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

Innovation Award winners 2018

Innovation Award winners 2018

Education charity Teach First has announced the four winners of a nationwide competition to find the next big ideas to help make education fair.

The Innovation Awards provides professional and financial support to promising social enterprises that contribute to Teach First's mission of making sure no child’s educational success is limited by their family background

This year's winners were announced at a ceremony hosted at Bloomberg’s European headquarters in London. A panel of business and education experts selected the four/five winners from 73 applications across the country.

The winners will secure £15,000 of funding and 12 months of support through an intensive programme of training, mentoring and expert advice covering everything from legal and finance, to communications and fundraising.

Winners will also join Teach First's high-impact Innovation Hub. Supported by Bloomberg, the Innovation Hub supports entrepreneurs who are driving initiative solutions to educational inequality, helping them to develop and grow.

Through Bloomberg's signature education initiative, called Bloomberg Startup, the award winners and alumni will also get access to a broad range of support including bespoke workshops and mentoring.

Former Award winners include National College for Digital Skills, The Girls Network, Right to Succeed, Future Frontiers and The Difference.

The Winners

Career Accelerator - Mayur Gupta

Career Accelerator tackles the lack of real world careers support in schools through a programme of employer workshops, one-to-one mentoring and work placements. It helps talented young people from diverse backgrounds enhance their post-18 options and prepare for careers in fast growing tech sectors. Career Accelerator will also support businesses to work with diverse talent and meet their Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.

ImpactEd - Owen Carter

ImpactEd will improve pupil outcomes and life chances by addressing the evaluation deficit. Schools run a range of interventions to benefit pupils; from peer tutoring programmes to curriculum boosters. These interventions can have positive, negative or negligible effects. But schools often find it extremely challenging to meaningfully assess their impact. ImpactEd makes monitoring and evaluation easy for schools, equiping them with high-quality evidence to make decisions that will ultimately improve outcomes for their pupils.

Prospela – Emma Sullivan

With Co-Founder Dexter Boyce, Emma is on a mission to help students worldwide gain the confidence and network they need to develop their potential. Prospela connects students with high-calibre employees for careers advice anytime, anywhere. Regardless of their background, ability or location, students enjoy one-to-one chats online and authentic insights to work-life reality, for free, within a fully safeguarded environment.

Second Chance - Sarah Waite

Second Chance supports young people to continue to improve their English and maths skills after their GCSEs. It will mobilise former teachers to volunteer to deliver high-quality tuition to further education students retaking English and maths GCSEs. Second Change will provide a tailor-made curriculum and resources to volunteers, as well as brokering volunteering days with their current employer. Its wider work will focus on bringing new energy and ideas to post-16 English and maths education.

Russell Hobby, chief executive of Teach First said: “At Teach First our vision is that no child’s educational success should be limited by their background. That's a huge task and we know we can’t achieve this alone.

"We need a whole movement of individuals and enterprises with brilliant, innovative ideas to tackle educational inequality. The Innovation Unit – kindly supported by Bloomberg - allows us to develop and nurture those brilliant ideas so they can grow and have an even bigger impact.

“I have been incredibly impressed by this year's winners - and runners up – and I'm confident they will make significant strides towards improving the lives of young people"

This year Teach First received over 70 entries for the competition. The winners were chosen by a panel of experts from the education, innovation and business sectors.

Notes to editors For interview request, media enquiries or case study requests, contact the Teach First media team via email or phone 0203 841 8483.

About Teach First We believe that disadvantage should not determine destiny. Our vision is that no child's educational success should by limited by their socio-economic background.

Our charity invests in the power of people to change the lives of children from low income backgrounds by:


  • finding and developing great people to teach and lead in schools facing the greatest challenges
  • increasing the attainment and aspirations of pupils and their access to higher education and employment; and
  • building a movement of teachers, school leaders, social entrepreneurs, policy makers and business people who are committed to ending educational inequality.


Since 2003, Teach First has placed 10,000 leaders in schools serving low-income communities, reaching over 1 million young people.

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