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Search for Midlands’ next young innovator of the year

Malik Sheryar Karamat - winner of Young Innovator Prize 2015

Malik Sheryar Karamat – winner of Young Innovator Prize 2015

Students from across the Midlands could win a life changing prize, as the search officially begins for the region’s most talented young innovators.
Now in its second year, Millennium Point’s Young Innovator Prize will sponsor a Year 13 student from the Midlands through an undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University’s renowned Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE).

The winner will also be given the opportunity to further develop their skills and experience by undertaking a work placement at Millennium Point and other relevant organisations throughout the city.

The prize is open to all Year 13 students across the region who have demonstrated a commitment to and an interest in pursuing STEM subjects at a higher level.

Last year, the prize was only open to a limited number of schools but due to high levels of interest, the prize has been extended to all schools, academies and colleges in Birmingham and the Midlands this year.

Judith Armstrong, CEO at Millennium Point, comments: “With one of the youngest populations of any city in Europe, Birmingham businesses and organisations must pull together to ensure the city’s younger generation are not deprived of opportunities to learn.

“Alongside Birmingham City University, the Young Innovator Prize demonstrates Millennium Point’s commitment to supporting young, talented and ambitious individuals.

“Not only will the Young Innovator Prize allow the winner to receive a fantastic education from one of the region’s best-known institutions but also to start their professional life without the need to pay back the approximate £27,000 worth of fees it currently costs for an individual to complete an undergraduate programme.”

Simon Handley, Associate Dean at Birmingham City University, said: “Young innovators in science and engineering are the vital to the region’s prosperity.  We are experiencing a growth in applications to engineering degrees. The Young Innovator Prize demonstrates that BCU is committed to providing aspirational young innovators with an outstanding opportunity to develop their skills in engineering and technology.“

To enter, applicants must first fill out the application form on Millennium Point’s dedicated Young Innovator Prize website and, later in the process, submit a short video. Successfully shortlisted applicants will be asked to deliver a five-minute presentation in a live final exploring the themes of science, engineering, manufacturing, technology and innovation.

Students who are interested in applying can also get in touch via Twitter using the handle @MP_YIP.

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