Care Innovation Challenge

What is the 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.

With cash prizes for the top spots, expert mentoring and guaranteed media coverage this is an opportunity not to be missed.

The Care Innovation Challenge is open to everyone. You can apply as a team or as an individual. Teams must be 2-3 people. 

Who can apply?

  • University students
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Working professionals
  • Care Managers and Care Staff
  • People with lived experience of care and support

The 2022 Challenge programme begins with a stimulating ideation weekend on 2nd-3rd July at Coventry University’s Technology Park, and culminates in a Final at The Care Show on 12th-13th October, NEC Birmingham.

Applications now open, submit your application via our online forms

With cash prizes for the top spots, expert mentoring and guaranteed media coverage this is an opportunity not to be missed.

A creative weekend of idea generation and prototype trialling

If you are successful in your application, you will be invited to a creative weekend of idea generation and prototype trialling on 2nd-3rd July 2022 at Coventry University’s Simulation Centre.

  1. Starting with 12 teams, the weekend will end with teams presenting their projects to a judging panel of industry experts
  2. 5 teams with the highest quality ideas selected to go through to the Final at The Care Show on 12th-13th October, NEC Birmingham and will receive £500 funding and mentoring
  3. The winning team will receive £1,000 in prize money and further mentoring

The Care Innovation Challenge is not just about picking one winning team. The programme is designed to help nurture ideas that have the potential to create impactful solutions and viable businesses.

This is a unique opportunity to network with experts, influencers and leaders in social care as well as successful entrepreneurs.

For this unique chance to benefit from the funding that makes an idea a reality and to be an important part of bringing innovation and change to the social care sector, don’t delay...

Applications now open, submit your application via our online forms

How past participants have benefited

Without the Challenge, it would have been a much, much longer journey. Maybe I'd have ended up burnt out as it's really hard to run a start-up model by yourself. The Challenge made it a 100 times easier.

Maaha Suleiman, Challenge Runner-up 2019 and CEO/Founder of www.carematched.co.uk

I’ve just had the most amazing experience this weekend. We’ve all been inspired to believe in our ideas

Pearl Jordan, Challenge Participant 2019

The energy in the room was great, there was a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of excitement. It was a great area to be in with lawyers, entrepreneurs and care workers. Everyone from different backgrounds coming together and really bringing innovation and change into the social care sector.

Faizah Akeil, Challenge Finalist 2019

I really hope these (ideas) can be replicated across industries because that’s what pushes a lot of innovation and change because that’s what we need.

Juliana Chipont, Challenge Participant 2019

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