Innovate 21 Competition

Calling all design divas, problem solvers and tech wizards!

Innovate 21 is a cross-college competition giving all students the opportunity to show case their creativity, innovative ideas, and business ingenuity.

The Innovate 21 competition is open to all New College Durham students. The winning team will receive £250*, with a prize of £100* for the runner-up. 


To enter:

  • Form a team of 2-6 people
  • Pick one of the three themes outlined below for your challenge:

Create an innovative concept using one of the following themes:

1: Use tomorrow's tech to solve today's problems.
2: Tackle environmental issues and climate change.
3: Design a new product or service concept that will be unique to Durham and the UK.
  • Improve your idea after Innovation Workshop delivered by Leon Howe on 19 March 2021**
  • Present at the competition event for the judges in the East Mall on 23 April 2021**


Click here to register for Innovate 21



Durham City Incubator and Business Durham are holding a workshop 19th March 2021 to help teams with their entries. The workshop will include a brief explanation of what is expected of students’ and cover topics such as self-copyrighting, rationale, how to deliver a pitch and the importance of innovation. There will also be the chance to ask any questions that you may have.


Registration closes 16 April 2021.

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*Prizes will be vouchers of the monetary equivalent.

**Please note this is subject to change and may be held remotely depending on Covid-19.