Where social care innovators unite

The Care Innovation Challenge brings together entrepreneurs and innovators, university students and care sector colleagues to create solutions to key challenges facing the care sector. 

Applications have now closed. If you would like to express an interest in the 2025 Challenge please get in touch.

The National Care Forum (NCF) hosts the annual Challenge on behalf of the whole sector, supported by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) and our partners.

2023 was another stellar year, from the Challenge Weekend in July 2023 to the Final at The Care Show in October 2023 and now we’re looking forward to welcoming this year’s applicants!

The Challenge 2024 kicks off with the Innovation Weekend on 29th-30th June and this is what you can expect!
  • Creative weekend of idea generation and prototype trialling
  • Mentoring from industry experts
  • 5 finalists receive funding and further mentoring to prepare for the final
  • Winning team receives £1,000 in prize money and further mentoring to develop a viable business.

"‘What a fantastic end to a brilliant three-month adventure with some amazing participants who have shown huge passion, drive and commitment towards changing the face of care, improving the quality of care for people who receive care and for bringing their enthusiasm to the sector. We loved working with them all – it’s a shame that everybody can’t win. We are delighted that Team Tresacare has taken the final prize and we look forward to seeing what is going to happen with them in the future and can’t wait for next year’s challenge. Bring it on!’.."

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Care Innovation Challenge

This annual incubator programme brings together innovators and problem solvers with care providers and people who have lived experience to create solutions to key challenges faced by the care sector.

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