The winners of the 2018 Teach First Innovation award stand side by side

Innovation Award

Giving exceptional ideas support to take on educational inequality

Innovation Award

This year’s hunt for the big ideas that can help ensure that no child’s educational success is limited by their background has come to an end.

The Innovation Award exists to empower individuals with game-changing ideas that will fulfil our goal of ending educational inequality in the UK. It enables up to five winners to turn their ideas into a reality. Each award winner will receive six months’ full-time salary and a place on our Innovation Incubator, an intensive programme of technical training, supportive mentoring and expert advice to help them develop, pilot and scale their idea. Winners can also access our unique education expertise, our pioneering and personalised curriculum, and be part of our community, with desk space and membership of the Innovation Hub and Entrepreneur Network. 

What the winners will receive

Innovation Incubator
A place on our Incubator, with access to expert support.
Six months’ full-time salary of £15,000.
Desk space
Office resources in our Innovation Hub.
Professional advice
Covering legal, finance, comms, HR and fundraising.
Official endorsement
Innovation Award Winner logo and Teach First endorsement.
Access to our Innovation Hub and Entrepreneur Network.

The support our winners will receive

April 2018 to August 2018 September 2018 to March 2019
Research Design Implement Evaluate Iterate
Preparing to pilot through researching and design an innovative programme underpinned by impact measurement. Establishing business foundations to prepare for sustainability and growth.
Monthly workshops: A series of monthly workshops support you to develop a theory of change, financial management tools and effective governance. Fortnightly workshops: During the piloting phase fortnightly workshops support you to lead the organisation to establish an effective route to market, strong operations and a strategic plan.
Salary to go full-time with your idea (£2,500 per month)
Endorsement from Teach First, desk space in the Innovation Hub, one-to-one business and financial mentoring, membership in the Entrepreneur Network and support from industry experts and education specialists.

Please read our terms and conditions.

“Two things separate the Innovation Unit from other incubators. The first is the quality of the team who run it – they are the best at what they do. The second is the quality of that support – Teach First's reputation means that you get support from experts.” 

Matt Hood – Institute for Advanced Teaching 

How else we can support you

Identified a problem? Develop the answer
Spend ten months developing and testing solutions.
Apply for the Series
Already have an idea? Take it further
Spend a day analysing your plans and thinking about next steps.
Attend a Booster

The Teach First Innovation award is supported by Bloomberg LLP.

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