Young Innovator Award winners have created new products and ideas, from helping young people develop coding and robotics skills to supporting people with autism and emotional dysregulation.
Noor Abduljhbar, 30, lead pharmacist for Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust’s immunization programme, has developed Aero Prado, a management and transport system for healthcare providers to transport vials of medicine to patients.
His design was inspired by his experience during the pandemic, in running several vaccination sites, and seeing problems related to vial management, storage and transportation.
West Midlands winners will take home a share of the £1.25 million prize fund. They join a cohort of 94 young people aged 18 to 30 with business ideas that could change the world and will benefit from a £5,000 grant, one-to-one business coaching and an allowance to cover their living expenses.
Other winners include Aakash Rai, 29, a doctor from Kidderminster, who is creating MediTask, a mobile app that improves communication between clinicians and medical students. With first-hand experience in the NHS, Aakash hopes to improve patient care, enabling the right people to do the right job at the right time.
West Midlands 30-year-old GP Haweya Abdikadir created Guudvitamins, one of the world’s first ‘snackable’ gummies. Haweya hopes that Guudvitamins will help people make healthier choices.
Designer Jake Clarke, 28, a designer from Balsall Heath, Birmingham, is developing Themswear, a gender-neutral luxury clothing brand.
Khaled Ayad, from Solihull, founded RobocodeUK to help young people develop coding and robotics skills, regardless of their background or education. Khaled gives kids hands-on experience in STEM
Neo Mosudisa, 28, an electrical engineer and innovator from Handsworth who founded Neo Solutions to prevent electrical deaths. Its first product, Spurlock, allows engineers to properly isolate electrical equipment from power sources.
And the youngest winner is ZeZe Sohawon, 21, from Birmingham, who wants to help others with autism and emotional dysregulation through her peer-led and clinician-informed support network.
Inspired by Zeze’s own experience, his charity, Emotion Dysregulation in Autism, aims to help emotionally dysregulated people to express emotions openly and safely.
Emily Nott, from Innovate UK, said: “The level of creativity, passion and commitment to positive change in our society and environment in this year’s Young Innovators Award winners is beyond inspiring. Knowing that Innovate UK is creating the opportunity and support to enable these young people from a wide range of backgrounds across 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 achieve next.”