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CareerTech Challenge Prize call for Applications


Deadline: 29 Jan,2020    Next term Starts:: 09 Apr,2021



The Career-Tech Challenge Prize will provide £1.2 million and tailored packages of expert support for the development of digital solutions which improve career information, advice and guidance. Solutions will combine innovative uses and sources of labor market information to make high-quality, localized advice and guidance more accessible.

We want to support people to imagine their future careers and find out how to get there.

Nesta Challenges invites those with an interest in ‘future-proofing’ the workforce to propose digital solutions to improve access to the information and guidance people need to pursue fulfilling careers.

Entries are open to any individual, organisation and group based in the UK, or who have a lead partner based in the UK.


Eligibility and Criteria

  • The Prize is open to entries from any type of organisation or group, as well as individuals aged 18 years or over. Consortium or partnership entries are encouraged.
  • Entrants must have the skills and capacity to develop their solution during the Prize.
  • Solutions must be suitable for beneficiaries in England.
  • Entrants must be UK-based. If they are not UK-based, they must be partnered with a UK-based organisation. The UK-based organisation must be the lead partner for the entry.
  • Intellectual property – entrants must own, or have written permission to use the intellectual property relevant to their entry. All entrants need to demonstrate a willingness to share information about their solution for the purposes of the Prize.
  • We cannot fund activity which is party-political in intention, use, or presentation, nor to support or promote religious activity.
  • Employees of Nesta, other individuals or organisations working on the Prize, and their immediate families, are not eligible to enter.
  • Successful entrants who applied as individuals must be willing to set up a legally incorporated organisation within the UK to receive funding. You will be able to use some of that funding towards reasonable expenses incurred through the incorporation process.


Awards and Benefits

  • We’ll provide 20 finalists with a £50,000 grant to develop and test their solutions during the Prize.
  • In March 2021, we will announce which of our  finalists has been selected as our winner and our runner up.
  • They will each receive further awards of £120,000 and £80,000, respectively, to help get their solutions to market.
  • If you are selected as a finalist, you will be expected to use any funding received through the Prize for the purposes of advancing your solution – this could include developing or testing your solution, covering costs for staff working on your solution, or engaging external expertise or advice.
  • During the Prize, finalists will also have access to capacity development support to help develop their digital solutions. This support will be tailored to the needs of innovators while ensuring equity of support and access.


How To Apply

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