter’s struggle with incontinence inspired her to design and produce innovative handmade disability clothing for children and teenagers with disabilities or medical conditions, including Magic Pants, which help to remove some of the stigma of incontinence.
  • 25 year old Pete Barr from London whose Enay-ball visual arts tool attaches to a wheelchair or table and enables anyone with a physical disability, even the most severely paralysed, to draw, paint or create independently.
  • 24 year old Nina Birchard from Glasgow, Scotland who has designed the Newborn Rescue Towel, a low cost emergency medical device which provides thermal support and the correct positioning to aide resuscitation in newborns where other resources are lacking.
  • 28 year old Eve Gregoriou, a PhD researcher at UCL in the Department of Clinical and Movement Neurosciences, has used her expertise in brain stimulation applications to build her company NeuroVirt, which helps stroke survivors reach their full recovery potential, with a focus on hand impairment.
  • 27 year old Anna Watkins from the North West who believes that the material revolution doesn’t need expensive laboratories: it can be done in an ordinary kitchen using seaweed. Uncommon Alchemy produces beautifully handcrafted notebooks, wallets, tech cases and lampshades made from a unique seaweed leather.
  • 26 year old PhD student Penelope Roberts, who’s working on the development of robotic companions for care homes and hospitals. Her company RoboNurse4NHS aims to provide socially-aware robotic companions for people at home or in hospitals and care.

Read about all 64 Young Innovators in our brochure.

#IdeasMeanBusiness Webinar Series

The #IdeasMeanBusiness webinar series has been designed to provide practical advice, expert knowledge and tools for young people. It aims to enable entrepreneurship and innovation among more young people to help them bring more diverse ideas and businesses into the economy. If you want to learn from experts, build your skills, gain confidence, and develop networks to help you grow and succeed, join us as we take you on a journey to develop your ideas. The series explored topics ranging from marketing through to business plans, personal branding, intellectual property and much more. Watch all recordings here.


We’ll be updating our Youtube channel with plenty of resources & inspiration for you to turn your ideas into reality.

Get started with some videos below & be sure to subscribe to the Young Innovators Youtube playlist where you will find more of the #IdeasMeanBusiness campaign videos.


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Previous Award Winners

In partnership with The Prince’s Trust, we found some amazing young people in Phase 1 of the #ideasmeanbusiness campaign. Find out more about the people who are on their way to change the face of UK innovation here.


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