Two kinds of innovation contest

April 13, 2011 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

“There’s an incredibly vibrant scene around Old Street roundabout, with some very smart people in the area we can help out”.  That’s David Willetts, talking about Innovation Unit, I can only presume.  However, he made the comments a the launch of ‘Silicon Idol’, a £1m government contest for internet firms in the Shoreditch area, so it’s possible he had some other bright young things in mind.

As ever, it seems Government is more excited about technical innovation than social innovation – a balance we have long been working to correct.  However, now our near-neighbours Unltd are fighting back with a contest of their own with the launch of Big Venture Challenge.  They are launching the search for the ‘next Teach First or Big Issue’, seeking ’25 exceptional people, 25 Radical Ideas’.  Applications open on 9th may, so if you have a high-potential public service innovation, here’s your chance to show that the smart people of Old Street can change the world, not just the internet.

By John Craig

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