As the Cambridge Social Innovation Prize celebrates its fifth year, 5 winners were selected for their achievements and ambition in creating social change through business to receive a £10,000 cash award each for personal and professional development.
The winners announced 5 July were selected for their socially impactful practices in community healthcare, employment of the homeless, empowerment of young leaders, delivery of independent news for the global impact community, and working with organisations to create impactful supply chains.
2023 prize winners
1. Liz Dennis (Filo Project)
Liz Dennis is Co-Founder of Filo Project, a Community Interest Company based in Exeter that provides quality day care for older people with mild to moderate dementia.
2. Aoise Keogan-Nooshabadi (Supply Change)
Aoise Keogan-Nooshabadi is Co-Founder and COO of Supply Change, a London social enterprise working to create impactful supply chains.
3. Zakia Moulaoui (Invisible Cities)
Zakia Moulaoui is Founder and CEO of Invisible Cities, a social enterprise that trains those who have experienced homelessness to be tour guides in Edinburgh, York, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff.
4. Poku Osei (Babbasa)
Poku Osei is Founder and CEO of Babbasa, a Bristol social enterprise that develops young people into future leaders through skill development and professional mentoring.
5. Tim West (Pioneers Post)
Tim West is Founder editor and CEO of Pioneers Post, an independent news network based in Middlesex focusing on the work of changemakers working across business, civil society, philanthropy, government, and public services.
About the Cambridge Social Innovation Prize
The prize is awarded by Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, and the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge as part of a partnership to encourage social innovation and entrepreneurship with great social and environmental impact.
As well as the cash prize, winners are able to receive mentoring from experts at Cambridge Judge Business School and support from an expanding community of social innovators at Trinity Hall to help them develop the skills, resources, and networks they need to create more impact from their work.
Nicole Helwig, Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, says of the prize’s importance in the social enterprise space:
On this the fifth anniversary of the Cambridge Social Innovation Prize, we are thrilled to celebrate 5 outstanding individuals. They come from diverse backgrounds with expertise and skills channelled towards creating social impact. They represent their ventures, but also the many people who work alongside them, behind the scenes and who are empowered through their efforts.
Supported by a generous donation
The 2023 prize has been supported by a generous donation from Trinity Hall alumnus Graham Ross Russell. These awards are made annually to extraordinary founder-CEOs of scale-up social enterprises to support their growth as leaders.