The Inventor Prize, run by Nesta and funded by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, was run from August 2017 to September 2018 and aimed to inspire and harness the potential of the UK’s home-grown inventors and stimulate user-led innovation.
In August 2017, we opened entries to anyone based in the UK who had an invention that would improve people’s lives. After receiving over 180 applications, we announced our final 10 Inventors who went on to compete for the final Prize of £50,000.
The winner of the first Inventor Prize was Neurofenix Limited, an organisation founded by Guillem Singla Buxarrais and Dimitris Athanasiou, who have invented the Neuroball, a hand training device to support stroke survivors through their rehabilitation.
Neurofenix was awarded £50,000 to help bring the Neuroball to market. The Neuroball is connected to a tablet application that aims to make stroke rehabilitation affordable and fun by motivating stroke survivors to do exercises at home through games, where they can share their progress with loved ones via the platform.
Guillem and Dimitris were inspired to create the Neuroball after both had relatives who suffered from strokes and experienced the devastating impact that strokes can have on the life of a stroke survivor and their family. They were driven by passion to improve the lives of stroke survivors and soon founded Neurofenix. They developed the Neuroball with stroke survivors, their families and physiotherapists and will soon be launching it to market. You can read more about their experience of the Inventor Prize in their blog.
Finalists UroLogic Ltd were awarded the first Recognition Award, worth £15,000, for their new catheter design NuCath and Bristol Braille Technology CIC were awarded the £5,000 Recognition Award for Canute 360, an e-reader for braille users.