It is said that education is open to all, but there’s no doubt that it’s easier for some than others. What’s so great about Millennium Point’s Young Innovator Prize is that it targets those who may not have that opportunity. The prize has the potential to make a widespread difference not only to the final winner but also to the other entrants who will hopefully be seen as role models within their schools. Studying STEAM subjects is a great way to inspire students and provide a great pathway for themselves and the next generation

In order to support young people in the city, Millennium Point Trust created the Young Innovator Prize – a programme that not only provides an opportunity for a young and talented individual to attend university, but demonstrates just one way in which organisations can help to ensure young people don’t feel locked out of education, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

As a hive of creative activity and learning, with thousands of ideas generated within its walls - Millennium Point is a great place to enable and experience the future. The institutions within Millennium Point and those that surround it – including Birmingham City University, Aston University and Birmingham Metropolitan College – mean that a visitor to Eastside can immerse themselves in learning about the science and technological processes that have shaped our world, and continue to, from early childhood to graduation and beyond.

Launched in 2014, the Prize recruited a number of local schools whose students then applied for the first round of the Prize.

In front of an audience comprising industry, academia, family, friends and well-wishers; finalists competed in a live final in March 2015.

Malik Sheryar-Karamat from St Alban’s Academy, Birmingham become our first Young Innovator.

Commencing his studies in September at Birmingham City University, Malik said:

I’ve always had an interest and passion for cars so you could say this is where my love of mechanical engineering started. I’m also fascinated by the constant advancement of technology in this area.  Winning the prize means I’ll be lucky enough to go to a fantastic university and have a debt-free degree so won’t have to worry or stress about paying back a very large loan for the rest of my adult working life.

In addition to the financial support the Prize offers, Malik has also received the opportunity to take up work placements during his study at a number of institutions around the city including Birmingham Museums Trust and become an ambassador for Birmingham City University.