Young Innovator Prize

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In November 2014, The Millennium Point Young Innovator Prize launched – a new programme that will see Millennium Point sponsor a young person through an undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment. Additionally, the prize-winner will gain experience in the workplace through a summer placement with Millennium Point.

MP_YIP_Leafelt_Image_webWith the youngest population of any city in Europe, Birmingham needs to act to ensure a generation is not ‘locked out’ of opportunities to learn. The Young Innovator Prize demonstrates one way in which organisations can support young and talented individuals.

In collaboration with STEMNET, Millennium Point identified five schools in Birmingham whose Year 13 pupils would benefit most from financial assistance, creating an opportunity for a bright, driven student for whom higher education is financially challenging.

Schools will each ask their students to present in a live final. Their work will focus on areas of science, technology and engineering that will shape our future.


 Nanotechnology – Robotics – Sustainability –  Future energy – Feeding the world – Space exploration 

Millennium Point engaged with the British Science Association and the Association for Science Education who provided support for the prize in this formative first year. The final was held during British Science Week, 13-22 March 2015.


If successful, Millennium Point will run the Prize in future years – potentially with an open application process for schools in the region. It is hoped that the prize will inspire many young people with a passion for science, technology and engineering for years to come.

In Partnership with Birmingham City University

Millennium Point is delighted to partner with Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE) to create this opportunity.

Attracting more students to its industry-oriented degree courses than ever before, and expanding the subjects it offers to new territories such as Maths and Civil Engineering, CEBE is at the forefront of developing the practical skills and knowledge of young people in the region.

We are pleased to support this new prize from the Millennium Point Trust, which is aimed at providing opportunities from students from under-served communities to engage with science, enjoy science and continue to study science in the future.

We look forward to seeing the project progress over the coming months, and to the finale event, which will be held during British Science Week in March 2015.

– Katherine Mathieson, Director, British Science Association