A £1m prize fund to support young people and experienced innovators

The challenge

It’s time to transform education.

Most young people don’t feel that education is preparing them for life and work, and all parts of society agree that changes to education and learning are needed and that new ideas need to come from the grassroots.

After 10 years of backing leaders who have shown new ways of supporting the next generation to learn and thrive, we want to go further. We’ve launched the Big Education Challenge, a £1m prize fund that will support and reward bold ideas with the potential to transform education and learning in the UK.

Who should apply

Are you aged 18-25? With a bold idea that could transform the way young people learn inside or outside of school? The Groundbreaker Prize will identify, support and reward young people who want to challenge the status quo.

Are you an experienced innovator with a game changing idea to transform education and learning so that young people are set up to thrive? The Gamechanger Prize is for individuals (aged 18 years or older) with a track record of leading innovative projects or approaches with a tangible social impact, not necessarily in education.

Deadline for submissions is 22nd February 2023.

Groundbreaker Prize

The £300,000 Groundbreaker prize will identify, support and reward young people aged 18-25 with a bold idea or new project.

  • Up to 10 finalists will receive grants of up to £10,000 to further develop and test their ideas.
  • One of these finalists will go on to win up to £50,000 to fully pilot their idea, with up to two runners up each receiving up to £25,000.

The £700,000 Gamechanger prize will identify, support and reward individuals with a track record of leading innovative projects or approaches with a tangible social impact.

  • Up to five finalists will receive grants of up to £50,000 to further develop and test their ideas.
  • One of these finalists will go on to win up to £200,000 to fully pilot their idea, with up to two runners up receiving up to £150,000 and £50,000.
  • The prizes will include both financial and non-financial support, e.g. coaching, skills development, expert advice, for up to 15 finalists to further develop and test their ideas prior to final judging.