Careers and Entrepreneurship

Social Impact Prize

See how you could make a difference by winning the Social Impact Prize.

About the prize

Have you ever noticed a challenge or problem that you would like to solve for people?

Apply for the Social Impact Prize and you could win £10,000 worth of support to turn your idea into a reality.

The Social Impact Prize is open to any current University of Sussex student, or graduate from the past three years, who has an idea for a business that will create a positive social impact.

A social enterprise is a business that re-invests its profits in supporting a particular community or cause through a sustainable business model.

If you have a business idea that has social impact at its heart, we want to hear from you.

The Social Impact Prize runs as part of the Startup Sussex programme.

The winning application will be given £10,000 worth of support to develop their business. This includes a £5,000 bursary, £3,000 of ongoing mentoring from the Sussex Innovation Support Team, virtual membership of the Sussex Innovation Centre and publicity for your enterprise.


If you have any questions, email the StartUp Sussex team at the Sussex Innovation Centre:

Past winners

2020: Lucy Hughes, was awarded £10,000 for her invention Marinatex. It provides a planet-conscious alternative to plastic film for the packaging industry, fabricated from fishing waste products.

2019: Mustafa Khraishi and co-founder Fergus Morris were awarded £10,000 for their product Adaptive Diagnostics. It could dramatically lower the cost and increase the speed of testing for meningitis and sepsis, with potentially huge implications for healthcare delivery in the developing world.

2018: Joanna Kmiec and co-founder William Halle were awarded £10,000 for their product, Deadline.Live. It is a safety net for people living alone with serious illnesses, combining an app and a Bluetooth bracelet which acts as a ‘dead man’s switch’ – alerting friends and family when the owner doesn’t check in regularly.