Young Innovators Awards: South West winners announced

James Cortis
Content Producer | Business West
13th January 2021

Seven of the South West’s brightest young minds, aged 18-30, have been selected for Innovate UK's Young Innovators Awards. 

Delivered in partnership with The Prince’s Trust and Knowledge Transfer Network, the programme aims to nurture the talents of tomorrow in every region of the country, whilst tackling some of the most important challenges in society today.

The winners will receive a £5,000 grant, a living cost allowance and a year's one-on-one coaching from our specialist Innovate UK EDGE advisors. 

Following an unprecedented number of entries, with an 87% increase in applications year-on-year, our seven South West entrepreneurs are starting the New Year with a major boost. Here’s a snapshot of how they hope to change the world: 

  • Diana Kviatkovskaja, Chisel Robotics: Diana has set her sights on redefining the amputee's experience with a state-of-the-art wearable device and app that provides targeted care and improved mobility. 
  • William Testeil, Family Wellbeing: William’s UK-first wellbeing app provides families with a simple, fun tool that encourages them to exercise, eat well and stay mentally active together, all within their own home. 
  • Ilham Said, Engineer2Engineer: E2E is a fast-growing peer-to-peer communications platform connecting students, academics, and businesses, breaking down the barriers that can hinder stimulating conversations. 
  • Charlotte Hawkins, Earthly Biochar: Charlotte aims to setup the UK's first carbon negative biochar production facility, sequestering carbon and improving the fertility of our degraded soils.
  • Jake Street, CHIPgroup: Jake’s app protects children from online attacks such as Cyberbullying, Grooming, and exposure to distressing content. Parents can monitor activity and are notified of threats. 
  • Kieran Devlin, Revive Innovations: Kieran’s start-up provides sustainably aligned designs, creating innovative materials and luxury products by recycling waste in unique ways.
  • Alaya Holloway, FirstGens Limited: FirstGens boosts social mobility within higher education and corporate/professional establishments by supporting those who are first in their family to go to university.


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