Do you want to develop the technologies of tomorrow, shape the world around us, create a more sustainable future, push the boundaries of communications and gaming or take us to the stars?

In the tradition of Birmingham's rich heritage and proven track record for ingenuity and developing talent – the prize supports the education, training and ambitions of the next generation in the city.

If you are planning to study a S.T.E.M-themed undergraduate degree this September at Birmingham City University, then this prize could be for you.

The Millennium Point Young Innovator Prize:

  • Breaks down barriers and provides opportunities
  • Pays for the winner’s university course fees
  • Supports undergraduate study within Birmingham – developing, nurturing and retaining talent
  • Sponsors a current Year 13 student to study a STEM-themed subject at Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
  • Enables the winner to graduate without the need to pay back the c.£27k required to study at university
  • Creates connections with organisations around the city through work experience and networking


The prize is designed to promote inclusivity, encourage diversity of thought and opinion within the STEM agenda and ensure that top talent is developed and retained in the West Midlands. 

The Prize ensures that nobody is excluded from a great future and the chance to make a difference because of background, financial circumstances or other barriers.

Applicants must meet the following qualifying criteria:

  • Year 13 students looking to study a S.T.E.M subject undergraduate degree
  • Demonstrate a commitment and desire to study and train in Birmingham
  • Have made an application to Birmingham City University for a degree commencing in September 2017


October 2016 – Applications Open

January 30 2017 - Deadline Video Submission Entries

February 2017 – Shortlisted Applicants Notified

March 2017 – Live Final & Winner Announced


The prize is a prequel to University, where there is a need to demonstrate original thought along with theoretical and technical knowledge. To register your interest, click here. You will then be contacted by one of our team and invited to submit a one-minute video introducing yourself, what the prize would mean to you and a brief summary of one of the topics below.


Each year, shortlisted applicants are invited to a live final. Here, you will get the chance to demonstrate your understanding of one of the below themes in front of a panel of esteemed judges:

  • Urban Futures: How Will We Live & Move?
  • High Speed Travel: How Fast Can We Go?
  • Genetic Engineering: Designer Food, Animals & People
  • Scientific Beauty: Collisions in Art & Technology
  • Cleaning the Planet
  • Data, Algorithms & Devices: Who is the Product?
  • Digital Snacking: Always Listening, Always On, Always Broadcasting