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Written by:
Paul Holland
09 Jan 2024

Entries are open for the 2024 Cambridge Social Innovation Prize – a £10,000 award aimed at “mid-career” social innovators.

With the cost of living crisis impacting individuals and communities, the demand for the innovations created by the UK’s social entrepreneurs is increasing. Social CEOs are under increasing pressure to deliver positive social impact despite resource constraints and hard times.

The Cambridge Social Innovation Prize (created from a collaboration between Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School and Trinity Hall) bridges the gap between rising star and lifetime achievement awards by focusing on social entrepreneurs who are at the mid-career stage. The award judges know that often the individuals applying have been so focussed on their social impact, they have not had time to invest in their own professional development to the detriment of their potential social impact.

This “life-changing” award targets outstanding social entrepreneurs with a proven track record and who would benefit from support to reach the next level, providing them the encouragement and advice they need at the time they need it.

Past winners have included people who run alternative city tours with guides who’ve been affected by homelessness, a bakery aimed at providing training and support for vulnerable women; a social enterprise which provides high quality day care for individuals who are socially isolated, many experiencing symptoms associated with moderate dementia; and a criminal law firm that ensures representation is provided throughout the legal process.